RULES: DRAFT METHODS

DRAFT OVERVIEW

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Your draft is an important factor for a successful season. Teams that begin with a strong draft are most likely to find themselves in good shape for the rest of the season. Four draft options are available for fantasy football: Autopick, Live Online draft, Offline draft and the new Auction draft. If you are drafting in a standard league, each team receives 16 players during the draft, so in a 10-team league there will be a total of 160 players. In custom leagues, your final player total will be dependent on your roster settings.

Team owners have the option of four different draft methods (click on a draft type below to see specific rules):

Standard and Custom Leagues

Custom Leagues Only

LIVE AND MOCK DRAFT LOBBY LEAGUES

THE LIVE DRAFT LOBBY
The "Live Draft Lobby" is where it all starts once you are ready to join a free standard league or a prize-eligible league and you would like to draft immediately. Once you're there, click on a room name. If you are ready, click here to go to the FFL09 "Live Draft Lobby."

NOTE: The listed standard league names are for quick identity purposes only and will change to generic league names, which you can customize by league vote after the draft is complete. After entering the lobby you will see the "Join this League" button.

WAITING FOR THE LOBBY DRAFT TO START
After you successfully join a lobby league, your team name and info will appear on the page in bold. The league's draft start time is displayed in the middle of the page and on the countdown clock below it.

NOTE: In order for a free standard or prize-eligible league's Lobby Draft to move into drafting mode, all open slots must be filled before the listed start time. If open slots remain, try recruiting members to join via the message board or simply wait hoping the room will fill itself in time (the page automatically reloads itself every 30 seconds). Any Live Draft lobby league (ESPN-created league) that is not full before the draft starts will have its draft time continually pushed back in ten-minute intervals until the league is filled.

STARTING THE DRAFT
If your league is full at the listed start time, the lobby room page will automatically reload itself with a Launch Draft link. Click on the "Load" button to launch the draft. You can also access the Lite Draft application on the Launch Draft page.

THE MOCK DRAFT LOBBY
The Mock Draft Lobby is a great way to practice drafting. It works in the same way as the Live Draft Lobby. The only difference is that the mock draft does not need to be filled in order to start and does not count! The Mock Draft Lobby can be used for draft practice or for testing purposes. We encourage you to try it out before your real draft(s) to get familiar with the interface. If you are interested, click here to go to the FFL Mock Draft Lobby.