In an effort to prevent collusion among owners, and to ensure fair competition, the “NFL.com Approval” trade approval process is used for NFL-Managed Ultimate Experience leagues.
After a trade is officially accepted on the desktop site or within the app, it is sent to a queue for NFL Fantasy analysts to review. If a trade is deemed to not appear to be collusive, or if it does not appear to shift the power balance of the league in a way that impedes fair play, it will be approved. If a trade is deemed collusive or unfair for the league, it will be rejected. These decisions are at the sole discretion of those at NFL Digital who are tasked with trade review. Upon approval of a trade by NFL.com, the trade will immediately be reflected on the team rosters of the two teams involved in the trade.
Note that any player(s) acquired via trade are placed on a team’s bench and it is the responsibility of the user to place the player(s) in their weekly starting lineup. NFL.com does not make starting lineup decisions for individual teams or users.
If you make a trade offer, be sure to monitor the status of that offer (link on the My Team page) as the weekly lineup deadline approaches, to ensure that acceptance of that trade does not cause your team to have an illegal lineup for the current week's games. NFL.com is not responsible for a team not being awarded the points from a player acquired in a trade if that player was not placed in the team’s starting lineup prior to rosters locking for the week.
NFL Digital Care takes this process seriously. We aim to be fair and to root out collusion, but we must also sometimes allow our users to be free to take big risks. Good fantasy players realize that the analysis of a trade can change from moment to moment, so if you feel a trade has been unduly rejected, please feel free to submit again.