Star Fantasy Leagues Proves One-Day Fantasy Football is a Game of Skill

Apr 07, 2015, 12:51 ET from Star Fantasy Leagues

ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Star Fantasy Leagues (SFL), an online daily, weekly, and season long fantasy sports technology company, today announced the results of a skill simulation study on its one-day fantasy football contests conducted during the 2014-15 NFL season, that shows through empirical evidence that its fantasy football contests are predominated by skill, not chance.

SFL, together with Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), set out to see if skilled players dominated unskilled players in weekly salary cap style fantasy football contests, which many consider to be the most volatile fantasy sports game in terms of scoring and unpredictability.

After testing the Star Fantasy Leagues weekly fantasy football contests over the 17 week 2014-15 NFL season, GLI simulations found that the "skilled" player beat the "unskilled" player 69.1% of the time. When the results of the study were completed by GLI, Star Fantasy Leagues took it a step further to cross-reference some of its player data against the results. It was determined that the weekly top scores from Star Fantasy Leagues skilled players beat the unskilled lineup in the one-day fantasy simulations 16,999 times out of 17,000, or in simpler terms, boasted a win rate of 99.994%.

The study pitted a 'skilled participant' against an 'unskilled participant' in simulated one-day fantasy football contests. A skilled participant was defined as a participant with full knowledge of the fantasy performance of all players for the previous week at the moment of roster selection, while an unskilled participant was defined as a participant that chose their lineup at random from the list of eligible players without any informed decisions. Lineups were crafted based on proprietary GLI algorithms, then run through a computer program to simulate one-week contests.

"We always knew skill was the dominant factor in these contests," said SFL CEO Zach Stanley. "Now we can prove it."

As the daily fantasy sports market continues to grow, these results are significant for daily fantasy sports companies whose critics contend that these games are based in chance, not skill. For the 41 million Americans – and growing – that enjoy fantasy sports, this is good news.

"I'd think that any operator who chose to start and build a fantasy sports brand was comfortable with the fact that these games are, at the core, skill-based games," said Seth Young, SFL's Chief Operating Officer. "The results of this study speak for themselves."

Young also published an op-ed on Legal Sports Report that dives deeper into the study, and that can be viewed at

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