- Do both private and public leagues support live drafting online?
Of course. Both private and public leagues have the ability to use the live drafting room. Be sure to set your personalized pre-draft player rankings before your draft time. If you need help joining a live draft league, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll place you in a league that works for your schedule.
- How do I set up or join a league if I want to have a live draft?
During registration you can select to create a new league if you want to draft with friends. At league set-up, you will be asked if you want a live draft or to use automated drafting. The selection of the live draft option will allow up to all 12 of the league teams to participate in a live draft room during your scheduled draft. Don't worry if you can't fill the league with your friends; make sure to set your new league as "public" and we'll find teams to join you.
- If I want to do a live draft, do I have to be in a private league?
Absolutely not. Just register your team and we will place you in a live draft league. If you have a specific time you would like to draft, please email us at email@example.com or call us at 1-888-PLAY-H2H and a Customer Service representative will be happy to find a league with a draft time that fits your schedule.
- How do I know what time and date I am drafting my team in a live draft?
The individual who creates the league designates the draft time and date. When each participant completes their team registration and league request, the confirmation page and "My Team" page on the website will display the scheduled draft time.
- How do I know when my draft will occur for my public league?
Public league draft times will be created based upon the filling of the twelve-team league and available draft times. When the scheduled draft time is determined by the system, your draft time will display on the "My Team" page for each of your teams, and an email will be sent to all league participants.
- May I change the draft time in my private league?
The individual who set up the league may change the draft time up to 2 hours prior to the scheduled draft time. Requests for changes to the draft time will be provided in a first come, first served order.
- Do I have to attend the live draft if I am in a live draft league?
No. It is not a requirement for any participant in a league to participate in the live draft room. If the team owner doesn't log into the draft room, the system will make selections from their predefined player rankings or the default ranking list.
- How does the automated drafting work?
Each participant may rank the players prior to the start of their draft using the "Pre-Draft Rankings" option. Based upon the participant draft order, the computer will select each team based upon the designated rankings and the availability of each player. You may move the players up and down our default pre-ranked list or even take players out of the draft list. You must save your changes to put these changes in place for your draft, and changes must be completed at least 60 minutes before your scheduled draft time.
- How do I know when my automated public draft has happened and who is on my team?
An email will be sent when the draft is completed. You may also log on to your team to see the results and set your starting players for the upcoming week. Once you are logged in, you will have the ability to see the players for all teams in your league.
- What happens if my league doesn't look like it will fill up with twelve teams?
If you don't fill your league with twelve teams within one hour of the designated draft time, your league will be dissolved. To increase your chances of having a draft at your scheduled time, we strongly suggest you use the "Change League" option to convert your private league a public league. This will allow all participants currently in your league to remain but will then open the remaining positions to public league players and likely fill up. Don't wait until too close to your draft time to make this change.
- If my private league is dissolved because we couldn't fill the league prior to the deadline, do I lose my team?
No. For any private or public leagues that aren't filled one hour prior to the scheduled draft, we will place all participants' teams into a public league with a future draft time so that you may still participate in a league for the season. The new league will be a designated public league and filled with remaining teams on a first-come, first-served basis.
- How do I make changes for my team if I want to move into a private league from a public league or move from one private league to another?
Use the "Change League" button on your My Team page for your team to make any changes to your league options. You must know the password to enter a private league.
- How can I see who is in my league?
Click on the "Standings" tab to see what teams are currently registered and designated to be in your league.
- What are the starting lineup requirements?
In The Draft, you start 9 players each week, and you must have a valid roster to compete. You'll start 1 QB, 2 RBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 D/ST and a Flex, which CAN BE A QB! This is a Super Flex league, so plan accordingly. While we're at it, please make sure you draft a kicker… we don't want to hunt you down or disqualify your team.
- How do drafts work that start after the Thursday night NFL game?
If your draft falls between the opener on Thursday and the first Sunday, any Bills and Rams players will come with their point totals already attached to them if they are drafted into your starting lineup. The computer will automatically fill your starting lineup in the order you draft players. So for example, if you draft Matthew Stafford (QB, LAR) into your starting lineup, he will enter your Week 1 matchup with the points he already earned during the opening game. Any Bills or Rams players drafted into your starting lineup will be locked and cannot be moved off your roster until Week 2, so draft accordingly.
After the draft, what makes this league unique and fun?
We know the fun of picking your team of players is one of the season highlights. It doesn't get any better than when you can make your picks via a live draft with your friends. Once the fun of the draft is over, we take the competition to the next level by:
- Creating weekly match-ups against a different opponent in your league through NFL week 11.
- In weeks 12 & 13, the team with the best record plays the team with the most total points for the league championship. All teams play for points, so you will want to set your lineup for both weeks even if you aren't in the league championship game.
- Beginning in NFL week 14, the top 50% of all teams (based on total points) will compete in the overall playoffs for the Grand Prize. The bottom 50% will compete for the consolation prize.
- How do I see all teams and their players in my league?
After the draft you may click on Standings and you will see the teams in your league. Click on the individual team names and you will see their current roster of players.
- How do I change my line-up each week for my starters and bench players?
Once you log into your team, you may click on "Change Lineup" on the right rail or at the bottom of your roster of players.
- What if I want to pick up a player that isn't currently on a team in my league?
You may review all players and their status on the "Players" page. All players that aren't on a team in your league will appear with a "Free Agent" designation. To pick up on of these players click on the "Add this Player" during the free agent bidding period and designate who you want to drop to pick up for this player. Rules for free agent bids are detailed in the Official Rules.
- What is a free agent bid?
Starting on Tuesday morning you may make a bid to pick up a Free Agent player until 2 hours before the Thursday night game via a free agent bid, and then again on Friday until Sunday morning 5 hours before the first game kicks off. Your request will be submitted and will be awarded to the participant with the highest bid. You only have a $150.00 cap to last you the entire season, so spend wisely. Note that any player dropped may not be picked up until the following week.
Live Draft Room FAQ
- Live Draft Room Setup
We recommend that you log in at least 30 minutes prior to the draft so you can test your internet connection, PC hardware and software to make sure you have all the components needed to support the live draft application. If you haven't loaded the live draft application, you will be prompted to do so. This download may take a few minutes depending upon your connection speed. If for some reason your PC can't support the required drafting application, or you don't log in by the time the draft starts, the site will use your pre-draft rankings to select your players once the draft has started.
- Draft Order
Log in to the draft room up to 30 minutes prior to your draft to see the teams and the randomly generated draft order for your league.
The Live Draft room will provide a countdown to the start of your draft when you log in. Once the draft has started, each player selection is provided 60 seconds. If you don't see the draft selection made at the end of the time, give the network a few seconds since there can be delays via the internet. When it is your team's turn to draft, the countdown time clock background will turn red.
- Available Players
The right side of the Live Draft room will show all available players and your pre-draft player rankings when you log in. You may make modifications to the order by the drag/drop feature using your mouse at any time while you are logged into the Live Draft room. During the draft you may select a player anywhere in the order by highlighting the player and clicking on the "SELECT PLAYER" button. Once you have made a selection, it is final and can't be changed.
At anytime during the draft, you may turn on Auto-Draft via the button below the list of teams. This will set the application to automatically select the player at the top of your player list when it is your turn, depending on roster availability. You may turn this feature on and off at any time during the draft. When your team is in Auto-Draft mode, a red dot will be noted next to your team name on the draft list. NOTE: if for some reason your connection is lost during the draft, your team will automatically switch to Auto-Draft. Once you successfully log back in, you may turn off the Auto-Draft option.
- Live Draft Section
Your 12-team league, and its randomly generated draft order, will be listed in the Live Draft area. Once the draft begins, you will see the team names and the specific "On the Clock" and "On Deck" call outs to help you follow the selection process. You may use the scroll bar to navigate up or down the draft order at any time during the draft. Additionally, you may click on a team name and see which players they have selected in the draft. Don't forget that this is a serpentine draft, so picks 1 and 12 will make back-to-back selections when the draft moves between rounds.
- One team, One connection
For security reasons, the draft room only allows one connection per team during the draft. If you try to log into the draft room from multiple connections, only the most recent connection will be allowed and all other previous connections will be closed. So plan accordingly.
- Message Log
Underneath the Live Draft there is a message log of all activity in the draft room - ex: logged in or logged out participants, start of draft, player selections made, auto-draft features turning on or off, and messages from other teams. It's the perfect place to keep an eye on what's going on, get to know your other league mates, and maybe dish out a little smack talk along the way.
Good luck in your draft!