Fantasy Football Draft Order Ideas

Last Updated: Sep 1, 2023

The most overlooked thing in your fantasy draft is how your order is chosen.

Don’t randomly generate your draft order! Don’t be boring. Create a fun way to make your fantasy football experience even better with these draft order ideas. Some are easy, others, not as much. It depends on how invested you are in your league.

Get your fantasy league started the right way and make it a fun event that you will remember forever. Here are some ideas to get you started.👇

Draft Order Ideas 1 to 5

1. Tournaments - Video game & other

Think Madden, Mario Kart, or even Super Smash Bros. Set up a tournament-style competition, get everyone together online or in-person, and let the games begin. One of the best parts about this is that you can play online, stream the games so everyone can watch, and bet on the games between league members.

Make fun of each other’s gaming skills and turn your draft order into an epic gaming battle.

Some people also simulate the games if there is an unfair advantage in your league. Not as much fun or competitive, but makes the playing field a little more even.

Other game tournaments such as Texas Hold Em, beer pong, flip cup are also popular.

2. Playlist Shuffle

Want to keep things chill yet exciting? It’s as easy as hitting shuffle on your favorite music app. Each league member picks a song to add to the playlist, hit shuffle, and the song that plays determines the draft order.

As your new fantasy playlist plays, the anticipation builds. By the end, you have a fantasy draft order and usually a very diverse playlist.

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3. Sports Competitions

If you have the opportunity to do sports competitions, you almost have to try it at least once. You can do one competition such as a 40-yard dash to determine your order, or choose a backyard olympic format where you have multiple sport contests that determine the order based on best performance. Unless you all think you are the fastest in the league, backyard olympics makes the most sense.

Pick and choose from these ideas:

  • 40-yard dash
  • Basketball shot
  • Quarterback skills
  • Cornhole
  • Mini Golf
  • Laser tag
  • Darts
  • Ping pong
  • Top golf
  • Axe throwing
  • Go-cart racing
  • Bowling
  • Whiffle ball game

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4. Dave & Buster’s

Grab $20 and hit Dave and Buster’s! The order will be chosen by the number of tickets/points you come back with. This adds a dimension of luck, strategy, and fun.

5. Horse Racing

Embrace the thrill of horse racing season by incorporating it into your draft order selection process. Choose between various horse race-related methods, such as determining the order based on the amount of money won or lost during a day at the races. Alternatively, each participant can select a horse in a designated race, and the order of the horses’ finish dictates the draft order. This method bridges the excitement of sports betting with the camaraderie of fantasy football.

Draft Order Ideas 6 to 10

6. Pizza Order

This is one of the most unique ones I have seen. Each league member chooses their preferred favorite pizza spot, orders the same type of pizza, and waits for the deliveries. The sequence of pizza arrivals decides the draft order. It’s like getting a slice of excitement with every box that arrives.

7. Celebrity Cameo

Every league member chips in for a celebrity cameo – the league commissioner can pick one, or you can all choose one together. I prefer the league commissioner picks since the surprise will even make it that more entertaining. The celebrity will then randomly choose your draft order. I love this method because the video lasts a lifetime and some league members form life-long beefs with the person you choose.

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8. Tinder

This is by far the craziest one that I have seen. The league commissioner sets up a Tinder profile and assigns a letter to each league member (you might have to create a four-person grid to fit every league-member’s photo). The first match on the fantasy league’s Tinder account becomes the arbiter of fate, with the choice of dictating the draft order.

9. Pick a Player/contestant

League members can randomly draw contestants for events like spelling bees or preseason football games, where their performance directly influences the draft order. This approach adds an element of excitement to even the least exciting event.

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10. Eating/Drinking Competitions

Food, beer, and fantasy football, what is better than that? Compete with your league mates in a hot dog eating competition, a beer-chugging competition, or even both. The results will determine your fantasy draft order.


John Arlia

Before joining The Game Day, John served as the National Writer for the United Soccer League, where he primarily covered the USL Championship out of the league’s headquarters in Tampa, FL. A devout soccer fan, John attended the men’s World Cups in Brazil and Russia and can’t wait for the 2026 edition to come to North America. Having also written for Sporting News Canada since getting his master’s from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU, John has acquired a diverse sporting background, but considers football, golf, and soccer his three strong suits.

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