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FantasyDraft: Week 13 Contests with Over $125,000 in Guaranteed Prizes

I received the following email update from new daily fantasy sports destination, FantasyDraft. I’ve been following them through their rollout the last month, and it really looks like they are taking the proper steps to eventually compete with the big boys in the industry. More competition means good things for players.

Currently they are matching 100% of deposits up to $600, and are offering a variety of significant guaranteed prize pool contests even in the beta stage, which could represent a great opportunity for fantasy players to take advantage while the site is very new. They are signing high profile athletes to promote the website, and there is an aggressive referral program.

Check it out, and come back to post your feedback.

FantasyDraft

FantasyDraft Beta Update | Week 13 Contests with Over $125,000 in Guaranteed Prizes

Dear MikeBillsFan,

The March to Launch continues this week with more functionality planned to be added to the site from now until just before the turkey goes into the fryer. We are stoked for Week 13. We'll have over 100 guaranteed contests this week with over $125,000 in guaranteed cash prizes at stake beginning Thursday, 11/27. You will not want to miss out on the fun.

A few other items of note:

  • We'll start posting contests for Week 13 late tonight. Our guaranteed games include $50,000 and $25,000 contests starting on Sunday, and our guaranteed $5,000 Thursday Turkey Day Shootout.
  • Kevin Love, 3-time All-Star and king of the double-double joined the FantasyDraft team today. Check out the full FantasyDraft roster in the Press Box.
  • We are continuing the Double Down Deposit bonus (100% match for first-time deposits up to $600).
  • We're still on track for our December 4 launch where we will have over $400,000 in guaranteed cash prizes from Thursday to Monday.
  • Why should you have all the fun… don't forget about our 6 Degrees of Pay referral program. Invite your friends to play and earn a few extra bucks every time they play.

Thanks again for all your help. Glad you are along for the ride.

Steve
FantasyDraft COO

Sweeten Your Fantasy Football Trades With A Pizza

QB Tony Romo + Pizza Hut pizza = RB Frank Gore

You might not trade San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore for Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo straight up, but would you do it for Romo and a pizza? Pizza Hut has made it possible.

Continuing the same theme from yesterday which prompted the post about facial hair linked to fantasy football success, I am now two-for-two this week on unsolicited emails that piqued my interest. Truth be told, I love to see some out of the box thinking, and this latest one certainly hits the mark.

PR Director Doug from Pizza Hut emailed me about a new promotion that should be of keen interest to fantasy football players. Basically, if you have a trade offer you are ready to float to another owner in your league, and you don’t think it is quite enough to intrigue the other owner to accept, ask Pizza Hut if they will help tip the scales in your favor by adding a pizza or other menu items in the deal.

They just might do it. From their press release, “[Pizza Hut] has established a way to help fantasy owners complete their trades this football season.” Simply email your trade offer and explain why you need a pizza to close the deal to tradebait@pizzahut.com. They will review your submission, and if your trade proposal is selected, then Pizza Hut will supply online promo codes to add to your offer.

This idea is very cool. Think about the possibility of adding chicken wings in an offer involving Demaryius Thomas! Make sure to check this doesn’t violate any alternate compensation trade rules for your league (or keep it hush, hush). Unfortunately for me this is only eligible for Americans, but I know many of you can try to take advantage, so get to it and let us know if you have success! The full press release is copied below.

PIZZA HUT® OFFERS FANTASY FOOTBALL OWNERS NATIONWIDE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WIN THE ULTIMATE TRADE BAIT: FREE PIZZA

For trade offers that need more “bite,” fantasy owners can email tradebait@pizzahut.com for a chance to win free pizza

PLANO, TEXAS – Football has arrived! And with it comes preparation in many forms, from real world football teams making final roster moves to fantasy football owners building cheat sheets and settling into online draft rooms to select their players for the 2014 season.

But regardless of the amount of preparation, it never fails that every team will hit a crossroads with a player at some point during the season, and in the fantasy world, that often comes in the form of a trade. Unfortunately, as all fantasy owners are aware, not all trade offers are created equal. League leading receiver for an oft-injured third down running back? No way. But what if that trade offer added something so irresistible – so real – that it demanded a second look?

That’s where Pizza Hut comes in. The world’s largest pizza chain has established a way to help fantasy owners complete their trades this football season. All fantasy owners have to do is submit their trade offer and briefly explain why they need pizza to help close the deal to tradebait@pizzahut.com, and then follow the steps provided by email from Pizza Hut to enter. Each week, Pizza Hut will review submitted trade offers and select winners. Winners will be awarded online promo codes to be dangled as trade bait to their pending offers.

“We’re inviting fantasy owners from any league in America to email us their trade offer for the opportunity to add the power of pizza to their deal,” said Doug Terfehr, PR Director, Pizza Hut. “To be clear though, this isn’t an automated program that doles out food to everyone who participates. We will review each and every submission and rule on a case-by-case basis.”

Gift cards may be redeemed for all Pizza Hut menu items, including pizzas, side items, WingStreet wings, Tuscani Pastas and new products.

“We want people to be creative in their submissions,” added Terfehr. “If there’s something specific on our menu that an owner think will close the deal, we want to know. Maybe someone’s old college roommate and owner of that prized QB is a lover of Pizza Hut breadsticks. We want to know and we’ll factor that in as part of the trade offer.”

Fantasy Football Success Linked To Facial Hair

QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Is facial hair linked to onfield performance for NFL players? Does a fully bearded Aaron Rodgers best a moustached Rodgers, who in turn is better than a (mostly) clean-shaven Rodgers?

When you run a fantasy football website, and probably any website really, you receive some unsolicited and off the wall emails. No one likes unsolicited email. Most of the time it goes right into the virtual trash. Sometimes however, you decide to read them. Sometimes, you follow up, and sometimes, the information is so “hair” brained (pun intended) you feel compelled to post about it on said-website.

Today is one of those days. I received an email last week from Wahl Grooming, maker of hair clippers and related men’s grooming tools about a fantasy football “study” they procured from Stats, Inc. Apparently, NFL players with facial hair produce better stats on the football field than their clean shaven counterparts! This has obvious implications fantasy football players. Check out the info graphic below for details.

Should we take it into consideration?!? Well, maybe not, but I thought it was worth a skim and a chuckle. Plus, Wahl takes it a step further by offering a free to enter fantasy football contest, in which you can win an entry in the 2015 National Fantasy Football Championship (NFFC). Now we’re talking. I’ll give it a go (assuming Canadians are eligible). If not me, then lets have one of our Draft Buddy members take home the prize. Good luck!

Wahl Fantasy Cheat Sheet