Vulcun Daily Fantasy eSports Investment Funding Report

Vulcun is currently the largest Daily Fantasy site in the world of eSports.  Much of this growth has come about from the company’s ability to tap into a vast pool of Angel Investors.

Last October Vulcan raised $1.3 million from San Francisco-based and Menlo Park, CA-based Battery Ventures.

In April, a host of venture capital firms and angels participated in a $12 million Series A round of capital for the company, including Sequoia, the leader of this deal.

Submitted by: Aaron Goldstein on June 03, 2015
Does This Daily Fantasy Sports Site Have Money Behind It: SidePrize newest feature will look at the funding and Angel investing for various Daily Fantasy Sports sites and here we look at SidePrize.

As you may have read on our sister site, another Daily Fantasy Sports, ScoreStreak, shut down last week due to lack of funding.

SidePrize calls itself the “PayPal for Fantasy Sports”, alluding to the popular online payment system.

Submitted by: CCostigan on June 03, 2015

Mike Wacha starting for the St. Louis Cardinals is definitely on our radar this Thursday as he goes up against the LA Dodgers.

You will want to be all over him for your fantasy roster as he is coming off a bad loss (his first of the season). 

He’s only allowed 4 hits off of 22 at bats against the current LA roster in the limited appearances versus the Dodgers.

Wacha is priced right around the $9K mark.

Submitted by: CCostigan on June 03, 2015 has your Daily Fantasy Sports MLB picks for Wednesday’s games.

Washington Nationals:

Denard Span is 12-for-33 against Buehrle with 5 RBIs and 2 homers. He’s hit in all but two of his last ten games.

Ian Desmond should be on your roster this day as he has hit 2-for-6 against Buehrle.

Chicago Cubs:

Dee Gordon has been on fire.  He has hit in seven straight coming into Sunday.  Gordon has hit 1-for-3 off of Kyle Hendricks.

Miami Marlins:

Submitted by: Vito Conti on June 02, 2015
Daily Fantasy Sports MLB Picks for Tuesday June 2 has your Daily Fantasy Sports MLB picks for Tuesday.

Washington Nationals:

Ian Desmond has not faced Marco Estrada but his performance of late makes him an enticing play though a bit of a gamble.

St. Louis Cardinals:

Tuesday - Jhonny Peralta has gone 6-for-11 against Milwaukee’s Mike Fiers with 3 RBIs.


Michael McHenry is starting to come alive of late.  He’s 5-for-10 against Grienke. 

Carlos Gonzalez had hit in 7 of 10 prior to Sunday and is a solid 7-for-22 against Grienke with 5 RBIs.

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on June 02, 2015
Daily Fantasy Sports MLB Picks – June 1 has your Daily Fantasy Sports MLB picks for June 1.

Arizona Diamondbacks -

First Baseman Paul Goldschmidt is among the hottest hitters in the league right now.  He’ll cost you at $5100.  Versus Alex Wood he is 2-for-2 and definitely worth having on your roster.

Arizona CF A.J. Pollock hit .408 in his final 12 games in May with 12 runs scored.

Washington Nationals –

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on June 01, 2015
DFS Picks June 1 – 3: Ian Desmond, Wilson Ramos

As noted on our sister site, Ian Desmond of the Washington Nationals could prove to be a hot commodity the early part of this week, as least on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

But one of the hottest daily fantasy prospects this week will be Washington’s Wilson Ramos, 9-for-13 against R.A. Dickey and .277 on the season thus far so the price will be right Monday night.  Ramos hasn't had a starting streak longer than four games or shorter than three in the 2015 season.

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on May 31, 2015
Vulcun eSports Prize Pool Now Tops $10 Million for 2015

eSports fantasy website Vulcun announced this past week it had more than doubled its 2015 prize pool from $4 million to $10 million, making it the second largest prize pool of the year outside of The International 2015 – $10.9 M [Dota2].

Vulcun has already revealed it paid out $2 million so far this year.

The company has been flush with cash since the start of the year thanks to a growing number of investors looking into jump head first into the eSports fantasy sports market. 

Below are the current 2015 prize pools in eSports:

Submitted by: Aaron Goldstein on May 31, 2015
Fantasy LCS 2015 Summer Split Draft Guide, your source for Fantasy eSports, has your LCS 2015 Summer Split Draft Guide.  We will now be featuring

Submitted by: Anonymous on May 31, 2015 has your Daily Fantasy Sports MLB picks and previews for May 31. 

The White Sox John Danks has posted an ugly 5.69 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in nine starts this season.  As if that weren’t bad enough, he’s 0-3 against them with a 9.14 ERA and a WHIP of 2.032.

Daily Fantasy players will want to be on Chris Carter, who has now hit in each of his last seven games and has been solid against Danks. Jose Altuve has also had success against Danks, going 3-for-9 with a homerun. 

Luis Valbuena, though struggling of late, is 4-for-6 vs. Danks. 

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on May 31, 2015
DFS FanDuel Baseball Pick  – May 30: Gio Gonzalez has your DFS Baseball picks for May 30.

He’s priced at $9200 and worth it.

The Reds are among the worst teams right now.

Our sister site notes that the Nationals are 21-4 in Gonzalez’s last 25 starts vs. National League Central.

Gonzalez has had some success against Cincinnati in his career, going 2-1 with a 1.06 ERA and 40 strikeouts over 34 innings in five starts.  In fact, he has the lowest ERA of any starting pitcher today against an opposing team’s current roster.

Submitted by: CCostigan on May 30, 2015
DraftKings Presents Title Sponsorship at Belmont Stakes

DraftKings, the world’s second largest daily fantasy sports site, has announced it will be presenting the title sponsorship at this year’s Belmont Stakes.  Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed by the New York Racing Association (NYRA).

DraftKings will have its logo featured on the starting gate and the cooling blankets of the winning horses throughout the day June 6.

This year’s Belmont Stakes is expected to be among the most watched as American Pharoah attempts to become the first horse in over 40 years to win the coveted Triple Crown.

Submitted by: Aaron Goldstein on May 30, 2015 has your daily fantasy sports MLB picks and previews for Saturday’s games.

Niese surrendered eight runs on 11 hits in Tuesday's loss to St. Louis. (Tue May 19) then followed that up with another abysmal performance versus Pittsburgh in which Niese could not get beyond the 4th inning. 

He’s been decimated by a few of the current Marlins players including Giancarlo Stanton.  Fortunately Stanton’s been struggling of late.  But he is 11-for-27 against Niese with 7 RBIs so this could be his lucky day.

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on May 30, 2015
Daily Fantasy Sports MLB Picks and Previews for May 29 has your daily fantasy sports MLB picks and previews for Friday’s games and beyond.

They don’t get much hotter than Miami’s Dan Haren when it comes to tonight’s starting pitchers and their past performance versus an opposing roster.

Haren has permitted just 24 hits on 115 at bats against the current Mets roster.  Five of those were homeruns and nine were RBIs to be clear.

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on May 29, 2015

This will be the first year that Daily Fantasy Sports plays a part in the much anticipated World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. will sponsor one of the World Series of Poker events.

The.$1,500, DraftKings 50/50 no-limit Texas hold 'em tournament is a new event for the WSOP in 2015. It starts at noon on Saturday, June 27, and is officially 2015 WSOP Event #55.

Submitted by: Vito Conti on May 28, 2015

In its glory days Macau's casinos were bringing 40% margins and showering the gaming industry with riches, noted.

A corruption crackdown by the Chinese Government has changed all that.

Since last summer, Macau’s 40% margins have turned into 40% (and even 50%) casino revenue declines. 

Submitted by: Aaron Goldstein on May 28, 2015

Though a relatively small slate by Major League Baseball standards, there are still plenty of plays for today’s DFS fans.

Corey Kluber of Cleveland has the best stats going up against opposing batters today having given up just 12 hits on 60 at bats against them.  He’s allowed just one homerun over that time period.  Half of those, however, were extra base hits.

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on May 28, 2015
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When it comes to the Rangers vs. Indians series, neither of today’s two starters have had much luck against the opposing team.  To make matters worse, the Texas bullpen has given up a number of runs in most of Colby Lewis’s starts.

Michael Brantley has gone 5-for-14 against Lewis with one homerun and three RBIs.

Ryan Raburn was hot in his last game against Texas and that trend is likely to continue against Lewis as he has gone 2-for-5 against him with three RBIs. Two of those hits were doubles.

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on May 27, 2015

The world leader in daily fantasy sports has announced the first ever Android app for players. made the platform available to Android users Wednesday morning.

To download the app, players may scan the QR code from the FanDuel webpage or visit the Android page from their device.

The app allows for the following:

Contests offerings, editing of lineups, creation of multiple entries, live scoring and the management of account information.

- Aaron Goldstein,

Submitted by: Aaron Goldstein on May 27, 2015 has your daily fantasy sports MLB picks and previews for Tuesday’s games.

Alexi Ramirez is a good play for today as he comes into this game with 8 hits in his last 10.  He is 4-for-10 against R.A. Dickey of Toronto.

Melky Cabrera has also had success going up against Dickey with 4 hits in 12 at bats including a homerun.

Danny Valencia is batting .348 and is 8-for-23 against John Danks.

Kurt Suzuki hit 2-for-4 on Monday and comes into Tuesday’s game against Clay Buchholz, for whom he is 8-for-15 against.  

Submitted by: Vito Conti on May 25, 2015 has your daily fantasy sports MLB picks and previews for May 25. 

David Ortiz is 4-for-10 against the White Sox Ricky Nolasco.  Three of those hits were homers.  

The Astros Jose Altuve is 4-for-10 against Wei-Yin Chen with two RBIs.

Brett Gardner has hit in six of his last ten games but his ERA has dropped to .287 from .318 earlier in the month.  He is 6-for-17 against Jeremy Guthrie with one RBI.

Alex Rodriguez is 8-for-28 against Guthrie.

Submitted by: CCostigan on May 24, 2015
Daily Fantasy Sports – MLB Picks and Previews May 24 has your daily fantasy sports MLB picks and previews for Sunday.

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera has been hot against Houston’s Roberto Hernandez, going 14-for-39 at bats with 3 homeruns, 5 extra base hits and 8 RBIs.

Rajai Davis is even hotter against Hernandez, going 9-for-21 at bats with 3 RBIs.

Howie Kendrick has the best ERA of the day versus an opposing pitcher.  He has posted a .517 ERA vs. San Diego’s James Shields.  That’s more than half his at bats (15-for-29) translating into hits.  He’s also had 7 extra base hits off of Shields.

Submitted by: Vito Conti on May 23, 2015
Daily Fantasy Sports MLB Picks and Previews – May 23

Robinson Cano has terrific value vs. Toronto’s Mark Buerhrle today.  Prior to yesterday he hit five times in three games but more importantly Cano is 9-for-29 with 11 RBIs and 3 homers against Buehrle. 

The Dodgers Andre Ehtier is hitting just above .300 this season.  He is 13-for-36 against Ian Kennedy of the Padres with 7 RBIs. 

Likewise, Justin Turner has gone 6-for-11 against Kennedy with three extra base hits.

Submitted by: Dan Shapiro on May 23, 2015 has your daily fantasy MLB picks for Friday.

Baltimore’s Adam Jones is 5-for-11 vs. Henderson Alvarez with 2 RBIs.  Chris Davis has gone 5-for-10 against him.

The Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez is 10-for-28 vs. Andrew Cashner with 6 RBIs, 5 extra base hits and 4 homeruns.

Mike Trout will be expensive but he has gone 5-for-15 vs. Rick Porcello.

San Diego’s Clint Barnes is 7-for-16 vs. Zack Greinke while Justin Upton is 8-for-20 vs. him with 4 extra base hits.

Submitted by: Vito Conti on May 22, 2015
. has your daily fantasy sports MLB picks and previews for Thursday’s games.

Ryan Rayburn has been hot against John Danks of the White Sox but cold overall with hits in just three games.  He has hit 17-for-42 against Danks with 11 extra bases and 12 RBIs.

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera has gone 9-for-16 with every five RBIs.

Alexei Ramirez has gone 8-for-10 against Danny Salazar of the Indians.

Hanley Ramirez is 10-for-24 against the Rangers Wandy Rodriguez.

Submitted by: Vito Conti on May 20, 2015