Creating & Reactivating Leagues

Custom Leagues are leagues in which an user called the Commissioner creates, populates, and manages a fantasy league. The Commissioner is responsible for making decisions regarding divisions, schedules, draft, roster, scoring, transaction, playoff-seeding, and fair-play settings for the entirety of the season. The Commissioner creates content in the form of League Stories and Polls and determines who else in the league has permission to do the same. Commissioners must be the manager of a team in the league.

League Creation and Initial Customization

To create a new Custom League on the desktop site:

  1. Visit and select "Start A Free League."
  2. Sign in with your NFL username and password.
  3. Enter the league name and password team managers will use to join and an optional custom URL of 20 characters or less.
  4. Select your draft preferences: format, time per pick, type, date, and draft order.
  5. Select your league settings: teams, divisions, weeks per playoff matchup, playoffs, and publicness.
  6. Customize more league settings, like waiver periods and max adds, and scoring settings. These are both optional.
  7. Enter your team name and choose time zone.
  8. Select "Create League."

To create a new Custom League in the mobile app:

  1. Select "Create a League" upon opening the app.
  2. Sign in with your NFL username and password.
  3. Fill out league name, password, and other information.
  4. Select  "Create League."

To change any settings after league creation, navigate to the desktop site's MANAGE tab. Note that some league settings are only customizable during specific parts of the season.

Some league settings can be managed in the mobile app. Select the league from the homepage, then press "League" in the bottom right. Press the "League Rules" button to edit.

League Reactivation

Select ACTIVATE LEAGUE in the Fantasy game landing page to get to the page where you may reactivate custom leagues from previous years. All previous team managers will be sent a notification email. Commissioners are unable to edit the league's team managers before they activate. NFL-Managed Leagues do not carry over from year to year.

User-Selected Start-of-Season

Custom Leagues may begin a fantasy season up to Week 6 of the regular season and choose to have the season "count" retroactively or not. By default, a league would start the first regular season week after it drafts. Weeks prior to the draft, should the league decide that they count, are scored with the team that was drafted, in the order that it was drafted. Post-Draft moves would not count retroactively.

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