How to Draft

Pre-Season Draft

You have a few options when it comes to drafting your team of five contestants.

1) Live draft in person

Gather up your nearest and dearest, DVR “The Bachelorette,” and watch the show up through the last limo introductions. At this point, pause the show. Have each player draft their 5 contestants on a piece of paper and turn them into the commissioner.

2) Virtual live draft

So your teammates all live in different time zones, eh? We feel your pain, as we’re all spread across the continent too. For this to work, everyone should watch the show in his or her respective homes. Pause after limo introductions, before the real shenanigans begin. Email your appointed league commissioner with your five contestants.

3) Pre-show draft, based on contestants’ bios.

Select your five players and email your league commissioner.

37 thoughts on “How to Draft

  1. […] bachelor…), that she started a blog and posted the rules so that you can form your own league, draft a team, and then check in with us each semana for the points round-up (and a snarky recap too). […]

  2. ryann samsel says:

    Do you recommend every person choosing different girls or have you found that it’s okay if more than one person picks the same girl?

    • Bach Fantasy says:

      Hey Ryann! In our league, everybody drafts six contestants to their team and we don’t worry too much about overlap; no one has ever drafted the exact same team in our four seasons of playing. Good luck and happy drafting!

  3. Lyndsey says:

    For the first episode do we get to pick who will get the first impression rose? Also, do we pick 5 girls every episode or do we only pick 5 and stick with them as our team?

    • Bach Fantasy says:

      If you draft one of the ladies that gets the first impression rose tonight, you’ll score those points. And you pick five in the beginning and stick with ’em (through drunken rants and steamy makeouts) until the end. Thanks for playing along!

  4. League planner says:

    How do you recommend tracking the points? Do you just leave it up to the individuals or do you track it online somewhere?

    • Bach Fantasy says:

      We recommend you appoint a League Commissioner to keep track of everything for you. There are more details on our “How to Draft” page, if you’re interested!

  5. Ashley Sharma says:

    We have 12 girls playing, how do I copy the formula onto my excel sheet as it only is fixed for 10 players? Thank you!

  6. Brooke Flanagan says:

    lauren r

    • Bach Fantasy says:

      Hi Brooke! Great drafting. We don’t keep track of the points on our end; you have to download the spreadsheet and keep track on your end. Check in tomorrow to see how your team did!

  7. gracefulMESS says:

    Is there a way to draft now? I just found out about these bachelor shenanigans and want to play!

    • Bach Fantasy says:

      Of course! Grab your pals and draft maybe three or four contestants each and start giving yourself points beginning in Episode 3. Good luck!

  8. Lauren says:

    Are we doing a mid-season draft this year? If so, can you remind me of the rules for this? Thanks! Love your site :)

  9. Melissa says:

    We are a newly formed league that may have 11 players. Do you recommend we break up into 2 groups or just keep it as one that has 11 players? Thanks

    • Bach Fantasy says:

      Hi Melissa –

      You can definitely play with a league of 11. I’d consider drafting 6 contestants per player to increase the amount of variety among your teams, though.

      Let us know if you have other questions!

  10. Marcy says:

    I’m sure this question has been answered before buuuut we have a league of 13 players. We have two options, since a lot of the players on our teams are couples we could pair up and split into 8 teams but I’m waiting to hear from my league members. How many would you recommend we each draft if all 13 players have their own team and how many should we draft if we go with just 8 teams total? Thanks for your help!

  11. Kristen Kalkin says:


    We’ve got a big league – about 20 people and we usually just let everyone draft whoever they want (5 people per team). Last time we ran into a few people having the exact same team though (and of course, that team won it, complicating everything!). I don’t want to cut down the league. I don’t know that there’s a way to ensure everyone picks a different team so I’m looking for something that would be a good tie breaker! Any ideas welcome!

    Thanks so much for organizing all this and tracking the points! It makes watching even that much more fun!!!!

    • kathleenberbec says:

      It’s probably a bit too late now but we ran into this last season too. So what we did was draw numbers to see the order of drafting (we go in descending and then ascending order and repeat ie. 1 2 3 4 5 5 4 3 2 1). In our pool of 8, we decided each guy can only be drafted 3 times and then he’s ineligible for further drafts. I think it has made our teams way more fair! With a larger group you could say 5 drafts or something like that per guy.

  12. Lindsey says:

    I can’t seem to find a scoring template without scores already filled in for the entire season? I’ve tried the link on every page and each time its filled in the whole way through… Please help! thanks :)

  13. Melissa says:

    What do we do if multiple teams in our draft now have the same guys???!

  14. Hailey says:

    Hi! We’re in a bit of a pickle…I am playing in a league with 9 women. 4 women have the 4 guys who got hometown dates next week. It is our first time playing in the league. We are feeling like we’ve plateaued and want to shake things up these last 4 weeks. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  15. Steph says:

    What is the bonus question for tonight’s show?

  16. […] have a few options when it comes to drafting your Bachelor fantasy league team of five contestants. Click here to read more about how to draft […]

  17. Aleia Warren says:

    Can someone please explain how the mid-season draft works?

  18. Donna says:

    When someones person doesn’t get a rose, do they select another player?

  19. Rebekah Wilson says:

    Hello! I tried searching the questions to see if this has been answered. How does the Mid Season draft work? Thank you!!

  20. […] have a few options when it comes to drafting your Bachelor fantasy league team of five contestants. Click here to read more about how to draft […]

  21. Aaron Kroontje says:

    Anybody looking for a Google Sheets version? Grab your copy here!

  22. youknowyourself says:

    Sorry Paige but I think it’s working just fine…

  23. Just wondering if you have a new set up for Arie’s season? Hoping to get a group together to draft!

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