mkultra wrote:Can you tell me anything about that site? It's offline until Feb...
I've used them for maybe half a dozen drafts and, other than the last time when they were the victim of a DNS attack, have had nothing but great results. They charge some fee (maybe $35 nowadays?) and you create your draft. You then send invites to everyone who will be participating and they (and this is key to avoid problems) is they accept the invite. Then you customize your draft with all the positions and bench spots; set everyone's auction budget; and assign keepers and keeper values.
Once the draft starts, people take turns putting people up for auction. Once they're for sale, there is a set amount of time that you decide (and can change mid-draft) to bid. There's a circular graph that ticks down and a woman's voice, "Going once, going twice" and if someone bids higher, the clock resets until noone has any higher bid to make. And then the player is assigned, the amount is deducted, and you move onto the next player. Here's a screen shot
of what you see (or at least, one of the views that you can see) mid-draft. Since the draft is paused, there's no clock, but it would appear in the space where it says PAUSED and the text beneath it.
All in all, I think they're great and other than a live draft, would use them for everything.
Another suggestion, which is what we had to default to with Fantasyauctioneer's DNS attack, was creating a league on ESPN and holding your draft there. We still did our league on Sportsline but drafted on ESPN. Their free leagues give you the capability to do an auction draft. I'm not sure if they're going to carry that over for baseball this year, but don't see why they wouldn't.
It is a little bit of a pain to get everyone to commit to a time, but ultimately, it's less of a pain than dealing with a drawn-out slow draft.
0-3 to 4-3. Worst choke in the history of baseball. Enough said.