Fantasy Premier League Draft is an exciting twist on the usual fantasy football format.
The game is free to play, and you can even manage a ‘normal’ game of fantasy football alongside the Draft version all season long.
There’s just one big twist.
You’ll be picking 15-man squads ahead of each gameweek, but each player can only be selected by one manager in a league.
There are no player prices and no budgets to worry about, and managers use a draft system to build their squads, taking turns to select players over 15 rounds.
The order of picks is decided randomly at first and will then “snake” from round to round, with the pick order reversed each time.
Still confused? Here’s a run down of how it all works:
To start with, you’ll need to name your team and join a league.
You can either create a new private league and invite friends to play, join a private league with a code, or join a public league and play against three, five or seven randomly assigned players.
The player that created the league can choose the number of teams in their competition; a minimum of two and a maximum of 16.
There must be an even number (if you don’t have enough players, an ‘average’ computer controlled player is added), though eight players are recommended to ensure a good distribution of the top ranked players and for the draft to not go on for too long.
The league administrator then selects a date for the draft to take place, and so anyone joining the league will need to do so prior to that deadline.
If the draft runs past the Gameweek deadline, then the league will simply start the following Gameweek.
Players draft a squad of 15 players in the following positions:
Each Premier League player can only be in one manager’s squad in your league.
A random draft order will be generated, which will “snake” from round to round, meaning the pick order is reversed each round.
What if I can’t make the draft time?
Managers can make a list of players ordered by priority.
If you are absent for the duration or part of the draft your team will be automatically picked with reference to your ‘Watchlist’ – so long as a rival hasn’t already picked your player.
If you don’t make a Watchlist the player who scored the most points last season will automatically be picked for your team.
Once your squad is in place, it’s essentially business as usual. You can set up your team, choosing a starting 11 and prioritising substitutes who will come on if one of your players does not play.
It’s also worth noting that you cannot select a captain in fantasy draft.
Your players receive points for your team based on their real-world play – just like in ‘standard’ Fantasy Football – and stats like assists, clean sheets and goals conceded are all taken into account.
Can I still make transfers?
There are three methods that players can transfer players: free agent, waiver request and trades.
Managers can swap one of their 15 players for an unselected player 24-hours before the Gameweek deadline.
Players added to the game or released by other players aren’t, however, immediately up for grabs.
Are you sitting comfortably? Let us explain the convoluted process of waiver requests.
Waivers ensure that all FPL managers are able to stake a claim for players released by fellow managers or players new to the Premier League.
A ‘waiver request’ is submitted when a manager proposes the swap of one of his own squad players with a player in the same poisition.
These requests are then processed 24-hours before the Gameweek deadline.
Players can make unlimited requests – though these must be prioritised.
Once all waivers have been submitted a mini-draft of sorts takes place.
A process allocates requested players to teams depending on their standing in the FPL Draft table.
The lowest ranked manager receives their highest priority waiver request. Once a waiver request has been successfully made, managers are then placed at the end of the waiver queue for the given Gameweek.
This is a new introduction to the draft.
For the first time players will be able to swap players with fellow managers.
League administrators can, however, opt out of this mode.
For more information on Fantasy Premier League Draft, head to the official website
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