Schedule, deadlines, and important dates for Fantasy Football

Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football follows the 2016 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 8, 2016 through January 1, 2017.

Registration dates and deadlines

Team and league registration is open from April 26, 2016 until November 15, 2016.

The last day for live drafts is November 2, 2016.

Transaction and trading deadlines

Make sure you know this season's trade deadlines for Public, Pro, and Custom Fantasy Football leagues.

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 7, 2016.

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).

Make sure your league has the right playoff format! Our Fantasy Football playoffs systems help article breaks down the different formats and explains where you can find the setting your league uses.