If you’ve been wanting to get into AFL draft fantasy then look no further. As you prepare to organise your draft nights, we tell you the the best site to run your league this season. For those of you still basking in salary cap games, it’s time to move on. Draft games are the pinnacle of fantasy sports in the United States and it seems they will see growth in Australia over the coming years.
This is our pick. Recently acquired by Fairfax, Ultimate Footy is the most customisable service for draft fantasy in 2013. You can have up to 18 teams in your league with the structures being completely customisable. The other advantage that sets Ultimate Footy apart from its competitors is the ability to run a keeper league. There are two types of scoring options, points based or category based (not that we recommend playing in a category based league). Points based uses the AFL Fantasy scoring system by default but this can be changed in custom leagues. If you want a true draft fantasy experience then look no further than Ultimate Footy. Draft league fantasy doesn’t play second fiddle to any salary cap league on Ultimate Footy.
AFL Fantasy Elite
AFL Fantasy is basically the rebranding of DreamTeam. Draft leagues were possible last year but this is the first time they’re being offered for free. There is far less customisation compared to Ultimate Footy. There is a maximum of 22 teams per league but there are only 7 different team structures to choose from. There is no option to import team lists for keeper leagues. However, you should still be able to run a keeper league as long as the commissioner can edit the teams and the keepers for the following season are documented. There is no category based scoring. Points based scoring is not editable. There has been improvement compared to previous years, but AFL Fantasy Elite is still left wanting when compared to Ultimate Footy.
This is by Virtual Sports and thus operates in the same way as AFL Fantasy Elite. The only real difference is that instead of using AFL Fantasy for points based scoring it uses the SuperCoach scoring system. If deciding between AFL Fantasy Elite or SuperCoach Draft then it probably comes down to the preferred scoring system.In the coming days we will release an article for all you first time league commissioners that will give you the best settings for your league the 2013 season!