Draft Room FAQs Last Updated February 8, 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 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?

    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.

    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 change the bid increment?

    Drafty operates with a strict $1 bid increment so that any league bidding format can be easily re-calculated.

    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

    Coming soon, you'll be able to adjust the bid increment during draft setup. Keep an eye on the premium add-ons for this option!

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

    Yes. During draft 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
    • Winner Picks Next - where the winner of each auction gets to nominate the next player

    The default nomination format - 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 Flash Bid under the Custom Options panel during draft setup.

    Drafty's standard draft room forgoes manual bidding in place of a smart 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 awesome, exclusive to Drafty, and very newbie-friendly because it prevents gross overspending. It also eliminates the risk of placing an accidental bid immediately after a price jump. You're welcome, auction draft newbies!

    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 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 draft results?

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

    How much does a custom draft room cost?

    Most custom options from years past have been converted into DIY toggles that you can turn on/off during draft setup. Your total cost is calculated in real-time 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 part snake and part auction?

    Yes! Drafty now supports hybrid draft formats so you can configure up to 2 separate phases. Look for the Hybrid Draft options in the premium add-ons during draft setup.

    How can I set position limits for my draft?

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

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