9 Exciting Ways to Determine Your Fantasy Football Draft Order
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: West Region players celebrate after beating the Asia-Pacific Region 3-0 during the Little League World Series Championship at Howard J. Lamade Stadium.
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Fantasy football drafts are awesome. It’s why we spend entire summers reading, researching and ranking for what ultimately ends up as just one day of the entire fantasy season.
And while the selection of players is certainly thrilling, there’s more to drafts that make them so fun and exciting as well — like spending time with friends and family, talking trash over adult beverages and ragging every pick made.
But before the draft even takes place, most leagues need to determine the draft order for that season. In my personal league, which I’ve been running for more than 15 years, we’ve simply pulled names out of a hat to set the order.
I know … boring.
However, thanks to the magic of social media, I’m taking this question and giving it back to you, the people, to help provide the most interesting, exciting and apparently boozy ways to determine fantasy football draft orders.
Sure, there were plenty of reasonable responses, like using winners of last year’s consolation bracket or simply going reverse order of the previous season’s standings, but that’s even less thrilling than pulling names out of a hat.
So without further ado, here are my favorite draft order suggestion submissions.
Fantasy Football Draft Order Suggestions
1. Leave it to Little Leaguers
This is clearly a burner account for Matt Mitchell — The Action Network’s podcast production honcho, bettor of bad day baseball and Little World Series degenerate.
We pick Little League World Series teams based on prior year finishing position, person with winning team gets first choice of draft position (not necessarily first pick), person with runner-up team gets second and so on
— Sam Protzmann (@SamProtzmann) July 18, 2019
2. Hand Out Roses?
I’ll give this one credit for creativity, but not sure I’m looking for any reason to watch “The Bachelor.”
30 women on bachelor, each team got 3 women. First person to have all their women sent home got 10th pick and so on. Team that has the woman that is picked by the bachelor gets first pick.
— Tyler “#FactsOnly” Paling (@tpaling9) July 18, 2019
3-4. Here Come the Frat Boys
It didn’t take long for the fantasy football bros to come in hard with a slew of beer-pong related suggestions. Here are two of them, but trust me, there were a ton.
Beer Pong tournament to determine *choice* of draft pick. #dungeon
— Steven Ross (@5tevenRo55) July 18, 2019
Write names on the bottom of 12 cups. Randomize in two pyramids. Play pong. As shots go in, cups come out and names are revealed. Last cup standing gets the first pick.
— Eric Rueb (@EricRueb) July 18, 2019
5. The Lottery
Using gambling to setup more gambling? I’m listening …
North Carolina lottery. Assign numbers the day before.
— Gary Marbry (@nuggetpalooza) July 18, 2019
6. Leave It to Speed?
From a high level, I truly like this suggestion. However, as one of Darren Rovell’s co-workers, I’d hate to sentence him to the last pick in any league he plays in for the rest of his life.
40 yard dash times
— Chuck Borden (@brybitch) July 18, 2019
7. The Price is Wrong
Much like daydrinking, I have a love/hate relationship with this one. I love Plinko, but hate building stuff.
We built a giant plinko board. Everyone gets 3 drops. You can buy more. Once everyone is done buying the highest score gets to pick draft slot.
— Kevin Anderson (@KEVA21) July 18, 2019
8. Joffe Needs Help, Too
No police chases? No flame throwers? No betting on huge underdogs with zero chance of winning? The Action Network’s Lauren Joffe, who LITERALLY DOES NOTHING THE BORING WAY, determines her draft in the same lame way that I do.
I would have set this suggestion from her at +99999999.
Out of a hat. A hat. And while I’ll bitch about it it’s all as well because in reality I ultimately screw up my draft every year no matter what number I pull. Good thing I’m the GOAT team owner
— Lauren Joffe (@thespinzone) July 18, 2019
9. The Draft Order GOAT
While all suggestions above are worthy enough to be included in this article, there is truly just one winner …
Everyone takes the Wonderlic after finishing a 6 pack. Scores decide
— John Griffin (@JohnGrif785) July 18, 2019
This was the clubhouse leader early, and while some worthy shots came for the crown, nothing can top the unbeatable combination of alcohol and pointing out which of your friends are stupid.