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The Best Fantasy Football Draft Boards & Kits for 2017

Updated 8/18/2017 by Brad Perniciaro
Best Fantasy Football Draft Boards

With the 2017 fantasy football season quickly approaching, commissioners across the country are in the planning stages of their fantasy football drafts. Many of these leagues conduct live drafts and will be looking for the best fantasy football draft board on the market.

Although some leagues strictly use software or apps to manage their fantasy drafts, offline draft boards are a must for leagues conducting live drafts.  And even if you are using the software provided by your fantasy host to enter draft picks, having a real, tangible fantasy football draft board at your party really enhances the live draft experience. 

The goal of this review is to provide you with all of the information necessary to purchase a draft kit that best suits the needs and budget of your league. As you'll see in this review, fantasy drafting kits are extremely affordable. As such, purchasing a board for your fantasy draft should be a no-brainer.

But who has the best draft kit for the most reasonable price? That's what I set out to discover.

Here is a quick summary of the top fantasy football boards that I'll be reviewing in detail below.  You can click on any of these links to quickly check a board's current price.  

 

How to Choose the Best Fantasy Football Draft Board

Draft Kit Buying Guide

Choosing the best fantasy football draft kit that is ideal for your fantasy league isn't as easy as it sounds. There are several factors to consider when searching for the ideal board:

  1. How many teams are in your league?
  2. How many rounds will the draft last?
  3. What is your budget?
  4. Does your league include IDP (Individual Defensive Players) in its draft?
  5. How many drafts do you conduct each year?
  6. Is your draft a traditional serpentine or auction-based draft?

Knowing the answer to all of these questions will make it much easier to find the perfect kit for your league.  It will also enable you to save a few bucks as you can zero-in on the cheapest board that fits your criteria

In this next few sections, we'll discuss how to find the best board available based on the answers to these questions.

Defining your minimum draft board features

To simplify this review, I chose to focus solely on fantasy draft boards that support at least 12 teams and at least 15 rounds.  That is the standard configuration for most fantasy leagues, so it was the bare minimum requirement for inclusion in this review.  

Considering fantasy football boards with a common set of features makes it easier to compare board justly.    

Size matters for a fantasy football draft board

Measure Draft Boards

I hate that I have to be the one to break it to you fellas, but size matters.  Fantasy football draft boards are the centerpiece of a draft party.  As such, it only makes sense to buy the largest board that will fit into your drafting space (assuming it meets your other board criteria).

In this review, I only considered boards that are at least four feet wide and three feet high. Boards this size should be adequate for viewing in a standard living room where the owners are within 10-12 feet of the board.

Thicker fantasy football draft boards are easier to work with

Draft board thickness varies wildly from merchant to merchant. Some print their draft boards on thick, glossy stock paper.  Others seem to print their boards on tissue paper as it is very thin and susceptible to wrinkling and tearing.

Also, thicker boards are much easier to work with when hanging them on a wall or trying to affix the player labels. Some commissioners like to save their draft boards for posterity and a thicker board will be much more durable.

I save the fantasy draft board in all of my leagues.  Everyone always gets a good chuckle when I break one out at the draft pre-party and make fun of owners who blew it the previous season.

Labels come in different shapes, sizes, and formats

Fantasy Football Draft Board Labels

Most player label packages for standard scoring leagues come with the six fantasy football positions.   

  • Quarterback
  • Running Back
  • Wide Receiver
  • Tight End
  • Kicker
  • Defense/Special Teams

Player labels are also typically color-coded by position.  After these two requirements, player label formats will frequently vary from merchant to merchant.  

Label sizes can vary, the size of the text could be different, some labels show pictures of the players, and they may or may not contain each respective player's bye week.  

Pay special attention to whether labels show bye week.  This is a feature demanded by some owners as they use it during the draft to help guide their picks.   

Draft kits are called kits for a reason

Draft Kit Accessories

Some merchants bundle a few extra items with their boards and market them as fantasy draft kits.  The idea is that you purchase a kit that has a fantasy football draft board, player sticker labels, and everything else that you need to conduct your draft.  

Products branded as draft kits typically include double-sided tape to stick your board to the wall, blank labels on which to write players that aren't found on a sticker, and a black marker for writing the player names.

Some merchants will even throw in free merchandise to earn your business.  There is at least one such merchant in this review. 

Where can I buy a fantasy football draft board?

I spent considerable time researching where to buy fantasy football draft kits. Although you can purchase draft boards directly from a merchant's website, I believe the best place to buy a draft board is Amazon.

Amazon fantasy draft boards are routinely discounted compared to the price on a merchant's site, so they're usually the cheapest option. The one exception is if you need to purchase multiple items from the same merchant and all of the items aren't available on Amazon.

Some shops sell draft boards, but fantasy football draft kits in stores become irrelevant too quickly. Buy one of these kits and you're likely to be writing lots of player labels yourself.

The Best Fantasy Draft Boards & Kits Reviewed

In evaluating which fantasy boards to review, I only considered boards that I would purchase for my own fantasy leagues.  Each has its pros and cons and no board is perfect for every league.   

Let's jump right into it and first talk about what I consider to be the best fantasy football draft party kit on the market.

 

Fantasy Jocks Custodian Draft Board Kit

Fantasy Jocks is a well-respected merchant in the fantasy sports space.  They sell championship belts, fantasy football rings, and league trophies in addition to their extensive NFL fantasy draft board line of products.  

They are such a popular fantasy merchant that I reviewed Fantasy Jocks in detail in this article.

This particular kit from Fantasy Jocks includes their Custodian draft board.  Custodian fantasy football boards can support leagues of various sizes: 10 teams, 12 teams, or 16 teams.

Fantasy Jocks gets the details right

But what makes the Custodian such a great NFL fantasy draft board kit is the attention to detail.  

This board is printed on thick, 80lb high gloss paper.  Player stickers list bye weeks and are updated regularly.  So you'll be certain to get labels with correct player information.

Also, every rookie drafted in the 2015 NFL draft is included.     

Every Custodian kit purchased from Fantasy Jocks comes with the following accessories:

  • Blank labels to add miscellaneous players
  • A marker to write the player names
  • Tape to stick your board to a wall
  • A free Fantasy Jocks koozie 

This fantasy board is priced slightly higher than the average draft board on the market.  But considering the quality of the product, awesome merchant reputation, and peace of mind in knowing that your draft will go off without a hitch, it's well worth it.

PROS

  • Board printed on 80lb high gloss paper
  • Labels include all drafted rookies and bye weeks
  • Stellar merchant reputation
  • A free koozie to sweeten the pot

CONS

  • Board ships folded

 

NFL 2017 Officially Licensed Draft Board

This draft board from UPI Marketing is the official fantasy football draft board of the NFL. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean it comes with any unique or special features.

With this kit you'll get 400 total player labels to include most rookies. This is fewer than the 450 total players that Fantasy Jocks provides, although judging by the customer comments it seems to be enough to get the job done.

One distinguishing feature of this board is that it is quite large, 45.5" x 68.25". That makes it almost a full 10" taller and wider than the next biggest draft board, easily make it the largest board in this review. If you are having your draft is a large room, then you definitely want to consider this board as size shouldn't be a problem.

With the premium size of this board, you can expect to pay a premium price as well as it's the most expensive standard board in this review. However, it does provide enough space for 16 teams and 20 rounds, which should be enough for almost all standard leagues and some dynasty leagues.

PROS

  • Biggest fantasy draft board in this review
  • Shipped in a tube to prevent creasing
  • Enough room to accomodate most large leagues

CONS

  • Officially licensed means priced at a premium

 

MyDraftDay Fantasy Football Draft Board

This fantasy draft board entry from MyDraftDay is similar to the board offered by Fantasy Jocks in many ways.  The stickers are the same size.  It supports twelve teams and up to twenty-four rounds.  They also advertise that their board is printed on heavy stock paper.

Although this isn't the largest board in this review, it is quite large at 5ft x 3ft. That's good enough for 2nd place and still a sizable board compared to most other boards on the market.

However, the player labels provided by MyDraftDay aren't the greatest.  MyDraftDay only provides 400 players compared to Fantasy Jocks' 450 players.  If you're in a league that drafts deep (more than 15 rounds) or part of a dynasty league that picks lots of rookies, you may end up manually writing a bunch of rookie labels if you opt for this board.

If the standard 400 player labels would be sufficient for your league, then this might be the perfect NFL fantasy football draft board for your league party.  It is slightly cheaper than the premium Fantasy Jocks kit, so if the price is an important factor then this board might be a wise choice.  

You won't get that free koozie, but the few extra bucks you save can be put toward a six pack.

PROS

  • Printed on heavy stock paper
  • 2nd largest fantasy draft board in this review
  • Kickers printed on pink labels (knee-slapper)

CONS

  • Labels don't include bye week

 

FFDB's Backside Beauty HOF Board

If the name of this board left you initially scratching your head, one look at the board design should quickly clear things up. With the Backside Beauty fantasy football draft board kit, FantasyFootballDraftBoard.net combines sex appeal with quality and even a bit of innovation.

I admit I was originally skeptical of this board because of its premium price. But when you break down the board features, you can see why it's priced higher than the other thinner, cheaper, bland NFL fantasy football draft board options.

In addition to the enticing board design, it's printed on thick paper to prevent wrinkling or tearing. Even better, they ship it to you in a hard tube to ensure it arrives without a single crease. It's only fitting, as it would be a sacrilege to damage this beauty.

Draft Board Label with Player Projection Rank

One truly unique feature of this draft kit is their player label design. This is the first merchant I've seen that has added player projection rankings to their player stickers. And yes, they manage to squeeze the ever important bye week onto their label as well.

As I mentioned, this board isn't on the cheap end of the spectrum. But when you factor the quality of the board, the care taken to get it to you in pristine condition, the smart label design, and the incredibly hot design, it'd be hard to argue that this board isn't worth considering.

Revealing this board at your draft will instantly make you the hero of the party. The only problem is, no one will want to cover up this backside beauty.

PROS

  • Sexiest board on the market
  • Above average board size
  • Shipped in a hard tube to avoid creasing & tearing
  • Printed on sturdy 50lb paper
  • Labels include projected player rank (and bye week)

CONS

  • Premium-priced board, but worth it for the design alone

 

Reusable Fantasy Draft Boards

If you've run any fantasy sports league for multiple years, you know that draft party expenses can add up.  The great thing about some fantasy league prizes is that you can purchase them once and pass them around each year.  But when it comes to draft boards, you've historically had to buy a new board for every draft party.  

And if you're in multiple leagues, the costs for draft boards can quickly add-up.

Luckily, there is one solution to the money drain that is yearly NFL fantasy draft boards: reusable draft kits.  Although they aren't necessarily the perfect solution in every situation, they do end up being a big-time money saver if you operate multiple fantasy leagues each season.  

How can a fantasy football draft board be reusable?

The way that vendors create reusable boards is by harnessing the power of magnetism! 

Instead of using stickers and paper which tend to go together once and stay that way forever, magnets that can be easily added and removed from a magnetized board as needed.  This means after your draft is over you can simply peel off your team and player magnets and reuse them at your next fantasy draft.   

But is the draft kit truly reusable?  What about new players?

Reusable Draft Board Player Magnets

In one of these kits, the player magnets, team magnets, and the board itself are completely reusable.  But as you might have guessed, the reusable aspect of these kits starts to get fuzzy when you realize new player magnets are created each year. 

So even though all of the items of these drafting kits are technically reusable, there is an added expense each year if you decide to purchase new player magnets for the upcoming season.  At last check, it costs about $28 each year to buy new player magnets.

Do I have to re-purchase player magnets each year?  

Not necessarily.  The reusable fantasy draft board I'll review below is dry-erasable which means you can write player names directly on the board itself then erase them when you're done.

Writing the players on the board manually is not an ideal solution, but it would work if you want to save a few bucks.

Can I really save money purchasing a reusable fantasy football draft kit?

Saving money with reusable board

At the time I'm publishing this article, the average cost of the single-year, paper-based fantasy football draft boards in this review is around $24. This means if you only conduct one draft a year, you'd come out ahead just purchasing a one-year, disposable draft board every year.  

That is because the initial cost of the reusable board is considerably higher.

However, if you have more than one draft a year, a reusable fantasy football draft board starts to make a lot of sense.  In this scenario, you can purchase one set of new player magnets each year and reuse them for all of your drafts for that season (as opposed to purchasing multiple, disposable boards).  

How long would it take to start saving money with a reusable kit?

The time it takes to recoup your initial purchase and start saving money with a reusable kit depends on how many leagues you run concurrently.  Here are some basic guidelines:

  • If you run two fantasy leagues, you will start to realize savings with a reusable board around the third season.  
  • If you run three fantasy leagues, it will only take two seasons for you to start benefitting from the cost savings.  
  • For more than three leagues, I'd invest in a reusable draft party kit as soon as possible.

The graph below better illustrates this concept.  It shows the cumulative cost of draft boards over several NFL seasons.  The blue line represents the cost of a reusable draft board when purchasing new player labels each year.  The other lines represent costs when purchasing a new draft board (average cost $24) for people in one, two, or three fantasy leagues.

As you can see, reusable kits provide no costs savings when they are used for a single league.  But when using for multiple leagues, it takes 2-3 years to start saving money with a reusable board.

 

Graph of reusable vs disposable draft board costs

 

That money you save using a reusable fantasy draft board can be funneled right back into your league.  It's never a bad thing to have more money for league prizes, cash for the champion, or a bigger budget for draft parties.

Reusable draft boards are a sexier option for leagues with big budgets

Also, keep in mind that some leagues purchase reusable draft kits simply because they look cooler and are easier to use.  If you make a mistake with a draft pick on this board, you simply move the player.  If you've ever tried to do this on a paper-based board, you know it's almost impossible.

If a reusable fantasy football draft kit would help you save some money over the long-term.  Or if you think it's just an awesome concept for a product, check out the following review for what I consider to be the best reusable board on the market.  You can click on the product link to check the current price.

The Best Reusable Fantasy Football Draft Board

Draft Party's Reusable Magnetic Draft Kit

If you run multiple leagues and are looking to save a few bucks on your fantasy draft expenses, a reusable magnetic draft board is a wise investment.  Instead of buying multiple fantasy football draft kits to be used then immediately thrown away, you can reuse your board and players magnet for every draft you conduct across multiple seasons. 

This reusable board from Draft Party is a monster, measuring 60" x 38".  That's a full foot larger than any of the disposable draft boards in this review.  So in addition to being completely reusable, it's an ideal board for large draft rooms

The magnetic player stickers in this kit are comparable to the larger stickers in disposable kits, 3 7/8" x 1 3/8" to be exact.  Much like disposable kits, the player magnets in this kit are color-coded by position.  

Draft Party also provides four position wall strips which allow you to organize your player magnets by position for easy identification during the draft.

This reusable board can be used for any fantasy sport

Another great feature of this kit is that the board can be used for multiple fantasy sports.  If you want to conduct a fantasy baseball draft using the board, simply purchase the baseball player magnetic kit and you're on your way.

If you decide to forego the sticker upgrade packages each year, you can opt to write your player names directly onto the board each year with an erasable marker.  Although this might be annoying for some owners, it is one way to reuse the board without any yearly expenses. 

This portable drafting board is shipped in a telescopic tube

Draft Party ships this reusable board in a hard, telescopic tube.  This means it is portable drafting board and can be moved between draft parties safely and without damaging the board.  

PROS

  • Huge savings for commissioners in multiple leagues
  • Can be used across multiple fantasy sports
  • Magnets make it easy to correct mistakes
  • Giant board over 6ft x 3ft 
  • Team owner magnets are customizable and reusable
  • Board itself is dry-erasable

CONS

  • Higher initial investment
  • [Optional] cost of new player magnets

 

The Best Fantasy Football Auction Draft Board

MyDraftDay Auction Draft Kit

Auction leagues are becoming more and more popular. Some draft board merchants have already start to adapt and create kits that are specifically tailored to auction-style drafts. MyDraftDay is one of those merchants.

What makes a fantasy football auction draft board

When it comes to draft format, an auction-style draft is different from a serpentine draft in that there is no specific order in which pics are made. The highest bidder can acquire any player at any time in the draft.

If you look closely at this product, the first thing you'll notice is that the draft board itself is identical to the standard draft board reviewed earlier. Where it differs from their standard draft kit is in the format of the player stickers.

A standard fantasy draft board does not need to be modified to work for the auction format. Players drafted by each player can still be added to a team column on the board, even if they aren't placed in order from left to right.

The challenge comes in creating player labels that make it easier to track how much a team spent on a player and how much money they have left after the selection.

How MyDraftDay adjusts stickers for auction

MyDraftDay accomplished this by designing player labels that provide room to manually enter both price and remaining owner budget. This is super-convenient as everyone can see each player's value and their owner's remaining cash as soon as they are added to the board.

It's still a bummer that their stickers don't contain each player's bye week, but space is at a premium on these labels. If you have an auction league and are struggling to find a fantasy football auction draft kit, this product should fit the bill.

PROS

  • Player labels designed to accommodate player price and owner budget
  • Large board with high league capacity
  • Reputable merchant with years of experience

CONS

  • No bye weeks on player labels

 

Draft Kits with IDP Labels

Draft kits that include IDP (Individual Defensive Player) labels are sometimes hard to find.  Normally, IDP labels are purchased as add-ons to existing ff draft kit packages.  Then, they can be added to your collection of standard player labels and used like any other player sticker during your draft.  

It should come as no surprise that my choice for the best IDP labels is once again a product from Fantasy Jocks.

Fantasy Jocks IDP Player labels

Fantasy Jocks IDP Laels

Fantasy Jocks' IDP labels are a smart choice for several reasons.  First, these IDP labels are the least expensive stickers I could find.  Much like standard fantasy position stickers, they are color-coded by defensive position:

  • Defensive back
  • Defensive line
  • Linebacker 

There are 240 defensive player labels in all, which should be more than enough for your draft.  I was unable to find other IDP kits that offer this many defensive positions for such a great price.

If you're adding these labels to your Custodian draft party kit (see this review above) from Fantasy Jocks, then they should fit perfectly onto your fantasy football draft board.  Even if you didn't purchase your fantasy draft board from Fantasy Jocks, these 4" x 1" stickers are quite common and might work with a different board.  

If these stickers are too big for your board, you may have to shave down the sides with some scissors.  In this case, I would just cut off the left side of the sticker with the position name as they are already color-coded by position.  

PROS

  • Very affordable add-on
  • More than enough defensive players for most leagues
  • Defensive player labels include bye week

CONS

  • Might not fit perfectly on all fantasy football boards

My Pick for the Best Fantasy Football Draft Board?

When it comes to a standard fantasy football draft board for a serpentine draft, there are a few must-haves:

  • Heavy construction (no thin copy paper)
  • Exhaustive player labels (I don't want to write)
  • Bye weeks on the labels
  • Reputation (I want a consistent merchant I can count on every year)

Considering all of these factors, my pick for the best fantasy football draft board is the Custodian kit from Fantasy Jocks. While it maybe be slightly more expensive than the other standard draft kits in this review, those few extra dollars make all the difference.

When I order from Fantasy Jocks, I know I will consistently get a quality board, plenty of player labels, all the materials I need to conduct my draft. Most importantly, I'm buying the peace of mind that my draft will go off without a hitch. This is the best fantasy football draft board of 2017.



Are there any considerations that I missed in this review?  Tell me about it in the comments below.

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