Draft Room Troubleshooting Last Updated September 3, 2021


These issues have been reported by some users, and the recommended action is provided. Issues with an "Alert" prefix are designed alerts that occur in the draft room when certain conditions are met.

If you haven't already, you should also familiarize yourself with the Draft Manual and Draft Room FAQs.


    The timer in my draft resets every time someone places a bid

    Some users have reported an issue with the timer resetting randomly during bidding in live auction drafts. To counter this, draft rooms are temporarily being equipped with the Fast Forward button, which commish can use as needed to reduce the timer by 10 seconds with each press. Be careful that you don't press it too many times, or else the current player auction might end prematurely! If this happens, just pause the draft and use the Undo Last Auction in the commish toolbox. We are working to patch this timer bug ASAP, thank you for your patience!

    No one but the commish can place bids or nominate

    It sounds like your commish needs to visit the Commish Toolbox > Team Assignments and assign folks to their teams!

    A team joined my draft but they don't show up

    Each draft participant must create a Drafty account if they don't already have one.

    Once a participant creates their account and tries to join the draft room, they will show up on the Team Assignments box (in the Commish Toolbox), which the commish can use to assign them to a team. Both commish and the team owner must be in the draft room at the same time for a team assignment to be given.

    My draft room never stops loading

    If your draft room continues loading  for more than 10 seconds, your browser session needs to re-authenticate. Simply refresh the page and your draft room should load like normal. This happens most frequently when joining a draft room for the first time with a direct link.

    If a simple refresh does not work, try a hard refresh by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+R (Cmd+SHIFT+R on Mac). This is a little Internet trick to reset your browser's cache for any website you're actively viewing.

    If a hard refresh does not resolve the perpetual loading, your draft room URL must be invalid. Double-check to make sure there are no typos or hidden spaces at the beginning or end. You might also check your Locker for direct access to draft rooms where you've been assigned a team.

    I can't join a draft

    In some cases, the inability to join a draft is caused by having an apostrophe in your name or team name in your user profile. As silly as this may seem, it is very fixable. Go to My Locker > Edit My Profile and remove any apostrophes, and try to join your draft room again.

    I can't place a bid

    Some draft rooms have come to a grinding halt when a team name contains a special character, such as a hashtag # or stylized "curly apostrophe" (the latter usually occurs when copy and pasting from another website or program like ESPN or Microsoft Word).

    ’ - this apostrophe is bad
    ' - this apostrophe is good

    To resolve, have the commish go into the Commish Toolbox > Team Settings and remove any special characters from team names. All teams should refresh their browser (CTRL+R on PC or Cmd+R on Mac) to reset the UI.

    If the team with a special character is currently the high bidder, let the timer run out on the current auction then use the commish power to Undo Last Auction.

    My draft results return a 404

    Never fear - your draft results are intact! Please contact support with your draft room ID so that we can re-save your draft results and add them to your locker.


    Loading Draft Room

    Draft room has a new version. Refresh the page to prevent errors during the draft.

    Seen when the system identifies that an update has been made to your draft room automatically in the background.

    You have not been assigned to a team.

    Seen when a user loads the draft room but hasn't been assigned to a team. Commish can drag-and-drop a spectator to the team summary box to assign/re-assign them as needed.

    Sorry, this draft is full.

    Seen when joining a mock or basic draft that has reached its max capacity for participants.

    There is a problem with your player list. Please contact support via live chat.

    Seen when there's been an issue loading your player list. Causes may vary and support will be able to fix it for you.

    Placing Bids

    This draft is currently paused. Try to be patient.

    You can't place a bid when the draft is paused.

    Your roster is full.

    You tried to place a bid but your roster is full, so your bid attempt failed.

    You can't afford the current bid.

    You can't place a bid if you don't have enough budget.

    The bidding starts at $[0-9].

    Somehow you managed to try and open bidding below the minimum bid (extremely rare).

    Chillax, you're still the high bidder.

    You tried to bid but you're already the high bidder, so there's no need to bid again.

    You are the high bidder... for now.

    Confirmation that your bid was placed successfully.

    Using Auto Bid

    You must enter a Target Bid.

    You tried to turn on Auto Bid, but you didn't provide a target bid first.

    Your budget is insufficient for that bid.

    You don't have the budget to cover the target bid you've entered.

    Current bid is more than your Target Bid.

    Your target bid must always be higher than the current bid (which may have gone up since you set your target bid).

    Plz enter a target bid. Auto Bid disabled.

    If your target bid is cleared while Auto Bid is turned on, Auto Bid will be turned off automatically.

    Your target bid exceeds your available budget.

    If Auto Bid is on and something happens that causes your budget to fall (like if commish manually adjusts your team settings), Auto Bid will be turned off automatically.

    The current bid exceeds your target bid.

    You tried to turn on Auto Bid, but your target bid must be higher than the current draft.

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