Participate in a Live Salary Cap Draft
If you're looking for a truly competitive draft, get a budget and offer more than the other managers for the most desired players in the game. Use this guide to understand the basics so you have a chance to come out on top.
All managers are assigned the same budget before the draft starts. While Public Leagues have a set default budget, the commish in a Private League can increase it up to $999.
There’s no reason to save any of this budget for after the draft. Anything remaining is discarded.
Once the draft starts, managers take turns nominating a player to place offers in a circular order (1-12, 1-12, 1-12, etc). Each manager’s place is randomly selected by default but can be customized by a Private League’s commish. Managers have 30 seconds (by default) to nominate or the system will nominate for them using:
- The first player in the nomination queue
- The highest pre-rank valued player (if no players are queued)
All managers have 20 seconds (by default) to make an offer on a nominated player. Any offer made with less than 10 seconds on the clock will reset the timer to 10 seconds. The highest offer when the counter hits 0 wins the player.
- Minimum offer - $1
- Maximum offer - Your entire budget minus $1 for every roster spot you haven't filled yet
Salary Cap Drafts are meant to be played live, but if you become inactive or miss your draft entirely, a system is in place so that you’re not managing an empty roster. That said, other managers will likely scoop up most desired players as the automated system will cap out at 120% of the default player value (or your pre-draft value), so do your best to make the draft time.