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Top 51 FREE Fantasy Football Draft Tools Winners Use In 2018

FREE Fantasy Football Draft Tools 2018

Free Fantasy Football draft tools make your Fantasy life easier. And who couldn’t use that? There are so many great Fantasy Football sites out there, whether they are just straight content sites, tools or apps, and sometimes it’s tough to filter through them and find the best of everything.

That’s where I come in!

I’ve been playing antasy Football for close to 30 years now, and writing about it online for close to 20. That means I’ve been scouring the Internet to help me find the best assistance possible. The following links take you to the top FREE Fantasy Football Draft tools that I think will help you the most in 2018. There are some tools out there that are similar, and I discuss that in some cases, but for my money (just kidding, they’re free!), these are my favorites! I also post the 25 Best Free In-Season Fantasy Football Lineup Tools For 2018 every year, too!

As the summer wears on, I’ll be updating this page, removing the ones that are no longer available, and adding new ones that I’ve recently found.

I’ve been updating this column for six years now, adding links to more great tools every summer. The one you are reading now started back in 2012, and this is one of the most popular pages on my website every year.

Top FREE Fantasy Football Draft Tools (Updated for 2018!)

If you come across a dead link or a tool that is no longer free, please comment below, so it tells me — and it tells our readers!

1. DraftWizard’s Mock Draft Simulator

Without question, this tool is still my favorite of all the free Fantasy Football draft tools. You can run multiple mock drafts from different spots in the draft order, see who dozens of Fantasy Football experts suggest, get analysis after your, and generate  cheat sheets according to your league preferences. This thing has it all and it has been running strong for over five years now!

Even after all this time, this is still, by far, the greatest free draft tool in Internet history! Outside of having Matthew Berry, Michael Fabiano and Jamey Eisenberg talking over your shoulder as you get ready to draft, this is the best draft assistant you can possibly ask for.

Understand, of course, that the Mock Draft Simulator is free, but there are several pay add-on features — but they will make your life sooo much easier. We’re talking about features like:

  • Draft Assistant: Connect to your Fantasy Football league, whether it’s on CBS, ESPN, MyFantasyLeague, Yahoo! or a few other sites, synchronize it, and this tool will move right along with your real draft room. You’ll still have to make your picks in the REAL room, but you’ll be offered pick-by-pick advice. Connecting to your league also pulls in your scoring and lineup settings, keepers and the rosters for other teams. It’s literally your Assistant Fantasy GM.
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Example of FantasyPros Draft Wizard connected to the FFWebmasters league I’m in on MyFantasyLeague.com.

  • Pick Predictor: It shows the odds of which players are likely or not likely to be available by your next draft pick (or whichever round you’re considering waiting for that player). It’s great for planning and for figuring out who you should take with your current draft pick. It uses the stats of all their previous mock drafts, along with current, updated expert rankings, to figure out percentages of who might still be available at your pick in the next round.
  • Draft Analyzer: Shows you where the expert projections put your team in the standings after your draft, including where your strengths and weaknesses are.
  • Cheat Sheet Creator: You can import your own rankings or combine your favorite experts’ rankings altogether onto one cheat sheet, with tiers and a spot for player notes. Then, as your draft continues, the tiers will light up red if they are close to being empty, so you know it’s time to draft from that position.
  • Auction Value Calculator: Auctions are a little trickier than drafts, but this calculator uses projected points and VORP (Value Over Replacement Players) to help sort out player prices.

Go check this tool out now if you haven’t already! It’s my favorite free Fantasy draft tool, but their premium version also happens to be my favorite overall draft tool!

2. FantasyRundown.com’s Daily Article Links

Goose has his eye on the Fantasy Sports industry, and he’s always finding the very best Fantasy Football articles on tons of websites every day. Then he links them out for us to enjoy! He updates his page throughout the day, so you’ll end up coming back here several times.

My favorite part about his listings is that he doesn’t just grab a link and throw it up there. You can get that from an RSS feed or from Twitter. Goose goes in, checks the article out, and explains why this article will be beneficial to you and your Fantasy Football team. Consider this site your media relations team, finding out all the great little pieces of information you need to read about.

This is an interview I did with FantasyRundown about how he gets so many great links to so many great articles each day.

3. SoCalledFantasyExpert.com’s Fantasy Football Email Advice

I’m proud of this one, since I’m part of the SCFE content team. This is a quick form that you fill out, telling us what size league you are in, and what type of scoring system you use, before explaining your particular conundrum. Our Fantasy Football writers (Michael Tomlin, John LaPresto and Mark Strausberg) will answer your questions, usually within a day or two, along with myself. Don’t be surprised if you get multiple email answers back, or see your question made into a column!

4. SleeperBot App

I actually had this app on my “25 Best Fantasy Football Lineup Tools” from last year, but it’s one of the best free Fantasy draft tools, too!

Add this app through your app store, and turn on push notifications. Then they’ll shoot you a note every time something major happens in the Fantasy Football world. This could be injury news, roster shakeups, cuts and signings, or just some great gossip from a team’s local beat writer. It’s as if you have RotoWorld NFL headlines being whispered into your ear right when the news happens.

5. MyFantasyLeague.com ADP History

I love looking back over the past 20 years or so (dating back to the late ‘90s!) to see what the average draft rankings were for any particular season. I like their draft setup, which means you can run mock drafts for free that are quite helpful.

6. FantasyPros’ ADP Comparison Tool

Not only do they pull in the Average Draft Position numbers from several websites, but you can see where these different sites differ greatly on players. For instance, Vikings rookie RB Dalvin Cook has an ESPN ADP of 42, and CBS Sports has him at 80! In other words, if you’re drafting on CBS, he’s likely going to be available later than on ESPN because owners won’t be prompted that he’s the next best available player for another 30 picks or so.

7. FNTSY.com Radio App

Have you ever listened to the Fantasy Sports Channel on SiriusXM Radio? It’s pretty awesome, right? Unfortunately, you have to pay a few hundred dollars in order to get that satellite radio service! That kind of kicks your Fantasy winnings in the crotch, right?

Well, kicked crotch no more!

You can also listen to them through your PC here: FantasySportsNetwork.com/radio!

Many of the superstar radio guys that used to be on that Sirius channel are now on FNTSY Radio! Here’s a short list of the names you remember from their Sirius days that are now on FNTSY Radio:

  • Scott Engel, Corey Parson, Jake Ciely, Tony Cincotta, Gregg Sussman, Michael Florio, and plenty more.

From “RotoExperts in the Morning” (7-9am ET) to “Fantasy Football Frenzy” (9-11am) to “The Fantasy BFFs” (11-12pm ET), your Fantasy mornings will never be the same!

Improve your Fantasy ROI -– spend less on Fantasy radio and listen more to great Fantasy experts! Add the app through your app store, or listen to them online at FNTSY.com/radio each day.

8. FantasyKnuckleheads.com Fantasy Strength of Schedule

I love looking ahead at the upcoming schedules to spot opportunities to exploit. The Fantasy Knuckleheads’ Fantasy SoS is good because they allow you to download the spreadsheet into Excel, so you can adjust and sort the way you want to. Also, toward the bottom, they have a full table sorting which positions have better schedules than others for each team. By the way, Chicago’s offense has happy times ahead in 2018!

9. CBSSports.com’s Pick-By-Pick Series

This is something relatively new Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg worked up last year, and they posted the 2018 version in late June. They go through each draft spot in a standard and a PPR league, and they give you an idea of how your draft would work out from that spot. So if you have the eighth pick in the first round of a PPR league, read their article on picking from that spot for some tips. Very cool idea that I should have thought of first! It’s weird to call this one of the top free Fantasy Football draft tools because it’s an article series, but you should use it as a tool that you go back to often.

10. “101 Fantasy Football Tips” ebook By David Gonos & 50 Other Fantasy Writers

OK, so this one is self-promotion — BUT — it is free! All you have to do is sign up for the DavidGonos.com Fantasy Football Newsletter! We’ll send it out once a week or so, with some cool info, new tools and new team names, and such! (This e-book was written in 2014, but it’s a strategy handbook, so it’s all applicable in 2018, just with older player names as examples.)

After you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email, and then a few minutes later, you’ll get a welcome email that will have the link to your free downloadable PDF!



11. FantasyFootballCalculator.com Scenario Calculator

Ready to have your mind blown? Plug in which draft pick you are targeting a specific player and it magically spits out the probability percentages of that player being available to you. (This hasn’t been updated for 2018, but you should still bookmark it!)

12. FantasyFootballCalculator.com Average Draft Position Rankings

This gives you the ability to graph out specific players to see how they are trending in recent mock drafts. Also, can break it into 8-, 10-, 12- or 14-team drafts. It’s a powerful draft prep tool, for sure. What I really like is checking a player’s rising or lowering Fantasy draft value, like the example shown with Jamaal Williams.

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13. FootballGuys.com Daily Emails

Sure, there are a dozens of spots to get your player news, but there’s something nice about getting into work each day and having this email pushed to you, ready to read. Sure, it’s a day later than the news actually happened, but sometimes, that’s a much better way to look at the analysis rather than as soon as it happens.

14. NFL.com’s Fantasy Genius Q&A

(Funny thing — for an entire year, I apparently had “genius” spelled in the subheader of this tool as “genuis” because I’m that smart.) This is actually a pretty cool layout for a community discussion about your Fantasy Football issues. You’ll go here, ask a Fantasy question (Should I make this trade? Rate My Team? Is this player a third-round pick?) and then wait for the NFL.com community to answer. You can also hang out and answer questions on your own. While all that is old news, it’s the layout that is great and will have you answering more and more questions. You also get scored on your answers, so you can try to climb up the leaderboard!

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15. Tristan Cockcroft’s Consistency Ratings

Cockcroft posts his consistency ratings on ESPN weekly, during the season, but in the offseason, these are helpful to look at to see which players consistently do what you expect them to do.

In this new Fantasy Football world, with Daily Fantasy play becoming part of our everyday lives, this research on Fantasy player consistency is invaluable. The more consistent the player is, the higher his floor is and lower his ceiling is, which means he’s a solid play when the DFS salary is right.

16. NFFC’s Average Draft Position

This site hosts what’s considered the premier Fantasy Football competition, where the best face off against the best in some of the most competitive leagues in the industry. Big time stuff! So it stands to reason that their ADP is considered one of the best in the world, too.

17. FantasySharks.com Draft Predictor

Rather than just tell you who you should take next, it forecasts who it thinks will be drafted over the next two rounds, so you always know what to expect in upcoming rounds. That allows you to place more confidence in your picks. The demo is free and it will take you through the first four rounds, but you’ll have to pay for the app to go further than that.

18. FootballGuys.com Rate My Team

Once you have your roster set, after your draft, come back here and see what the FootballGuys think of your squad. You put your roster in, set your scoring system and lineup settings, then enter your email address and get a rundown. You even get projections and outlooks for each player, along with some possible free-agent recommendations. This is for after drafts, but it still counts as one of my favorite free Fantasy Football draft tools!

19. RotoWorld.com NFL Player Headlines

When Eric Mack and I worked at CBSSports.com, we swore by the player news updates at CBSSports.com. We regularly beat RotoWorld to the punch, and we had better analysis – period. We posted more updates per day and no player owned in more than one percent of leagues went without an update for more than three weeks. But now, CBS uses Rotowire to do their news.

I like Rotowire, but now that I’m not at CBS, I find myself using RotoWorld more and more. I’m not sure why, exactly, but I do like the most recent updates on a player’s page being available immediately, rather than going to another page. One thing that bugs me about Rotoworld is that sometimes, they offer no analysis — just the news, with more news underneath. At CBS, we also shared which leagues such-and-such player is more valuable in, or where he should be drafted, etc. Rant over…

I open up Rotoworld’s NFL Player Headlines page on one of my Chrome tabs, and I just leave it there, and check back often throughout the day, keeping updated on the news at all times!

20. FNTSY.com’s Fantasy Football YouTube Videos

Consider all the people they have on as guests, which is pretty much every person you know in the industry, and you’ll finally understand exactly what FNTSY really is: It’s the ESPN of Fantasy Sports! We complained for years that there were no Fantasy Football TV shows — and now we have our own channel!

21. Fantasy Football Reddit

This is basically, just a really great message board on a very large scale. Sure, a lot of sites have their own message boards, but this one’s great in that you’ll see stats, articles, questions, links and tools from tons of different sites. And even better, you’ll see opinions and perspectives of Fantasy owners that might not write for a site. And you can ask and answer Fantasy Football questions of all  different types. The Redditors try to help the best articles rise near the top, so upvote the ones you like and downvote the others.

22. 4For4.com’s New Offensive Coordinator Impact Series

T.J. Hernandez broke down how Fantasy Football owners should look at the impact of offensive coordinators in new places. He does a deep dive into coordinators in new places, like Brian Schottenheimer (Seattle), Todd Haley (Cleveland), Pat Shurmur (N.Y. Giants) and Mike McCoy (Arizona). He shares their history and figures out which offensive positions/players should benefit the most from a Fantasy perspective. It really is great stat work – and well worth your eyeballs.

23. “Fantasy On 5” Podcast with David Gonos and Garion Thorne!

This is a podcast Garion and I started running this year, as part of the Five Reasons Sports Network — which you should definitely check out as one of the best podcasting networks around. Garion is a great host and analytics beast, and I bring the funny and the Fantasy historical perspective. We post two podcasts a week — and we cover all the good stuff, like rankings, waivers, busts, sleepers, and a lot more.

24. FootballGuys.com’s Draft Pick Trade Calculator

This is a nice tool put out there by David Dodds that helps you get an idea of the Fantasy value of every draft pick in a draft. So if you are offered a trade by someone, run it through this baby to see how the pick calculator thinks you would do. It’s weighted toward the higher picks, obviously.

22. FantasyPros.com’s Auction Value Calculator

It’s like a Fantasy auction cheat sheet, after you set the league size and team budget. It also works for flex positions and IDP leagues!

Just a great way to get an idea of the prices you should expect to pay for players in your Fantasy Football auction. As you know, auctions are usually very different from one to the next, much more so than a regular Fantasy draft. But starting off with a solid basis for auction values should give you a good head start.

25. FantasyPros.com’s Bye Week Cheat Sheet

Look, I know we have a lot of tools by these guys – but they’re good – and they’re free! What are you complaining about!?! This page is good to have on hand during your draft so you don’t accidentally draft Leonard Fournette, Joe Mixon and Jay Ajayi together, since they all have a Week 9 bye. (I’m not a huge fan of avoiding players with the same bye weeks, but many are — so use this.)

26. FFToolbox.com Fantasy Strength of Schedule

Similar to the one at FantasyKnuckleheads.com, take a look at which positions face the toughest defenses (against that particular position). For instance, it’s great to know that the Falcons have the easiest schedule for wide receivers (Julio Jones!) BUT the toughest schedule for tight ends. On the other hand, the Browns and Vikings have the easiest schedules for running backs. I love that you can adjust what weeks it’s looking at, too. (For instance, the Browns have the second-easiest schedule for running backs in the first five weeks, but then from Weeks 6-10, they have the second-toughest schedule for running backs. Trade Carlos Hyde after Week 5!)

25. FantasyRundown.com Football Rankings Compilation Page

Think of this page like a portal to everyone’s Fantasy Football rankings in the world. I’m pretty sure he has the Dalai Lama’s PPR rankings on here, too (that guy loves the Ryan Tannehill this year). As of now, I count links to 18 different websites with rankings. Thankfully, it’s not overwhelming, and it’s sorted nicely, allowing you to find exactly what you’re looking for. He updates this daily, also.

27. GridironExperts.com’s NFL Depth Charts

Aesthetically, I love the look of these NFL player depth charts for each team. It’s only for Fantasy players, so you won’t see offensive linemen or IDP depth here, which is nice because it filters out stuff you might not want anyway. It auto-updates daily, so bookmark this for frequent use!

28. FantasyKnuckleheads.com’s NFL Targets Reports

Predraft analysis can get pretty tedious, but going the extra mile pays off big time. Using target reports can help you notice trendy QB favorites and or highlighted players in an offense. Target reports are especially helpful during the season when scouting rising players, especially during Weeks 1-4.

29. “Fantasy Football For Smart People: 25 Mysteries Solved to Help You Draft a Better Team” E-book

I highly respect Jonathan Bales and his work in the Daily Fantasy Sports world has not gone unnoticed by the masses. He made this book on Fantasy Football free to download on your Amazon Kindle — or on your computer if you download the free Amazon app! But you can also buy some of his other Fantasy books here.

30. FootballGuys.com’s “Looking For Leagues” Forum

One of the toughest things regular Fantasy Football commissioners have to do is fill up a league after an owner or two bails, and no one has a buddy that: a) wants to play or b) knows anything about Fantasy Football. All the buddies they do know that are like that are already in their league. This forum is full of people looking for leagues – and leagues looking for people.

31. FantasyPros.com Fantasy Football Rumors

I like this page because it sorts through a lot of roster or transaction news, and just gives you some rumors floating around. FantasyPros owns several spots in my top free Fantasy Football draft tools list. They’re good.

32. ProFootballTalk.com’s News and Rumors

Speaking of rumors, there’s no greater source for news and rumors these days than PFT, and that has been the case for just about a decade now. You might not get Fantasy analysis, but wouldn’t you rather know the news sooner, giving yourself a chance to make the Fantasy call rather than waiting on Fantasy sites?

49. FantasyFootballers.org’s RB Touches Stats

It has always bugged me that stat sites, or stat pages within sites, don’t list “Touches,” for running backs. I don’t mean rushing attempts and receptions. I mean rushing attempts and targets, which would truly indicate how much a team uses this specific running back.

Did you know — after Le’Veon Bell (28.47), Ezekiel Elliott (28.0) and Todd Gurley (24.4), the running back with the most touches (rushes+targets) in 2017 was Leonard Founette at 24.31 per game?

33. NFLSavant.com’s Custom NFL Stats

This free Fantasy Football draft tool is really great because it gives you some next-level research ability. You set the options under each category, and submit for the stats. For instance, did you know the Panthers and Chiefs had the most rushes in the “Shotgun” formation inside their opponent’s 25-yard line?

34. BlogTalkRadio’s Fantasy Network

Free podcasts are awesome. Here’s a landing page for the best Fantasy Football podcasts out there, including FantasyGuru, ProFootballFocus and HerFantasyFootball. All three are high quality, and the third one is hosted by three sisters from Denver that do a great job of analysis and entertaining.

35. FantasyFootballNerd.com’s Movers and Shakers

This is one of the cooler free Fantasy Football draft tools that looks over the Fantasy Football landscape to show you which players are on the rise and which players are falling in the rankings at each position. They monitor the rankings on several sites to determine the risers and fallers, and this tool would be a great in-season tool, as well. You can select a time frame you want to use, too, including seven days, 14 days, 21 days and 28 days.

36. NFL Injury Report by CBSSports.com

There are tons of injury reports everywhere, on every sports site, it seems, but I like this one the best because you can quickly get a look by team, by injury, by expected return date and, most importantly, by position. I also like it because you can break it down by their practice status.

36. SportingCharts.com’s Interesting NFL Player Stats

I’m not sure what else to call these other than “interesting NFL stats!” But having these kinds of stats at your disposal is key, which makes this one of my favorite free Fantasy Football draft tools this season.

They have great breakdowns of some really cool stats like:

  • Dropped Passes
  • Receiving Yards at the Catch: These are the receivers that racked up the most receiving yards before they started running with the ball. It’s like receiving yards minus yards-after-the-catch.
  • Passing Big Plays
  • % of Rushing Attempts Stuffed

37. CheatSheetWarRoom.com Custom Fantasy Football Cheat Sheets

Create your own customized player rankings by dragging and dropping players up and down on an interactive cheat sheet. Then you can generate a printable cheat sheet off of that.

40. FootballGuys.com Depth Charts

There are plenty of sets of depth charts out there, but I these rank up there among the easiest to use. No frills, color coded – and you don’t have to go to a different page for every team. They do a great job keeping them up to date, as well.

IDP Owners Alert: They update their defensive depth charts, too, making this a great IDP tool.

38. TheHuddle.com’s 2018 Offensive Line Rankings

Offensive lines are the lifeblood of most successful Fantasy players, because without them, QBs are running for their lives, wide receivers don’t have enough time to get open, and running backs get stuffed at the line. David Dorey figures it all out and ranks the O-lines before every season.

39. DynastyFootballFactory.com’s Devy Watch List

If you’re not familiar with “Devy” leagues, consider them deep dynasty (developmental=Devy!) leagues, where college football players are eligible to be drafted and kept year over year, until they enter into the NFL. As you can imagine, that opens up an incredibly large list of players to track to figure out who might be solid prospects. This is a huge staff of writers that do a fantastic job of tracking it all for your Devy pleasure.

40. FFToolbox.com’s Ideal Bye Week Running Backs

This is pretty cool, as it allows you to take a look ahead to see which lower-ranked running backs you should consider picking up to start in place of your superstar running back that’s on a bye that week. For instance, it shows Christian McCaffrey with the early Week 4 bye, so you might want to look toward drafting Sony Michel (vs. MIA) as your RB3, who could start in McCaffrey’s place in your lineup that week as an RB2.

42. Draftologist.com Draft Planalyzer

This tool may very well be your Fantasy Football league’s Mel Kiper. Plug in your league’s draft results from the last three years, and this free tool will help you:

  • Zero in on other owner’s tendencies when they draft. You’ll be able to tell which owners are more predictable than others
  • Get an idea when an owner usually takes the first player at a specific position.
  • Figure out your league’s depth at a particular draft position.

Helmet-hair aside, I think this just made Kiper expendable.

41. FFToolbox.com’s Quarterback By Committee

If you missed out on the top 10 or so quarterbacks, loading up on running backs and wide receivers, you can check out this page to see what the best pairs of quarterbacks you should draft and stream, according to their schedules. For instance, you can really play some great matchups by drafting Philip Rivers and Alex Smith together.

42. Great Fantasy Football Podcasts: CBSSports, ESPN and More

This one’s tough because there really are so many great Fantasy podcasts out there, and most of them are free. You can subscribe through iTunes, or you can listen through Stitcher for many of them. Different podcasts are for different people, though. I love the guys at CBSSports.com, as Adam Aizer, Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg are just top-notch, and they cover a ton of info every day. But I also love Tristan Cockcroft on ESPN’s Fantasy Football Podcasts because he’s entertaining and shares a great amount of analytical stats. But you should find your favorite Fantasy Football site, and listen to their podcast first. You’ll understand their references and stat discussions much more.

45. SCFE’s 251+ Horribly Awesome Fantasy Football Team Names & Logos

Over the past couple seasons, this list has grown by over 100, and there have been several new Fantasy team logos added, as well. There’s something to be said for an awesome list of Fantasy team names and a bunch of great logos to go along with them!

43. SCFE’s 77 Raunchy Fantasy Football Team Names

Talking trash and being dirty is something a lot of Fantasy Football fans love to do, so SportsGrid tracked down three dozen of the worst, dirtiest, trashiest, tackiest Fantasy team names. Get them before your leaguemates do! Enjoy!

44. NFL.com’s Stats Pages

This one sounds pretty boring, but there are a ton of different things you can do with their stats that I haven’t been able to find on other sites. Specifically, I love that you can separate players by positions –- by years in the league! For instance, I can look at second-year wide receivers to see how they compare from 10 years ago.

45. DavidGonos.com’s History of Top Rookie Draft Picks

Did this guy just vote for himself as one of the best free Fantasy Football draft tools? … Yes. Yes, he did.

Over the past few years, I’ve looked back at the rookie players that have been drafted as the top first-year players in Fantasy Football leagues. Then I compared them to the rookies that eventually scored the most points that season. You’ll be shocked to know that the top rookie pick in Fantasy Football leagues every year rarely ends up being the top scoring rookie. And here’s an article about 7 Compelling Stats About the Top 2 Picks in ADP Every Year Since 2000.

46. DynastyFootballFactory.com’s Devy Watch List

If you’re not familiar with “Devy” leagues, consider them deep dynasty (developmental=Devy!) leagues, where college football players are eligible to be drafted and kept year over year, until they enter into the NFL. As you can imagine, that opens up an incredibly large list of players to track to figure out who might be solid prospects. This is a huge staff of writers that do a fantastic job of tracking it all for your Devy pleasure.

I hope these free Fantasy Football Draft Tools and our 21 Best Free In-Season Fantasy Football Lineup Tools For 2018 help you win a Fantasy Football championship! And if they don’t, then you can just say, “Man, those guys are tools.”

David Gonos spent 5 years as a CBSSports.com Senior Fantasy Writer and three more years writing with SI.com. Over the past 17 years, his work has been published on NFL.com, MLB.com, FanDuel, FoxSports.com and USA Today. Since 2001, he has been tracking down the Top 50-plus Free Fantasy Football Draft Tools online. You can contact David Gonos here.

31 Comments

31 Comments

  1. @FFMagicMan

    July 25, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Nice write up David. I love the Draft Predictor program, have used it the past several years…one thing though. Its not totally free. You can try it out for free, but to use it beyond Round 4 you have to buy it. (Which I would HIGHLY recommend doing. Well worth the $13!) Keep up the great stuff!

    • Gonos

      August 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      FFMagicMan — I didn’t know that! Thanks for clearing it up for our readers, though. And I’m glad to hear it’s still a useful tool for the price. Good luck this year.

  2. Rick

    November 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Once you’ve drafted, go to http://www.NFLWeather.com is the only site to provide precise stadium weather forecasts for every NFL game. Unlike other weather reports, NFLWeather provides accurate schedules, game times and micro-forecasts for each stadium. Once the game starts, the game time converts to show the score. All of this vital football information is presented on one page view for user convenience. NFLWeather & Scores is available on Android & iOS.

  3. Brad Perniciaro

    June 5, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I would have liked to have seen CheatSheetWarRoom.com on the list. For whatever reason I don’t get much feedback on this site when I comment, if my comments are approved at all.

    I think your users would find my application is one of the better cheat sheet creation tools on the market, and it is TOTALLY free. I don’t have the budgets of those guys but am accumulating a considerable following nonetheless and without much help from the industry leaders.

    • Gonos

      June 5, 2013 at 7:34 am

      First, all comments get approved unless someone was being disrespectful or a douchebag. Your comment on the FantasyRundown article I wrote was approved four months ago.

      Second, I’ll check your site out for this year’s version of this article. This one was written last summer.

      Third, asking for props for your site/tool is totally fine, but starting it off wondering if your comments get approved might not be the best route. haha

      • CJ Ball

        December 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

        Nobody cares about your shitty fantasy app Brad. BTW, that names gay.

  4. Mike J

    August 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Any suggestions of a free website or downloadable program to use to run a draft online? We have a custom keeper league where people trade draft picks in the offseason and it is always a challenge to use this on espn’s draft site.

    • Gonos

      August 10, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      A free website that you can adjust like that — not sure. But MyFantasyLeague.com isn’t too expensive and it’s easily the most customizable draft services on the web. It’s not super pretty, but it’s ultra-adjustable.

  5. Aaron

    August 20, 2013 at 2:33 am

    Thanks for the list of websites! I have used about half of them before, and most of them are great. One I do not like is the rate-my-team on footballguys.com, as I do not feel it is realistic at all. The biggest issue with it is they judge straight based off their rankings, instead of breaking the players up by tiers. Another problem I have with it is they never like a team that has more than 3 RBs. In a league that has a flex position instead of a third WR slot, at least 4, if not 5 RBs, are critical to survive a season.

  6. Rusty

    August 23, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Any suggestions for a draft software for an offline auction league? Will be tough to track all of my players and money spent and left as well as other teams picks. Thanks in advance for the help!

  7. mike smalley

    October 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Which league do you like best, 8 team or 10 team? or do you prefer another one?

    • Gonos

      October 16, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      I actually prefer 12-man leagues, which is the standard on many sites. But playing in any sized league is fun, it just changes the strategy!

  8. Junaid Ahmed

    November 17, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    no. 1 is awesome .

  9. Shaun

    November 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I have found that fantasy football trade evaluators have a regression bias – that is, they look backward rather than prognosticate. After week 6, I traded Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson for Adrian Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald, which has turned out to be a disaster. At the time, fantasysp and fantasyfootballnerd’s calculators agreed that this was a good trade, based on performance to that point. The only tool I have found which rates players’ trade value in a forward looking manner is CBS Sports’ trade value charts. Is there another tool that evaluates trades based on expert assessment of future performance, rather than number crunching of stats to that point?

  10. MIke Hansen

    July 14, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Solid list but for the 2014 fantasy sports list I would recommend that you look into http://www.statchat.com this website ranks entire fantasy leagues vs. other fantasy league across the nation and across multiple host sites like yahoo, espn, cbs, etc.. The rankings prove what leagues truly have talented team owners from top to bottom. The league earns a national ranking and all the league’s team owners win prizes together.

  11. Josh Johnson

    July 26, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Looking to do an auction style league this year. Was wondering how the different sites out there compare for running an auction

  12. Eric Bauer

    August 3, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Check out DraftDay if you’re planning an in-person fantasy draft party. We used it last season and the guys are demanding that we use it again this season. You can find it here: http://www.draftdayrising.com

  13. joshua

    August 8, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Try it out, only a buck and can share with guys in your group. I liked it, easy and cheap

  14. joshua

    August 8, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Dollardraftsheet.com is great and cheap

  15. Jake Beham

    August 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    What about Rate My Team by Advanced Sports Logic?
    http://advancedsportslogic.com/products/rate-my-team

    How well you are managing your team? Learn your team’s strengths and weaknesses and your best strategy for winning. Using player projections from industry experts ProFootball Focus Fantasy, Fantasy Sharks, and Fantasy Football Metrics, Rate My Team loads your league’s scoring rules, rosters and matchup schedules and uses win-based math to give you a detailed and accurate assessment of your team, including guidance for opportunities to improve.

    Rate My Team also includes these powerful features:

    Automatic Setup: Automatically loads your league’s rules (supports IDPs and over 100 scoring rules)

    Custom Blending: Enables you to customize the blend of projections so you can weight in favor of your favorite analysts

    Player News and Injury Status: Provides up-to-the-minute player news and injury status from Fantasy Alarm and Fantasy Sharks

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  16. Willie in KC

    August 29, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    David this is very helpful and if you have time to update and review I will be reading. TY!

  17. Mary

    September 29, 2015 at 7:58 am

    If you are planning to play daily fanatsy football at DraftKings or FanDuel, this site is very helpful, especially for beginners: http://www.fantasysportsdaily.com
    With the beginner guide you are very well prepared.

  18. HADA-Japanese MLB Fan

    May 3, 2016 at 4:32 am

    Thank you very much!

  19. zsukm007

    August 13, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    I use Symbaloo to put all my favorite fantasy football sites onto one page. I also maintain one with all the NFL Twitter accounts, http://www.symbaloo.com/mix/nfltwitter. A lot of times I use the team’s twitter account to see any game time decisions on who’s out for a particular game.

    • Gonos

      August 13, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      You know, I really need to look into Symbaloo. I gave it a shot a couple years ago and then didn’t follow through on it. I’ll give it another try. Thanks for the comment!

  20. Donald Riddle

    August 13, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Thank You very much, you just took a lot of work out of this season. Very much appreciated.

    • Gonos

      August 13, 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Nice! Very happy to hear that — I use a lot of these tools/links, and figured you all would like to see them, too.

  21. Daniel Dobish

    June 28, 2017 at 1:34 am

    Rotoworld updates are about to be even better in 2017, especially for NBA and NFL season 🙂

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