After spending weeks, or possibly months, preparing for the big day you need to ensure that it'll be one to remember. Based on my experiences, there are 5 things that will make the draft truly remarkable.
The Draft Day Essentials
1. The League
I know this seems like common sense, but you need everyone to be there. If you don't currently draft in person, pull some strings and make it happen. There's no better time than getting together with the rest of your league to talk shit and make picks.
There's absolutely no way you can compare an online fantasy football draft to an in person one. They're two completely different situations.
2. The Alcohol
Unless you're under the age of 21 (ha. we can't legally condone underage drinking) or you've taken a pledge of sobriety, theres no excuse to not have alcohol at your draft.
I think I recall hearing once that alcohol leads to bad decisions and to be honest, that's kinda true. Just consider those bad decisions to be the ones your league rivals are making. I'm sure that your drunk pick of Joe Flacco will totally work out (sigh).
3. The Draft Board
I've written extensively before about the importance of the draft board. And quite frankly, I still don't think I've made the point strong enough.
Fantasy fans, if you are going to do an in person draft, please do it right. Don't cheap out with the homemade versions and certainly be mindful of buying your stuff in advance.
I've heard too many horror stories where leagues didn't have their draft boards on time because someone ordered it just days before the draft. Make sure you put someone responsible in charge of getting the board taken care of. You'll be happy you did.
4. The Fantasy Rankings
Please don't be the guy who doesn't show up with fantasy football rankings. I don't care if you use a magazine, show up with printed our cheat sheets from five minutes earlier or with your own ranks. But don't come empty handed.
There's zero chance the fantasy football draft snuck up on you, in fact it's likely that you snuck up on it. Put in some time to read the ranks of various fantasy football pros, read different articles on different players and learn about draft strategies that impact your league.
If you don't at least have rankings, I'll be impressed if your team remains competitive throughout the season.
5. The Trash Talk
I understand that everyone is friends and all that fun stuff. But the reality is, fantasy football is a dog-eat-dog world. If you don't talk some trash, you'll get chewed up and spit right back out.
Just make sure you have some stats or information to backup whatever it is your talking smack about. Don't be the guy who talks shit and then gets schooled on that fantasy player. Please talk smack, just save us all the embarrassing stuff.
The Perfect Fantasy Football Draft
Ultimately, what you deem as the perfect draft may differ slightly from mine. That's completely fine because we all have our preferences. However, I'd be floored if at least some of these qualifications don't make your own list.
Just do some research, drink some beer and you'll be having a great time at your fantasy football draft.
For the record, I never actually played football. I have no doubt that I would get crushed running across the middle for a pass, every single time.