Optionally, you can choose to replace your standard Auction Draft with a Slow Auction Draft. The salary and contract implications are the same.
Slow Auction Drafts are a great alternative for leagues that have a hard time getting everyone together for the draft. Also, there are a lot of leagues that just think that Slow Auction Drafts are more fun. Let’s look at how these drafts are different from standard drafts.
Obviously the main difference is that these drafts are slower, and so the nomination and bidding time for a player can be hours or days. Another major difference is that there will be multiple players up for bid at the same time. These drafts typically take 2-3 weeks, but there are several variables such as draft settings, roster size, and draft etiquette of your league mates that will ultimately determine how long your draft takes.
You will nominate a player based on the draft order, the same as you would in a standard auction draft. The difference is that you don’t wait for that player to be won before the next team nominates. So you will have many players nominated at the same time. When the max number of active nominations is reached (default is 20), nominations will be paused until a player is won which will free up a nomination spot.
When you nominate a player you will put in a max bid, but the player will start off at $1. Learn more about Proxy Bidding under Bidding.
NOTE – If you are on the clock then you MUST nominate a player before you are allowed to bid again. This provides several benefits like keeping the draft moving along and preventing the nominating team from gaming certain situations, which leads to them sitting on the clock until the last minute.
When you bid on a player you will put in the max bid you are willing to pay. No one will be able to see your max bid, only the current high bid. The system will then automatically increase your bid up to your max bid as other teams try to outbid you. This type of bidding is known as “Proxy Bidding” which you might be familiar with if you’ve used eBay.
Example: Team1 currently has a high bid on PlayerA for $5 and a max bid of $40. Team2 puts in a max bid of $25. Team1 is still the high bidder and the high bid is now $25. Team3 puts in a max bid of $45. Team3 is the new high bidder and the high bid is now $41.
Adjusting Your Max Bid
Your max bid is not set in stone. You can increase or decrease your existing max bid on a player at anytime. You can decrease your max bid down to the current high bid.
Bid Timer Reset
When there is a new high bidder for a player then the bidding clock will reset (default is 24 hours). However, if your bid is not high enough to make you the new high bidder, then the clock will NOT reset.
Example: Team1 currently has a high bid on PlayerA for $10 and a max bid of $20. Team2 puts in a max bid of $15. Team1 is still the high bidder and the high bid is now $15. This will not reset the bidding clock as the winning team didn’t change. A team would have to put in a max bid of $21 or higher to become the new high bidder and reset the bid timer.
- Active nominations allowed at a time: Default is 20 – Nominations will be put on hold when there are this many players being actively auctioned.
- Nomination time limit: Default is 24 hours – The time a team has to nominate a player before a player is auto-nominated
- Initial bidding time: Default is 24 hours – The initial bidding clock when a player is nominated.
- Bid reset time: Default is 24 hours – The time that the clock resets to when there is a new high bidding team for a player.