Draft Royales are an alternative way to play fantasy, compared to traditional fantasy football style draft leagues. Rather than having to manage your team every week, they give you the option of flexibility. You can play when you want to, and with as many people as you want to.
In the Draft Royale format, you are given a salary that you can use to spend on players. You will notice that it is essentially impossible to pick all of the best players since better players cost more to draft onto your team. The challenge of Draft Royale is putting together the highest scoring team with the allotted budget. Note that this means multiple people can own the same player.
Your team for the week is then stacked up against all other teams in the Draft Royale. The goal is to finish at the top! We sometimes have prizes for winners. Follow our twitter for announcements about prizes and other DraftBuff info (and memes). If we have an active DraftPass season, you can also gain XP points for performing well in a Draft Royale. Of course bragging rights over your friends and community is the ultimate prize.
A player's score is calculated in a very similar way to fantasy leagues. Checkout the scoring system for the appropriate game:
One major difference is the addition of buffs. Buffs add an extra dimension to the game, by allowing you add items to your players to boost (or hinder!) their scoring. Learn more about buffs here.
Once the games start, if you're in the top three of the leaderboard, you have the privelege to set a taunt. Make sure to let the Draft Royale chat know how good your team is.
Changes in Draft Royales V2
Starting in 2021, we've introduced Draft Royales V2. Draft Royales V2 brings improvements over last year's Draft Royales:
Season Long Draft Royales
Draft Royales are now season long, so you don't have to go find a new Draft Royale every week. Don't worry -- you can still join/leave a Draft Royale at any time, but now there's less hassle about tracking all of your royales, and creating new teams.
The Overall Leaderboard
In addition to the week's leaderboard that we had in the past, we now have an overall leaderboard to track the best players over the course of the season. Your score on the overall leaderboard is based on your rank for each week. If 100 players play in week 1, the top ranked player receives 100 pts, the second will get 99, and so on down to 1 for the lowest ranked player. If in week 2, there are 120 players, the top ranked player of week 2 will receive 120 (#2 gets 119, and so on). Your overall score is the sum of points you receive each week.
By default, we carry over your roster from week to week. However, player costs change. If your roster was under the salary limit last week, but is over this week, we'll automatically drop the players with the lowest cost to put you under the limit. You can create an entirely new team like you always could, but this is a basically safety net in case you forget to set your roster for the week -- you'll at least get some points rather than 0.
Settings and Customization
The commissioner has the ability to customize a Draft Royale. Unlike Leagues, most customizations will need to be done when the league is created rather than later.
As always, you have the option to choose the the roster size and scoring multipliers.
You can also:
- set the budget amount to Easy (average salary per slot is 75), Default (60), Hard (45), or No Limit.
- set the Team Stack Limit, which limits the number of players that can be selected from one pro team. This can prevent someone from picking 5 TSM players for example.