1.0 Auction League Set Up
We're going to start off with how to set up an Auction League. Skip down to other sections if you aren't playing in an Auction League.
We strongly recommend utilizing the Draft Dominator in the whole-screen view for auction drafts as you'll want to see your team fill up positions as you win bids during the auction, and also be able to see what positions need further players as the auction continues.
1.1 Set Up League Name and Draft Name
First off, you need to go and set up two names for this Auction League - on the dark blue bar at the top of the Draft Dominator go to the Drafts button at far left. Select +New Draft, and then hit the Create a new league... button. A box will open in the pop up box titled "Your New League:" In the Name box put in the appropriate name for this league - for this Guide we'll use "Auction League". Then, we select the Mock Draft button and name the draft we are embarking on - for this Guide we'll use "Draft #1". Every time you start a new mock draft for this particular league, you'll Select +New Draft -> Auction League -> and then name the new draft.
1.2 Toggle On Auctions
The next step is to hit the Gear button in the middle of the dark blue bar at the top of the Draft Dominator screen. You'll use this screen to set up most of the parameters for your auction league. See the graphic below:
Then select Basic Settings, and toggle the Auction Button on the right hand side of the pop-up box to on (when you hit the word Auction it will be surrounded by dark blue and the text will become white). Then punch the green Done button at bottom right and the Draft Dominator will reset the entire draft page to an Auction format. At the top left is a Draft Board that tracks which team is currently nominating the player to be auctioned.
1.3 Set Up Team #/Nomination Order
Now you'll need to tell the Dominator which team in the league is yours so you'll nominate players at the appropriate time. The default setting is to put you into the TEAM 1 slot on the draft board. To change the setting, go to the gear button in the middle of the dark blue bar at the top of the page, and select the Teams and Nomination Order button. Pick the Edit button next to the correct team slot which corresponds to your nomination order, and then hit the Make This My Team button on the right side of the pop-up box, and then hit the green Done button at lower left. You can also edit in the team names and email addresses of your opponents in this interface, just click the Edit button next to the opposing team you wish to name. Once you've got the various team names entered to your satisfaction, click the green Done button at lower left.
1.4 Set Up Salary Cap; Minimum Bid and Bid Increments
You'll also want to check the Auction Settings button under the Gear menu to make sure that the salary cap, minimum bid and bid increments are correct. Please note that the salary cap should be set to whatever level your league has determined before any keepers are deducted from your cap (if you are in a keeper league). Draft Dominator defaults to a minimum bid of $1; a bid increment of $1; and a league salary cap of $200 with no keepers for any team. If the salary caps are different for the various teams in this league, you can toggle on the Different per Team switch and edit in the appropriate salary cap for each team in the league.
1.5 Set Up Scoring Settings
Next up - hit the gear button and then select Scoring Settings. You can adapt the Dominator to your league's scoring requirements by toggling through each scoring category on the left hand side of the pop-up box. We've already pre-set each position for the most common scoring conventions for each category (Passing; Rushing; Receiving; Fumbles; Kicking; Kick Return; Punt Return; Defense (IDP); and Team Defense), but you'll want to cross-check these settings with your league's rules. If you find something that differs from the pre-set parameters - no problem. Just click the drop down box next to the appropriate item and edit in your league's scoring. For example, if running backs, receivers and tight ends get one point per reception in this league, you'll need to tell the Dominator this information. Go to scoring settings; click "Receiving" at the top left; and then enter 1 in the Points per Receptions box. Once this setting is changed, and you click the green Done button, the Dominator will recalculate the scoring for this league, and generate a new suggested draft list based on one point per reception. The players' order in the main draft list will reorder based on this scoring requirement.
1.6 Set Up Lineup Requirements
We also need to tell the Dominator how many players start at each position in your league - this is under the Lineup Settings menu in the Gear Button drop down menu. Draft Dominator assumes that your league starts one quarterback, two running backs, three wide receivers, one tight end, one kicker, one team defense and one RB/WR/TE flex position. However, if tight ends are lumped in with wide receivers in your league, you'll need to zero out wide receivers and tight ends in the Lineup Settings, and instead tell Dominator how many total wide receivers and tight ends start in your league (usually three or four depending on the league) in the WR (TE Eligible) drop down menu. If there is no flex position in your league, you'll need to use the drop down menu to zero that option out.
If quarterbacks are included as a possible flex position in your league, you need to zero out the preset Flex: RB/WR/TE from one to zero and instead put one in the Flex: QB/RB/WR/TE drop down menu/box.
However your league's lineup requirements work - when you add up all the numbers on the Lineup Settings page, that number should be equal to the number of starters required in your league. No matter how big/deep your benches are, there is a required number of starters for any given week (even if you have a flex position that might vary the number of starters at any given position from week to week). Cross-check with your league rules to make sure you have the correct number of starters selected in Lineup Settings.
Once you are sure the Lineup Settings are correct, click the green Done button.
1.7 Set Up Keepers
If your auction league allows Keepers, you'll need to tell the Dominator which players are being kept by which teams, and their salary. This is accomplished by hitting the Gear Button drop down menu and then selecting the Keepers button. You simply select the appropriate team keeping this player, then search for the necessary player in the search box at top right; enter the appropriate salary for the keeper in question - then click on his name below the search box and that player will be added to the appropriate team, then hit the green Done button, and his salary will be deducted from the team's available funds for the upcoming auction. Repeat the process as necessary to account for all the keepers in this auction draft.
1.8 Create Shortlists for Your Draft and Using the Three Cards Button
Shortlist(s) are very useful in the auction environment, so we're going to discuss the procedures for using the shortlist(s). If you want to have two of your top four players (regardless of position) on your auction team, you can establish a short list to use at the beginning of the draft. If you are intending to slough off the quarterback or tight end position until prices fall below a certain level, you can use a shortlist to keep track of the players you are interested in at the sloughed-off position(s). In either case, the procedure remains the same.
It's easy to add a player to a shortlist - just go to the appropriate positional list under the dark blue Pos button, and then click on the first guy you want to add to your shortlist. Instead of using the green Pick button at lower left, hit the green Add button at lower right of the pop-up box. Once you do this, a numeral 1 will appear next to the Three Cards icon in a bright red spotlight, located just above your center column list of available players next to the Three Cards Button. Continue adding players to the shortlist until you have highlighted all the players you want in that list. As the draft proceeds, if another team wins one of the players on your shortlist, that player will automatically be removed from your shortlist and the numeral in the red spotlight will drop by one. This will remind you that it is time to think about bidding from the shortlist you've built. Once you've won the players you want from the shortlist, you can remove the remaining guys by going to each player's pop-up box and hitting the Remove button at lower right (or if all the players on the short list are added to other teams, then the list will be empty). Then you can build a new shortlist for the next position you want to monitor, and so forth throughout the drafting process.
One of the helpful features of the shortlist is that you can click on the Three Cards Button to go a view of just the players on your shortlist. This view gives you a quick way to compare the anticipated cost of the players on your short list vs. their projected fantasy points for the upcoming season and their Value Based Drafting number (VBD) which indicates how much more valuable (or less valuable) a particular player is projected to be vs. the last likely starter at this position.
1.9 Using Rankings Profiles to Change How the Other Teams Draft and the Wrench Button
There are some distinct drafting styles among owners in a typical auction draft. If you'd like to simulate these variables for your upcoming mock auction draft to mirror how you expect some of your opponents to use their salary cap, this can be accomplished by using the Rankings Profile Settings found under the Wrench button located next to the search box at the top of the middle column player list. See the graphic below:
Some drafters prefer to use a so-called "Studs and Duds" approach, and you can simulate this by editing their upcoming draft team profile - simply hit the Wrench button, then select the team number you wish to customize. There are two handy sliders for accomplishing this - one is labeled Projection Optimism and the other is labeled Strategy: Studs and Duds.
Projection Optimism refers to how excited owners tend to be about the upcoming season's player performance. If a particular owner in your upcoming auction draft tends to assume that the top running backs in the league will all go over 2,000 yards combined and approach 20 total TDs scored during 2017, it is appropriate to move the slider away from the default auto setting (which is set for more conservative assumptions, designated as Most Likely on the slider and being put all the way to the left of the slider bar). Simply toggle off the Auto box and then move the slider to the right towards the Upside end of the slider - the more you move the slider, the more optimistic this drafter will behave towards the prospects in the draft (and thus be willing to spend more of his salary cap).
The Strategy slider refers to the individual bidding philosophy of this particular owner. If you know that your opponent strongly believes in a "Studs and Duds" auction strategy, you can simulate this by toggling off the Auto box and then moving the slider from the middle position towards the right, which will increase the amount of salary cap this team expends on the top 2017 players. Conversely, if this particular opponent tends to skip bidding on the top prospects and prefers to dominate the later rounds of the upcoming auction, you can move the slider to the left to decrease the players' bidding on the top prospects in the draft in favor of hoarding cash for the middle and late phases of the auction.
Keep editing the Rankings Profile Settings of the various other owners in the draft until you feel like you've got a good approximation for the upcoming mock draft. Then simply close the box.
These settings can be edited for future mock drafts in this league if you find you've over- or under- adjusted for a particular owners' tendencies.
1.10 Start Your Auction Mock Draft
Now, you are ready to mock draft in Draft Dominator based on the particular requirements of your auction fantasy league. Hit the green Start button in the middle of the dark blue bar at the top of the page - and enjoy!
The app will nominate players for the various other owners in the league and they will appear on the draft board at top left of the page. You will the see a box in the middle of the left hand column that has a bid price and a green Bid button - this is where you enter your bid for this particular player. If you are outbid, you can enter another bid and continue the auction for that player. If the price has gone beyond what you want to spend, hit the red Decline Player button at the bottom of the left column, and the app will swiftly conclude the bidding on that player and move on to the next nomination. When it is your turn to nominate a player, the Dominator will post a reminder in the middle of the left hand column that states "This is your nomination! Dominate from the rankings >". Select a player from the middle list of available players, and then hit the green Auction button at lower left. A pop-up box will appear where you can enter your starting bid (from $1 on up), hit the OK button, and then the left hand column will switch back to the bidding interface described above. Simply repeat this process until you have filled out your entire roster of fantasy players (you track your roster in the middle right column when the page view is maximized). One note - if a player ever bids more than their remaining maximum bid (not the same as remaining salary cap - the maximum bid is the maximum amount you can spend and still have enough $ to complete the remainder of your roster with $1 players), the app will automatically decline that player and then move onto the next player in the auction.
The Dominator will complete the draft once you have filled out your team's roster, or you can go to the Gear button and select Auto-Complete Draft, and the app will fill out the rest of the draft for all 12 teams. You can do this simply to finish an auction once you've filled out your entire roster, or you can do this to cut short the drafting process but still have a picture of how your team might have turned out. In this way you can see how going for a Studs-and-Duds approach will likely impact your roster in the later phases of the draft, or how being conservative early is likely to impact your roster later in the draft.
1.11 Real Live Drafts in Auction Mode
The interface you'll use for most of a live auction draft is at the lower left. You simply hit the green Gavel button to start an auction for any given player from the list, and then at the conclusion of that player's auction you input his sale price in the $ box at middle left, and then assign the player to the team that won from the menu at lower left. If you can't find the player in the quick menu, search for him in the middle portion of the screen in the box entitled Search Players. If you make a mistake in this process, no problem, simply hit the back arrow button next to the player's name, which will let you Edit $ or Reset the pick entirely to fix the error.
1.12 Fixing Mistakes During a Live Auction
If you incorrectly enter the value of a player during a live auction draft, you can use the back arrow to select the pick that just occurred (or you can click on the player who needs his price adjusted on the draft board). Then you'll see the following show up next to the player search box (see graphic below):
Hit the red Edit $ button to change the value of the player in question to the correct cost.
1.13 Rate My Team
Immediately after your draft concludes, an option will appear in the lower left area of the screen, inviting you to get instant feedback on your just-concluded draft with Footballguys.com's exclusive Rate My Team app. See the graphic below:
When you click Rate My Team, the information will appear in the space where your league's rosters are displayed. See the graphic below:
The analysis will give you a position-by-position breakdown of how your team's prospects appear for 2017 based on Footballguys.com's expert projections and expert commentary. This is a valuable tool! Enjoy looking through the results of your labors.