Yahoo Fantasy protocols for COVID-19 impacted games and NFL schedule changes for this season

In an unprecedented football season, we wanted to share with you how Yahoo Fantasy will handle COVID-19 impacted games and players this season.

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.

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  • Broncos-Patriots matchup: The NFL rescheduled Broncos-Patriots for Week 6, so Week 5 will serve as a bye for both teams.

  • Titans-Bills matchup: The game will be played on Tuesday (instead of Sunday) as long as the Titans don’t show any new positive tests from their COVID-19 outbreak. If this schedule change holds, we will count the fantasy points from this game for all Week 5 matchups in season-long and Best Ball leagues.

  • Daily Fantasy: The Broncos-Patriots and Titans-Bills matchups won’t count for Week 5 DFS contests since both are being moved off their originally scheduled day.

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  • Chiefs-Bills matchup: The game will move from Thursday to Monday. This schedule change has no impact on season-long and Best Ball leagues.

  • Broncos-Patriots matchup: The NFL rescheduled Broncos-Patriots for Week 6, so Week 5 will serve as a bye for both teams. We will count the fantasy points from this game for all Week 6 matchups in season-long and Best Ball leagues.

  • Jets-Chargers | Jets-Dolphins | Dolphins-Broncos matchups: These three games have been affected by schedule alterations. The changes are as follows:

  1. Jets-Chargers will be moved from Week 6 to Week 11.

  2. Jets-Dolphins will be moved from Week 10 to Week 6.

  3. Dolphins-Broncos will be moved from Week 6 to Week 11.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="We will count the fantasy points from Jets-Dolphins for all Week 6 matchups in season-long and Best Ball leagues.» data-reactid=»37″>We will count the fantasy points from Jets-Dolphins for all Week 6 matchups in season-long and Best Ball leagues.

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  • Steelers-Titans matchup: The game was rescheduled from Week 4 to 7. Week 4 served as a bye week for both the Steelers and Titans. Players in the Steelers-Titans game will receive fantasy points in Week 7 in season-long and Best Ball leagues.

  • Jaguars-Chargers and Chargers-Dolphins matchups: The Jaguars-Chargers moves from Week 8 to Week 7. We will count the fantasy points from the game for all Week 7 matchups in season-long and Best Ball leagues. Meanwhile, the Chargers-Dolphins game moves from Week 7 to Week 10.

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  • Broncos-Chargers matchup: The game moves from Week 11 to Week 8. We will count the fantasy points from the game for all Week 8 matchups in season-long and Best Ball leagues.

We are updating the schedule alterations in our fantasy game (desktop and app) now that the NFL has officially announced the changes.

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Players will only receive COVID-IR status if placed on the list by the NFL. Please plan accordingly for your lineups.

  • Cam Newton is an example of a player who has received COVID-IR status after being placed on the list by the NFL.

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 they are still scheduled to play later in the season and just had a BYE week.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="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.» data-reactid=»58″>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.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="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.» data-reactid=»59″>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.