Wins and losses. Early-round keepers and late-round sleepers. The thrill of a Monday night, last-second victory and the agony of sit/start decision that goes awry.
Yes, fantasy football season has arrived.
Most people who play fantasy football will admit that the best time of the season is draft day, and while you could hold your draft just about anywhere or any device, there are a few places that crush the competition and provide you with a championship-level draft day experience.
1. Buffalo Wild Wings
It's always a timesaver for both the commissioner and other league members when you can hold your draft at a location that wholeheartly embraces the in-person draft, and for many seasons, Buffalo Wild Wings has been the place to be.
The draft kit includes a pocket schedule, coupons, a bottle opener, draft board and player stickers and a brag flag, to aid in the trash-talking process.
B-Dubs also has rolled out a few limited-time must-order menu items just in time for your league's draft. Try the Boston Lager Burger, Octoberfest Beer Cheese Dippers or Angry Orchard Peach Chicken Sandwich. Then, wash it all down with a Sam Adams Boston Lager, Sam Adam Rebel IPA, Vanilla Berry Lager or your favorite beverage so that even the end of the table can hear you stealing that 10th Round running back.
Visit buffalowildwings.com/football to find your nearest Buffalo Wild Wings location and call to book your party.
6851 Miller Lane, Dayton
The home to some of the best sports bar wings in town also ranks among the best spots for holding your fantasy football draft.
Hooters is also partnering with Draft Kings to give away over $300,000 in cash and prizes during the season, according to the Hooters website.
And beginning on Aug. 24, you can enter the FREE $50,000 Hooters Fantasy Football Challenge, which runs Sept. 13-Oct. 18. Visit your local Hooters location for more details.
Your league can reserve its spot online by visiting football.hooters.com/Home/Register.aspx
3. Dave and Busters
11775 Commons Drive, Springdale
If you're still in need of a draft location for your league, why not try the place with a giant adult-friendly arcade, huge bar, full menu of food and one that is recommended by fantasy football guru Matthew Berry himself?
Then head over to Dave and Busters to get your season started off right.
Right now, Dave and Busters is offering 10 percent off food and drinks, a $10 Power Card for league members, a FREE Draft Kit, $25 gift card for commissioners, FREE room rental and Wi-Fi and over $150 in special offers throughout the season.
You can contact a planner online or by calling 1 (844) DRAFTNOW.
4. Scene 75
6196 Poe Ave, Dayton
Much like Dave and Busters, Scene 75 in Dayton has plenty of entertainment for your league mates, both before, during and after the draft, making it a prime location to spend a few hours prior to Week 1 of the regular season.
A $100 deposit will allow you to rent a private Chaos Room for four hours, complete with 4 HD 15-foot projectors, personal servers, 24 beers on tap and a full food menu. And if you and your league spends $300 on food and drinks, including alcohol, you can rent the room for FREE.
Scene 75 will also happily connect your personal laptop to the projectors to display the draft board.
You can also rent out one of the party rooms. Note that food must be ordered ahead of time when selecting this option.
And here are a few other places to consider for draft day:
- Brixx Ice Company
- BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse
- Cadillac Jacks
- Wright Wing