Yahoo Fantasy protocols for COVID-19 impacted Week 15 with NFL schedule changes
We wanted to share with you how Yahoo Fantasy will handle COVID-19 impacted games and players as well as the impact on waiver wire and other roster transactions for Week 15.
If games originally slated for a particular week are moved to Monday or Tuesday, we will count the game for that same week in season-long leagues. Matchups won’t count for current DFS contests if they’re moved off their originally scheduled day.
Week 15 NFL Schedule Changes
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns, originally scheduled for Saturday Dec. 18 4:30 PM will now be rescheduled for Monday Dec. 20 at 5pm ET
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Football team, originally scheduled for Sunday Dec. 19 1:00 PM will now be rescheduled for Tuesday Dec. 21 at 5pm ET
Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams, originally scheduled for Sunday Dec. 19 4:25 PM will now be rescheduled for Tuesday Dec. 21 at 7pm ET
Transaction and waiver processing in weeks with games beyond Monday
To give fantasy managers the time needed to contemplate roster moves, handle player injuries and digest the latest NFL news and schedule impacts, here’s how we will proceed with transaction/waiver processing when a game is played beyond a Monday in that particular week:
For weeks with a Tuesday game (as is the case in Week 15), we will process waivers and trades on Thursday morning instead of Wednesday to give everyone more time to make roster changes in the new week.
Covid IR designation
Players will only receive COVID-IR status if placed on the list by the NFL. Please plan accordingly for your lineups.
Potential forfeited games
If a team has to forfeit their game for the week (meaning it will not be rescheduled) we will put all players from both teams on the COVID-IR list.
Why are we giving players in this case IR designation?
In this case, these players are not on a BYE, and the manager is losing a game week for those players. While the players don't necessarily have COVID-19 it is because of COVID that they didn't play.
If you are in a private league, the commissioner can expand benches to give managers more slots to add players. The steps on how to do so can be found here.
This is and will likely be a fluid situation for the rest of the season. We’ll continue to evaluate if changes to these protocols are needed based on the news each week. Please bookmark this article to monitor the latest updates or follow @Yahoo Fantasy.
Thank you for choosing our platform for your fantasy experience and we truly appreciate your patience during this time.