In the first part of this “series”, I described the preliminary draft portion of the Big Draft process. This write-up will be a more in-depth look at the main event, the Player Draft. As I previously stated in Part One, the Player Draft is essentially a normal fantasy draft, where you get to build your roster from the ground up using the existing player pool.
In our last iteration, there were two key exceptions to this rule: 1) Major League free agents are exempt from the big draft and will not appear on the draft board. 2) No more than 10 players may be drafted from any one franchise. The thinking behind these two exceptions were the following: Even if the “drafting” team was the only one to offer a contract to a Free Agent, there is no guarantee that the player would accept due to the way the site is set up and if they turned down the contract in that situation the drafting team is now a player short. As far as the second exception, that was designed to promote as much parity as possible…we didn’t want any super-teams but we also didn’t want any teams totally devoid of stars either.
As far as the actual mechanics of the draft itself, we utilized a message board outside of WIS to post picks, keep track of rosters etc. To keep things moving along on that message board, we installed the Private World Rule that reads “The Big Draft shall be serpentine – Each round shall take 1 day, with 32 selections, in 20-minute slots (from 11:40am-10pm Eastern). Owners may draft ahead of their time-slot if AND ONLY IF all previous selections in the schedule have been made.” In other words, it worked just like any other slow-draft for fantasy leagues that you might have participated in previously. This is where the draft picks selected in the preliminary draft comes into play.
So, on Day One of the Big Draft, the team that selected the #1 overall pick in the Player Draft had from 11:40am until noon eastern time to post their selection to the message board. As soon as it was posted, the #2 team was free to post their selection and so on. To expedite this process, and to help keep track of which players were eligible and which ones were not, we found a couple of websites that were VERY useful, and are linked on the homepage of this blog if you want to check them out. One was a draft site that sent email alerts when you were on the clock, and the other was the forum page I mentioned earlier. As before, feel free to ask any questions you might have and/or let me know if this is a concept that interests you!