What’s the most American thing you can do with your summer? Grill some brats and down a few cold ones? Having the biggest and loudest fireworks on the entire block for for the fourth of July? Or maybe a pool party with the family?
If any of those are the answer, you’re doing summer wrong. You should be mock drafting — preparing for the upcoming season.
ESPN, CBS Sports, NFL.com, Fantasy Football Calculator and many other various sites offer mock draft lobbies that you can hop into and draft within five minutes of hopping on a computer. Draft Wizard, a new fantasy football mock draft application created by Fantasy Pros that is even snippier than any of those listed above. Why? That’s why I’m here. Let’s take a look into the new mock draft application that’s more than jut a mock draft application, Draft Wizard.
Draft Wizard is much different than your typical mock draft lobby. It’s a mock draft simulator, not a live mock draft. Instead of one mock draft taking an hour or more to complete, the simulator allows you to face off against a computer, who is faster, more efficient, smarter, and more realistic than your average owner in a typical mock draft lobby. Select the number of teams, your spot in the draft order, PPR/standard scoring, and the starting lineup format.
With a free membership, you can also view and use FantasyPro’s Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from the many different experts that submit their rankings to FantasyPros and use it as your own cheat sheet.
However, you can not edit your own rankings unless you are a Pro member. You’re also able to view projected standings after completing your mock drafts.
With what Draft Wizard calls a “PRO” subscription, there’s a whole new world that this site opens up to that you simply won’t find anywhere else.
Cheat sheets are also taken to a new level, as you will now be able to add tiers, notes, and other highlights. The drag-and-drop feature will be added for editing your rankings, and you can import rankings from just about anywhere. Unlike the free version, you are now able to adjust your own rankings.
You can generate non-personalized rankings by choosing what fantasy experts’ rankings you want to use. Once you select your experts, a cheat sheet with consensus rankings form the sources that you chose will be generated. You’re also able to import you own rankings from almost anywhere by just copy and pasting the content into the box provided.
You can use the Draft Assistant during your actual draft, whether it is on- or off-line. As long as you’re connected to the internet, this will suggest players to draft and give experts’ advice on who to take, according to a database of extensive rankings contributed by over 80 experts and websites dedicated to fantasy football.
The application will cross players of of your cheat sheet automatically as the draft is going and gives advice as to who you should be picking in each spot, as well as some of the best draft values.
With the progression of the draft, it will calculate your percentage of odds that your sleepers will still be available in the later rounds. This feature is available to those who play in Yahoo, CBS, NFL.com, ESPN, CBS Sports, MFL, RT Sports, FleaFlicker and other sites as well.
Lastly is the Draft Analyzer. After completing a mock on the site, the site will analyze your draft. It first takes a look at projected standings, which breaks down into three categories — overall, starters, and bench. It ranks all teams in the league.
For example, after my mock draft, I ranked sixth in overall, 12th in starters, and has the top bench in the league. The next draft shows draft analysis, round by round. B using pull down menus you’re able to take a look at what players were slight steals and reaches (just one round) or total steals or reaches, which is a reach of two or more rounds.
Finally, the team analysis tab finds where you rank by position. I had the strongest running back corps and bench in the league, but ranked last in quarterback depth according to my own cheat sheet. You’re also able to have a “poll of 36 experts” break down your team, position by position. All of this info can help you adjust before
An upgrade to Draft Wizard Pro is going to set you back only $14.95, which really isn’t too bad at all. With that you’ll gain all of the paid features talked about above. However, if you’re wanting to sync your personalized cheat sheet with a particular league that you’re in (only at Yahoo!, CBS, MFL, or RT Sports) for another $4.95. The $4.95 is for each individual league hosting service.For example, if you want both CBS and MFL, the cost will double.
Free features – 6 out of 10. There wasn’t much to the free features other than the mock draft simulator. If you’re lacking time and need to mock draft, I’d rather use this mock draft simulator than hop into an ESPN or NFL.com mock, without a second thought. However, there’s not much else to the free subscription. Luckily, the upgrade is extremely affordable and brought lots of new features to the table.
Paid features – 9 out of 10. I must admit, I was extremely impressed with the features with a PRO membership. Tops was the cheat sheet generator. Simply copy and paste from your excel spreadsheet or word document and bang, your rankings are in the system, ready to mock with. Speaking of mocks, it was smooth, easy, and painless. I would like to see improvement in adding players to the queue. Because I didn’t add kicker rankings for the mock, I couldn’t access kickers other than Phil Dawson, who the Wizard was suggesting for me. However, that’s the only problem I found. Analysis was quick and easy to look at immediately after the draft. I was impressed with how in-depth the analysis was, and was interesting to see how consensus expert rankings sacked up to mine, which I drafted from.
Ease of use – 9 out of 10. As I said above, it was easy to access the analysis. Importing a cheat sheet was as easy as copy and pasting, or dragging and dropping. Mock drafts simply took just a few clicks to set your settings the way you want them. A quick reading of a very in-depth FAQ page is also very useful in finding what you might be missing, as I even check that page out a time or two.
Value – 10 out of 10. $15 to mock whenever you want, surrounded, essentially, with experts to mock with you. It doesn’t get much better. Analysis after the draft can help hone your mocking skills. The efficiency of the mock drafts is also something to note, as I finished the simulated mock drafts in approximately ten minutes, without rushing through them. On the flip side, a standard mock can take an hour or more.
- This review was done by Christian Hardy, writer for FantasySports.org.
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