About five years ago, the people at Draft Wizard partnered with the guys at FantasyPros, and they came out with the Draft Wizard. (That’s a tool that has already been voted one of the best tools in Fantasy Baseball).
Then a couple years ago, they updated it with their “Draft Assistant,” which is –- without question –- the best Fantasy Baseball draft tool ever. It sounds like hyperbole, but it’s not. Not since Fantasy magazines came out with cheat sheets in the late ‘80s have Fantasy Baseball players had something so helpful at their fingertips.
What exactly is the “Draft Assistant”? That’s what this article is going to explain. We’re going to break down some of the best features of this tool, but talking about it doesn’t do it justice, compared to using it.
Basically, the “Draft Assistant” follows along with your draft, either by you manually entering picks as you go or by syncing it with your league, and it helps optimize your draft picks during your entire draft. How does it do that? We explain below. You can connect this draft tool with the following draft services: CBS, ESPN, NFL.com, Yahoo!, MyFantasyLeague, RTSports, NFFC, FPPC and FanTrax.
I do want to be upfront with the fact that we do get a commission on sales through these links, but that’s not what has me raving about this draft tool. Even the free mock draft tool beats pretty much every other tool out there, so please, at least use that even if you don’t sign up for any of the premium prices.
Draft Wizards’ Draft Assistant: Best Fantasy Baseball Draft Tool Ever
Different versions of the tool offer different levels of service, but the main difference is whether you manually update the draft as it goes, or automatically update it. Then the other change in level is how many different drafts you can sync it up with per season (the HOF package offers unlimited draft syncs).
Easy, One-Man Mock Drafts
Rather than signing up for a mock draft on another site, where half of the real people drafting against you bail by Round 3, or ruin the mock draft by picking a player that is out for most of the season in Round 2, this mock draft is you against dozens of experts. They take sets of updated rankings from random experts (it changes each time you draft, and you don’t know who they take them from, which makes each mock draft different), and you draft against them.
You can pick where you are drafting, and you can revert your pick and try out different strategies, which makes this a great learning tool, too.
Auto-Syncs Every 30 Seconds, with Draft Tracking
When you use this tool alongside your real draft, it will auto-sync twice every minute, so you can concentrate on upcoming picks, rather than manually inputting other teams’ selections.
Doing an off-line draft with friends live somewhere? Just use the Manual Draft Assistant and you’ll be way ahead of the game – and your competitors!
Along those same lines, the auto-sync “Draft Tracker” will cross off each player that gets drafted, whether you took them or someone else in your league, and you can easily see which players are available – from the best down to the worst.
“Smart” Cheat Sheets With Tiers and Tags, Like ‘Target,’ ‘Sleeper’ and ‘Avoid’
Before your draft, you can set up your own cheat sheet, so you don’t need your spreadsheets or magazines open during the draft. The smartest thing you can do is to break your position rankings down into tiers, which will help you understand when there’s a big dropoff in talent at each position.
The “Smart” Cheat Sheets feature will turn a tier red in a position when it starts to run out of available players. Basically, it’s alerting you to the fact you might want to dip into this tier with your next pick, or else the talent drops off considerably, according to you!
The tags are also helpful, especially as the draft enters its later stages, when you might be more apt to take a high-upside player.
(Pro and Hall of Famer members can also create custom consensus rankings with any combination of over 80 Fantasy Baseball experts, with easy-to-use filters. This allows you to create a cheat sheet quickly with the rankings of writers you trust!)
This is easily one of my favorite features, as it takes a look ahead in your draft, assesses the positions and players already drafted, and tells you the odds whether a player will be taken with your next draft pick.
The app runs simulations with all the cheat sheets in their database, which includes Average Draft Positions from several different draft sites), to see the percentage of times that player gets picked before your next turn. It also considers the players taken and roster needs of each team in the league.
You’ll be able to quickly see what position needs a team drafting near you might have by using the Roster Watch feature. Another great part of this feature is that it tells you the number of players drafted at each position so far, as well as the number of starting spots at that position there are in the league. In other words, you’ll keep a keen eye on position scarcity with this section.
(For the Sync Assistants, but not the Manual Assistant) Rather than needing to toggle back and forth between your draft and the Draft Assistant, you can view the Draft Assistant side-by-side with your draft window. You’ll just use the dropdown to select one of the streamlined views: Queue Only View, Cheat Sheet Only View or Full View, which is the default setting. Ideally, though, you’d be able to use two monitors, with your draft on one side and the Draft Assistant on the other.
While the nominated players aren’t automatically added into the Auction Assistant, you can manually enter them easily, and get all of the instant pertinent info you need. However, the rest of your auction, including the winning bids on players already picked, will still be tracked and synced automatically (unless you aren’t a sync user). (ESPN auction drafters will have to wait, as this feature is not yet synced with their auction drafts. Just use the Manual Draft Assistant instead.)
Advanced Draft Analysis
Whether you just do a mock draft or a real draft, the Draft Analyzer gives you instant analysis on how you are doing, including your strengths and weaknesses, and how you compare to other teams. You’ll also get an easy-to-understand summary of your value picks, steals and reaches.
It will even spit out a “Draft Score” to let you know how you did! The Draft Score looks at your roster and compares it to the available free-agent players, and it comes up with a sum score of Fantasy points over the replacement team (VORP: Value Over Replacement Players). With the Draft Assistant Pro or Hall of Famer, you’ll get three scores: One Based on FantasyPros Expert Consensus Rankings, One Based on Your Cheat Sheet, and One Based on Their Expert Poll.
Many Fantasy Baseball leagues have league fees at $100, $250 and higher, so paying for this tool is certainly worth the investment. Others might pay smaller league fees – but they do it for multiple leagues, so they end up with a total of $200 or more in league fees each Fantasy Baseball season. As a matter of fact, the FSTA research shows that the average annual spending per Fantasy player (over 18) is $556!
Buying this draft tool could help you in every one of your drafts, syncing up wherever your league plays, and it’ll help make the return on investment even better.
- Pro: $7.99 – 2 teams supported, Manual Draft Assistant, Mobile Access, Top Expert Cheat Sheets, Advanced Draft Analysis
- MVP: $12.99 – All of the above, plus 10 teams supported, 10 Draft Syncs, Custom Cheat Sheets, Auction Draft simulator, pick predictor and trade assistant
- Hall of Fame: $19.99 – All of the above, plus Unlimited Teams Supported and Unlimited Draft Syncs (If you’re in more than 10 leagues, this is obviously the way to go.)
Think of it like you’re hiring someone to be your Assistant GM during all of your Fantasy Baseball drafts!
Not only is the Draft Assistant the best Fantasy Baseball draft tool ever, but it’s actually a wise investment for those that play in money leagues, which is seven out of every 10 Fantasy players, according to the FSTA. Let us know what you think about this tool after trying it out. My guess is – your team will be much better off by the end of the draft than it would have been without it!
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