In fantasy football, you are the Owner, General Manager and Coach of your team. Due to this, you need to know how the game affects the players on your roster and how to maximize their performance. The subjects below explain how the players on your roster are impacted by the rules of fantasy football.
Fantasy points are generated from the action on the field. When a player on your team catches a touchdown, kicks a field goal or records a sack, your fantasy team earns points for the week (dependent on league scoring settings). The sum of your team’s starting players’ points combine to compete against the total for your opponent's team for the week.
Positions are set for all players in advance of the season. If a player is listed on NFL.com as a Quarterback, he is eligible to be started on your fantasy team as a quarterback. The same is true for all other positions on your fantasy roster with the only exception being the Flex positions (dependent on league settings). In the Flex positions, you may start a player that is either a wide receiver or a running back (WR/RB) or a wide receiver or tight end (WR/TE). You may not start a player at a position for which he is not eligible (i.e. you may not start a quarterback as a wide receiver).
NFL coaching staffs are required to provide an injury report that is updated throughout the week. On these reports, players are listed as:
- Out – Not scheduled to play
- Doubtful – Players have approximately a 25% chance of playing
- Questionable – Players have approximately a 50% chance of playing
- Probable – Players are very likely to start in the upcoming week
Each week, NFL.com relays the official injury report information for every player in the NFL. With this information, Fantasy owners can make the best decisions on which players to start each week. Final injury designations are made on game days, where players are listed as either Active (eligible to play) or Inactive (will not play) for the game.
You can navigate to the latest injury report from the "Players" tab at the top of the screen. Once on that page, you will see the injured player, the team owner of that player, when they were injured, what type of injury, their latest practice status and upcoming game status.
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 placed on waivers. This feature promotes a fair game for all fantasy users by preventing actions that could compromise the integrity of the game.
You can navigate to the undroppable players list from the "Players" tab at the top of the page.
This feature can be disabled in the Custom League settings by the League Manager.
Occasionally the official statistics from a given game are reviewed by the NFL and changed to accurately reflect what happened on the field of play. In those circumstances, the scoring changes to those plays affect the point totals of those fantasy players involved.
For example, if your team Defense is initially listed as having recorded a sack in a game, but, after further review, it is determined that the play was actually just a tackle behind the line of scrimmage, then your team would no longer get the fantasy points initially awarded for that sack. Those points would be removed from your point total for the week when the scoring correction is processed.
You can navigate to see the latest scoring corrections page by clicking on the "Players" tab at the top of the page and clicking "Stat Corrections."