Draft Room FAQs


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 must prefer reading over drafting so here's a list of the most commonly asked questions.


    How do I assign keepers to a team roster?

    With a League Clubhouse, commish can configure teams and assign keepers before setting up a draft room. Then, using the draft room provided by the clubhouse, keepers will automatically be assigned to team rosters in the draft room.

    Without a clubhouse, commish needs to remove keepers from the draft pool when setting up an Advanced draft room. They can either de-select keepers under player settings, or upload a custom player list that already has keepers removed. All selected players (or all players in an uploaded player list) will be draft-eligible.

    Can I configure a team with co-owners?

    Yes! In an Advanced draft room, commish can drag-and-drop spectators from the dropdown list (next to your Commish Toolbox) to a team to assign them. Spectators cannot interact with bidding or the chatroom until they've been assigned to a team.

    We do not endorse sharing login credentials for multiple owners to use the same account simultaneously. Aside from the security risk of sharing passwords, this behavior may have unpredictable side effects and cause irreparable damage to your draft progress. Each co-owner should create their own Drafty account to join the draft room.

    Can I change the minimum bid for a player?

    You can set adjust your draft's minimum bid (default is $1) using the Custom Options panel during draft room setup.

    Unfortunately, Drafty does not yet support dynamic opening bids where each player's opening bid can be unique, but this custom option is in the works.

    Does Drafty enforce full rosters?

    Yes, Drafty does enforce full rosters by capping the max bid for each team. This max bid calculation is capped based on each team's open roster spots 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 room setup, commish can disable max bid capping in the Custom Options panel, which effectively makes each team's max bid equal to their entire remaining budget. The allows teams to spend their entire budget on a single player if they so desire.

    Can I change the bid increment?

    Drafty operates with a strict $1 bid increment so that you can easily convert any crazy league budget and bidding style to the Drafty system.

    Just take a page out of the poker manual where a $15 buy-in yields you 1500 chips. After your draft you can exercise those math muscles and convert the player prices according to your league's settings.

    • e.g. $15 budget w/ $0.05 bids = $300 budget w/ $1 bids
    • e.g. $50MM budget w/ $100K bids = $500 budget w/ $1 bids

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

    Yes. During draft room setup, commish can choose a turn-based nomination format from the Custom Options panel. Round Robin is the most traditional, linear turn-based format. Other formats include Snake (where turns reverse each round), Czar (where commish handles all nominations), and Winner Takes Next (where the winner of each auction gets to nominate the next player).

    The default nomination format is called Freeze Tag, is unique to Drafty, and eliminates downtime between player auctions. It's super fun, competitive, and shortens your total draft duration by about 25%. If you haven't tried it, you should! Learn more about all nomination formats.

    How do I place a manual bid?

    Commish can enable a manual bid button called Force Bid under the Custom Options panel during draft room setup.

    Drafty's standard draft room does not have a built-in manual bid and instead uses an exclusive Auto Bid , where each team can enter a max target bid and let the Drafty A.I. automatically place a new bid whenever it's necessary. Auto Bid is newbie-friendly because it prevents overspending (like if you manually bid $40 but no one else would've bid past $25). It also eliminates the risk of placing an accidental bid immediately after a price jump. You're welcome!

    Can I pause the draft?

    The draft host sure can. Try a mock draft and see for yourself.

    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.

    Can I export/import draft results?

    Yes! Draft results are able to be exported to a CSV for you to download. But what most folks really want is the ability to import their draft results directly into their fantasy league and unfortunately any such import tool must come from the league provider (e.g. ESPN, Yahoo, CBS, Sleeper, MFL, Fleaflicker, etc.), so check with them!

    How much does a custom draft room cost?

    Drafty is the work of Daniel Fowler, a solopreneur in Athens, Georgia, USA. He offers custom development to enhance draft rooms according to your league's draft day needs, and recently many popular custom requests have been added as DIY toggles during draft room setup. Each feature in the Custom Options panel has a cost associated with it, so you can see for yourself what your total cost will be when you configure your draft room.

    If you are interested in customization that isn't available in the Custom Options panel, you can request a quote. All custom requests (past, present, and future) are priced based on estimated development time and perceived interest from other drafters.

    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 setup the room, but then all participants can join for free.

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