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 October 16, 2016.
The last day for live drafts is October 2, 2016.
Transaction and trading deadlines
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.
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