Official Rules for Daily Fantasy NFL Contests

Have questions about Daily Fantasy Football contests? Get the answers by reviewing our Official Rules.

Contest Rules

For each contest, an entrant will have a set $200 salary cap to draft real-world athletes into an entrant’s lineup. Athlete salaries will not change once Yahoo has added a contest to our Contest Lobby. The objective of each contest is to score the highest amount of points based on the performance of athletes in your lineup.

Contests marked as "Guaranteed" will always run (unless for reasons stated in the Cancellation Policy found in the Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy Terms of Service), and predetermined prizes will be paid regardless of the number of entrants, or whether the contest has filled with the required number of entrants.

Contests not marked as "Guaranteed" will only run if the required number of entrants has been reached before the start of the contest. If the required number of entrants for non-guaranteed contests has not been reached, the contest will be canceled, and any entry fees for that contest will be refunded back to the entrants (e.g. If a 100-person contest only has only 99 entrants by the time the contest starts, and that contest is not marked as “Guaranteed”, that contest will cancel and all 99 entrants will be refunded their entry fee).

Lineups

All entrants must draft athletes for their lineups from at least three (3) different teams. Additionally, no entrant may have more than six (6) players from the same real-world team in a lineup.

Deadlines

Contests may no longer be entered once the scheduled game time of the first game from which athletes can be selected for teams in that contest has passed (e.g. entries for a contest will close at 10:00 AM PT if the first game in that contest has a scheduled game time of 10:00 AM PT).

Lineup edits are permitted for any athlete in your lineup before that particular athlete's scheduled game time, but only if that athlete is being swapped for another athlete whose scheduled game time has also not yet passed.

Note: For the Yahoo Cup, you can join a weekly contest after it starts. You are eligible to fill out a lineup with players whose games have not started as long as there are two or more games remaining in the series.

Canceling Entries

Entrants may cancel entries under certain conditions by clicking on the "Edit Entry" button under the "My Contest" section of the site, then clicking on the "Cancel contest entry" link at the bottom of the Lineup page.

Entrants may cancel an entry for any non-head-to-head (H2H) contest that is unfilled before the contest starts, or for any filled non-H2H contest up to 15 minutes of contest start.

No entries may be canceled for matched H2H contests.

Postponements & Cancelations

Postponements and cancellations are handled differently by sport.

For NFL contests, if any scheduled game is postponed or canceled, no points will be awarded to athletes in the contest who are participating in the postponed or canceled game unless the game is postponed and played no later than Wednesday of that week.

Any game that is played the following day or any time after will result in no points being awarded to athletes in the contest.

Suspensions

Suspensions are handled differently by sport.

A game will be considered suspended if play has begun, but will resume at a later date.

For all sports, any statistics accumulated within the contest period and up to the point of suspension will be included in the contest. For NFL contests, if any scheduled game is suspended within the contest period, any statistics accumulated within the contest period and up to the point of suspension will be included in the contest.

Any game that resumes play following a suspension any time after will result in no additional points being awarded to athletes in the contest unless the game is postponed and played no later than Wednesday of that week.

Position Eligibility

For all sports and contests, Yahoo will determine position eligibility for any athlete at its sole discretion.

Traded Athletes

When an athlete is traded to another team after a contest has been created that contains that athlete, the treatment will vary depending on the situation.

If players from an athlete’s previous team and new team are both eligible for selection in the contest, points will be awarded to that athlete in the contest, if he plays for his new team.

However, if players from an athlete’s previous team are eligible for selection in the contest, but players from his new team are not, no points will be awarded to that athlete in the contest.

Similarly, if players from an athlete’s previous team are not eligible for selection in the contest, but players from his new team are, no points will be awarded to that athlete in the contest.

Scoring Revisions & Corrections

Final box scores sent by our data provider at the conclusion of the slate's games will be the basis for calculating all scoring and results of each contest. Please note that live scoring and any accumulated statistics during a contest may ultimately differ from the final box score.

On occasion, box scores may be revised and resent by our data provider after the final box scores have already been released. Should this occur, contest scoring and results will not be revised.

A correction will be treated differently from a scoring revision. There are instances where a correction must be made, even after contests and payments have settled, due to various technical issues that may have affected contest scoring and results, or the settlement process itself.

Yahoo will determine, at its sole discretion, whether any corrections need to be made including whether settlements will be adjusted due to the corrections.

Contest Settlement & Payments

We will attempt to settle contests as quickly as possible, but this process may take longer depending on when the final box score is received.

Once a contest has settled, payments will be made to prize winners (subject to verification) shortly after, typically by the next day.

Prizes

All prizes offered are established and made known to contest entrants in advance of each contest and are listed on each respective contest page.

In the event of a tie for a cash prize, Yahoo will combine the winning prizes and evenly distribute the prizes to the tied entrants.

For example, if three participants tie for 1st place, with 1st place winning $100, 2nd place winning $50, and 3rd place winning $30, each of the tied entrants will receive $60.

In the event of a tie for a non-cash prize where the next tier or prize(s) is different, the following tiebreakers will be used:

  • 1st tiebreaker: team with most total touchdowns

  • 2nd tiebreaker: team with most rushing yards

  • 3rd tiebreaker: team with most receiving yards

  • 4th tiebreaker: team with most passing yards     

If a tie still remains after the 4th tiebreaker, there will be a tiebreaker playoff contest between the tied Players to determine the winner of the prize. All specifics of the tiebreaker playoff contest will be solely determined by Yahoo. 

Additional Terms and Conditions

Each contest is governed by Yahoo Sports Paid Fantasy Terms of Service. For additional terms and rules, including rules regarding eligibility for each contest, please see the Terms of Service.