Draft Room FAQs

Last Updated August 30, 2022


These FAQs provide answers to questions not covered in the Draft Manual. Start there if you haven't read the manual already.

Many questions about draft mechanics can be answered by trying a mock draft. Have you done that? No? Well then, you're about to do a lot of book learning when what you might need is some practical education. But here we go...


    How do I undo a player nomination in an auction draft?

    It depends on your nomination format.

    • In the Freeze Tag format, the owner who nominated the player can mouse over or touch the player in the queue and press the Undo button. They'll be able to nominate again instantly.
    • In the Czar format, the commish can mouse over or touch the player in the queue and press the Undo button.
    • In the Snake/Round Robin/Winner Takes Next formats, there is no nomination queue because each nominee hits the auction block immediately. So in these formats, commish can let the auction timer expire, pause the draft, and use Commish Toolbox > Undo Last Auction to send that player back into the Undrafted Pool.

    How do I assign keepers to a team roster?

    First, you need to create a clubhouse.

    With a clubhouse, commish can configure teams and assign keepers and then use the clubhouse draft room, which will automatically move keepers to their assigned team. This is the only way to include keepers in your draft room and results.

    Can I be commish without being assigned to a team?

    This option is in development, but currently no. An easy workaround for now is to add an extra team and zero-out the roster/budget, or to assign yourself as a co-owner and keep away from the bidding buttons.

    Can my draft have multiple commissioners?

    No, this is not supported. If your league has divided commissioner responsibilities, for the purpose of your draft only one commish can be assigned as the draft host and they should be the one to setup the draft room and/or clubhouse.

    Can I configure a team with co-owners?

    Yes! In Advanced and Clubhouse Drafts, commish can assign users to teams under Commish Toolbox > Team Assignments. Other users may observe the draft room but cannot interact with bidding or the chatroom until they've been assigned to a team.

    Each co-owner should create their own Drafty account to join the draft room. Sharing login credentials in order to use the same account on multiple devices may cause your draft to glitch irreparably.

    Can I change the minimum bid for a player?

    Commish can adjust the universal minimum bid (default is $1) during draft setup, or else a team can raise their nomination price just before selecting a player to nominate. The nomination price becomes that player's opening bid.

    If the player comes up for auction and the team who nominated them does not have sufficient budget for the nomination price, the opening bid will be up for grabs at the minimum bid value.

    Does Drafty enforce full rosters?

    By default, Drafty does enforce full rosters by capping the max bid for each team. This max bid calculation is based on each team's remaining roster availability and the minimum bid.

    For example, if the minimum bid is $5 and a team has 5 open roster spots with $37 budget remaining, their max bid is calculated to be $17 because they'll need at least $20 (after spending the $17) to buy the remaining 4 players to fill their roster.

    Max Bid = Budget Remaining - (Open Roster Spots - 1) x Minimum Bid

    A more common example, if a team has 5 open roster spots, $50 in their budget, and a $1 minimum bid, their max bid would be $46. If they max bid $46 on the next player, they will have $4 remaining to fill their remaining 4 roster spots.

    During draft setup, commish can adjust the Max Bid Rule and set it ON - which is the default mechanism, OFF - which enables teams to spend their entire budget at any time, or OVERSPEND - which lets teams violate the usual rules of having a budget by allowing them to bid any amount unless they already have a negative budget or roster capacity.

    Can I pause the draft?

    The draft host can pause any time and resume later (draft over multiple days, if you like). Try a mock draft and see for yourself.

    Can I export draft results?

    Yes! Draft results can be exported to a CSV after your draft finishes.

    Can I change the bid increment?

    Yes! Launched in 2022, you can now define the bid increment from $0.01 all the way up to $10MM

    Can I do turn-based nominations like in a traditional auction draft?

    Yep! Commish can choose from 1 of 5 nomination formats during draft setup.

    • Round Robin - a linear turn-based format
    • Snake - a turn-based format that reverses order each round
    • Winner Picks Next - the winner of each auction gets to nominate the next player
    • Czar - commish handles all nominations
    • Freeze Tag - lets all teams nominate one player at a time and adds players to a universal queue

    The default nomination format is Freeze Tag - a Drafty-exclusive format that eliminates up to 1.5 hours of downtime compared to turn-based formats.

    Learn more about all nomination formats.

    How do I place a manual bid?

    Use the Flash Bid button during your draft. Commish can enable/disable the Flash Bid button in draft settings.

    Can I turn off the timer?

    No, but the draft host can pause the draft at any time if the league needs a chance to catch their breath.

    There's also the Drafty-exclusive More Time Plz button, which adds 10 seconds to the auction timer and is usable by each team once per player auction.

    Without pausing, any bid placed under 10 seconds will reset the timer to 10 seconds.

    How much does a custom draft room cost?

    Your total cost is calculated in real-time as you configure your draft room, so you can play with various options to find the right balance for your league's needs.

    Is the cost per draft or per participant?

    Drafty only charges per draft room, not per participant. So the draft host (usually the commissioner) will be charged when they create the room and all participants can join for free.

    Can you support my draft that's half snake and half auction?

    Yes! Drafty supports hybrid draft formats so you can configure a 2nd phase for your draft. Look for the Hybrid Draft addon bundle during draft setup.

    How can I set position limits for my draft?

    During draft setup, commish can define the roster composition for starting lineups and set a maximum limit for any single position. Try it out in your next mock draft!

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