I'm sure many readers play other fantasy sports such as NFL, baseball or basketball and are therefore more accustomed to the draft or even auction method of selecting a team rather than the premierleague.com format of picking a team based on price. I have been wanting to try a draft/auction for the EPL, as while I like the pl.com game, I generally prefer to build a squad for the season and tweak it with trades as we go. My main issue is the fact that in normal seasons we all end up with 5 or 6 of the same players so your league is won or lost depending on whether your Sunderland defender nicked an assist or not, rather than the fact you knew Andy Caroll would score 20 this season.
I am therefore looking for a solution to create a draft/auction game. Does anyone know how this could be achieved without all being in the same room? I like auctions given that it gives everyone a chance to get anyone they want but I think this would be impossible without working out a time to all be online for a prolonged period of time. A draft could be done by email, though this could end up taking a while and it would be impossible to enforce a time limit for each pick.
Has anyone had any good experiences with drafts, other than using some preset software such as that used by ESPN or NFL.com?
Any suggestions would be welcomed and the best solution will get an invite to the inaugural league which I hope to run for the second half of this season as a test.