In order to provide a better user experience, we are making a few changes to our rules for all sports surrounding traded players. These changes will provide a cleaner, better, overall playing experience when trades (players changing teams) do occur.

Previous Traded Player Policy

Up to this point any player that has been traded or changed teams after contests for a Draft Group had become available remained listed on their old team and disabled, meaning they did not accumulate any fantasy points.

We understand this policy can sometimes be confusing and lead to a poor playing experience, which is why we have updated it.

New Traded Player Policy

Our new traded player policy aims to give users a chance to draft a traded player and accumulate fantasy points. Below we have listed out the new traded player scenarios:

1. A traded player’s new and old team are both in the contest
a. We will change the player’s team.  He will be eligible to accrue fantasy points.

i. Example: David Wright has been traded from the Mets to the Brewers. Both teams play on 4/11. The Mets play at 7PM and the Brewers play at 8PM. The “All Day” Draft Group has all MLB games that day, from 7PM to 9PM. Since both the Mets (old) and Brewers (new) are in the same Draft Group, David Wright will be eligible to score fantasy points for the Brewers.

2. A traded player’s old team is in the contest but his new team is not

a. We will not change the player’s team.  He will remain listed on his old team and will not be eligible to accrue fantasy points.
b. Notification features will appear on site to let users know this player is not eligible to accrue fantasy points.

i. Example: David Wright has been traded from the Mets to the Brewers. Both teams play on 4/11. The Mets play at 7PM and the Brewers play at 8PM. The 7PM Turbo Draft Group only includes games that start at 7PM. Therefore, the Mets are in this Draft Group and the Brewers are not. Since the Brewers are not in this Draft Group, David Wright will be listed on the Mets and will be ineligible to accumulate fantasy points in this Draft Group.

3. A traded player’s old team is not in the contest but his new team is

a. We will not add players to a live player pool because of a trade.
b. Notification features will appear on site to let users know this player is not eligible to accrue fantasy points.

i. Example: David Wright has been traded from the Mets to the Brewers. Both teams play on 4/11. The Mets play at 7PM and the Brewers play at 8PM. The 8PM Turbo Draft Group only includes games that start at 8PM. Therefore, the Mets are not in this Draft Group and the Brewers are. Wright’s original team was the Mets, so he is not in the player pool for this Draft Group. We will not add players to a live Draft Group. David Wright will not be an option to be drafted in this Draft Group.

Why The Change?

It’s all about making it a better experience when drafting a lineup. We listened to your feedback and the overwhelming response was to allow traded players to accumulate fantasy points when the situation allowed. This will lead to less confusion, less zeros in your lineup, and potentially making the big blockbuster trade of the day an option to be drafted into your lineup!

We are constantly looking to improve our product. If you have any questions/comments/concerns please feel free to reach out to support@draftkings.com.