Scoring & Rules

FanThrowdown Scoring

Scoring on the website is fairly “standard” in terms of the scoring seen in fantasy games for the sports which our website covers. We strive to maintain fair and balanced scoring methods. Please remember that all scoring is based off of actual statistical scoring which transpires during the sporting events.

These statistics are provided to us by our data provider, STATS Inc. FanThrowdown does not have the ability to manipulate statistics scored by any player in any event.

Football Scoring

Offense
  • Rushing yards made = 0.1pts
  • Rushing touchdowns = 6pts
  • Passing yards = 0.04pts
  • Passing touchdowns = 4pts
  • Interceptions = -1pt (negative)
  • Receiving yards = 0.1pts
  • Receiving touchdowns = 6pts
  • Receptions = 1pts
  • Kick-return touchdowns = 6pts
  • Punt-return touchdowns = 6pts
  • Fumbles lost = -2pts (negative)
  • Own fumbles recovered touchdowns = 6pts
  • Two-point conversions scored = 2pts
  • Two-point conversion passes = 2pts
Defense
  • Sacks = 1pt
  • Opponent-fumbles recovered = 2pts
  • Return touchdowns = 6pts
  • Fumble return touchdowns = 6pts
  • Safeties = 2pts
  • Blocked kicks = 2pts
  • Interceptions = 2pts
  • 0 points allowed = 10pts
  • 1-6 points allowed = 7pts
  • 7-13 points allowed = 4pts
  • 14-20 points allowed = 1pt
  • 21-27 points allowed = 0pt
  • 28-34 points allowed = -1pt
  • 35+ points allowed = -4pts


Baseball Scoring

Hitters
  • 1B = 1pt (single)
  • 2B = 2pts (double)
  • 3B = 3pts (triple)
  • HR = 4pts
  • RBI = 2pts
  • R = 1pt
  • BB = 1pt (walks)
  • SB = 2pts (stolen base)
  • HBP = 1pt (hit by pitch)
  • K (Strike-Out *calculated each time the batter strikes out) = - .25pt  (negative)
Pitchers
  • W = 4pts
  • ER = -1pt
  • K (Strike-Out) = 1pt
  • IP = 1pt
  • BB/HBP (walking a batter / hitting batter with pitch) = -.25pt (negative)
  • Complete Game = 1pt
  • NOTE* Fractional scoring for innings pitched is scored as an additional 0.33 points for each 1/3 IP (ex. 1/3 IP = 0.33 pts and 2/3 IP = 0.66 pts, A pitcher who pitches 5 2/3 innings would recieve 5.66 points)
 



Basketball Scoring

  • 3-pt FG = 3pts
  • 3-pt FG Bonus = .5pts
  • 2-pt FG = 2pts
  • FT = 1pt
  • Rebound = 1.25pt
  • Assist = 1.5pt
  • Block = 2pts
  • Steal = 2pts
  • Turnover = -1pt (negative)



PGA Scoring

  • Albatross = 5pts
  • Eagle = 3pts
  • Birdie = 1pt
  • Par = .25pt
  • Bogey = -.5pt
  • Dbl Bogey = -2.5pts
  • Trpl Bogey = -4pts
  • 4+ Bogey = -5pts
Placing
  • 1st = 6pts
  • 2nd = 5pts
  • 3rd = 4pts
  • 4th-10th = 3pts
  • 11th-25th = 2 pts
  • 26th-50th = 1 pt



Hockey Scoring

Forwards/Defensemen
  • Goals = 4pts
  • Assists = 2pts
  • Shots on Goal = .5pt
  • Minor (2) Minute Penalty = .5pts (assessed at .25 pts per minute)
  • Major (5) Minute Penalty = 1.25pt (assessed at .25 pts per minute)
  • Shorthand Goal Bonus = 2pt
  • Blocked Shots = 1pt

Note: minor and major penalties asessed may not score full points as the pentalty time may expire prematurely. You will however receive credit for .25pts per penalty during this time.

Goalies
  • Goals Against = -1pt
  • Saves = 0.3pt
  • Shutout = 2pts
  • Win = 2pts

Note: shoot-out goals will not prevent a shutout. Shootout goals will not count as goals against the goalie. Goalies can also earn points for goals and assists.




NCAA Basketball Scoring

  • Point = 1pt
  • Rebound = 1pt
  • Assist = 1pt
  • Block = 2pts
  • Steal = 2pts
  • Turnover = -1pt

***(Only contests between 2 NCAA DIV1 teams are eligible for gameplay. Matches in which there is only 1 NCAA DIV1 team will not show up as applicable contests to choose players during the player selection process.)




NCAA Football Scoring

Offense
  • Rushing yards made = 0.1pts
  • Rushing touchdowns = 6pts
  • Passing yards = 0.04pts
  • Passing touchdowns = 4pts
  • Interceptions = -1pt
  • Receiving yards = 0.1pts
  • Receiving touchdowns = 6pts
  • Receptions = 1pt
  • Kick-return touchdowns = 6pts
  • Punt-return touchdowns = 6pts
  • Fumbles lost = -2pts
  • Own fumbles recovered touchdowns = 6pts
  • Two-point conversions scored = 2pts
  • Two-point conversion passes = 2pts
  • Extra-point conversions = 1pt
Defense
  • Sacks = 1pt
  • Opponent-fumbles recovered = 2pts
  • Return touchdowns = 6pts
  • Fumble return touchdowns = 6pts
  • Safeties = 2pts
  • Blocked kicks = 2pts
  • Interceptions = 2pts
  • 0 points allowed = 10pts
  • 1-6 points allowed = 7pts
  • 7-13 points allowed = 4pts
  • 14-20 points allowed = 1pt
  • 28-34 points allowed = -1pt
  • 35+ points allowed = -4pts

Note: For purposes of FanThrowdown defensive scoring, points allowed are calculated as: 6*(Rushing TD + Receiving TD + Fumble TD ) + 2*(Two point conversions) + Extra points + 3*(Field Goals)

Note: Only team rosters in the six major conferances will be available for selection. Example : Alabama Vs. Mid Tenn St. you could only use Alabama's roster. 



FanThrowdown Rules

FanThrowdown has labeled out in its terms and conditions all general rules for website use. The rules for website utilization in general can be found below.




Eligibility

You must 18 years of age or over and a resident of the USA or Canada to make a deposit or play in any contest or game which is found on the FanThrowdown website. Residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, or Vermont are forbidden from playing on FanThrowdown for money and may participate in the free games only. More eligibility information is listed in our website terms.




Multiple Accounts

Players on FanThrowdown are only allowed to play with one account. In special cases, FanThrowdown may consider the creation of a second account however explicit written permission from the FanThrowdown team is required. FanThrowdown utilizes proprietary tracking measures to ensure fairness in all games run within the fanthrowdown.com website. The creation of multiple accounts is forbidden as stated. Penalties are at the discretion FanThrowdown, but may include closure of all accounts and withholding of any cash that we determine to have been fraudulently obtained. Please see our website terms for more information.

Some matches may allow for "multi-entries" meaning more than one entry into the contest by the same user is allowed, but this should not be confused with utilizing multiple accounts which is strictly prohibited. We cross-check multi-account use by closely monitoring logged in sessions, IP data, payment data, and other methods to ensure our website is not abused by cheating via multiple accounts.




Account Suspensions

Harassment of members, abusive or threatening language while engaging in chat, suspect activity with account creation and gameplay, multiple-accounts, and any other activity that FanThrowdown deems abusive or unsatisfactory for the website may result in an account suspension. Accounts which are suspended will often receive information as to why they were suspended from the FanThrowdown staff with information in regards to how their account may have its suspension lifted.




FanThrowdown Chat Room

The chat room is provided for the enjoyment of our entire player community and is made primarily for sports related discussions involving our games. If a FanThrowdown employee determines your participation in the chat room to be unacceptable, actions may be taken including deletion of messages, temporary account suspension, or permanent account suspension. Abuse reports submitted to us by members are reviewed and followed up on when appropriate.

As a general rule members should not use offensive language, spam for 3rd party websites in any capacity, make threats, or attempt to utilize the chat room for anything outside of general casual discussion which is typically based around the games and sports that fall within the FanThrowdown website.




Unfilled Contests

In the event a matchup is unfulfilled in regards to the number of participants, FanThrowdown will often attempt to automatically re-assign players to another contest so that they can correctly be filled. Our goal is to make sure you have an enjoyable user experience, have as few expired matches as possible, and never “join” something you did not intend to. We do this by matching players up only with games with the same gameplay, difficulty, and buy-in value.

Some games have different “total participant” restrictions for unfilled contest matching. In the event a contest expires without the member being matched to another contest, then a full refund of any deposit is immediately issued to the account with all entries associated with the joining voided.




Canceling Game Entries

Cancelling a game on FanThrowdown is not always a guaranteed action. We have taken many measures to help ensure that your sign up for a match is clearly understood and validated for verification that you wish to participate. With that said, if you have mistakenly joined a match and need to cancel an entry, you can request a cancellation by submitting a support ticket to FanThrowdown. Details on the matchup you are wishing to cancel yourself from should be specified in the support ticket. Again, not all entries are cancelled. This is handled on a case by case basis with time sensitivity.




Postponed Games that Alter Gameplay

Rules for how postponed games are treated in FanThrowdown contests vary depending on the sport and contest type.

NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA football, NCAA basketball - the FanThrowdown website will automatically keep the contest open until it is officially flagged by STATS Inc as a "postponed" game. This will lead to games appearing to still be "live" despite there being no activity due to a delay or postponement. Upon the game being officially marked as postponed the event is then closed and all scoring for all users is finalized. Players are awarded zero points and the contest is considered complete. In the event we do not receive a postponed status, the contest will automatically close out 30 hours after the postponed event's originally scheduled start time.

MLB - all contests will close "as-is" once marked postponed by our stats provider, exactly as described above with a maximum close time being 8 hours after the postponed event's originally scheduled start time in the event we do not receive an official postponement or suspension notice.

 

If a game is rained out before play begins, it is rescheduled for a later date. If it has already begun and rain falls, several scenarios are used to determine the need to resume play:

 

  • If the game has completed the top half of the 5th inning and the home team is ahead, the game can be deemed an official game. The home team is declared the winner, and the game officially counts in standings.
  • If the game has completed the bottom half of the 5th inning and either team is ahead, the game can be deemed an official game. The leading team is declared the winner, and the game officially counts in standings. (In some Minor League Baseball and college games, this scenario is possible only in the final game of a series.) However, if the game is rained out prior to the completion of an inning in which the visiting team scored one or more runs to take the lead, and the home team has not retaken the lead, the game is suspended, to be resumed at a later date.

 

  • If the game has completed the 5th inning, and the teams are tied, if the game is a playoff game (regardless of inning), or in college and some Minor League Baseball games, it is not the final game in the series (the first or second game in a three-game series, also regardless of inning), the game is considered suspended, and the resumption of the game is scheduled for a future date (usually the following day). The game picks up from where it left off.
  • If none of the previous scenarios apply, the game can not be deemed official. The umpire declares "No Game," and a make-up of the game is scheduled for a future date unless it is not feasible. The latter occurs mainly among the minor leagues and college due to travel schedules, and only in the major leagues among teams that have been declared mathematically eliminated from postseason play where no benefit in the standings would be derived. The statistics compiled during the rained out game are not counted.

(all sports) - postponed games which are re-scheduled to take place on a different day will be eligible for gameplay on those specific dates and will have absolutely no link to the original event ID / contest they may have been associated with. See double-headers for more information which is specific to MLB.



Suspended Games

See the postponed games section as suspended games and postponed games are handled in the same fashion.

 



Tiebreakers

In the event of a tie score between multiple players, Fanthrowdown will break ties using the following method,

* The user with the highest scoring individual athlete will be declared the winner, if users have duplicate athletes with the highest score, then the 2nd highest scoring athlete will be used, and so on.

 



Traded Players

Players being traded may impact contests that have already been created with the players on their old teams. Player team listings on FanThrowdown are updated once per day (overnight). Note that because contests are created as much as five or six days in advance, traded players may not be available in contests which include a game involving their new team, but not their old team. Also note that in some instances a player you selected may no longer be available in a contest which includes their old team, but not their new team. In that case, you'll need to select a replacement or be credited with zero points for the player.

Note that on the day a player is traded, they may still be listed for their old team in the draft screen. If they are traded to another team which is part of the same contest in which you choose them, you will still receive points for their performance. These points may not be reflected accurately during live scoring, but will count at contest settlement time. Also note that contest settlement may be delayed in order to ensure accuracy.

Most importantly, please note that in very rare cases a player is traded early enough in the day that they are able to play for their new team. If they are traded from a team with a late game to a team with an early game, you may be able to select them in late contests, already knowing how they performed that day. In this situation, you will receive zero points for their performance.




Double Headers

Only one game of a doubleheader will count for FanThrowdown scoring. Players will only score points for the game which starts at the time listed in the contest details. This will typically (but not always) be the game at the originally scheduled time. Double header and player eligibility is directly linked to the time-period in which the initial game is selected for.




Cash Withdrawals

Members of FanThrowdown can withdraw money at any time. This is done by selecting the withdraw option while logged in from the My Account section. FanThrowdown will then transfer the money to you via PayPal or by check, based on the option you select for your withdrawal should you qualify for a check submission.

All withdrawal requests will be processed within 48 hours or the next working day if the request is received over the weekend. Withdrawal requests in the amount of $250 or more are eligible for check payment. Check payments may take 3-5 days for processing. 

FanThrowdown takes pride in offering the fastest payouts in the industry. All deposited money can be withdrawn right away. Practically all money earned in our contests are also eligible for immediate withdrawal (including featured games, automatically created system games, and games created by users). Some promotions, rewards, and special events in which free cash is issued by FanThrowdown may require specific withdrawal circumstances. Individual restrictions apply.

Restrictions of Bonus Withdrawals (as referenced above) -

Bonus money (funds earned by joining the site or utilizing a promo in which a cash bonus is issued) are not subject for immediate withdrawal.

All bonuses are initially deposited into your pending bonus balance. This can be seen directly below your current account balance. Your pending bonuses are not immediately available to use. The bonus will gradually become real cash in your account as you play money games on the site. A pending bonus is transferred to your real account balance at a rate of 50% of the rake of the contest you enter. For example, if you enter a $11 contest, $1 of that contest is "rake" paid to the site for hosting the game. 50% of that $1 will be transfered to your real money account when that game starts and weill be taken from your bonus account. If you cancel an entry or a game does not fill, the entry will not be counted towards your pending bonus. If you have any questions concerning our bonus system please contact support.

 



FanThrowdown Deposits

Making a deposit to FanThrowdown is done via Paypal (or by credit card). Paypal allows for credit card payments and for direct payments should you have a Paypal account. If you have any issue with placing a deposit, please submit a support ticket. Additional credit card payment options are also available on FanThrowdown.

Deposits Involving a Bonus -

Upon a deposit being made, FanThrowdown may issue the user a bonus. This bonus amount as a dollar amount and percentage is subject to change at any time and may involve cap restrictions. All bonuses are initially deposited into your pending bonus balance. This can be seen directly below your current account balance. Your pending bonuses are not immediately available to use. The bonus will gradually become real cash in your account as you play money games on the site. A pending bonus is transferred to your real account balance at a rate of 5% of the entry fee of the contest you enter. For example, if you enter a $20 contest, $1 of your pending bonus will be transferred to your real account balance. If you cancel an entry or a game does not fill, the entry will not be counted towards your pending bonus. If you have any questions concerning our bonus system please contact support.




Contest / Match Settlements & Payments

We try to settle contests and run payments as quickly as possible, but must ensure we do so accurately. Most contests are settled shortly after the last game finishes. However, to settle we have to wait until all the player statistics have been reported by STATS Inc (our third party stats provider). This lets us ensure that the final box scores are complete. In most cases the box-score data in which the website replies on is finalized 30-45 minutes upon a game concluding. At times this may run over, as much as a full additional day being required, thus not settling matches and payments until the box score data is finalized.



Scoring Revisions

During the games covered by FanThrowdown we receive scoring from STATS Inc (our third party stats provider).. After the game has ended they pass us a final box score for the game. After we receive and confirm the box scores for all the day's games we then settle all entries. However, very rarely, the leagues and stats provider revise the box scores after the final box score has been released. In the event of this occurring the player scores on FanThrowdown will not be updated and the settlements will not be revised. Note that this is not the same situation as a case where a correction needs to be made after settlement due to a problem with the data feed or the settlement process. In these cases the settlement process (including payment) may be reversed and games resettled correctly.


Head-to-Head Bracket Tournaments

For the first round of a head-to-head bracket tournament, entries are placed in random order then paired with an opponent for that round. In the case of an unfilled guaranteed tournament some players will randomly receive a "bye" round in order to fill the bracket.

In the event of a tie, the player that has the roster player with the highest fantasy point total will receive one extra tiebreaker point. In the event of identical rosters the winner will be chosen at random and awarded the extra point.


Tax Forms & Winnings Reported

For any user who has a total in net winnings that equals or exceeds $600 for any calendar year, (gross winnings - all entry fees) we are required to get a W9 form for US citizens, and a W8 form from users outside the US.



Game Types & Payout Structures




Pick 5

A Pick 5 differs from traditional DFS in that there are no salaries involved. You simply select your Lineup from the players available and try to get the highest Fantasy PPG (points per game) total of anyone else in the contest. Tie-breakers are decided by your estimated total passing yards input during player selection.




Over/Under

Similar to betting on “The Line” in traditional sports betting, the over/under asks the player to decide whether a certain lineup of players will score above or below the total PPGs shown in the contest details. For example, if a field of three Quarterbacks is shown, with a Total PPG of 75, the user is selecting whether they believe that lineup will score more or less than 75 points.




Bracket

A bracket is a multi-contest elimination tournament where the loser of each head-to-head match is immediately eliminated from the possibility of winning the prize pool. The contest continues until there is are two players remaining who eventually square off for the prize.




P5 Bracket

A P5 Bracket is the same multi-contest elimination tournament as a traditional Bracket event, but based on the Pick 5 game rather than a typical salary-based DFS match.




WTA (Winner Take All)

In a WTA structure, no matter how many entrants are in a contest, only the top scoring participant will win the prize.




Top 3

In a Top 3 payout structure, the top three positions are paid out in a tiered fashion, with the largest prize awarded to 1st place and the smallest to 3rd.




50/50

Usually referred to in the game title as a “Double Up”, a 50/50 takes the total prize pool and evenly awards it to half of the field of players. If there are six entries in a six-man contest, the top three scoring lineups will cash. However, if the game is guaranteed, and only three out of six slots filled, ALL THREE entrants would receive the prize.




The Streak

In a Streak match, the contest continues for the remainder of the season, but still pays out daily/weekly depending on the sport. The winner continues without having to pay entry fees again, and is automatically entered into the contest on the next applicable day that the chosen sport can run. If the Winner does not select a new lineup before the contest runs again, it is chosen automatically by the system via Quick Pick.




LFP (Large Field Payout)

A LFP pays out based on percentages, to a field of winners predetermined when the game is created. The actual number of winners varies from contest to contest, and can always be seen in detail by either clicking on the prize payout in the lobby, or by selecting the game and viewing its details.




LFP Sp. (Large Field Payout - Special)

A LFP Sp. shares the same payout structure as a traditional LFP, but allows the opportunity for special rules.




Guar (Guaranteed Game)

A Guaranteed Game, also known in the industry as a GPP (Guaranteed Prize Pool), is any contest that will run and pay out its predefined prize pool, regardless of the total entries it receives. For example, if a 10-man Double Up is guaranteed, it will pay out to the top 5 points-leaders, regardless of how many contestants enter the game; if only five people entered, all five would win.