If you've played a fantasy (American) football league, you've most likely done a fantasy league with a snake-style draft so this should be pretty familiar to you. If you're familiar with traditional fantasy sports but not esports, we recommend reading about the scoring of the esport you're interested in (linked below). If you're not familiar with fantasy at all, have no fear; we'll break it down for you right here.
In DraftBuff, fantasy leagues have the the following core components to the game:
- Roster Management
The first step of a playing a fantasy league (after filling up your league with people) is the snake-style draft. Once your league is filled up, your draft position will be displayed in the app. At that point, you can begin your draft. Members of the league will take turns picking a player from the available player pool based on your draft order. Once a player is picked, he is removed from the player pool, so a player can only be on one team. Let's say you have 4 people in your league: Alex, Barbara, Charlie, & David and their draft positions are 1, 2, 3, and 4 respectively. In a snake draft, Alex gets first pick and will select the fantasy player that they want on their team. Barbara will go next, followed by Charlie, and David. Once David picks, round 1 of drafting is complete and round 2 begins.
For Round 2, the draft reverses (so it's fair for people picking later in the first round), so now David gets first pick, rather than Alex. The draft order is now David, Charlie, Barbara, and Alex for round 2. Once Alex picks, Round 2 ends and Round 3 begins. Now, Alex gets first pick again, and the draft continues "snaking" until every round completes.
Don't forget that each player can only be picked once so be strategic in picking players by keeping an eye on who your league-mates already have.
Once your draft is done, your league's schedule will be displayed.
You'll face off against different league-mates in a round robin fashion for each match-up. For example, Week 1 Alex faces off against Barbara and Charlie against David. Then for Week 2, Alex against Charlie and Barbara against David, etc.
In your weekly match-up, you receive fantasy points for each starter on your team. The amount of points the player gives you depends on how the player performs in real life for that week. You can read about the specific scoring rules for an esport below.
The person with the most fantasy points wins and the win/loss is added to the person's fantasy record. Week over week you'll accumulate wins and losses. If your league has playoffs, at the end of the fantasy regular season, you'll enter into playoffs which you can read more in depth here.
If you didn't draft the perfect team, fear not! You still have chances to make your team better. If you plan to win, you'll want to modify your fantasy roster based on how your players have performed. Here's all the things you can do to keep your roster in tip-top shape:
To learn about scoring in each esport click on the game you are interested in below: