Official rules for Daily Fantasy NBA contests
Have questions about Daily Fantasy Basketball contests? Get the answers by reviewing our Official Rules.
For each contest, an entrant will have a set salary cap to draft real-world athletes into an entrant’s lineup. The salary cap for each contest will be displayed on the contest entry page. 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).
Contests marked as "Multi-entry" allow for multiple entries per entrant up to the maximum number of entries allowed per entrant as stated in the specific contest details. You can access the contest details by clicking on that specific contest listed in the Contest Lobby for more information (e.g. contest start time, # of entries, entry fee, prize pool, payouts, entrants, etc.). In all other cases and if a contest is not specifically marked as "Multi-entry", only one entry per entrant is allowed per contest.
Multi-game contests: 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.
Single-game contests: All entrants must draft at least one athlete to their lineups from both teams. No entrant may have a roster consisting entirely of players from the same real-world team.
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.
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 & Cancellations
Postponements and cancellations are handled differently by sport.
For NBA 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 on the same day as originally scheduled.
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 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 NBA 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 the following day or any time after will result in no additional points being awarded to athletes in the contest.
For all sports and contests, Yahoo will determine position eligibility for any athlete at its sole discretion.
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.
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, 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.
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.