If your league is using the "Autopick Draft" option, the system automatically drafts players to each team on a scheduled draft date. There is no need for team owners to be online during the draft. We strongly suggest team owners customize their draft lists to increase their chances of getting the players they want. Draft lists can be customized until the midnight before the day the draft is scheduled to process. If no draft list is submitted, the system uses the default ESPN draft list as a guide.

NOTE: October 18, 2009 is the final day for all FHL '10 drafts.

When the draft starts, the system loads and uses each owner's draft list as a basis to draft players. The system selects the highest-rated available player -- without exceeding any roster maximums -- that can fill one of the undrafted roster slots, including bench slots.

Your league's draft type, draft date and a link to edit your draft list are displayed on your League Office page.

NOTE: In Custom leagues, if the League Manger edits any of the draft's settings, you will receive an e-mail notifying you of the changes.

We highly recommend that all autopick draft users customize their draft list before the scheduled draft date. While our default draft list is updated to reflect changes in the offseason, customizing your list will increase your chances of getting the players you want. Your list will be used as your draft guidline. The links to editing your draft lists are available in two places:

  • On your League Office page in the "DRAFT INFO" box
  • On your main team page. All players available during the draft are listed on the draft list. Rank the players in order of preference and click the "Save Rankings" button.

New to Fantasy Hockey is the ability to specify which position the system will draft each round of the draft. The link for editing your draft strategy can be found on your pre-season My Team page before the draft begins by clicking on the "Edit Auto-Pick Strategy" link. Note this page is only available for leagues that use either the Live Snake or Autopick draft type. On the edit page each round of the draft is presented with a pulldown menu to select which position you want to draft during it. The default setting for all rounds is always "Best Available", which means the system will draft the highest remaining player from any position. If you change this to a particular position - ie "Goalie" - the system will draft the highest available player from that particular position.

On the page you are also presented with the option to set how many players at each position the system will draft for your team. Simply set the minimum and maximum number of players you want the system to draft for each position. For example, if you only want the system to draft two (2) Goalies for your team, set both the Min. and Max. value here to "2".

NOTE: You can edit your draft strategy as often as you like until one hour before your scheduled draft time.

After the autopick draft has finished processing, the league will need a few minutes to convert to regular season mode so owners can start managing their teams. All owners will receive an e-mail notifying them that the draft is complete.

Teams that joined a preseason league will draft on the date listed on the league page. You should always check the listed draft day and draft type before joining a group.

In Standard leagues, ESPN reserves the right to merge undrafted autopick leagues if they are not full and run them. Leagues will not be broken up to complete other leagues to run a draft, but if the numbers of teams in each league equal six, they can be combined to make one full league at the discretion of the ESPN Fantasy League Office.

Draft lists can be modified until the team's draft is held. To ensure that changes are included, owners should have their draft lists customized by 11:59 p.m. PT, the night before the draft date.

Once the draft has concluded, the system automatically fills all of the team rosters for the league with their selected players. All undrafted players on waivers remain so for two days. Team owners are able to put in claims on these undrafted players. Once the two-day waiver period ends, the system will automatically execute any pending waiver claims according to claim priority. When the waiver period is complete, all remaining unclaimed players become free agents and can be picked up on a first-come, first-served basis.

Custom leagues have their waiver rules based on the league manager's initial setup and preferences.


  1. Changing preseason leagues: When a team joins a Free Standard or Prize Eligible league, then leaves that league or enters a new one, any previously saved draft lists may be lost in the process. Draft list alterations will be deleted (returned to default rankings) when switching draft types (e.g., from an autopick to a live draft or vice versa).
  2. Draft list deadlines: You can revise your draft list as often as you wish until your draft is held. To ensure your changes are registered, you should complete them by 11:59 p.m. PT the day before the scheduled draft date.

Drafts are held at various times on the draft date, so it is not possible to know ahead of time exactly when a particular draft will be held. Owners are e-mailed as soon as their team has been drafted.