Andrew Bryan, NRL.com
Have you ever wanted to play NRL Dream Team, but wanted to play by your own rules?
NRL Dream Team Draft puts you in control, lets you set the parameters and customize how you’d like to play NRL Fantasy.
You can decide how many teams are in your league, if you play head-to-head or for overall points, how many times you play each other and whether you want a finals series or not.
Don’t like the fact that captains score double? Then don’t have captains. You hate rolling lock-outs? Get rid of them. Want to start your Dream Team Draft in Round 6? Hey, it’s a free country – go ahead and start your draft after you have all had a chance to scout the players.
It is all about not restricting your NRL fantasy experience.
This is a great thing if you are an NRL fan.
You can also choose what sort of draft you’d like to have.
This is how the different draft types work.
Snake Draft - the order of picks reverses each round:
1st Round of picks: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
2nd Round: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
3rd Round: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
4th Round: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
(so if you had pick 1, you then get pick 20, 21 etc).
Linear Draft - remains the same each time - as per 1st round shown above. So if you have pick 1, you get pick 11, 21, 31 etc.
Banzai Draft - the order of selections reverses in round 2 of picks, stays the same in round 3, and then continues as per the Snake Draft, reversing each round. For example:
1st Round: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
2nd Round: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
3rd Round: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
4th Round: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
5th Round: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
How to trade players?
Basically there are two ways to trade players after the draw;
1. Direct trades between teams - you may advertise a player on your team who you would consider trading, or make a direct offer for a player (with one of yours) to another team. If the other team accepts your offer, then one of 3 things will happen depending on league settings:
a) Commissioner-approved (private league) - the commissioner will get an alert to approve or reject the proposed trade - solely at their discretion.
b) Veto vote - the proposed trade is posted on the trades centre, other members get a vote to determine whether it's a fair trade. They get a limited time to 'veto' vote. If 40% or more league members vote to veto in that time, the trade is rejected. Otherwise it goes through.
c) Free for all - trade happens immediately when accepted by the other team.
2. Waiver system relates to remaining players that are left over in the pool, as well as those who are dropped from teams when they pick up other players from the player pool. After each round, or when a player is dropped, they go into a 'waiver wire' for a set time (as per league's settings). Each team may then make a claim to trade in those players. There is a priority order as set by the league (so either the person last on the ladder gets first choice, or the order is flowing, so the last person to make a claim drops to the bottom of the list etc). So if there is more than one claim on any particular player, the person with top priority gets them. Once the waiver period is over, players are free agents and may be picked up immediately.
If waiver is not active for a league, all dropped players become 'free agents', after around 24 hours to the following midday.
How will you play NRL Dream Team Draft?
Sign up to play NRL Dream Team.
Follow @NRLDreamTeam on twitter.
Like us on Facebook.