Joining a Custom League

League Directory

You can join a custom league created by another NFL.com user. This user will act as League Manager and sets league and scoring settings that all teams will follow.

Navigate to the Custom tab on the League Directory Page to view available custom leagues to join, or CLICK HERE. Filter by Draft Date, Scoring Settings, and Positions Settings to find a league you are interested in joining. Make sure to click the "Details" link under League Notes to browse the league settings. Also, note the type of draft the league will be utilizing to ensure it matches your preferences (live, autopick, or offline).

Once you have located a Custom league to join, click either the "Join" or "Apply" button to begin the enrollment process. If a custom league has been designated for open enrollment by its League Manager, you can take ownership of a team simply by clicking the Join button and submitting your team details. If a League Manager has chosen to publish his or her league, but wants to control the enrollment process, click the Apply button and send a short note as application to join the league. The League Manager will then make the decision to grant you a team in his or her team.

If you would prefer to create your own Custom League so that you can invite friends to take part in a league managed by you, CLICK HERE. You will be able to customize league settings and scoring settings to your preference by creating a league.

Did you win your league last season? Want to participate in a more competitive league? Join our Winners Leagues designed specifically for previous winners who want to take their game to the next level. To learn more, click here.

Draft Types

Choose from three draft types when joining an NFL.com Fantasy Football Custom League.

The Live Online Draft feature allows you to select a full fantasy team, LIVE, round-by-round in an interactive environment. The draft client features comprehensive stats, analysis and chat functionality, all packaged in a user-friendly interface. In this draft application you will be able to rank your players in real-time, adding them to a queue that will update as players are taken by other teams in the league. You have the ability to search for players or filter the available players by position so that you can make fast, easy and informed decisions to fill out your roster. When you have found the perfect selection, click “DRAFT NOW” and the player you selected will be assigned to your team. You will be able to track all of the action by round and by individual team, all in one place inside the draft application.

Can’t make the start of your live Draft? Have to step away from your computer for your fifth-round selection? No problem. In the NFL.com Live Online Fantasy Draft you can select the “Autopick” feature, which will strictly follow either your established queue of pre-ranked players, or select for you in your absence based on NFL.com's Fantasy rankings. Either way, you will have full ownership of your team after the draft and can make the trades, adds, and drops to craft your team exactly how you prefer.

The NFL.com Live Online and Autopick Drafts operate with either a “standard” or "auction" draft format.

  • Standard - Standard drafts can either be "snake" or "linear". This means that either the draft order reverses at the end of each round, snake, or the draft order remains the same, linear, after each round. Each team has a certain amount of time to make their pick before the next team is on the clock.
  • Auction - Each team takes a turn nominating players. When a player is nominated, each team can make a bid on the player. The team with the highest bid wins the player. Each team has a budget that determines how much they can spend on nominated players.

The NFL.com Live Online and Autopick Drafts operate with either a “snake” or "linear" drafting order.

  • Snake - The team with the first overall pick selects, followed by the team with the second pick, third pick, and so on. At the end of the first round, the team that just drafted (with the last pick in the first round) will have the first pick in the second round, as the draft order reverses until the end of the second round sees the team that originally drafted first overall makes another selection.
  • Linear - The team with the first overall pick selects, followed by the team with the second pick, third pick and so on. The draft order that is established in the first round will be the order that picks are selected throughout the entire draft. In other words, the order in the first round is used in all rounds and never changes.

The draft order is reflected at the top of the Live Draft application (Live Draft only) and will also be featured on your Draft Results page accessible from your League homepage after your draft is complete.

The Offline Draft is a draft type in which the League’s teams draft their players without use of the drafting tools provided by NFL.com (Live Draft client, Autopick option, or Pre-Rank Lists). Whether the draft is held in a conference room, restaurant, basement, backyard, on the phone, or by e-mail, the Offline Draft offers additional draft flexibility for fantasy fans.

Once your league’s rosters have been finalized, the League Manager must enter in the draft selections into the “Edit Draft Results” page, which can be found on the “Manage” tab of your NFL.com Fantasy Football league. Once everything is entered, your league is eligible to execute all normal NFL.com Fantasy functions, including add/drop, trades, set lineup, etc.

For more information about NFL.com Fantasy Football Draft Types, click here.


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