If you have Arian Foster on your fantasy roster, you probably threw something at your computer after his fourth quarter fumble against Cincinnati last week. In which case it could be some consolation to you that the NFL told the Texans that it actually wasn’t a fumble at all. That would mean an extra couple of points for Foster in most leagues.
Certainly scoring changes are nothing new to fantasy owners, but this isn’t like losing two points in Week 4 when you still have plenty of time to make things up. Every score is magnified this late in the season. And we’re willing to bet that a ruling reversal like this is not only going to affect fantasy teams, but we have a sneaking suspicion that it just might affect playoff matchups in some leagues.
Many Foster owners must be wondering what the deal is today. To start with, there should be some kind of statute of limitations on scoring changes. How about the Wednesday following any Thursday, Saturday or Sunday games? For any players in the Monday night game, we can extend that limit to Thursday. By that point, waiver claims have been granted and fantasy owners are focused on setting their lineups for the next week.
Sure, for the Texans and Bengals, that reversal doesn’t mean much in the long run. Houston recovered the “fumble” and eventually drove the field to kick a field goal. But in the fantasy world, there are consequences for changes like that and as a fantasy owner, it would be nice to know what effect that has on a particular week’s scoring — as well as the standings. And in this situation, the ruling on the scoreboard would stand. Sorry Foster owners, you don’t get those points back.
What do you think? Does there need to be a statute of limitations on fantasy scoring changes? Discuss.
— Marcas Grant