With draft day just a few days away, it’s time for an overview of what you can expect to happen on Sunday, March 20, the day you finally get drafted to a 2016 JMS League team!
When? Sunday, March 20 at 5:30 PM. Captains to arrive at 5:00 PM
Will there be food? Yes, and Maghrib salaat will be conducted at approximately 7:45 PM
How will the draft work? The first five rounds are live. The pick will be handed to the commissioner who will make the announcement. If you are there while being drafted, please proceed to the front for a picture with your captains and the commissioner. The final four rounds will be silent. No announcements will be made.
During the first five rounds, each team will have 3 minutes to make their selection, in the final four silent rounds this time is reduced to 2 minutes. Failure to make a pick in time will result in a 2.5M salary cap penalty, which will be distributed evenly to the remaining 5 teams.
What if I can’t make it? Feel free to keep track of the draft at the Public Draft Board. Management is also contemplating a live-tweet of the event , you can follow us on twitter @JMSLeague and follow #JMSDraft for posts on the draft
Does the salary cap really matter? It certainly does, each team has been given a cap maximum of $81.5M. Check out our rules to see the impact of not staying within the cap. When we said not showing up could hurt the team that drafts you, we meant it. Players that didn’t show up received a salary between $7.5M – $9.5M depending on how they rated themselves.
What are the trade deadlines? Salary Cap Trade Deadline is April 1, 2016 @ 11:59 PM, Hard Trade Deadline is May 31, 2016 @ 11:59 PM.
There is a quick analysis of each team below, so you can get yourself hyped to be drafted to a certain team or start praying that you don’t land up on another.
Captain: Hussein Allidina
Cap Space Remaining: $59,770,000
Picks: #1, 16, 18, 19, 28, 33, 40, 45, 52
Trade News: The Tigers made a league-changing trade with the Owls for the first overall pick in the draft. Overall, the Tigers sent the #3, 9 and 21 for the Owls’ #1, 18, and 19.
Needs: SS, 3B, 2B
Captain: Imtiyaz Kara
Cap Space Remaining: $56,610,000
Picks: #2, 8, 14, 17, 29, 41, 44, 50, 53
Trade News: While not making the splash that their opponents made, the Falcons were able to trade up and accumulate another high pick in the process. The Falcons agreed to send picks #20 and 32 to the Wolves for picks #14 and 50.
Needs: 1B, RO, 2B
Captain: Azim Chagani
Cap Space Remaining: $62,460,000
Picks: #3, 7, 9, 21, 30, 31, 42, 43, 54
Trade News: As mentioned previously, the Owls struck a HUGE deal with the Tigers. This is exactly what a team with the most cap space needed: a chance at three top-10 players and an opportunity to fill out the roster with some difference makers.
Needs: 1B, SS, RO
Captain: Minhal Jaffer
Cap Space Remaining: $58,190,000
Picks: #4, 10, 15, 22, 27, 34, 39, 46, 51
Trade News: N/A
Needs: 2B, RO, 1B
Captain: Ali Merali
Cap Space Remaining: $59,300,000
Picks: #5, 11, 20, 23, 26, 32, 35, 38, 47
Trade News: With their deal with the Falcons, the Wolves gather more late round picks, showing the confidence they must have in their scouting and ability to draft diamonds in the rough. Initially, I was skeptical about this trade, but seeing as how the Wolves gained a cumulative 12 draft spots with this trade, they might have gotten an early steal from the Falcons.
Needs: SS, 1B, 2B
Captain: Asad Hussain
Cap Space Remaining: $55,010,000
Picks: #6, 12, 13, 24, 25, 36, 37, 48, 49
Trade News: N/A
Needs: 1B, RO, 3B