Yahoo Fantasy protocols for COVID-19 impacted games with NFL schedule changes

Yahoo Sports Fantasy Staff
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Yahoo Fantasy protocols for COVID-19 impacted games with NFL schedule changes

In an unprecedented football season, 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.

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.

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 was the case in Week 13), 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.

With a Wednesday game in Week 12, we processed waivers and trades on Friday morning instead of Wednesday, in part because there was no Thursday game in Week 13. We can’t guarantee this will be the case if another game is moved to a Wednesday in future weeks this fantasy season.

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.

But wasn't that the case with the Steelers vs Titans?

  • No, their matchup was moved to Week 7 and had a bye in Week 4.

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 all 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.