Top 43 FREE Fantasy Football Draft Tools You Must Use In 2016
Free Fantasy Football draft tools just make your life easier. There are so many great Fantasy Football sites out there, sometimes it’s tough to filter through them and find the best of everything. That’s where I come in! (We just added eight more tools since mid-August, 2016!)
UPDATE: We just posted our 21 Best Free In-Season Fantasy Football Lineup Tools For 2016!
The following links take you to the top FREE Fantasy Football Draft tools that I think will help you the most. 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’ve been writing these articles for four years now, adding more and more links to great tools every summer. The one you are reading now started back in 2012, and this is one of the most popular pages in the history of my website. In 2013, I wrote “Top Free Fantasy Football Draft Tools,” but I just listed my five favorites overall.
Then, in 2014, I wrote 39 Most Awesome Free Fantasy Football Draft Tools Everrr and while it did well last summer, none of them have come close to the popularity of this original post.
So why fight it? I decided to add all the links to the tools (that still exist!) to this one article.
(Speaking of Fantasy Football tools, check out my Top 12 Fantasy Football Tools You WISH Existed.)
Top FREE Fantasy Football Draft Tools (Updated for 2016!)
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!
Without question, this tool is the one you should start with. Run multiple mock drafts from different spots, get expert picks, analyze your mocks, get cheat sheets according to your preferences. This thing has it all!
Even after four years, this is still, by far, the greatest free Fantasy Football 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 league, 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 settings, keepers and other teams’ rosters.
- Pick Predictor: It shows the odds of which players are likely or not likely to be available by your next draft pick. Great for planning on who to take for 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 will 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.
Goose has his eye on the Fantasy industry, and he’s always finding the very best Fantasy Football articles on tons of sites every day. He updates this stuff 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 him your assistant general manager, finding out all the great little pieces of information you need to read about.
Here’s a link to an interview I did with FantasyRundown about how he gets so many great links to so many great articles each day.
There are plenty of sets of depth charts out there, but I like these the best. 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 updated their defensive depth charts, too, making this a great IDP tool.
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, Mark Strausberg and Joe Bond) 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 make it into Tomlin’s weekly column!
Take a look at which positions face the toughest defenses (against that particular position). For instance, it’s great to know that the Cowboys have the easiest schedule for wide receivers (Dez Bryant) AND the second-easiest schedule for QBs. On the other hand, the Dolphins and Colts have the toughest schedules for running backs. I love that you can adjust what weeks it’s looking at, too.
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, Russell Wilson has an ESPN ADP of 32, and Yahoo! has him at 30, but on CBS and NFFC, he’s at 51. In other words, if you’re drafting on CBS, he’s likely going to be available later than on ESPN or Yahoo! because owners won’t be prompted that he’s the next best available player for another 20 picks or so.
This is something new Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg worked up this year. 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 I wish I had thought of.
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.
I love looking back over the past decade 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 running mock drafts for free that are quite helpful.
Sure, there’s 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.
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 Brandon Marshall.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
This tool allows the online community to vote on your proposed player trades. You can tell it what league type you are using and the amount of owners, so the voters know exactly what they’re dealing with. And then, the voters can choose a trade winner — or they can vote the trade as completely fair! It really is a great tool and one you should give a chance before blindly making a big trade.
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 Mark Ingram, Jamaal Charles and T.J. Yeldon together, since they all have a Week 5 bye. (I’m not a huge fan of avoiding players with the same bye weeks, but many are – so use this.)
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.
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 44 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.
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.
I love this chart – it measures a wideout’s productivity adjusted for the quality of his quarterback. They broke down the 121 wide receivers with at least 30 targets in 2015. Essentially, this tool will help you evaluate wide receivers likely to see an upgrade or downgrade at QB. (Spoiler alert: Tavon Austin and Emmanuel Sanders rank highly!)
I highly respect Jonathan Bales and his work in the Daily Fantasy Sports world has not gone unnoticed by the masses. He made his latest book on Fantasy Football free to download on your Amazon Kindle — or on your computer if you download the free Amazon app!
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.
I like this page because it sorts through a lot of roster or transaction news, and just gives you some rumors floating around.
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?
Cockcroft posts his consistency ratings 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.
This is a cool tool 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.
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’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: Uh-oh, Jeremy Langford!
- 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: Blake Bortles and Aaron Rodgers tied with 39!
- % of Rushing Attempts Stuffed: Oh no, LeSean McCoy!
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.
Send this link to your commish, and use one of their games to help your league come up with this year’s draft order. Pulling names out of a hat is so 2007.
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.
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. John Tuvey figures it all out and ranks the O-lines for 2016.
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.
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 Eddie Lacy with the early Week 4 bye, so you might want to look toward drafting Frank Gore (at JAC) as your RB3, who will start in Lacy’s place that week as an RB2.
If you missed out on the top eight 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.
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.
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!
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 of the 2016 N FL season. Get them before your leaguemates do! Enjoy!
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 (eight 1,000-yard WRs) to see how they’ve gotten so much better from 10 years ago (zero 1,000-yard WRs).
Did this guy just vote for himself as one of the best free Fantasy Football draft tools? … Yes. Yes, he did.
Over the past couple 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. Beware Ezekiel Elliott owners!
I hope these free Fantasy Football Draft Tools help you win a Fantasy Football championship! And if they don’t, then you can just say, “Man, those guys are tools.”