2021 CBSSports.com Fantasy Football Challenge
You can request players while games are in progress, but any player that is already on waivers or free agents whose game is within 5 minutes of the scheduled start time will be locked and unavailable until the first waivers run of the following week. The first waivers run will always be Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, so Wednesday is the earliest day you'd be awarded a player in any week. In addition, if a transaction is submitted including a player on your team that has locked for the week, that transaction will not be available to process until the player has unlocked for the next week.
Ex.: Owner requests Player A on waivers and drops Player B. During waiver process, owner is awarded Player A, and Player B is placed on waivers until the next waiver process.
Ex.: Owner drops a player Tuesday after 4 AM ET. The player dropped is on waivers until the waiver process that runs between 1:00:00 AM ET Thursday and 4:00:00 AM ET Thursday.
Important dates and deadlines for Fantasy Football
The Fantasy Football season follows the 2021 National Football League regular season schedule. The 2021 season runs from September 9, 2021 through January 9, 2022.
Registration and draft dates
Team and league registration is open from April 22, 2021 until October 16, 2021.
- First day for live draft - May 31, 2021
- Last day for live draft - October 3, 2021
Draft scoring deadlines
For your league to score for the entire NFL season schedule, your draft must be complete before 11:59 p.m. PT on September 8, 2021. If your league's draft happens after the deadline, your season will begin scoring after the first game of the season:
|League type||Post-deadline season start dates|
|Head-to-Head||Scoring begins the following Fantasy week|
|Points Only||Scoring begins the day after your draft is completed|
- The trade deadline for all 2021 Public Prize and Public Free Leagues is November 20, at 11:59 p.m. PT.
- Private Leagues may have a different deadline based on league configuration.
NFL Draft 2020 - How to Watch, Mock Drafts, Schedule & More | NFL Network
NFL Mock Draft Live
Path to the Draft
DJ's Mock Draft
NFL Draft Kickoff
Draft Red Carpet
The 2021 Draft is coming to Cleveland on April 29, and the NFL Network is here for it. In addition to live coverage of the event, NFL Network also has fans covered with the most comprehensive coverage of expert analysis and predictions for the Draft, all week long.
College football's best set their sights on a lifelong dream. The NFL Draft is brought to you live on NFL Network with exclusive coverage of all 7 rounds. We go behind the scenes and inside the war rooms to bring you an all access pass to the NFL Draft.
With the 2020 NFL Draft less than a month away, NFL Network's journey to the draft continues with the return of Path to the Draft and NFL Mock Draft Live.
Path to the Draft provides in-depth analysis of all the top prospects, the latest news reports and more leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft on April 29-May 1. Led by NFL Network analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks, and host Rhett Lewis,the 30-minute show also delves into all 32 NFL teams' needs, breaks down which players can help each team, and discusses where in the draft teams can select the players to help them next season.
Additionally, NFL Mock Draft Live is airing on NFL Network, with Jeremiah, Brooks and host Colleen Wolfe. Each edition of NFL Mock Draft Live releases and debates a new Mock Draft from NFL Network's team of analysts and experts, as well as unveils draft sleepers, offers NFL player comparisons and provides the best Fantasy Football team fits.
NFL.com/draft serves as NFL.com's home for the 2020 NFL Draft, providing comprehensive coverage including the latest Mock Drafts, positional rankings and news stories surrounding the top prospects. For additional coverage, follow @NFLDraft on Twitter.
Recap of the 2020 NFL Draft:
The unique presentation of the 2020 NFL Draft established new all-time highs for media consumption in every category. With over 600 camera feeds from homes across the United States, all telecasts of the 2020 NFL Draft reached more than 55 million total viewers across the three-day event. All seven rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft were presented across ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network – the second straight year that The Walt Disney Company partnered with the National Football League to offer a multi-network presentation of the entire Draft.
"I couldn't be more proud of the efforts and collaboration of our clubs, league personnel, and our partners to conduct an efficient Draft and share an unforgettable experience with millions of fans during these uncertain times," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "This Draft is the latest chapter in the NFL's storied history of lifting the spirit of America and unifying people. In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of so many talented young men, we were pleased that this unique Draft helped shine a light on today's true heroes – the healthcare workers, first responders, and countless others on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19. We are also grateful to all those who contributed to the NFL family's fundraising efforts."
"This year's NFL Draft clearly took on a much greater meaning and it's especially gratifying for ESPN to have played a role in presenting this unique event to a record number of NFL fans while supporting the league's efforts to give back," said ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro. "The success of this year's Draft is a testament to the unprecedented collaboration across the NFL, ESPN, and The Walt Disney Co. in the midst of such a challenging time."
With over 600 camera feeds in the homes of everyone from the Commissioner, more than 85 Draft prospects, 32 NFL Head Coaches, 32 NFL General Managers, Fans, College Football Coaches and many others, the 2020 NFL Draft offered unprecedented access to deliver the best possible experience for fans.
In addition to the telecast of the 2020 NFL Draft, Draft-A-Thon LIVE, a massive fundraising campaign aimed at raising funds for COVID-19 relief efforts, saw an average of over 5.4 million daily viewers. Draft-A-Thon LIVE was presented all three days of the 2020 NFL Draft and was available through NFL digital properties across devices and a number of digital platforms, including: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, TikTok, Reddit, TuneIn, Yahoo! Sports and more. Celebrities such as Kevin Hart, Blake Shelton, Jeff Daniels, DJ Khaled, Ninja, and Carli Lloyd joined dozens of current NFL players and Legends to participate in Draft-A-Thon LIVE.
In addition to raising funds, Draft-A-Thon LIVE paid tribute to healthcare workers, first responders, and others on the front lines of the battle with COVID-19. Over the course of April and May, the NFL family raised more than $100 million in COVID-19 relief.
When should you have your fantasy football draft in 2020?
When is the right time to have your fantasy football draft in 2020?
Usually, we end up using the third NFL preseason game as the benchmark for when it’s a good time to start drafting in fantasy football. The reason for this is starters actually play a good bit in the third preseason game. Since the fourth preseason game is all about filling out the 53-man roster, you can feel confident about having a draft, knowing no one you’ll take will get hurt.
But how do you go about it when there are no preseason games? Fortunately, The Fantasy Footballers have your back. They know exactly what to do to go about scheduling a draft ahead of what should be the strangest NFL season out of lifetimes, as we are still in the midst of the age of the coronavirus.
Check out The Fantasy Footballers for all their advice.
Frankly, you’re going to want to wait as long as possible before having your draft. The 2020 NFL season is set to kickoff on Thursday, Sept. 10, as the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs will host the Houston Texans in primetime. That might be the latest date possible for you to hold your fantasy draft. NFL Week 1 action will be out in full force on Sunday, Sept. 13.
How late should you wait to have your 2020 fantasy football draft?
Given that you’ll probably have Labor Day off from work, perhaps anytime Labor Weekend would be in your best interest? Really, anytime in the final days of August to the first week or two of September, you’ll probably be in good shape to hold you fantasy draft with your friends. Schedule a draft at your convenience and go on about your lives as best as you can these days.
Will players get hurt during training camp? Of course, they will. This is football and it’s a game of attrition. Not all injuries will be removed from the game in the lead-up to the season beginning. The good news is not having any preseason games will ensure us of a great crop of players readily available to be drafted than ever before, as at least one start gets hurt in the preseason annually.
The other big thing to keep an eye on is when the opt-out date is. Drafting any time before that would be foolish because you don’t want to take someone with a precious draft pick and put him on your team to not play. This is why you’ll want to do your draft sometime between Labor Day Weekend and the first night of NFL action on Thursday, Sept. 10 this year. Plan accordingly.
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Frequently Asked Question
What is the difference between a Standard draft and a Salary Cap draft?
NFL.com now offers both Standard and Salary Cap drafts! A Standard draft follows a "snake" drafting order. This means that once each team makes a pick, the draft order is reversed in the next round. Each team drafts a player when they are on the clock. In a Salary Cap draft, players are nominated in a "linear" order. This means that nomination order never reverses but always remain the same.
In a Salary Cap draft, players are nominated and teams can make an offer on that player. Each team has a budget that they can spend to sign nominated players. The team with the highest offer signs the player and the amount they offered is deducted from their budget.
NFL.com offers both NFL-Managed Standard and Salary Cap leagues as well as custom Standard and Salary Cap leagues!
Other than a Live Online Draft, are there additional draft options?
We understand that a Live Online draft may not be for everyone. NFL.com also offers Autopick and Offline drafts to ensure every fantasy manager can draft his or her preferred way.
An Autopick Draft operates based on NFL.com Fantasy experts default rankings or a team manager's established pre-rankings of players. This draft type is an excellent choice for both beginners in the fantasy game as well as leagues which can't agree upon a live draft time. In an autopick draft, players are assigned to your team automatically: the system helps you fill your roster either by going strictly off your preset player rankings or by selecting the best available player at an open position of need on your roster.
An Offline Draft is a draft type in which the League's teams draft their players separately from NFL.com. Whether the draft is held in a conference room, restaurant, basement, backyard, on the phone or by e-mail, the Offline Draft is for users who choose not to use the free NFL.com draft application. The Commissioner will be responsible for entering draft results via the "Submit Offline Draft Results" tool in the Draft Management section of Commissioner Tools.
How do I know my league's draft date and time?
When you join or create your league, you are able to view or select your league's draft type, date and time. You can also confirm your league's draft settings via the Settings link on your League homepage. For Live Drafts, your league homepage will display a "Drafting Now" graphic and link 30 minutes prior to your draft. Once you enter your live draft, the countdown clock will update you on the draft status and when you are on the clock.
How do I know my league's draft order?
Your draft order is set prior to the draft according to league settings. In NFL-Managed leagues, the draft order is randomized and you will discover your draft order once you log in to the Live Draft client. In Custom leagues, your draft order will either be randomized or set by your Commissioner.
What happens if I can't make my live draft?
If you are unable to attend your league's scheduled live draft, don't worry. Your team will still be drafted according to the Pre-Draft Rankings you specify or the default NFL player rankings. To customize your Pre-Draft rankings, visit the Pre-Draft Rankings tool from your My Team page prior to your league's draft.
How can I practice a live draft?
NFL.com Fantasy Football offers Mock Drafts from June through September to practice your Live Draft skills. NFL.com Mock Drafts will return next season.
How can I test if my computer supports the NFL.com live draft client?
Test the Draft Client by clicking here.
How can I prepare for my draft?
NFL.com is a great source of fantasy football information, including breaking news updates, video highlights, player rankings and draft predictions. Michael Fabiano and the NFL.com team make sure to always keep you in the know and ahead of the competition. Visit https://www.nfl.com/fantasy to get your draft research started today.
Where can I find more information?
Visit the NFL.com Fantasy Help section - Live Draft Application for additional information about drafting your team.
2021 Fantasy football draft kit: Rankings, cheat sheets, mock drafts, sleepers and analysis
The fantasy football season begins Thursday, when the Dallas Cowboys take on the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Whether you play in a casual re-draft league or a more serious deep dynasty format, a traditional or a modified scoring format, with your friends and family or with your co-workers, we know that no two leagues are alike.
With that in mind, this will serve as a one-stop shop for all of our best material to ensure you make the best fantasy football picks you can in every draft you're in: rankings and cheat sheets for PPR and non-PPR, mock drafts for various league types, sleepers and busts for this season, and plenty of helpful information and tips from our expert team of fantasy football analysts.
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Whether you have been doing this for years or are a fantasy first-timer, we have everything you need to help you draft a great team and start the season with a shot at a championship.
Below you'll find all of our best content as we lead up to the start of the NFL season!
Fantasy football cheat sheets, mock drafts, projections
Get all of our best fantasy intel, compiled on a printable cheat sheet to bring with you to your fantasy football drafts.
Cheat Sheet Central
A collection of downloadable, printable cheat sheets for the 2021 fantasy football season, including PPR, non-PPR, superflex and dynasty/keeper leagues. Perfect for your drafts.
10-team, PPR (5/18) | 10-team, 1/2 PPR (6/24) | 10-team, PPR (7/20)
12-team, PPR (7/30) | 12-team, non-PPR (8/6) | 10-team, 1/2-PPR (8/13)
10-team, 2-QB (8/20) | 12-team, 1/2-PPR (8/27) | 8-team, PPR (9/2)
12-team, PPR with the Fantasy Focus crew (9/1)
Mike Clay's projected output for players at every fantasy position, sortable by specific category.
Depth charts:Offense | Defense
These rankings represent the consensus among our fantasy football analysts for the 2021 season. Each analyst maintains their personal ranking for the top 25 quarterbacks, 50 running backs, 50 wire receivers, 25 tight ends, 25 kickers and 25 defense/special teams units. The players are then ranked by the average of those rankings. Each position can also be sorted by any individual analyst's rankings.
Eric Karabell's tiered rankings (PPR):Running backs | Wide receivers
Matthew Berry:PPR Top 200
Mike Clay:The 192 players who should be drafted
Tristan H. Cockcroft:Top 200 | Superflex/2-QB Top 200
Clay's top 240
Clay's top 80 rookies
IDP rankings and content
Clay, Cockcroft and McCormick:Top 50 DLs, LBs and DBs
IDP breakouts and sleepers for 2021
Defensive players ready to take a big step and those who could provide surprising value.
Custom dollar value generator
Input your league's scoring system and roster requirements to generate values for your fantasy football auction. Custom Dollar Value Generator
Fantasy football advice and strategy
Best picks from each draft slot
Tristan H. Cockcroft helps you get ready for your draft -- regardless of when you pick -- by planning ahead for Rounds 1 and 2.
Mike Clay's Ultimate Draft Board
Things never go as planned in drafts, but Mike lists his ideal picks in each round this year and his overall draft strategy.
Draft-Day Manifesto: 7 habits of highly effective drafters
Matthew Berry highlights the most common traits of successful fantasy managers on draft day.
Mike Clay's Fantasy Football Playbook: How to draft and play like an expert
Whether you're new to fantasy or a seasoned vet who plays in a dynasty league, there's something here for you.
In which leagues is a zero-RB strategy most viable?
You hear talk of taking this approach, but how successful are those who employ it?
Why D/ST has become the mandatory final pick in fantasy football drafts
For years, most fantasy veterans have strongly recommended spending your final pick on a kicker. What has changed to suggest a different approach?
Lists and insight
Matthew Berry's 100 facts
Matthew drops knowledge you should be aware of in advance of the 2021 season.
Matt Bowen's 10 favorite draft-day targets
Matt breaks down the players he's highest on at different stages of the draft.
Adam Schefter's cheat sheet
Adam's favorite values in the early, middle and late rounds.
Eric Karabell's 'Do Draft' list
Eric lists players who are being undervalued in drafts and, thus, keep winding up on his rosters.
Eric Karabell's 'Do Not Draft' list
This is all about value. Eric highlights players being drafted way too soon.
Love/Hate for 2021
It's Matthew Berry's must-read column of the preseason, highlighting his most undervalued and overvalued players in drafts.
Field's Fantasy Favorites for 2021
They aren't necessarily highly ranked nor are they sleepers. Just players Field Yates wants on as many of his fantasy teams as possible.
Van Jefferson, Sam Darnold among deep fantasy football sleepers for 2021
Tristan H. Cockcroft lists his favorite off-the-radar options for deeper leagues this season.
NFL Nation training camp mailbag
No one is more locked in on all 32 teams than our NFL Nation reporters. Get the latest news and camp insight.
Sleepers, busts, breakouts for 2021
Our analysts' picks to overachieve, underachieve and emerge.
Preseason weekend wrap: Rookie QB ranks, Lindsay, Gaskin, and more
Eric Karabell provides his initial read on the rookies, as well as early usage trends in backfields around the league.
Mike Clay's TD regression alert for 2021
Players who will score more TDs | Players who will score fewer TDs
2021 versions of last year's breakouts
Mike Clay compares this year's top candidates to break out to those who did it in 2020.
Preseason Shadow Report: WR upgrades and downgrades
Mike Clay highlights the easiest and toughest schedules for WRs this season.
Breaking down the most contentious backfield battles
Matt Bowen breaks down the backfields with the most competition for touches.
Backup RB rankings
Mike Clay ranks the top backups who could flourish if opportunity presents itself.
Top 10 veteran wide receivers on new teams in 2021
Matt Bowen explains which wideouts in new places will benefit from new schemes.
Ranking the best 3-WR groups for fantasy football in 2021
Mike Clay breaks down which fantasy wideouts to upgrade or downgrade, based on frequency of teams' 3-wide sets.
Eric Karabell's divisional storylines to watch
AFC East | AFC North | AFC South | AFC West
NFC East | NFC North | NFC South | NFC West
Individual player analysis
Roundtable: Varying levels of confidence in Saquon Barkley
A combination of NFL reporters and fantasy analysts give their expectations on the Giants' RB in his return to action.
Is Kyle Pitts the exception to the 'Don't draft rookie TEs' rule?
Tristan H. Cockcroft delves into how history has treated rookie TEs and how to value the Falcons rookie.
Is Jalen Hurts the next to use his legs to finish as a top-10 QB?
Hurts showed flashes as a rookie. Eric Karabell takes a closer look at Philadelphia's versatile quarterback.
Will Ezekiel Elliott bounce back from his disappointing 2020?
Matt Bowen explains whether there is reason for optimism for the Cowboys' star.
Is Logan Thomas a one-hit wonder or a legit TE1?
Mike Clay explains whether Thomas can match his impressive production from last season.
How Julio Jones trade affects Titans and Falcons
Mike Clay pores over the ramifications of Jones moving to the Titans.
Should we be concerned about regression for Josh Allen in 2021?
Tristan H. Cockcroft details what to expect from the Bills' quarterback after a breakout 2020.
The new reality for Odell Beckham Jr.'s fantasy value
What can fantasy managers expect from OBJ in 2021? Matt Bowen digs in.
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When does fantasy football start?
Having started the NFL preseason, the regular season and the start of Fantasy Football season is just around the corner.
Probably the most important time in fantasy football comes with the draft day. All the players which teams are drafted on fantasy draft day will go through positive and negative feelings every week for the next couple of months.
Fantasy football starts at the same time week 1 of normal season starts. Therefore, players start toscore with the first game of regular season, in this case, September 9, 2021, when Tampa Bay Buccaneers face Dallas Cowboys.
When is the best time to draft a Fantasy team?
You can draft your team as early as you want. Early drafters really put their NFL knowledge to the to test. They also decide to draft early because they economically benefit by going against what most people do, which is drafting late.
Also, another benefit if drafting early is that you won’t have to stream the position on a week-to-week basis.
However, it is recommended to draft your team as late as possible for a very simple reason. When you draft early you increase risk by adding a component of “luck” into the game which is really not needed. Lots of players get injured during preseason and even the best NFL players can’t prevent “spraining an ankle”. So if you want to avoidinjury risks during training session it’s better to pull it off for as long as possible.
Nevertheless, players should take into account that what they see of players during preseason games is not really trustworthy criteria to build your team, most of the players are slow during training as they are still getting used to the return to activity.
No drafts will be accepted if they go over the set deadline. As a general rule, the best time to draft a fantasy team is early September.