Late draft - overview (US)

Late draft is the option to draft a lineup after a contest has started, and can help prevent you from getting a zero on a reserved contest. It’s available for all late-swap eligible contests


  • When selecting players to late draft, don't forget that you must stay under the salary cap!
  • In both late swap and non-late swap contests, players on opponent lineups will remain hidden until the players’ respective game start times.
  • Late draft and late swap are only offered for sports where game start times are consistently accurate, without risk of an early start.

Learn more about leveraging late draft when building a lineup:

When can I use late draft?

Late draft is available for contests that meet the following requirements: 

  • Contests that offer late swap.
  • Contests that have two (2) or more upcoming competitions left in the contest. 
    • Example: I've reserved an entry into a contest from the NFL Classic main set. It contains 7 games at 1pm, and 2 games at 4:25pm. I've forgotten to draft my lineup before 1pm. I'll have until 4:25pm to late draft a lineup for this entry from games that have not started yet.

What updates can I make using late draft?

If you reserve an entry in a contest that supports late swap, you'll be able to build a lineup up until fewer than two games within that contest remain unlocked. Once a player’s game starts, they’ll be locked and you won’t be able to draft them. 

Check out the contest draft page to see which roster spots are already locked and which players can still be drafted. All other players whose games haven’t started are eligible for drafting. 

How do I build a lineup with late draft? 

Learn more about building a lineup with late draft

What updates can I make if I join a contest that doesn’t offer late draft?

You can build your lineup up until the scheduled start of the contest. Once the contest starts, all players will be locked and ineligible for swapping.  

What sports offer late draft?

Late draft is available for all sports that offer late swap. 

For sport-specific information, please see the Lineup Edits sections of the fantasy sports contest Rules and Scoring. To simplify the contest rules we have separated them by sport and contest format for your convenience.

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