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The Best Fantasy Football Draft Boards & Kits for 2017

Updated 6/21/2017 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 boards 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.  Even if you are using the draft software provided by your fantasy host to enter draft picks, having a real, tangible draft board at your party just completes 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. Fantasy drafting kits have come down dramatically in price over the last few years, so purchasing a board for your fantasy draft is a no-brainer.

But who has the top draft kit for the best price? That's what I set out to discover.  What follows is a quick summary of the boards that are reviewed in detail below.  Click on any of these links to check that board's current price on Amazon.  

 

How to Choose the Best Fantasy Draft Kit

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?

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

Size matters when it comes to draft boards

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 boards always work better

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 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 draft boards and market them as fantasy draft kits.  The idea is that you purchase a kit that has a 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. 

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 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 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 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 is the most expensive board of this review, but still a very reasonable price if you compare it to other kits 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

  • Premium board price

 

MyDraftDay Fantasy Football Draft Board

This 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.

The thing that distinguishes this product from other fantasy football draft boards in this review is its size.  This is the biggest draft board in this review and measures a full foot wider than the other boards (5ft x 3ft).  

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 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

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

CONS

  • Labels don't include bye week

 

ProDraftKit Photo Labels Draft Board

ProDraftKit's draft board is unique in that the sticker labels contain player photos and team logos.  I think this is a cool feature as it allows you to quickly scan the board and see the distribution of teams among the various fantasy teams.  The player photos are more of a novelty feature, but neat nonetheless.

Although the labels look really nice, they are unfortunately the smallest labels in this review.  Each label measures only 2.83 inches across, which might make the names harder to read if you're not close to the draft board.

Another drawback of this draft board is that it offers the fewest player labels: only 375.  This might not be a problem in leagues that draft fewer than fifteen rounds, or that have 10 of fewer teams.  

If you have a standard league of more than twelve teams or are drafting for more than fifteen rounds, you can expect to be writing some labels manually toward the end of the draft

The most inexpensive board of this review

Where this NFL fantasy draft board really shines is the price.  It is by far the cheapest of all the board options in this review, almost half the cost of the most expensive draft board.

So if you're looking for a budget draft board and your league either holds a short draft or has ten or fewer teams, then this is the best board you'll find and it will work well for your league.

PROS

  • Cheapest board in review
  • Player labels with pictures and team logos
  • Great value for the price

CONS

  • Small labels
  • Fewest labels in review

 

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 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 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 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 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 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 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

 

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 draft board.  Even if you didn't purchase your draft board from Fantasy Jocks, these 4" x 1" stickers are quite common and might work with a different draft 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 draft boards

Conclusion

Choosing the perfect fantasy football draft board kit for your draft party can be a lengthy process if you're not sure what factors to consider. In this article, I covered the most important features you should look for when searching for the ideal draft board. 

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

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