There are 5 different draft options available to managers in Maximum Fantasy Sports Fantasy Football leagues. No team may join a league once the draft room has been opened, though drafts can be restarted or deleted and started over with new participants, if necessary.
- Immediate Draft – Immediate is kind of a misnomer since the draft actually kicks off 24 hours after the league fills up. Everyone is notified via email when this happens. This is a Live Online Draft league with a maximum draft pick duration of 12 hours to provide ample notice for everyone to get into the draft room and make picks. Each draft pick is emailed to the league members after the pick is made. Keep in mind, the draft pick time can be changed. It is common practice for the Commissioner to drop the time down to a normal Live draft time of 60-120 seconds once everyone has settled on a good night to finish off the draft.
- Slow Draft – This is a scheduled Live Online Draft league with a maximum draft pick duration of 12 hours. Each draft pick is emailed to the league members after the pick is made. These drafts are useful for those who cannot settle on a draft date. Once again, the draft pick time can be changed to a normal Live draft duration if all members have decided that the pace is far too slow and have chosen a night that they can all enter the draft room and finish off the draft.
- Offline Draft – The draft is conducted in whatever fashion you chose and the results are entered manually into your MFS league using our browser-based draft control. The Commissioner, or designated flunky, will use a modified version of the draft control to select players in the order that they were drafted offline. This is a great option for leagues that like to get together in person prior to the start of the season in a central location, like Vegas, to run their draft. You can even use the control to enter as your draft is taking place. Should this job become too tedious, you can suspend entering the results and pick up where you left off when sobriety returns and you are more focused.
- Autodraft – MFS will generate the draft results for you. This will be a computerized draft. The autopick logic in our rules engine will use a combination of your player pre-rankings, MFS player rankings and your specified position order to draft an entire starting lineup first. After all of your starting positions are filled, the system determines a list of bench positions based on the number of starters at a position vs. the overall roster size and continues with the same logic described above. The exception to this rule is that MFS position pre-rankings allow you to slot a position to be chosen last. For example, much like the real NFL, kickers typically get no respect and vary little from team to team. So, you could slot that position last. This instructs the rules engine to make the last pick a Kicker. This is done to determine a maximum number of players to draft per position (starters plus bench) so that no roster ends up with an inordinate number of players at any single position (e.g., five quarterbacks in a league that has a single starting quarterback). MFS suggests all managers pre-rank players and positions to assist in the Autodraft logic. Our goal is to have the autodraft logic emulate your thought process while drafting players, without the influence of draft-time beverages, of course. To set your pre-rankings, go to your Team Home page and click on the Pre-Draft Rankings link.