Fantasy Football – Tech Showcase

National Football League fantasy football players – an estimated 27 million of them – are counting down to September 9, 2010, the start of the NFL season.

Fantasy football is big business.  The Fantasy Sports Trade Association, cited in The Acorn, reports that fantasy sports have a $3 billion to $4 billion annual impact across the sports industry.

To its devoted players, fantasy football is about way more than fun or fancy.

According to Henry Bass, "Selecting a fantasy football team is a math, science and art all to itself."

That's why Bass and his colleagues developed fantasy football league draft software pcDrafter.

Added 8/29/12: PC Drafter 12.0 released in time for 2012 season

From the pcDrafter site:

pcDrafter is software that you install on your PC to take the guesswork out of your fantasy football draft. During a draft, it needs no Internet connection, but before the draft, with optional registration and Internet access, it can automatically download the latest player projections directly to its powerful optimization engine. pcDrafter does a zillion calculations and sees patterns not humanly possible to find in 2 seconds. Your savvy FF mind plus pcDrafter equals an unbeatable draft. pcDrafter features automatic player updates from

The "zillion calculations" through pcDrafter's algorithm made possible by today's computing power lay the foundation for the software founders' claim:  "pcDrafter software gives you a highly effective platform to both prepare for your draft and to crush your competition during the drafting itself."

Greg Alan Pisch, writes about pcDrafter for, "I've poured over pcDrafter with the GOLD algorithm and am convinced it's the best PC drafting software available on the market today."

Fantasy football draft software pcDrafter

Added 9/27/10: pcDrafter was featured on the WDBJ7 news.


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  1. Hi Guys, Greg here. For all getting ready for your draft…

    Within pcDrafter you can also quickly run mock drafts with pcDrafter’s GOLD logic pitted against ADP. There’s also a summary report at the end of both live and mock drafts that tells you how your draft grades out. This way you can see for yourself how GOLD almost always wins against Average Draft Position (ADP) and old-fashion and commonplace Value Based Drafting (VBD) methods.

    The bottom line. No matter how you do it, practicing for your draft is a great way to crush the competition. Have fun!

  2. Thanks for the comment, Greg! I don’t follow fantasy football, but I certainly can appreciate a competitive advantage and the value of practice. Good luck with your own fantasy football season!

  3. Anne,
    Thanks for a great article. PC Drafter is having an awesome season this year, but I realize that Fantasy Football is a binary activity: either you are really into it, or you don’t know anything about it! As it turns out, the stats and math are appealing to us gear-heads, and pentium-heads.
    Out of our own frustration trying to find out what Fantasy Football is all about, we wrote an article to introduce the game design, scoring and milestones. See it at

    For those interested in giving it a try, many sites offer free Fantasy Football leagues, such as ESPN and Yahoo. You can join with a specific group of friends, or subject yourself to the random draw of the Internet! Of course, we recommend you use pcDrafter to do your draft, and to manage the rest of your season. You might not want to tell your friends about those resources (but we hope you do!)

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