If you've ever seen an auction in a movie or in real life, this draft format works in a similar fashion with teams frantically bidding against each other to claim the highest bid before the timer expires.
Unlike a classic live auction, however, teams are not bidding for a specific player but rather for the next draft pick. When time expires the high bidder is immediately put on the clock to make a selection from the draft pool of eligible players.
There is no draft order to follow and no player nominations - this draft format is all about finding the right deal at the right time to acquire the players you desire.
When the bidding timer starts, a bidding war ensues without regard for turn or sequence; it is a free-for-all, it is chaotic, and it is awesome.
Any new bid that occurs with less than 10 seconds remaining will reset the timer back to 10 seconds, a threshold that the commissioner can adjust in the Draft Settings.
When time expires, the high bidder wins is on the clock to choose an eligible player from the undrafted pool.
In a Derby Auction Draft, teams are given several buttons they can use to strategically participate in bidding.
Some of these buttons are exclusive to Drafty, so practicing in a mock draft is highly recommended to gain familiarity.
The Min Bid button will raise the current bid by the minimum amount in order to claim the high bid. The default bid increment is $1 and can be changed by the commissioner in the Draft Settings.
The Auto Bid button will toggle on and off a bidding AI which monitors the current bid, compares it against the team owner's defined target bid, and automatically places a Min Bid as needed to maintain high bidder status.
The Flash Bid button places a new bid for the amount manually entered as the target bid.
Every bid is verified against eligibility rules to ensure it is valid. The commissioner can adjust these rules and separate timers for bidding and picking in the Draft Settings.
Drafty is the most customizable draft platform on the planet so most rules can be adjusted to accommodate your league's traditions and preferences.
A typical 12-team redraft league with 15 players on each team can expect a Derby Auction Draft to last about 2 and a half to 3 hours; actual draft times will vary.
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If you have any questions just leave a comment or you can open a Derby Auction Mock Draft to give this format a go. For tech support, please use the help panel in-draft for fastest response time.
Common questions about this format will be posted here so don't hesitate to ask!