Top 33 FREE Fantasy Football Draft Tools You Must Use (Updated For 2015!)
Free Fantasy Football draft tools just makes 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!
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, these are my favorites!
I’ve been writing these articles for three 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 2015!)
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 three 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 assistant you can possibly ask for.
Understand, of course, that the Mock Draft Simulator is free, but there are a ton of add-on features that cost money — but they will make your life sooo much easier. We’re talking about features like:
- Draft Assistant: Connect to your league, synchronize your league with the room, and it 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.
- 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 rankings or combine your favorite experts’ rankings altogether onto one cheat sheet, with tiers and a spot for player notes.
- 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 industry, finding the 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.
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.
Lung’s famous research is part of his new e-book, too. In this new Fantasy Football world, with Daily Fantasy play becoming part of our everyday lives, this research on Fantasy player consistency is invaluable.
Take a look at which positions face the toughest defenses (against that particular position). For instance, it’s great to know that the Buccaneers have the easiest schedule for a quarterback AND their wide receiverss. On the other hand, Ben Roethlisberger is facing the toughest pass defenses during the Fantasy season (Weeks 1-16). I love that you can adjust what weeks it’s looking at, too.
If you’re in keeper leagues or dynasty leagues, this site is an absolute-must bookmark, as they offer some great rookie rankings, as well as podcasts and tons of other dynasty-related material that you don’t get at your average Fantasy site.
Jack Delaney, over at SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, has been writing several e-books on Fantasy Football over the past year, and this one is new — and available to download for free. Just a great read with solid analysis and foresight.
“When you start looking at financial strategies and concepts, you can really start to build a solid fantasy lineup. Before making my own personal investments at the start of 2015, I did not have any real experience with the stock market. I played a fantasy stock game, but that’s easy when it isn’t real money. I’m a guy who plays fantasy football who took concepts and stock market investments strategies to learn how to improve my fantasy teams.”
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 lovelooking 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 think you can learn a lot, like how the dual-RB system is being threatened by dual-WR systems, as I explained in an SI.com feature.And I like their draft setup, which means running mock drafts for free there 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.
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.
Jarrett Behar and Tim Stafford talk each week about keepers and rookies and sleepers and everything you want to know about non-yearly leagues. I got a chance to be a guest on Behar/Stafford’s podcast a couple summers ago – and loved it. These guys are great, and a must-listen for anyone that likes to look ahead – even those in non-keeper 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 is different from DraftCalc’s draft pick trade rater because it 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 Eddie Lacy, C.J. Anderson and Jeremy Hill together, since they all have a Week 7 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 owners’ 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 Terrance Williams 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 might be looking for. He updates this daily, also — and 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.
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 109 wide receivers with at least 30 targets last season. Essentially, this tool will help you evaluate wide receivers likely to see an upgrade or downgrade at QB. (Spoiler alert: Mike Evans and Brian Quick rank highly!) You can also take a look at Fantasy Points Per Target for wide receivers that didn’t see a change in QB here.
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!
“Fantasy Football for Smart People: A Guide to Winning at Daily Fantasy Sports is the ultimate assortment of Daily Fantasy advice, tips, strategies, and league-winning data.
“A collection of the best daily Fantasy Football content from the Fantasy Football for Smart People book series, A Guide to Winning at Daily Fantasy Sports will teach you in-depth tactics you can employ to win on DraftKings and other daily fantasy sports sites.”
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.
Get Fantasy Football player news pulled from several sites, including KFFL, RotoWorld and ProFootballTalk.com. They strip out the duplicate news, and they pull out great lines from columnists about a particular player. For instance, check out their work on Matt Forte’s page.
You’ll also get the recent NFL headlines pulled from several sites, including CBSSports, ESPN and ProFootballTalk.com.
There’s no greater source for news and rumors these days than PFT, and that has been the case for just under 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?
The Lite version is free, with advertising, but you’ll get updated immediately as soon as it’s known that one of your players is not in that week’s lineup and lands on the inactive list. You’ll also get an email notifying you if your player is added to the NFL injury list. You’ll get breaking information and game-time decisions, as well.
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, along with the PickEmFirst app seems like it 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.
Consider this thing – the average of average draft positions! In other words, they pull in their own expert rankings, as well as the ADPs from drafts on CBSSports.com, ESPN, FantasyFootballCaclulator.com, MyFantasyLeague.com and RTSports. Then it all gets averaged out into one table that you can sort by position. You can’t get any more average-r than that!
There are a few different draft pick trade calculators out there, but I like this one for telling you which side is better by a certain percentage percent. That way, you know how close you are to making a solid deal. This site also has a trade calculator for dynasty players. It’s a community-based trade rater, where you vote on other people’s trades, and you can post up your own.
I’m not sure what else to call these other than “interesting NFL stats!”
They have great breakdowns of some really cool stats like:
- Dropped Passes: Uh-oh, Lamar Miller!
- 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: Three QBs tied at the top with 42!
- % of Rushing Attempts Stuffed: Oh no, Charles Sims!
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.
Here is my article from last year: “39 Most Awesome Free Fantasy Football Draft Tools Everrr!”
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.”