A fantasy football draft board can make or break your live fantasy draft. In this review of the best fantasy football draft boards of 2020, I provide you with the knowledge to buy a board that suits the needs and budget of your league.
Whether you're shopping for a standard draft board for a serpentine draft, a reusable draft board that you can utilize over and over, an auction-based draft board, or a custom draft board tailor-made for your league, I've got you covered.
So who has the best live draft board for your specific league or leagues? Keep reading to find out.
Comparing Fantasy Football Draft Boards by Category
In the next few sections, I compare fantasy football draft boards based on various draft board classifications in 2020. I talk more about draft board classifications in a bit, but the comparison tables below provide a quick listing of the best boards based on each use case.
Comparison of standard, serpentine draft boards
Here is a quick summary of the best fantasy draft boards for standard, serpentine-style drafts. You can click on any of the product links to check a board's current price or click the Read Review link to jump to my in-depth, product-specific review.
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Comparing reusable fantasy football draft boards
If you run multiple fantasy leagues (or even are a part of a single, long-running fantasy league) and are looking to save a few bucks, a reusable fantasy board will be your salvation. A reusable draft board can drastically reduce the amount of money you have to pay each year to host your draft parties.
This year I review a few different reusable boards, each with their unique design approach.
304 player magnets
Dry-erase board with player magnets
A laminated draft board makes stickers easy to remove and reuse
No labels necessary
Draft grid printed on dry-erase board, no labels
The leading draft board for auction-based fantasy drafts
Auction drafts are unique in that owners bid on players, rather than pick from specific draft positions as they would in a serpentine draft. As such, auction draft boards have some features that make them more suitable for auction drafts.
Unfortunately, there aren't many draft boards made strictly for auction leagues. However, this board and label package from The Football Doctor is a smart design and supports several league configurations.
Custom fantasy football draft board is a game changer
Why buy the same board as everyone else when you can design a custom draft board just for your league? And I don't mean just specifying the number of teams and rounds. I mean customizing every aspect of the board.
This innovative product from Bruno's Draft Boards is something I thought I'd never see. You can design your board in real-time, using the Draft Board Genie, preview your final board design, then decide if you want to buy.
Have you ever had fantasy football draft board ideas that you wanted to incorporate, but had no outlet to let your creative juices flow? Then you must check out Bruno's fantasy football interactive draft board tool. I was able to create a custom draft board for my fantasy league in around 5 minutes.
How to Find the Ideal Fantasy Draft Board for Your League
Selecting the best fantasy football draft board for your 2020 league isn't as straight-forward as it sounds. There are several factors to consider when searching for the perfect board:
Knowing the answer to all of these questions will make it much easier to find the optimal fantasy football draft board 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 league's criteria.
In this next few sections, I'll reveal how to find the best draft board available based on your answers to these questions.
The draft boards in this review are physical, paper-based boards that you affix player labels to during your live draft. If you're looking for the best fantasy football draft kits (services and widgets that help you prepare for your fantasy draft), check out my Ultimate Draft Kit review.
If you're looking for software that helps you make picks at your live fantasy draft, check out my review of the best fantasy football draft software.
The 4 fantasy football draft board classifications of 2020
In 2020, there are four different types of draft boards to consider. Before you start comparison shopping, first determine the ideal kind of draft board for your league's goals.
- Standard Draft Boards - For leagues with a standard serpentine draft, these are the most common solution.
- Reusable Draft Boards - If you're a member of more than one league, A reusable fantasy football draft board can save you big money.
- Auction Draft Bards - Looking for a draft board designed explicitly for auction leagues? An auction draft board the answer.
- Customized Draft Boards - Build a one-of-a-kind draft board with custom teams, rounds, colors, league logos, and more.
Standard fantasy football draft boards for serpentine drafts
For the vast majority of fantasy football leagues, you'll be looking for a draft board that supports the serpentine draft style. These ffl draft boards are very basic and are almost always thrown away at the end of the draft.
Want to spice up your fantasy football drafts a bit? Save your completed football draft board after every live draft. Then, break it out at the draft the following year and relentlessly ridicule those owners who blew it the previous year!
Standard draft boards are great if you're looking for a quick solution or a draft board on a budget. I review the best football draft boards below. below.
How to save big money with a reusable fantasy draft board
If you've run any fantasy sports league for multiple years, you know that draft party expenses can quickly add up. The great thing about some fantasy league prizes is that you can buy them once and pass them from owner to owner each year. However, when it comes to offline draft boards, you've historically had to buy a new board for every draft party, year after year.
And if you're in more than one league, the costs for multiple draft boards can quickly add up.
Luckily, there is a solution to the money drain that is yearly NFL fantasy draft boards: reusable draft boards. Although they aren't necessarily the perfect solution for every situation, they do end up being a big-time money saver if you operate multiple fantasy leagues every season.
Ways manufacturers make fantasy football draft boards more reusable in 2020
Fantasy football draftboard merchants make their boards reusable through several different manufacturing methods. It's quite impressive to see the different techniques they utilize to create a draft board that can be recycled year after year.
Here are some of the most common techniques used to make reusable draft boards:
- Utilize a metal draft board and use magnets instead of fantasy football player stickers
- Instead of using a paper-based fantasy football draft board, use a dry erase board with a draft grid
- Use a nylon draft board instead of paper, making the stickers easier to remove
- Laminate a standard draft board, making the player labels easy to remove without damaging the board
If you need a quick fantasy football and NFL news refresher before your fantasy draft, look into buying a fantasy football magazine. Magazines provide a great way to cram before your draft and even gain an advantage over your fellow fantasy owners.
If you're looking to gain a strategical edge against your "low brow" fantasy owners, check out my evaluation of the best fantasy football books on the market. These books cover the most effective draft strategies that can give you a significant advantage.
How you save money with a reusable draft board
If you only conduct one draft a year, there are some instances where you'd come out ahead simply buying a one-year, disposable draft board every year. For example, a disposable board would be cheaper than buying a magnetic draft board and getting new player magnets each year.
That is because the initial cost of the reusable board is considerably higher than a single-year board (around $65 higher as you'll see below).
However, if you conduct more than one fantasy draft each year, a reusable fantasy football draft board starts to make a lot of financial sense. Hosting multiple leagues, you can purchase one set of new player magnets each year and reuse them for all of your drafts. The more leagues drafts you conduct each year, the more money you'll save.
Sometimes reusable draft boards are not a wise choice
The time it takes you to start saving money with a reusable draft board depends primarily on if you plan on purchasing new player labels or magnets each year for your reusable board.
If you don't plan on buying new player labels or magnets each year, you can start saving money after just a couple of drafts using a reusable board. One-time purchases are typical of dry-erase fantasy football boards where you plan on writing the player names manually on the board.
When you'll start saving money with a reusable board
If you plan on purchasing new player labels or magnets each year, then the time it takes to start saving money will depend on the number of drafts you conduct each year. Here are some basic guidelines:
- If you run only one fantasy league, you will not save money with a reusable draft board
- If you run two fantasy leagues, you will start saving money around the third year.
- If you run three fantasy leagues, you will start saving money in the second year.
- For four or more fantasy leagues, you will save money with a reusable board in the first year.
Features to consider when comparing 2020 draft boards
To simplify this review, I chose to focus solely on fantasy draft boards that support at least 12 teams and 15 rounds. That is the standard configuration for most fantasy leagues, so it is the bare minimum requirement for inclusion in this draft board review.
Considering fantasy football boards with a standard set of minimal features makes it easier to compare boards fairly.
Now that we have defined a minimally-viable board, let's look at other draft board features that you should consider when comparing products.
1. Size matters for a fantasy football draft board
I hate that I have to be the one to break it to you, but size matters. Think about it. Your 2020 fantasy football draft board will be the centerpiece of your draft party.
As such, it only makes sense to buy the largest board that will fit into your drafting space (assuming it meets all your other 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.
2. Thicker fantasy football draft boards are easier to work with
Draft board thickness varies wildly from merchant to merchant. Some print their fantasy draft boards on thick, glossy stock paper. Others seem to print their boards on thin tissue paper that is susceptible to wrinkling and tearing.
Thicker boards are also much easier to work with when hanging them on a wall or trying to affix the player labels. They are also more durable and will last longer if stored away.
3. Draft labels come in different shapes, sizes, and formats
Most player label packages for standard scoring leagues come with the six fantasy football positions (color-coded by position):
Beyond the standard positions and color-coding, player label formats frequently vary from merchant to merchant.
For example, labels can come in different dimensions, the size of the text can vary, some labels show pictures of the players while others don't, and labels may or may not contain the bye week of each respective player.
Pay particular attention to whether labels include bye weeks because some owners utilize bye weeks to help them choose between players with comparable potential. If you buy fantasy football draft stickers without bye weeks, you may have an owner mutiny on your hands at your live draft.
4. Draft boards typically come with accessories
Some merchants bundle a few extra items with their boards and market them as offline fantasy draft kits. So in addition to the standard fantasy football draft board and stickers, you typically get other necessities required to conduct your draft.
Draft boards almost always include double-sided tape to stick your board to the wall, blank labels to record obscure players, and a black marker for writing these players' names.
Some merchants will even throw in free merchandise to earn your business. For instance, Fantasy Jocks includes one free koozie (for the Commissioner) with their Custodian Draft Board or enough for your entire league with their Manager Draft Bard (currently on sale).
Reviewing the Best Standard Draft Boards of 2020
There are many standard fantasy football draft boards on the market. But when researching which fantasy boards to consider in this category, I only considered boards that I would buy for my leagues. Also, every board reviewed below has favorable user reviews (you can click the various links below to check for yourself).
Let's jump right in and evaluate what I considered to be the best draft board for fantasy football in 2020.
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 decided to review Fantasy Jocks in detail. If you're considering this draft board, read that review to get an overview of their full scope of products.
This particular draft board from Fantasy Jocks is called the Custodian draft board. Custodian fantasy football boards support leagues of various sizes. It has several configurations that support up to 16 teams, so be sure to specify your league size at the time of purchase.
Fantasy Jocks score big by getting the details right
But what makes the Custodian such a great NFL fantasy draft board is their attention to detail.
Fantasy Jocks prints the Custodian on thick, 80-lb high gloss paper. Their 2020 fantasy football draft board stickers include bye weeks and are updated regularly leading up to the season. So you'll be sure to get labels with the most accurate player information possible.
The player stickers that come with this draft board are quite large (4in x 1in). They're tied for the second-largest stickers of any draft board in this review. The biggest player labels are slightly bigger and you can get them through Brunos Draft Boards.
This Custodian board includes every rookie drafted in the 2020 NFL draft and comes with the following accessories and extras:
This NFL fantasy board is priced slightly higher than the average offline draft board on the market. But considering the quality of the product, impressive merchant reputation, and peace of mind in knowing that your draft will go off without a hitch, it's well worth it.
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Bruno's Draft Boards has been in the business of manufacturing fantasy football draft boards since way back in 2004! Since then, they've continued to innovate in the space and produce fantasy draft accessories that you can't find through other merchants.
The Jumbo Draft board from Bruno's has the distinction of being the most versatile draft board that I've reviewed. The number of add-ons and accessories that are available for this product is insane.
Examining the 2020 jumbo board in particular, it is the 3rd-biggest board in this review: 5ft x 3ft. However, this board is tied for the largest labels at 5in x 2in.
So if you're looking to host a draft party in a large room, this set Jumbo board and labels would be an ideal solution.
You can upgrade Bruno's draft boards with many extras
Bruno's standard board configurations easily match-up against the other great boards in this review. But where Bruno's really separates from the pack is in their add-ons and accessories.
Although this isn't an exhaustive list, here are some of the extra's you can add to their standard Jumbo Draft Board.
If you're in a league with special scoring rules, and you can't find a board with the right features, check out Bruno's Draft Boards.
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If you're a fantasy football owner who is looking to maximize his spend, look no further than the Joyousa extra large draft board. This is the largest of the standard boards in this review, beating all of the other boards in both width and height.
But although the full dimensions of this board are superior, the stickers themselves are actually the smallest (not by much, but still). So if visibility of the board is an important factor in your buying decision, take that into consideration.
For the price, this is an outstanding and flexible board. The customer reviews are exceedingly positive, so there is no doubt this board is fitting the bill for many leagues.
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Reusable Fantasy Football Draft Board Reviews
If you run multiple leagues and are looking to save a few bucks on your fantasy draft expenses, a reusable fantasy football draft board is a wise investment. Instead of buying several fantasy football boards and immediately throwing them away after the draft, you can reuse the board and players for every draft you conduct across numerous leagues and even multiple fantasy seasons.
Let's look at the best reusable fantasy football draft boards for 2020.
This reusable fantasy football draft board from Draft Party is a monster, measuring 60in x 38in. So in addition to being completely reusable, this is a suitable draft board for large draft rooms.
The magnetic fantasy football player stickers are comparable in size to stickers in most disposable boards, roughly 3.8in x 1.4in. Much like disposable draft kits, the player magnets in this product are color-coded by position.
Draft Party also provides four position wall strips which allow you to organize your player magnets by position for easier identification during the draft.
Draft Party's reusable board is applicable to any fantasy sport
Another great feature of this board is that you can use it for multiple fantasy sports. If you want to conduct a fantasy baseball draft using this reusable board, buy the baseball player magnetic board, and you're ready to go.
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 a dry-erase marker. That's because this reusable board also doubles as a whiteboard.
Although this might be annoying for some owners, it is one way to continue reusing the board without any yearly expenses.
They ship this portable drafting board in a telescopic tube
Draft Party ships this reusable fantasy football magnetic draft board in a hard, telescopic tube. That makes it a portable drafting board that can be moved between offline draft parties safely and without damaging the board.
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Zieglerworld took a bare-bones approach to make a reusable fantasy football draft board. They decided to completely eliminate the nuisance of fantasy football draft labels!
Yep, this reusable fantasy board is merely a fantasy football draft board template printed on a flexible, dry-erasable surface. Zieglerworld provides the dry-erase marker with this product, but you'll be the one writing player names.
The one significant benefit of this board is that you'll never have to spend money on a draft board again! Of course, if you want to color-code your players by position, you'll need some multi-colored dry-erase markers.
Because this is the only pure fantasy football dry erase draft board in this review, it may not be the most popular draft day feature if your league owners are lazy. You'll be doing a lot of writing.
But because this is also a cheap approach to reusable board design, it will start saving you real money after just the first use.
Sure, your league owners may be a bit miffed that they have to write the name of every player on the draft board themselves. So why not make it a league rule that the last-placed team from the previous year writes all draft picks on the board? Problem solved, and you've created more motivation for owners to play optimal line-ups through the entire season! Win-win!
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The Perfect Draft Board for Your Auction-Based Draft
Auction leagues are becoming more and more popular. As such, some ff draft board merchants have already started to adapt and create boards that are tailored specifically to auction-style drafts. My Draft Day is one of those merchants.
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 owners make picks. The highest bidder can acquire any player at any time in the draft.
The best auction boards implement small changes to their boards and/or stickers to make them more practical for auction drafts. Let's see how My Draft Day does this.
2020 is the first year I have featured a draft board from The Football Doctor. I particularly like this draft board package because, in addition to having the standard board and player stickers, it also has signs that owners can use to bid on players. Bidding signs are a unique feature that I have never seen on other auction-based products.
But for an auction-based draft board, the real 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.
The Football Doctor accomplished this by designing player labels that provide room to write both player cost and the remaining owner salary budget. This label design is ultra-convenient as everyone can see each player's value and every owner's remaining cash as soon as the stickers are applied to the board.
This auction board can accommodate 12 teams and up to 20 rounds, with 240 player stickers. I'm also quite impressed that they were able to squeeze player bye weeks onto the stickers.
If you have an auction league and are struggling to find a fantasy football auction draft board to buy, this product will fit the bill.
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Build Your Own Custom Fantasy Draft Board
Have you ever purchased an offline fantasy football draft board knowing full-well that it wasn't quite what you needed? But you went ahead and bought the board because no one seems to sell precisely what you need?
Enter the custom fantasy football draft board.
Custom draft boards let you pick and choose the features you want in a board. Every aspect of a board that you can imagine can be customized. League name, logo, colors, team names, and more can be used to create a truly one-of-a-kind board.
And the best part? I know a place where you can design and preview your draft board in real time! Sounds too good to be true? Read on.
Use the Draft Board Genie to customize a draft board
This section of my draft board review won't be much of a comparison. Why? Because I only know one company that sells completely customizable draft boards: Bruno's Draft Boards.
Bruno's went beyond letting you pick custom features to develop software that enables you to build a custom board in real-time. They make this possible through an application called the Draft Board Genie.
Through the Genie, you can customize the following features of your draft board:
Here is a custom board I designed for my league in about 5 minutes. It is the perfect sized board for my league, no bigger or smaller with no wasted space. It also has my league name printed, all team names printed, my league logo, and colors of choice.
Pretty cool for a ff draft board that's priced comparable a standard board with no customization features!
Here is a video explaining the basics of how to use the Genie.
In addition to designing a custom draft board, you can also save your draft board design so that you don't have to re-design your board when the next fantasy season rolls around. The Design Genie is a genuinely unique approach to creating fantasy football draft boards.
Fantasy Football Draft Board FAQs
I've compiled answers to the most common questions about fantasy football draft boards. If you have a question that I didn't address here, put it in the comments below, and I'll try to add it here.
1. What is a fantasy football draft board?
A fantasy football draft board is a large grid printed on a paper, or some other surface, that allows fantasy football players to place draft picks during a live fantasy football draft. Draft boards are usually combined with NFL player stickers, a sharpie, and tape, so you have everything you need to conduct the draft.
2. Where do I buy fantasy football draft boards?
The best place to buy NFL fantasy football draft boards is online. Specifically, it's smartest to purchase draft boards from Amazon or merchants who specialize in manufacturing fantasy football draft boards.
3. Can I buy a fantasy football boards in a store?
Some brick & mortar stores sell fantasy football draft boards. If you have to pick up a board in person, you may be able to find a fantasy football draft board in one of the following stores:
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Dick's Sporting Goods
But draft boards sold in stores likely have player labels that are incredibly outdated. It would be smarter to buy a fantasy draft board from an online merchant that ships overnight.
4. Can I get a fantasy football draft board shipped overnight?
The only fantasy football draft board manufacturer that offers overnight shipping is Bruno's Draft Boards.
5. How do I make a fantasy football draft board?
You can find several instructional videos on how to make a live fantasy football draft board on YouTube. The problem? To buy the materials to make your board would you cost as much as $30.
Why would you spend the time making your own draft board when you can buy a cheaper fantasy football draft board from one of the merchants in this review? Draft board merchants make a profit because they buy draft board materials in bulk.
You don't save that much money (if any) building your own fantasy football draft board. A DIY fantasy football draft board only makes sense if you're bored or want to impress your friends.
6. What is the best fantasy football draft board?
The best fantasy football draft board will vary from league to league as different leagues have different formats, rules, and budgets. The best draft board for your league is typically the cheapest board that has the features necessary to complete a successful fantasy draft.
7. How do you set up a fantasy football draft board?
The vast majority of fantasy football draft boards are set up by taping them to the wall or some other surface. Some fantasy football vendors sell tension stands that allow you to set up a fantasy board outside where there are no walls.
8. Can I get a printable fantasy football draft board?
You can download your own printable fantasy football draft board by clicking below on your league's format and desired draft board format. But be warned that printing this board will cost about half as much as a buying a complete draft board. Also, you'll have to purchase your player labels and print them as well.
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9. Where can I get a free fantasy football draft board?
One way to get a free fantasy football draft board is to print a free one (see above). You can also get free fantasy draft boards through your league host. For instance, CBS Sports give you a free fantasy football draft board with the purchase of one of their paid leagues.