Our most popular game type is 2 to 12 person snake drafts. Snake means that the pick order is reversed each round. If you have the 1st pick in round 1, you will have the last pick in round 2 and the first pick in round 3.
Most commonly, drafts will start when filled. For example: a 6 person draft will start right when the 6th person joins.
If there is a scheduled start time, the time will be listed in the title of the draft in the lobby, and on the join screen of that draft.
The draft pick order is randomly generated when the draft is filled. There are no other factors that affect the order of a draft.
When it’s your pick and the clock expires, a player will be auto-picked for you. Your auto-pick will be determined according to our standard auto-pick rules.
Creating private drafts and following friends is only available on the iOS and Android mobile apps right now. You can create a draft and invite friends, followers, and anyone on DRAFT. Customize your draft by sport, game slate, draft size, entry amount, and more. The draft will appear in their featured lobby for them to join.
On all platforms you can view and join drafts you are invited to. Play against friends, followers, celebrities, and anyone on DRAFT.
In blind auctions, you nominate and bid on players. If you submit the highest bid for a player, you win the player.
Blind auctions have a snaking nomination order that is randomly determined. If you are the first to nominate in the first round, you will be the last to nominate in the second round.
You have 15 seconds to nominate a player.
If you do not actively nominate a player, the first player in your queue is nominated on your behalf. If your queue is empty, the first player in the player list is nominated on your behalf.
You can only nominate players in unfilled positions on your team. If your team is filled, you are skipped in the nomination order.
You start with a bankroll of $100, which is the maximum amount you can spend on your five-player team.
You can submit a bid on every player that is nominated, regardless of who nominated the player. You can also pass on players you do not want on your team.
You have 15 seconds to decide whether or not to submit a bid on a player.
You must submit a bid of at least $1 on players that you nominate. If you do not actively submit a bid on a player you nominate, a $1 bid will automatically be submitted on your behalf when time expires.
You do not know the actions your opponents take on a player until the bidding period is over.
You cannot cancel or change your bid once it has been submitted.
Once 15 seconds have passed, or everyone has acted on a player (whichever comes first), the player is awarded to the person with the highest bid.
Ties are broken by who submitted the bid first.
When you set your Pre-Draft Rankings for a given sport and slate, those rankings apply to your Blind Auction nomination order.
In Dream Team, you select any 5 players that you think will score the most points that night. There are no salary caps or monetary restrictions on player selections. Players are not removed from the player pool if another user selects them. Players are restricted positionally based on the requirements set forth in that sport.
You’ll compete against other opponents and their Dream Teams to score the most points. Payouts depend on entry fee and contest size.
Your lineup is not entered until you press submit.
You may edit your Dream Team lineup up until the contest slate begins.
You may not swap inactive players after the contest slate begins.
No player can enter more than one lineup into any given Dream Team draft.
NBA Dream Team player pools do not always include all players. Top performers are removed to increase parity and skill and to reduce the likelihood of ties.
Contests with a ‘Guaranteed’ flag will run even if they do not fill up. This means if there is a 100-person Dream Team contest with only 75 entries at the start of the contest slate, the contest will still run and the payouts will still be based upon entry fees of 100 players.
Tournaments allow you to play multiple rounds of drafts over days or NFL weeks for bigger prizes. Each round of drafts are between 2 and 12 people in size. Winners or each draft that round advance to the next round.
For most tournaments, the first round draft starts as drafts fill. Once you enter a tournament, you are immediately placed into an individual draft for that round. Once this draft is full, the draft will start. You can only leave a tournament if the draft hasn’t filled. If the draft fills, you cannot leave.
For the second round and on, your drafts will be scheduled. Be sure to check tournament schedules listed on the join contest screen to confirm you will be available at draft times before entering a tournament.
The first round of scheduled tournaments start at a specific day and time. Be sure to check tournament schedules to confirm you will be available at those times before entering a tournament. You cannot leave scheduled tournaments after entering. Tournament entry closes 10 minutes before the start of the first round draft.
Drafts are created randomly when the tournament fills or 10 minutes before the first round if a guaranteed draft doesn’t fill. When first round drafts are created, you’ll be notified, and your matchup will be available in the My Drafts tab.
Some tournaments allow you to enter more than once. The number of entries appears on the info screen next to “Max Entries”. Your additional entries will place you in different first round drafts. For future rounds, you will be placed in drafts at different start times. Example: If you win three of your first round drafts, your three 2nd round drafts will be scheduled at different start times.
If two or more of your entries reach the final draft, you will be paid out the seat equity for your extra entries. Example: In an 8-person draft tournament with a final table worth $80,000, you reach the finals with two entries. One entry will be paid out $10,000 and the finals will become a 7-person draft. Existing prize structure does not change.
Multi-Entry Tournaments allow you to do more drafts for our marquee tournaments and gives you a better opportunity at reaching the finals and win more prizes.
Only tournaments with a Guaranteed flag will run if they do not fill. If a non-guaranteed tournament doesn’t fill, it won’t run and you’ll be refunded.
When entry closes without the max number of entrants, DRAFT creates the most amount of drafts possible for the first round. Any leftover players are removed and refunded. The last player(s) to join the tournament are removed.
After the first round, players who would have been eliminated are ranked by finishing position and then points scored that round. The amount of players needed to fill the next round will advance as “Wildcards”. If two wildcards tie, they will use the tournament tiebreaker rules outlined here.
Example: If a 64-person H2H tournament gets to 61 people, the last person who joined the tournament will be removed and refunded to cut the field to 60. After round 1, DRAFT will advance the 30 winners of each round draft + the top two scoring 2nd place finishers of all drafts that round will advance to create a 32-person round 2.
We feel that advancing by skill and not randomly assigning byes is a more fair way of operating an unfilled tournament.
If the number of tournament entrants is less than the round 2 participants, for example— a 64-person H2H tournament only gets 30 entrants- the first round will be removed, all entrants will automatically advance, and the remaining rounds will be moved up on the schedule. In other words, the tournament will start in round two.
Guaranteed tournaments with no entrants or only one unique entrant will be cancelled and entry will be refunded.
Expert drafts are designated on the lobby by a tag that reads “Expert.”
Expert drafts are designed to be more skillful by removing the top projected players at each position. The number of removed players is dependent on the number of games in the slate and is outlined on the screen where you enter the draft.