In light of the NFL games affected by COVID-19, please see below for details on how ESPN Fantasy Football is going to handle things this season. Due to the unpredictable nature of the virus and its far-reaching effects, the breakdown below may change. The following information is correct as of week 12. Future updates will be made as necessary.
Specifically for the Ravens Steelers game, which has been postponed to Tuesday night, stats for week 12 fantasy matchups will be counted, and weekly waivers before week 13 will be delayed by one day.
Here are the guidelines on how we treat each postponed NFL game on a case-by-case basis:
1. If a game is played on Tuesday, we will extend the current matchup period, which would otherwise have ended on Monday, to include the additional game.
2. In the event of an extended matchup period, weekly waivers will be delayed by one day. (a) One-day exemptions starting on Tuesday will instead begin on Wednesday and players will be exempted from the exemptions on Thursday. (b) For leagues that use a two-day exemption, players will be excluded from the exemption on Friday, etc. For any exemption that goes beyond a scheduled game (e.g. Thursday night football), players will be considered conditional Failure selected will be banned for their playing time and any waiver that depends on this conditional release will fail. (This won’t be a problem in week 13 as the Cowboys Ravens game is being postponed to Monday.)
3. If a game is postponed to a later bye week and the current week is reassigned as a team’s bye week, that week will also be treated as bye in the fantasy schedule. This happened in week 4 with the Titans and the Steelers.
4. If a game is not postponed for the originally scheduled matchup period and the NFL does not reassign the current week as a team’s bye week, players in both affected teams will be marked “Out” in the game and will only be eligible for those teams Week to be placed in the IR slot. These players are also not subject to a line-up ban.
5. Custom League Managers can edit the number of IR slots available in their Leagues using the “Edit Roster Settings” feature on the LM Tools (League Manager Tools) tab.
How this will appear in-game (on desktop and in the app)
• When the NFL announces that a game is being postponed to Tuesday, essentially extending the week (as it did in Week 12 for the Ravens and Steelers), it will show the new scheduled day and time, and this will is the new blocking period for these players.
• If the NFL announces a new date for the postponed game before Monday night and the game is no longer considered part of that week, it will be deemed “postponed” or “PPD” or “bye” as appropriate. In Week 4, Titans and Steelers players had “Bye” status once their game was postponed to Week 7. This is specific to the individual teams involved. A bye week may not be available to both teams if one has already said goodbye.
• Game time will be displayed next to affected players as Postponed or PPD until either (1) the game is postponed within that week (in which case the updated time is displayed) or (2) the week is set as the team’s new Bye Week (In this case, goodbye is displayed). If the league announces a make-up date beyond the current week or there is no specific announcement for the rescheduling, the game time will still be displayed as a PPD.
• Regardless of whether bye or PPD is displayed, these players will not be banned from their originally scheduled playing time and can be moved freely from the line-ups.
• Players whose game has been postponed will not receive an Out (O) designation until the NFL has announced that (1) the game will not be played within the (possibly extended) matchup period and (2) the affected teams will Don’t let them assign your bye weeks to the current period.
• If a player is placed on the reserve / COVID-19 list of the NFL, he is labeled “out” and can switch to an IR slot.
• If you are playing in a custom league, please note that the league manager can edit waiver periods, enforce trades and, if necessary, make changes to rosters and points.