Author Archives: Mike MacGregor

FantasyDraft: Official Launch with a $400K Weekend

As mentioned last week, I’m on the mailing list for FantasyDraft, a new player in the daily fantasy sports space. This week they are officially launching. Copied below is the latest update.


FantasyDraft Launches with a $400K Weekend

Dear MikeBillsFan,

The moment you've been waiting for… the official launch of is finally here. To mark the occasion, we've got over $400,000 in guaranteed cash prizes live on the site and ready for you to enter.

  • NFL $250K Sunday Sizzler
    $250,000 guaranteed prize pool – 11,000 entries
  • NFL $100K Sunday Warmup
    $100,000 guaranteed prize pool – 11,000 entries
  • NFL $50K Sunday Tailgate
    $50,000 guaranteed prize pool – 11,000 entries

Don't miss out on your opportunity to win big, and of course go down in the company record book as one of FantasyDraft's first official winners. Visit our contests to get in on the action now.

We wanted to send out a thank you to everyone who participated in our beta testing. We wouldn't be launching this week without your support. Hopefully you used this time wisely to get a head-start on your 6 Degrees of Pay network. In appreciation for all your efforts through our beta testing, we specifically configured our 3 big weekend contests with the expectation of large overlays with you in mind.

Lastly, we wanted to send a special shout-out to amberniehaus who took the top spot in BOTH the $25K and $50K contests last week.

$50K Guaranteed (Sun-Mon) amberniehaus 269.22 $5,000
$25K Guaranteed (Sun-Mon) amberniehaus 269.22 $2,500
$5K Turkey Day Shootout kylemclaren7 193.70 $500

Good luck this week and we hope to see you in the PayoutZone.

The FantasyDraft Team

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 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.

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 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.


For trade offers that need more “bite,” fantasy owners can email 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, 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.”