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FANDRAFT (Online Drafting Tool For In-Person Drafts) w/ Founder Randy Leslein
Episode 1131st May 2023 • Fantasy Football Origin Stories • Sports History Network
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Fantasy Football Origin Stories is part of the Sports History Network - The Headquarters For Sports Yesteryear.


In this 11th episode, Randy Leslein rides shotgun in the DeLorean, to take us back in time and learn about his Fantasy Football Origin Story. We talk about many topics, including:

  • Randy's first recollection of fantasy football
  • Some stories of very early fantasy football drafting
  • The draft that planted the seed to ultimately create FANDRAFT
  • FANDRAFT over the years (versions, integrations, features, and more)
  • Tips on having a great fantasy draft party
  • Much more


If you've never been able to participate in a live fantasy football draft (in-person that is), then I highly suggest you try to set one up, and FANDRAFT is a great way to go to manage the draft.


***This is pulled straight from the Fandraft about page.****

The inspiration for FanDraft arose during the Summer of 2000, while the founder was at his league’s draft. A league mate had made a makeshift sticker board which he was jestfully mocking. After being challenged to “make something better”, he spent a year learning to program and developed the first version of FanDraft.

FanDraft was launched in 2001, with the intention of providing a more modern approach to the traditional “sticker” draft boards often used at in-person draft parties. The digital nature of FanDraft allowed for a more engaging and realistic experience than the static cardboard/sticker draft boards could provide, and the in-person draft was changed forever.

The goal of FanDraft is to help make a fantasy football draft feel more like an actual NFL Draft. It can be projected via a digital projector or output onto a large television for the entire league to enjoy. FanDraft helps a fantasy football draft stay organized and running smoothly, while also creating a more engaging experience.