Joining an NFL-Managed League

League Directory

You can join an NFL-Managed league featuring default NFL.com scoring and league settings by visiting the NFL.com Fantasy Football League Directory. Live Draft and Autopick Draft are the two options available in NFL-Managed leagues.

Navigate to the NFL-Managed tab on the League Directory Page to view available NFL-Managed leagues to join, or CLICK HERE. All NFL-Managed Leagues use standard scoring and positions, but you can filter by draft date to find the right league for you. All NFL-Managed leagues listed within the League Directory feature a live interactive draft where you will draft your team in real-time against other team owners at a specified time. Simply find your preferred Live draft league and click the Join button. Fill out your team details (include your address to be eligible for NFL-Managed League prizes) and submit. From there you can move to your League or Team homepage to begin preparing for your draft.

Note that NFL-Managed Autopick leagues are not listed in the same way within the League Directory. To join an Autopick league, select "Enroll in Autopick Draft" at the top right of the League Directory. On the following page, enter your team name and click "Create Autopick Team". You should then visit your Autopick Team home, where you can edit your Pre-Rank Draft list. For full instructions on using this tool to set your draft list, visit Pre-Draft Rankings Tool. When your rankings are complete, click the yellow "Change Status to Ready" button. This will place you into the queue to be placed in an Autopick league with other teams owners who chose similar settings. You will receive an email notice when your Autopick team has been drafted and you will have access to your new team and league.

Draft Format

  • Standard Draft Format: Leagues with a standard draft format realy on a draft order with specified time limit per pick to draft a team of players.
  • Auction Draft Format: Leagues with an auction draft format rely on player nominations and an open bidding system to draft a team of players.

Draft Types

The Live Online Draft feature allows you to select a full fantasy team, LIVE, round-by-round or nomination-by-nomination 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 in standard drafts. In auction drafts, be the highest bidder at the end of the bidding period and the player will yours. You will be able to track all of the action by round or nomination in auction drafts. 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 Autopick Draft operates based on NFL.com Fantasy experts default rankings or a team owner’s established pre-rankings. This draft type is an excellent choice for both beginners as well as leagues that can’t agree on a live draft time. In an autopick draft, players are assigned to your team automatically. NFL.com helps you fill your roster either by going strictly off your Pre-Rank Draft list and Excluded Players list or by selecting the best available player at an open position of need on your roster. Simply create an autopick team, set your Pre-Rank Draft list and then click the "Change Status to Ready" button. That is all you need to produce a fantasy team and you can begin your NFL.com Fantasy Football season as soon as you're ready.

The NFL.com Live Online and Autopick Drafts operate with a “snake” or "linear" drafting order for standard drafts. For auction drafts, the nomination order is always "linear". A "snake" drafting order means 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 pick. This process repeats until all teams have filled out their rosters. The snake draft order helps ensure fairly balanced teams - whether you are the first overall pick or the last, all teams will receive equal number of picks and will have advantages during various rounds of the draft. The draft order is reflected on the left side 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.

A "linear" draft or nomination order means that the order never reverses. Once the last team drafts or nominates, the order then begins again with the team that nominated or drafted first being back on the clock. For auction drafts, the nomination order is not very significant as each team will have the ability to bid on any player that is nominated.

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

Winners Leagues

Did you win your league last season? Do you want to participate in a more competitive league? Join a Winners League, designed specifically for users who won their league championship the previsou season and now want to take their game to the next level. To learn more, click here.


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