If you are not satisfied with your team's performance, you can change it! Whether you need to replace a player on a bye week or want to shake up your roster by adding a new player or trading for someone else, you have the power to make those roster moves.
If your team is over or under the allowable limit of roster spots (a total of 15 players in NFL-Managed Leagues), you may need to add or drop some players.
To Add a player from your team page:
- Click Add at the top of the page
- From the player list either filter or search for the player you wish to add to your team
- Click the + under the action column
- On the Add Player page, either select a player to drop from your roster (if you are at the limit) or select Do not drop a player. Click confirm
- Review your potential acquisition and then click Confirm Add
Depending on your league setup you will either have immediate access to your added player or you will have to wait for that player to clear waivers before being added to your team.
To Drop a player from your team page:
- Click Drop at the top of the page
- From the list of players on your roster check the box next to the player(s) that you wish to drop
- Review your potential player to drop and click Submit
Players who are dropped from a team are placed on waivers, where all teams have the opportunity to place a claim for the player. Waivers is a set amount of time that a player is frozen prior to being added to a team. The default waiver period in NFL-Managed leagues is 1 day. This helps to ensure that all teams in your league have a fair chance to add players either directly after a fantasy draft or on a weekly basis in-season.
After a fantasy draft, all undrafted players are immediately placed on waivers and all teams can make waiver claims. Players are added to team rosters based on these waiver claims in the order specified by the current Waiver Priority. In NFL-Managed leagues, Waiver Priority is determined at first by the inverse order of the Draft. For example, if you had the first pick in the draft, your waiver priority would be the last position. Once your team is successful in its waiver claim, you will drop to the bottom of the waiver priority list.
In NFL-Managed leagues, after the season begins, the waiver priority list resets every Tuesday based on the inverse order of the standings (throughout the duration of the fantasy regular season). For example, if you are in first place, your waiver priority would be the last position. Once again, if your team is successful in its waiver claim, you will drop to the bottom of the waiver priority list.
In NFL-Managed leagues, players lock at their individual game time. Any player available as a Free Agent within the league will switch over to Waivers at this time. Based on default NFL-Managed settings, these players will stay on Waivers through early Wednesday morning of the following week. All teams within the league have the opportunity to place waiver claims from the player's lock time (individual game time) through late Tuesday night.
When a player is placed on waivers and more than one owner claims that player, the team with the higher waiver priority is awarded the player. As noted above, each time a successful waiver claim is completed, the team awarded that player is moved to the end of the Waiver Priority list for their next transaction. You can view the results of your waiver claims by selecting the Waiver Report from within the navigation on your My Team page.
If there are no claims on a player during the waiver period, the player becomes a free agent (i.e. can be picked up at any time). Note that if you drop a player and place him on waivers, you are unable to add that player to your roster again until after the waiver period has expired.
Note that in the fantasy playoffs (Weeks 15-16 of the NFL Regular Season), the waiver priority no longer resets based on inverse order of standings, as the standings do not update after your league's regular season has ended. Instead, waiver priority is based on a continual rolling list (move to end after a successful waiver claim), the same as in-week waiver moves during the regular season. This helps to ensure that the lowest seeded playoff team does not have a weekly advantage over other competing playoff teams.
To view your league's specific waiver settings, click the League Tab and navigate to the Settings link at the top of the page. Your team’s waiver priority is displayed on the League Page in the Standings area, next to your team’s win/loss streak.
A free agent is a player who is not currently on a fantasy roster either because that player was not drafted, has not been added to a roster, or has been released by his previous owner and cleared waivers. You can add a free agent player at any time leading up to your league’s add/drop deadline before that week’s games. If you do pick up a free agent, note that the player will be placed on your team's bench and it will be up to you to make a change to your starting lineup.
When you need to find a specific player, use the Player Search feature on the Add page. Type in the player’s first or last name and you will be taken to a list of potential players. From that ensuing player list you can review the player’s stats, find out if the player is on waivers, is a free agent or if his rights belong to another team.
You may also use the Player Search bar at the top right of the Fantasy Header (to the right of your League Name at the top of the page). Begin by entering a player's name and the Player Search bar will auto-populate with all players containing those letters in his first or last name. Selecting a player from this view will display the player's Player Card, containing quick access to statistics, news, and video highlights.
In order to establish a competitive and balanced NFL.com Fantasy experience, the experts at NFL.com maintain a regularly updated list of players who cannot be dropped from your roster once they have been acquired. Players on this list are still eligible to be benched or traded, but not dropped or put on waivers. This feature promotes a fair game for all fantasy users by preventing actions that could compromise the integrity of the game.