New Jersey officially legalized daily fantasy sports (DFS) in 2017. New Jersey is a hotbed for sports wagering, and top DFS betting sites such as DraftKings, FanDuel and FantasyDraft have helped lead the Garden State’s sports betting boom. 

DFS players have a cornucopia of professional sports to choose from — such as football, baseball, basketball and MMA — and all the popular leagues are available, such as the NFL, MLB, NBA and UFC. NFL Daily Fantasy remains one of the most popular ways to bet on NFL Sundays.

The three top-rated DFS sites in New Jersey are FantasyDraft, FanDuel, and DraftKings. Players in the Garden State can rest assured that these daily fantasy brands are safe and secure, and they all offer a variety of game types and contest styles. You can learn more about each site by checking out reviews, like this FanDuel review and this DraftKings review.

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New Jersey DFS Game Types

Fantasy sports players in the state are offered four different game types: head-to-head, 50\50 (double ups), guaranteed prize pools (GPP) and beginner games. 

Fantasy sports can be overwhelming to novices, so a good place to start is with beginner games. This features a higher salary cap, so all players can create a favorable team. While the payouts are less than the other game types, it’s a great way for a beginner to learn fantasy sports without risking a heavy amount of money. 

Head-to-head contests are exactly how they sound: You square off against just one other opponent by organizing your lineup and facing their single lineup. 

50\50 games involve playing against a large group of opponents where the top half of the contestants win a payout. So, a contest with 100 teams competing will have 50 winners. This daily fantasy game features double-ups, triple-ups, and the like. 

With guaranteed prize pools, fantasy players are assured a payout regardless of the number of contestants. The higher you are in the GPP contest, the higher the payout. Fantasy players strive to reach the Top 10 to garner the largest winnings. 

New Jersey Daily Fantasy Contest Styles

There are three primary contest styles in DFS: salary cap, pick em’ and snake drafts. 

The most common daily fantasy sports style is salary cap games. Each contestant selects their players based on the value for each one. With this contest, your fantasy draft is completely independent of your opponents, leaving your salary cap as your only restriction. 

Pick em’ contests limit the number of players in a sport you can choose from. This fantasy style offers a small group of players for each position in the sport, and you must choose the best player in the selection offered for each position. If you are choosing a quarterback, for example, and are only given four options, you must make just one selection of the four. 

Snake drafts reflect season-long fantasy drafts. Fantasy sport competitors select their players in a turn-by-turn draft that reverses every round, and each player can only be selected once. This DFS style is becoming more and more popular among daily fantasy players who prefer a traditional draft.

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