Rules: Autopick Draft


If your league is using the "Autopick Draft" option, the system automatically drafts drivers to each team in the league on a scheduled draft date. There is no need for any team owners to be online during the draft. We strongly suggest team owners customize their draft lists to enhance their chances of getting the drivers 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.

When the draft starts, the system loads each team owner's draft list, and this list is used as a basis to draft each roster slot for every team. The system selects the highest-rated available driver - 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 drafters customize their draft list before the scheduled draft date. While our default draft list is updated to reflect changes in the off-season, customizing your list will enhance your chances of getting the driver(s) you want. Your list will be used as your rankings during the draft. 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 drivers available during the draft are listed on the Draft List. Rank the drivers in order of preference and click the "Save Rankings" button.

After the system has finished processing the autopick draft, it will need a few minutes to convert the league into regular-season mode where 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 date listed for the draft.

The draft fills the roster for each team from the full NASCAR Sprint Cup list of active full time and part time drivers.

Following the draft, team owners in Standard leagues can make claims on any undrafted drivers who are placed on waivers for approximately two days. After the waiver period is complete, all remaining unclaimed drivers 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 set up and preferences.

For more information on Waivers, click here.


  1. Changing preseason leagues: When a team joins a Standard league, then leaves that league or enters into a new one, 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 during 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.