Schedule, deadlines, and important dates for Fantasy Football

Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football follows the 2015 National Football League regular season schedule.

The season is split into 16 Game Weeks, each following a 7-day, Monday through Sunday format.

This year's game runs from September 10, 2015 through January 3, 2016.

Registration dates and deadlines

Team and league registration is open from April 30, 2015 until October 17, 2015.

The last day for live drafts is October 4, 2015.

Deadline for starting with the first game of the NFL season

For your league to score for the entire NFL season schedule, your draft must be complete before 11:59 pm PT on September 9, 2015.

If your league's draft happens after the deadline, your season will begin scoring after the first game of the season (see below). Or, if you're playing in a private league, the commish can change the start scoring date from week 2 to week 1.

League type Post-deadline season start dates
Head-to-Head Scoring begins the following Fantasy week
Points Only Scoring begins the day after your draft is completed

  Missed the Points Only league deadline?  Commissioners can still incorporate scoring from the beginning of the season using their Commish Tools within 14 days of their league's draft. Learn how in our help article about enabling retroactive scoring.

Playoff schedule for Fantasy Football

In Head-to-Head Leagues, the league championship is decided during a multi-week playoff at the end of the season.

Public and Pro Leagues all use a 4-team playoff format, where the games take place during Game Weeks 15 and 16.

Custom/Private League commissioners can choose from several playoff formats, each with anywhere between 4-8 teams (playoff Game Weeks depend on the number of teams in the playoffs -- either in Game Weeks 14, 15, and 16, or just in weeks 15 and 16).

Tiebreakers and playoff FAQs

  Full overview of playoffs (including consolation brackets)!  See our Fantasy Football playoffs systems help article.

Transaction and trading deadlines

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