So you’ve played the official game, where everyone gets £100M to spend on players and 90% of the league ends up with a “template team”. We’ve got good news for you – draft fantasy is here to stay.
What is draft fantasy Premier League? We’re glad you asked!
Draft-style EPL means that each player can be taken by one team and one team only. Once Harry Kane is picked, he’s no longer able to be taken by any other team.
The draft is when your league gets together, either in person or online, and selects its squads one by one. Each team gets one pick per round.
If you’re drafting online, there’s a clock that counts down your time to choose your player for that round. If the clock runs out, a player will be selected for you, based on your draft queue, then on our player rankings. The time per pick may be changed by your league chairman.
If a manager is not able to make the draft, his team will be auto-drafted, based first on his draft queue, then on our player rankings.
There is no budget and no limit on the number of players you can select from a Premier League team.
The selection order of your draft “snakes”, meaning the manager who picks first in the first round picks last in the second round, first in the third, then last in the fourth.
For example, in a 8-team league, the order would go:
Round 1: Team 1, Team 2, Team 3, Team 4, Team 5, Team 6, Team 7, Team 8
Round 2: Team 8, Team 7, Team 6, Team 5, Team 4, Team 3, Team 2, Team 1
Round 3: Team 1, Team 2, Team 3, Team 4, Team 5, Team 6, Team 7, Team 8
Round 4: Team 8, Team 7, Team 6, Team 5, Team 4, Team 3, Team 2, Team 1
After the draft, each team gets a budget of £25M to add players. Players must be bid on, with the highest bidder of the weekly auction winning the player. When the auction window closes each week, players may be added as a free agent for a fee of £1M.
There’s no limit to the number of transfers you can make, but if you have run out of transfer funds, you will not be able to make any transfers.
For each match you win, you will get £2M in transfer funds. For each draw you are awarded £1M. Additionally, you may purchase transfer funds:
£3 buys you £10M in fantasy funds; £5 gets you £25M, with a cap of £50M for the entire season.
RPL offers two scoring methods, both of which are fully customisable: Points and Categories. Each has its pros and cons and each may be tailored to your exact specifications. Points is the more “traditional”, while category scoring requires a bit more tactics and strategy.
For more info on each scoring method, please see our article “Points v. Categories”
Matches are played head to head, against a single opponent.
A win is worth three points, a draw worth one point, and a loss worth zero. (Duh.)
Most points at the end of the season wins the league, with the first tiebreaker being points differential.