World Cup Fantasy 2018: How to Play Leagues & DFS Games

Who says you have to wait until football season to participate in fantasy leagues? The United States may have missed the 2018 World Cup, but there are plenty of fantasy contests to keep you engaged.

The first step is to determine what kind of World Cup league you prefer. There are bracket contests where you just pick the winning teams. Sites like DraftKings and FanDuel are offering daily fantasy contests where you build a team of players based on each day’s schedule. Fans looking for more a commitment can look to fantasy leagues like FIFA is offering where you select a squad for the entire tournament.

For the true degenerates, why limit yourself to just one of these options when you can be keeping up with the teams that win, as well as the top goal scorers? Heavy is here to break down the top World Cup fantasy options. If you find a contest not listed that you love, be sure to leave the name of the game in the comments sections.

Here are the top fantasy World Cup games for 2018.

World Cup Fantasy Bracket Game

In a contest reminiscent of March Madness, soccer fans can make bracket predictions for the entire World Cup. is offering the Ultimate Cup Bracket contest where you pick the top two teams in each group who you think will advance to the Knockout Stage.

Just like in March Madness, you are more heavily rewarded for correct picks the further along the tournament goes. Points range from 50 points for picking the right team to advance out of their group to 1,600 points for each team you correctly predicted to make the final. You can either join a public league, or create a league then send an invite to your friends.

DraftKings Contests

DraftKings is offering their typical daily contests where you pick nine players using a salary cap structure. Each day new contests are offered featuring a player pool from that day’s slate of games. Contests range from just for fun to $150,000 of total prize money.

DraftKings is also offering a free game called The Real Shot where you adopt a team (sorry USMNT fans), and make picks each game regarding your team. Here’s how DraftKings describes the contest.

Pick the team that you’re rooting for to win. Choose wisely: The team you adopt will determine your Community Leaderboard.

Win points every time you pick the right outcome of a game. Gain bonus points by watching videos that also help you strategize your picks for the day.

FanDuel Contests

Like DraftKings, FanDuel is offering their traditional DFS games for the World Cup in addition to a unique Pick ‘Em contest. For the daily games, you pick eight players using a salary cap structure using that days player pool. There are also contests for individual World Cup games where you pick five players with different bonus structures.

World Soccer Pick’Em is a free game where you can either pick …read more



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