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 results.
Can I configure a team with co-owners?
Yes! In an Advanced Draft Room, commish can assign users to teams in the Team Assignments box. 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 in multiple browsers may cause irreparable damage to your draft progress.
Can I change the minimum bid for a player?
You can set adjust your draft's minimum bid (default is $1) during draft 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?
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
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 Force 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.
If you are interested in customization that is beyond what you find in the Custom Options panel, you can request a custom quote.
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.
Can you support my draft that's part snake and part auction?
Soon, yes. Follow Drafty Sports on Twitter to stay updated on beta releases and new features.
How can I set position limits for my draft?
Drafty does not yet support position limits or composition, but hopefully in 2022/23. Follow Drafty Sports on Twitter to stay updated on beta releases and new features.