Fancy fantasy football: Ben Roethlisberger stat correction and waivers

      October 11, 2012 @ 12:35:39 PDT


Did the statistical correction of the Week 5 scoring play for Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall - originally ruled a lateral and, thus, a 13-yard rush for a touchdown - alter an outcome in your league? Was it yours?

Elias Sports Bureau revised the scoring of that pseudo-swing pass: They credited Mendenhall with a reception and 13 yards receiving and subtracted a rushing attempt and 13 ground yards.

Of course, Ben Roethlisberger also received credit for 13 yards passing and a scoring toss. If a change is impacting fantasy leagues, it's that one.

Pittsburgh Pirates RB Rashard Mendenhall
Mendenhall scores, by land or by air

NFL.com issued a news release on the adjustment. Big Ben's Week 5 fantasy output gained 4.52 points in fantasy games hosted by the league's official site - as well as in many other leagues, since 4 points per touchdown pass is a pretty common scoring rule.

The news release also reported that the results of approximately 20,000 head-to-head matchups on NFL.com were affected. Wow. How many others woke up on Thursday morning and found out that they'd won or lost in Week 5, when, two days ago, they were on the opposite end?

Tough cookies. As long as the official statistician of the league gets it right, no one has been wronged.

That is, of course, unless your league's waiver order is dependent on the standings, the past week's outcomes or both and your claims deadline falls before Thursday. (Most do, nowadays, especially because there's a Thursday night game in almost every week of the season). This scenario presents the real (relative) travesty.

Waivers could be a nightmare for commishes to untangle. It may be more difficult if a number of first-come, first-served transactions have occurred since waivers processed.

What's more: There may be (a lot of?) leagues in which the commissioner deems the effects of the scoring change too complicated to undo, unlikely to have consequences for waivers, not worth the time to correct or some combination of those excuses.

I hope that's not the case in your leagues. Rarely do statistical corrections cause such a disturbance, but they do happen.

The possibility of such circumstances in the future should be enough to convince anyone who runs a league in which the standings or previous week's results impact the waiver order to move the processing day back to Thursday, at least, if it's ordinarily earlier in the week.

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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