Pre-rank players to prepare for Autopick Drafts

Autopick makes sure anyone who misses out on their draft turn or the entire draft still gets a roster that gives them a chance at winning. Picks are made based on how you've pre-ranked players, then it will fall back to the Yahoo Sports default ranking, so be sure to pre-rank the players you want!

Situations when autopick is used

  • The league you've joined is set to use Autopick Draft.
  • Any time a manager does not pick a player when it's their draft turn.
  • If a manager does not attend the draft or leaves the draft before it's over.
  • If a Private League using head-to-head scoring has an odd number of managers 1 hour before the draft, a live draft will force-change to autopick because head-to-head only supports an even number of managers. The commish then needs to either switch to another scoring method or get an even number of managers and reset the draft.

Details on how autopick selects players

  • All starter positions are filled before bench positions.
  • You can't designate which round a player is picked or a position is filled.
  • Each round, autopick drafts the highest-ranked (pre-rank, then default rank) available player based on your position needs. The system determines a max number of players to positions ratio, including bench, so that your roster positions are balanced.

Pre-rank players before the start of the draft

Live Standard Draft and Autopick Draft:

  1. From Yahoo Fantasy, mouse over Fantasy | select a sport.
  2. Mouse over Draft | select Pre-Draft Ranking.
  3. Click Edit My Pre-Draft Player Rankings.
  4. Sort and filter players by position at the top.
  5. Build your list of preferred players.
  6. Add players you don't want to draft to the "Do Not Draft" list.
  7. Click Save Changes.

Live Salary Cap Draft:

  Salary Cap Drafts should be played live - Other managers often outbid autopick for the most desired players, because autopick caps out at 120% of the default value or at your pre-draft value.

  1. From Yahoo Fantasy, mouse over Fantasy | select a sport.
  2. Mouse over Draft | select Pre-Draft Values.
  3. Click Edit Pre-Draft Values.
  4. Enter any custom values for your most desired players.
  5. Select Exclude by any players you don't want.
  6. Click Done.
Note: Pre-ranking players before the start of the draft may only be done on a desktop or mobile browser.

Export your pre-rank settings to another team

If you manage multiple teams in different leagues, pre-rank once and export your settings from one of your teams to another.

  1. Go to your team's page that you've already pre-ranked.
  2. Mouse over Draft | select Pre-Draft Rankings or Pre-Draft Values.
  3. Select the team you want to export your settings to.
  4. Click Export Rankings or Export Values.