Let’s face it; we all want Adrian Peterson on our team this year. Unfortunately, you aren’t going to land the half-man, half-hulk unless you earn the highly desired 1st pick of the fantasy draft. Every league manager faces the issue of how to decide the draft order. If you’re a true competitor like I am, you are not willing to simply give up the first pick to the worst team in your league the previous year. Why? Because they were most likely the one team that exists in everyone’s league that “forgets to set their lineup every week”.
In order to settle any disputes revolving around what is and isn’t a fair way to choose the order, I have compiled a list of some fresh, creative ways to determine your league’s draft order. Even if none of these ideas pop out to you, hopefully it will at least get your creative juices flowing. Happy drafting!
1. Draft Combine
If you’re anything like me, you secretly wish you could take part in the annual NFL combine. Well, now it’s time to make your own to compete against your league mates. Toss in the 40-yard dash, a 3-point basketball shootout, a football accuracy throw, a home run derby, or whatever else pleases your fancy, and you have quite a competitive means of deciding a draft order.
If you and your buddies are gamers, what better way to settle the order than by means of a video game tournament? A few games to consider would be the newest version of Madden (with shortened quarters), Call of Duty, or you can always kick it old school with Mario Kart, or my all-time favorite, Super Smash Bros.
3. NFL Player Spelling Bee
This is a great way to combine both sport smarts and book smarts. Even though he is currently a free agent, adding TJ Houshmandzadeh to the list is a must. That is only the tip of the iceberg. Try some of these names on for size: Nnamdi Asomugha, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Legedu Naanee, Michael Hoomanawanui, or Seyi Ajirotutu.
4. Milk Gallon Challenge
Bottoms up. Whoever can keep their gallon down the longest before a giant volcanic eruption of lactose occurs secures the first pick. If you choose this route, make sure you aren’t wearing your favorite player’s jersey while doing the challenge.
5. Minute To Win It Games
If you’ve seen the show, you know what I’m talking about. Eating an Oreo from off your forehead, ripping tissues out of a tissue box, balancing an egg on a spoon, or stacking three apples on top of each other, completing each one in less than sixty seconds. Duplicate games seen on the show, or creative some of your own.
Time for the gun show. Find out who lists protein powder as one of their main food groups, and who considers lifting a full laundry basket their daily workout.
7. Pick’em Preseason Games
Preseason NFL games are similar to eating just one fry out of a large McDonald’s fry. It is temporarily satisfying, but it makes you incredibly eager for more. One way to make preseason games more meaningful is by having each team owner picking the winners of the games. The person who guesses the most games right secures the first pick.
I can’t think of a more gentlemanly way to settle the draft order than spending a day at the links with the gents. Whether it’s 9 holes, 18 holes, longest drive, or a closest to the pin contest, your day is sure to be enjoyed by all.
9. Pick Your Own Order Survey
Ask every team owner to write down what they want the draft order to be, collect all the answers/surveys, calculate every owner’s average draft position, and create the order based on the averages. Warning: this may not work in the favor of past league champions or trash-talkers.
For this scenario, one of the team owners needs to have a dog, or some sort of pet that is a fan of food. Put a name card of each team owner above a piece of cheese (or dog biscuit, etc). Spread out the cheese pieces across a room evenly spaced apart, and let Fido loose! The draft order is determined in the same order that the dog devours the pieces of cheese assigned to the owners’ names.