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.
ESPN Public Leagues
Each team receives 16 players during the draft, For example, in a 10-team league, a total of 160 players will be drafted.
In ESPN Public Leagues there are two draft options available:
- Live Snake draft
- Live Salary Cap draft
League Manager Leagues
In League Manager (LM) leagues, your final player total will be dependent on your roster settings.
LMs have the option of four different draft methods:
- Live Online Draft
- Offline Draft
- Salary Cap Draft
LIVE AND MOCK DRAFT LOBBY LEAGUES
The Live Draft Lobby is where it all starts once you are ready to join a Free Standard or League Manager league. Once you're there, click on a room name. If you are ready, click here to go to the 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. Another method is to locate a Free Standard league via the League Directory.
WAITING FOR THE 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 league draft in the live draft lobby to move into drafting mode, all Open Slots must be filled before the listed draft start time. If open slots remain, try recruiting members to join via the message board or simply wait and hope 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 start will have their draft time continually pushed back in five-minute intervals until the league is filled.
NOTE: Once your draft has filled, it will convert once the scheduled time arrives.
STARTING THE DRAFT
If your league is full at the listed start time the lobby room page will automatically reload itself with a link to Launch Draft.
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 the Mock Draft does not count! The Mock Draft Lobby can be used for draft practice or for testing purposes. We encourage you to try it out and practice drafting from different draft positions (we all can't get the first draft pick). Good luck with your season!