What Is the Best Way To Decide Your Fantasy Football Draft Order?

Before you get to your draft, you must first determine your fantasy football draft order. Here are some fun ways to do it!

If you polled a bunch of fantasy football managers and asked them what the best day of the fantasy season was, most would say draft day. However, before we get to the draft, we have to choose the draft order.

This is always an exciting time as well. It is the moment when you can really start strategizing. So, why not make it even more exciting? Here are some common and — not-so-common — ways to determine your fantasy football draft order.

Top 10 Ways To Decide Your League’s Draft Order

There are truly an infinite amount of ideas we could come up with to determine a fantasy football draft order. They range from the most mundane to the most intricate thing you can think of. The objective is to do something that is fun but is still ultimately just a random chance. Here are some ideas.

Host a Combine

I know what you’re thinking. It’s hard enough to get everyone in the same place for a draft, let alone for a draft order. Fortunately, we have technology to assist us.

This combine can be done remotely by each league member at their leisure, provided it is recorded and documented for authenticity.

The specifics of what your combine will entail are entirely up to you. The possibilities are endless. Ideally, you want to choose activities that don’t really have a high skill cap, as you ultimately want this to be mostly random. The draft order will be determined by the speed at which each manager completes the assigned tasks.

Wager on a Horse Race

This is as straightforward as it gets. Pick a day. Pick a race. Pick a horse. The draft order is the order in which the horses finish.

Simulate Games of Madden

You can play real games of Madden … or any video game. But that brings a level of skill into play. In a simulation, everyone is equal, and it remains a random chance. You can run a tournament with a losers’ bracket and everything. The winner gets the first pick. The runner-up gets the second pick. And so on.

Play a Poker Tournament

Not everyone knows how to play poker, but while poker is a game of skill, there is an element of luck to it. In fact, it’s quite similar to fantasy football in that way.

Get all of your managers at a poker table (either in person or online), and the draft order is determined by the order of elimination.

Go Minigolfing

Unless you have a golf professional in your midst, minigolf is mostly a game of luck. While this also has the problem of getting your entire league together for a second day besides the draft, it’s a nice day or night out for everyone, too. Play a round of 18 holes, and your fantasy football draft order will be based on the scores.

The Arcade Challenge

Send everyone to an arcade with an identical amount of money — say, $20. Whoever accumulates the most tickets wins. The draft order will be determined by the number of tickets each manager amasses.

Take the Wonderlic

We like to poke fun at quarterbacks who struggle with the Wonderlic. Well, here’s your chance to prove yourself. Have every manager take the test, and the draft order will be based on the scores.

You can also do this with any sort of test or quiz. Maybe do a standard IQ test. Perhaps you want to find a football trivia quiz on a site like Sporcle. As long as no one has an unfair advantage, it’s both fun and fair.

Play Laser Tag

Maybe your league has a laser tag wizard in its ranks, but probably not. I haven’t played laser tag in years, and I can’t imagine anyone in my league has. When no one is particularly skilled at something, it’s the perfect game to determine a draft order.

You can structure this however you want, but here’s how I’d do it for maximum fun: Have the previous season’s finalists serve as captains. Draft two teams of presumably six. Play a round or three of laser tag. The members of the winning team get the top six picks, and the specific order of picks will be based on your total score within the game(s).

An Eating Challenge

Think hot dog eating contest but with way fewer hot dogs. No one has to be Joey Chestnut over here.

Decide on a food. Could be hot dogs. Could be waffles. Could be grapes. Could be anything that is easily measured.

Set a timer to something reasonable. The smaller the food item, the shorter the timer. The draft order is determined by whoever eats the most during the time allotted.

Draw From a Deck of Cards

Maybe this belongs in the “less fun” section, but it feels slightly above it in terms of fun. Everyone draws a card and the draft order is set from highest to lowest. Any ties are broken by a redraw between the managers who drew the same card.

Additional (Less Fun) Ways To Decide Your League’s Draft Order

Sometimes, you just want to get the draft order done as quickly and efficiently as possible. That’s what most of my leagues do, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Pick Names Out of a Hat

This is as old school as it gets. Throw all the team names in a hat and draw them one at a time. We go from last to first to build suspense, of course. The first name out gets the last pick, and so on, all the way to No. 1.

Run an Online Randomizer

This is the automated version of picking names out of a hat. It’s as simple as it gets and even removes the element of suspense as the remaining names dwindle down during the drawing.

There are plenty of websites out there you can use to randomize a list. Find one, put all the team names in, and click randomize. The randomizer will then spit out your draft order.

With the fantasy football season behind us, why not start preparing for your rookie drafts with our dynasty rookie rankings? Additionally, as you look to improve your team heading into 2024, our dynasty trade calculator can help you find the perfect deal to boost your championship chances.

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