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Dream Team Draft explained: Everything you need to know about 20/21 Draft

Who’s up for round two of Dream Team Draft then?

With the Premier League returning to our lives soon, our draft game is back to really crank up the competition between your mates.

Draft is arguably the most exciting way to play fantasy football and, like the Season game, it’s completely free to play.

Fantasy Draft: Your guide to Dream Team’s Premier League game

Basic Draft rules:

  • Draft pits you in a league against other managers, as you build a 15-man squad to take you to the top
  • Before your league starts you’ll take part in a live draft to choose your team, with no players in the league duplicated
  • That’s right, if you have Mohamed Salah in your team, then that means Bob from HR doesn’t
  • The game weeks work on a head-to-head basis, pitting you up against another manager in your league each week with three points for a win, zero points for a loss and one point for a draw
  • Unlike the Season game, Draft only counts points from Premier League matches. So cup competitions are excluded
  • Because it’s a head-to-head system, leagues must consist of even numbers with a minimum of four teams. Six or eight are probably the optimum league size


The live player draft:

  • Your league chairman will be in charge of setting the specific rules
  • Generally, the live draft should take place before the start of your league season. Each manager will get 15 picks in total in an order following the ‘reverse snake’ format
  • That just means if you have the first pick in the first round, then you’ll have the last pick in the second round, the first pick in the third round, and so on
  • The Chairman can opt to change the Draft format to a linear order, but we wouldn’t suggest this to ensure parity for every mini-league member
  • You can host a live draft at any point in the season, so it doesn’t matter if you don’t get going before the season gets going

Player selection in the draft:

  • Most importantly, there are no budget restraints to stick to and no player prices
  • You must select at least one goalkeeper, three defenders, three midfielders and one striker in your 15-man squad
  • You cannot select more than two goalkeepers, 10 defenders, 10 midfielders and five strikers
  • To help yourself out, you can make a ‘watchlist’ before the Live Draft to keep track of the players you’re looking to sign
  • You can move players up and down in order of priority in your player list, with the most important ones at the top

  • You can also ‘ignore’ the ones you don’t want, who will then drop to the bottom of your player list
  • You can use the ‘auto select’ feature, which will automatically select players in order of your priority if you miss a go for some reason
  • Before each Game Week a manager must select a starting XI from their 15-man squad in one of the following formations: 3-4-3, 3-5-2, 4-3-3, 4-4-2, 4-5-1, 5-3-2, 5-4-1

Player trades and free agents

  • Once the live draft is complete, that is your initial starting squad assembled
  • But if you’re not happy with your selections there are ways to change your squad once your league is up and running
  • You can trade players with other managers in your league, as long as you’re not in the middle of an active game week or during a lockout
  • You can also sign ‘free agents’, as there will inevitably be players that haven’t been picked in the initial live draft, who are essentially new signings that haven’t been picked by any other manager
  • Some free agents can become ‘restricted free agents’ if you want them to be, meaning everyone in the league can ‘bid’ on them. This is an advanced setting.
  • Player lockout will lift almost as soon as the final Premier League game of the Game Week has finished, which will then allow you to make trades or sign free agents

Advanced Draft settings (League Chairmen can customise and decide):

  • Captains – Allows you to pick a captain on your team each Game Week who will earn you double points
  • Reduced squads – Allows you to reduce squad size from 15 to 11 (7 in starting XI, like Weekender)
  • Draft Order – Switch to linear rather than reverse snake
  • Draft Turn Time – increase the time between turns on the live draft
  • Automatic subs – substitutes are automatically setup to replace injured players
  • Restricted free agents – make some free agents ‘restricted’ so they go up for bidding rather than being snapped up immediately
  • Trade approval – allows the Chairman to have the final say on any player trades within the league

Draft mini-leagues (three ways to join one):

  • Create a league and invite your friends and family to join – private leagues are not visible and require a pin to join
  • Get invited to a private league that has already been created
  • Join one of the public leagues and face off against different managers from around the world – these are visible to everyone and do not require invitation
  • Leagues must be an even number of at least four teams

What are the best fantasy team names out there?

Every year choosing your team name seems to become more and more imperative.

Witty? Original? What’s your priority?

Whether you’re more Lallanas in Pyjamas than Mee, Myself and Ibe you should find this extensive list both useful and entertaining.


For everything else Draft related, please refer to our Game Rules page.