This past week, seven of my friends and I completed our second annual MFL draft. What is MFL you ask? Well, it’s fantasy sports done better. There are eight teams, three leagues and 50 rounds in a draft. That’s right, we combine all three major U.S. sports (football, basketball, baseball) into one giant fantasy sports league called the Mega Fantasy League.
If you’re confused as to how drafting works, in our first ever draft the first three picks were Aaron Rodgers, Bryce Harper and Russell Westbrook. The players are then compiled into the standard fantasy roster spots for each sport. Any player from the three sports can be taken at any time. This makes the strategy much more difficult, yet also much more fun. You have to strategize which of the three sports you will prioritize and how you will distribute your draft picks.
This year our draft was 50 rounds, and we went into the draft with five keepers each (You’re able to retain five players from your roster year-to-year, although keeper slots had been traded around). We set a one-minute timer because the draft would drag on with 400 picks being made. The first round was decided by a lottery system, the second through fifth rounds were set based on last year’s finish (last place gets first, winner gets last); and then after that, the draft started to go into a snake order based on last year’s results. Also, just to let you know, a lot of picks were traded. If you want to see this year’s draft results, here they are. Note, the 50th round we used as a joke round.
You can also trade players of any sport for any other players. For example, I have traded Clayton Kershaw for Kevin Durant and Russell Wilson for Max Scherzer. If you want trades to get real confusing: we also do loan deal trades. For example, one member of the league, Harris, traded another member, Harrison, Kawhi Leonard for the year and in return they got David Johnson after the year, assuming Harris uses one of his five keeper slots on David Johnson.
The scoring system is fairly simple too, balancing the three leagues. If you get first place you receive 10 points, second gets seven points, third gets six, fourth receives five, fifth gets four, sixth gets three, seventh two, eighth none. You also get four extra points for winning a playoff championship and two extra for making the playoff championship. The person with the most overall points at the conclusion of the season wins.
The only real confusing part about the MFL is baseball season. As I said earlier, we did our draft this past week, which was during the MLB All-Star break. This means that our baseball season is only 11 weeks long – making it much shorter. However, it makes the draft process much easier, as there is no time off between any of the three sports, and it also makes baseball short enough so that we don’t get bored with it.
All in all, the MFL is much better than normal fantasy sports. It allows for much more strategy and makes all the leagues mean so much more. If you have a group of friends dedicated enough to do a three-in-one fantasy league, I’d 100 percent recommend it.