Last year we reviewed the online and offline fantasy football draft software, PrimeTime Draft Football. PrimeTime Draft got our best review of the year – to the extent that we used it for our personal offline draft needs in 2015. Well… 2016 seems to have a repeat performance as PrimeTime Draft has added a few minor features that make a big and fun impact, while maintaining the ease of use and experience that we have come to love. We are happy to announce that for the 2nd consecutive year, PrimeTime Draft has won the SportSmasher.com choice for the best fantasy football draft software!
The basics are the same. You set up your league and draft order. But a few things struck me as new and fun.
First, team’s can upload an image or logo. This makes it fun and an easy way to punish last year’s loser (use your imagination).
Also – there is now support for common league types like auction and salary cap!!! This is a huge addition to the software in our humble opinion.
The other thing that PrimeTime Draft has added is the ability to create an autopick file for each team. This is going to come in handy for a lot of leagues out there with that one dude who can’t seem to make the live draft because he is camping or golfing or at a wedding or being an all around douche as usual. You simply create your autopick list, which can be simple like “best available position X” – this is key for those later round autopicks.
So let’s get started with the actual draft!
You can still do all of the great things like mid draft trades of players and picks. Draft is as simple as clicking on the slot and choosing the player you want to draft.
The draft pick announcements are back this year and this time they feature your team logo, making them way more fun to view each time!
For our full review of PrimeTime Draft, I’ve included all relevant details from last year’s write up below:
Last year my long running fantasy league was in a bind… we were unable to all gather together to draft and needed a way to digitally allow remote drafting while still having the same experience in the room as when we put stickers on a board. This is what introduced me to the world of online fantasy draft boards. The experience last year was good – but this year I wanted to see what else was out there and whether a different solution could fit our needs better. What follows is a review of PrimeTime Draft Football – an online/offline Fantasy Football Draft Board.
PrimeTime Draft’s philosophy is one of simplicity and ease of use, married with the ability for all participants to be able to see the board and make picks at any time. This was very apparent during the use of the product and this solution solved a major issue with the one from last year – in draft and uneven trades! PrimeTime Draft Football is unique in that it is a “hybrid” application. This means that it can be used either offline or online. The experience “offline” is the same minus RemoteView.
Let’s get into the review.
Setup was very easy, you name your draft and then choose from a handful of settings. After that, you are able to create your draft order and name your teams. PrimeTime Draft Football supports all sorts of draft types including snake and auction leagues. A key to this page is to ensure you “enable internet services”. This will provide the “RemoteView URL”, which will be given to any league members that can’t make the draft in person.
Another feature that I loved was the ability to resize screen and display on a secondary monitor. This was key for our league as we broadcast the draft board on an HDTV in our private room at the bar but had a webcam setup to see the remote manager(s) on the normal computer screen. I found this to be much better than PrimeTime’s competition.
Once in the draft, the board is easy to use. You simply click on the draft timer and that allows you to make your pick.
Picking is easy as well. You can type a player’s name and then select them. You also can easily view pre-ranked players and choose from that list. I’m not sure where the rankings are fed by – but they were decent (UPDATE: I am told rankings are from Yahoo for the time being). The application also updated player rankings when I first opened it.
One issue I found, however, was that the position filter did not support a common FLEX drop down (RB/WR). This would have sped things up a bit in my opinion and is something for the developers to consider adding next year.
When a pick is made, the entire screen goes dark and the pick is displayed in large imagery for everyone to see. I especially liked this feature as it seemed to mimic NFL Draft type of user experience. Our league got into this as we anticipated each pick.
Ok – now for one of my favorite features…
A common issue with man leagues (keeper leagues especially) is traded draft picks. PrimeTime Draft Football makes this easy and has many videos to assist you in figure out how to use these minor but key features. If you want to give a draft pick to another team, you simply “long click” on the pick location and are then presented with an option to change its “owner”. PrimeTime Draft Football supports uneven trades as well.
The squares will populate with the new owner and then when it is time to pick, the draft board will remind you that this pick is actually owned by someone else. A key reminder in the late rounds when the beer count reaches double digits.
Once the pick is made, you’ll see a little icon “i” on the player – hovering over it will show you that it is owned by a different team than it appears.
Another feature I would have liked to see here is the ability to toggle into a “team view”. Because the traded draft picks stay in their slots, it could become hard to determine who has what players/positions – and that is a big part of draft strategy. This is something I’ve seen in competitive tools and would be a good addition to the product.
You can also see that when you long click into a square, you can set a team to Autopick. The options are pretty good here as you can autopick each round by best available overall or best available at a specific position.
Now let’s spend a minute on one of PrimeTime Draft Football’s best features – RemoteView drafting. When you setup the draft order, you can choose which teams are allowed to do remote drafting by checking the box next to their name. Then you send the URL to those owners and they can access the draft board from any PC or mobile device (you both need to be online obviously)
When you access the URL from a mobile it looks like this. You can choose to view only or draft as well. You then can select what team you are controlling.
The draft board on RemoteView on mobile looks great! Very clean and simple – just like the developers intended.
When it is your pick and you are remote drafting, the app will pop up a similar screen and you can then make your selection.
Once the pick is made, it is sent over the internet to the main screen and “confirmed”. I timed this multiple times and there is roughly a 10-20 second delay here. Not bad at all and we didn’t notice any issues as a result!
When the draft is complete, you have the option to see draft grades – this should start the trash talk early and we loved this feature!
First it shows you the best draft grade…
Then the worst…
Then on the main screen you can see grades for each team:
There are many different export options as well. You can email out results, share to social media, export to MFL, and save the image/data. This is a very handy feature when league members want copies of the draft to compare for the rest of the evening while you drink beer and talk trash.
To recap quickly… there was very little I would change about PrimeTime Draft Football. The team view would be nice as would a FLEX option for position sorting. But in my experience so far, this solution has blown me away. It is crisp, clean, and fast. It has the best support for remote drafting that we’ve used. And it doesn’t take a developer to program and use it! At $20, the cost is cheaper than ordering a draft board with stickers! I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for an online or offline fantasy football draft board this season! I will be using it personally in just a couple of weeks for a long time league that I am the commissioner of.
Enjoy your draft day and let us know how it goes!