Where can you play Underdog Fantasy?

If you’re involved in season-long fantasy football leagues or play daily fantasy sports (DFS), you have likely heard about best ball. Best ball is a draft-only fantasy format that removes the tiresome in-season management that is a hallmark of most season-long fantasy leagues.

Many sites now offer best ball contests in both season-long and DFS formats. These sites, like Underdog Fantasy, offer contests across several major sports. One best ball player, Pat Kerrane, took home $2 million last season for winning Underdog’s Best Ball Mania III contest (BBMIII), which had a $25 entry fee and and over 450,000 entrants.

As a site, Underdog offers the most comprehensive and wide-ranging menu of best ball contests. At the moment, Underdog has best ball season-long and playoff tournaments up for the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB.

They already have the $500,000 guaranteed Big Board: Superflex contest up for the coming 2023 NFL season, and you can expect another massive Best Ball Mania tournament (BBMIV) to open sometime soon as well.

You can get a 100% deposit match of up to $100 by signing up for a new Underdog Fantasy account to make sure you get into each of these tournaments. Click below to start drafting today!


Where is Underdog Fantasy legal?

Underdog has shown a lot of growth over the past few years. It’s initial Best Ball Mania event had just 43,200 entrants in 2019-2020 and a $1 million prize pool, but the most recent BBMIII contest last season had a total of 451,200 entrants and a $10 million prize pool.

Part of Underdog’s growth story has been the platform's ability to expand their reach into new states and districts.

As of now, best ball contests on Underdog are legal across all of the United States and Canada except for the following states and provinces:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • Washington
  • Ontario (Canada)

Underdog also offers Pick’em contests, which are a form of single-player DFS. In pick’em contests, users build prop-based parlays with payouts that grow as additional legs are added. There are two different types of pick’em contests, Higher/Lower and Rivals.

Since single-player DFS and pick’em contests are a little more nuanced in terms of legality, many states treat them more like gambling and hence have different rules and regulations attached to them.

As of now, Underdog Pick'em contests are legal across all of the United States and Canada except for the following states and provinces:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Ontario (Canada)
Underdog Map

In total, Underdog best ball and fantasy drafts are available in 40 states (and Canada). Additionally, Underdog Pick’em contests are available in 32 states (and Canada).

In the future, with sports betting and DFS becoming more prevalent, expect the list of ineligible states to shrink. For the latest in news and announcements on the legal front, be sure to follow Underdog Fantasy on Twitter.


What is Underdog Fantasy?

Underdog Fantasy is a DFS platform that is known for having some of the largest best ball contests in the industry. In particular, Underdog is known for large-field NFL best ball tournaments such as their flagship event, the Best Ball Mania tournament. As mentioned above, last year's BBMIII had a top prize of $2 million.

Unlike traditional DFS sites such as DraftKings or FanDuel, Underdog's fantasy contest offerings are almost exclusively snake draft formats.

Best ball draft grid

While best ball and snake drafts remain their core offerings, Underdog also offers users the ability to wager on player props in parlay-style formats via their pick’em contests. Much like in sports betting, Underdog's Pick’em contests allow users to parlay player props offered by the site for big payouts.

Underdog’s mix of prop and draft-based contests are available for a variety of sports and make them unique to the daily fantasy space. 

Underdog has two core offerings.

The first is best ball contests, both large-field tournaments as well as smaller DFS best ball contests.

Underdog's larger regular season and playoff best ball tournaments allow users to submit up to 150 entries each. Contestants enter snake drafts, which are offered over a lengthy period (sometimes months) until the contest fills and closes. The smaller DFS best ball contests are more fast-paced, shorter snake drafts that pay out at the end of each nightly slate.

The second is Underdog's Pick'em single-player fantasy contests. These are player prop-based contests where users build a parlay of props with a specific payout attached. The payouts go up as the player adds additional props to their parlay.

What is best ball?

Best ball is a relatively new type of contest in DFS and season-long fantasy sports. In a season-long best ball league or tournament, there is no in-season management, and your involvement with the team is done after completing the initial draft.

Every week during the season, the best combination of scores from your team (based on the league’s roster settings) will be automatically determined and added up to give you an overall score for the week.

At the end of the regular season (or playoff round), the team that has accumulated the most points is the winner. Many of the larger best ball tournaments on Underdog will have multiple rounds of playoffs.

Best ball tournament standings

Daily best ball contests use the same kind of drafting and automatic scoring format. However, in a daily best ball contest, the contest for that slate typically ends at the end of that single day's game or games. 

With best ball growing in popularity, there is now a huge variety of  leagues offered across many major sports. The most popular best ball format to date has been large-field tournaments, which have grown to include massive prize pools of up to $10 million in recent years.

What is Underdog Pick'em?

Underdog also has a Pick’em feature, which allows users to build prop-based parlays with specific payouts attached. There are two different prop options to choose from under Underdog's Pick’em game type, Higher/Lower and Rivals.