How and When to Set Your Lineup
Roster setting, or deciding which players' scores will count and which will not for a weekly match-up, takes place in the MY TEAM page. A player whose score will count is called a "starter" or in the "starting lineup". To place him there is to "start" him. A player whose score will not count is referred to as "on the bench" or "sat". To place him there is to "sit" him.
Select the gray box to the left of the player bar, then one of the green boxes that appear, to change the player's position in the roster. Team owners may also "drag and drop" the player using the same grey box. Select the yellow SUBMIT button to save all moves. Team owners are allowed to do this as many times as they want until the team or players lock at game time.
You can only start as many players as your league settings allow and only in the positions in which each player is designated.
Lineup Lock Times
Roster spots lock (players become unable to be moved, added, dropped, or traded) for the weekend in one of the following three ways:
- Each player/spot locks at about the individual player's listed kickoff time (default setting)
- All players/spots lock at about the first game's listed kickoff time (custom league option)
- Players/spots do not lock for games
Any player available as a Free Agent within the league will switch over to Waivers at this time. If No Waivers is chosen as a Custom League option, Free Agent Lock Type must then be determined. The options are Yes (player locks at game time) or None.
NFL.com Player Designations
* denotes a custom league option
- Quarterback (QB)
- Running Back (RB)
- Wide Receiver (WR)
- Tight End (TE)
- FLEX (WR/RB)
- FLEX (WR/TE) *
- FLEX (WR/RB/TE) *
- FLEX (QB/WR/RB/TE) *
Defense and Special Teams:
- Kicker (K)
- Team Defense and Special Teams (DEF)
Individual Defensive Players *:
- Defensive Lineman (DL)*
- Linebackers (LB)*
- Defensive Backs (DB)*
- FLEX (DL/LB/DB)*
The FLEX position
Most leagues feature a "flex" slot in the starting lineup. This slot holds players of varying positions, allowing owners to start an additional position player on the roster. The most common and default type of FLEX designation holds either Wide Receivers or Running Backs.
Please note, roster positions may only be added, not removed, after the draft. This promotes fairness and site functionality, as position limits affect draft strategy and removing positions after rosters are filled could invalidate rosters.
Players who are injured will have an Injury designation near their name across the site. The lnjury Report in the Player tab shows official injury reports sortable by team, ownership status, and week. Final injury designations (listed below) are made on game days.
- Inactive (IA) - Players are officially inactive for the current game and will not play
- Out (O) - Not scheduled to play
- Doubtful (D) - Players have approximately a 25% chance of playing
- Questionable (Q) - Players have approximately a 50% chance of playing
- Probable (P) - Players are very likely to start in the upcoming week
The Reserve Slot in Custom Leagues
The RESERVE slot is a Custom League roster position option that allows an injured or suspended player to be kept on a team but not count as a bench spot. Players are eligible for the Reserved slot if they are officially labeled by their NFL team as:
- IR: Injured Reserve
- NON: Non Football Related Injured Reserve
- SUS: Suspended
- PUP: Physically Unable to Perform
- EXE: Exempt
In order for a reserved player to be moved back to the roster, the roster must have a space for him and still be within league-specified roster limits. A reactivated player remaining in the Reserve Slot will prevent his team owner from completing transactions (adding, dropping, and trading) but will not prevent his team from earning fantasy points.