It’s all fine and dandy to read player rankings and cheat sheets or listen to endless hours of fantasy football podcasts in preparation for your 2021 drafts, but if you haven’t zeroed in on a strategy and don’t know when you need to pull the trigger on certain players — like your favorite sleeper or potential breakout — you’ll be left feeling unsatisfied. This is where the (free) FantasyPros’ Mock Draft Simulator comes in.
FantasyPros’ interactive mock draft simulator resembles a real fantasy draft (one you can complete in mere minutes, that is), providing you with an idea of where certain players come off the board. The customizable settings enable you to select the hypothetical number of teams, user draft position, roster positions, scoring type (standard, PPR, custom), draft type, and positional values. You can even chose the player rankings to match ESPN, Yahoo, or NFL.com leagues. This allows for you to set up your mock draft as close to the league you’re going to be drafting in as possible. (You can even set keepers if you upgrade to the premium version!)
PRACTICE DRAFT STRATEGY: FantasyPros’ Mock Draft Simulator
After your mock draft is set up, you’re quickly moved into the draft, where there are a variety of tools at your disposal. Among free tools are cheat sheets and pick suggestions. The latter gives four players as options to draft at your current draft position. These suggestions are generated by a consensus of fantasy experts in order by which the experts’ agree the player should be selected at that current spot. Below is a snapshot of what the tool looks like.
If you aren’t happy with any of the four expert suggestions, this is where the cheat sheet tool comes into play. The cheat sheet is a complete list of the experts’ consensus rankings. You can look at the overall rankings or filter by specific position. New fantasy owners might choose to always opt with the experts, but of course you may see things differently. Better yet, you might just want to see how the rest of your draft plays out if you “reach” for one of your favorite sleepers early or if you start RB-RB-RB…or RB-QB-WR…or take Travis Kelce in the first round. You get the idea.
Below is a snapshot of what the cheat sheets in the Mock Draft Simulator look like:
It’s also important to note that the FantasyPros’ Mock Draft Simulator set the pace of the draft. Because all of the other teams’ picks are rapidly simulated, you go at your own pace. If you want to do a bunch of quick drafts in under five minutes each, go for it. If you want to spend an hour on a draft and deeply analyze the draft board and each pick, that’s an option, too. There’s no one else to tell you to speed, leave the draft room after five rounds, or take the full allotment of time between their picks.
Of course, the other owners in your real league aren’t robots who automatically select a player based on a database of rankings (which is why the Mock Draft Simulator mixes it up each time you use it), but the general flow of the draft — where certain players will be taken — will be eerily similar.
You’ll notice pretty quickly that running backs get very scarce after the first three to four rounds. Because you took part in one or several mock draft simulators, you’ll know it will look much the same when it comes to your real league. Any edge you can get over your leaguemates is huge in fantasy football. You may choose to share this tool with others in your league, but hey, it may be advantageous to keep it to yourself on the way to a fantasy Lombardi Trophy.