Resolving fantasy league disputes can be difficult. A recurring segment on the Fantasy Football Today podcast features the team trying to regulate our listener’s league arguments. But, if there’s one way to not resolve your fantasy league disputes, it’s how Tommy Pham addressed it this week.
If you haven’t already heard, Pham slapped Joc Pederson before Friday’s game between the Reds and Giants in a dispute stemming from their fantasy football league. From what we’ve been able to piece together from the last few days of in-depth reporting, Pham was finally sent over the edge by a gif of Pederson, who began his career with the Dodgers, to the league’s group text, which shows… you know what, i feel so dumb writing it, i’ll let the reporter who got the pederson products say so:
pham apparently left the league over that gif, which would be hilarious if not for his subsequent overreaction. In fact, you shouldn’t slap people because they sent silly gifs to your fantasy league group text. this goes without saying, I hope.
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but that’s not what worries me. I’m here to talk about the dumb part of it: the disagreement over the rules of fantasy football. apparently there was some disagreement about how their ads were used, and it all boils down to a limitation in how their ads work in many leagues.
pederson put a player who was injured but not officially on injured reserve in his team’s go spot, which he reportedly called pham. Pederson then called out Pham putting the 49ers back to Jeff Wilson in his place when Wilson was not officially on it. so pham was a hypocrite right?
not even close. Okay, Wilson technically wasn’t on the 49ers’ roster last season, sure, but he was on the physically unable to perform list after suffering a knee injury this offseason. Wilson, who led the 49ers in rushing in 2020, didn’t play until Week 10 last season while on the cub list, but he started four games for them down the stretch and was clearly worth stashing if he could afford it.
Pederson, on the other hand, was apparently using the go-to place to stash players who were dealing with weekly injuries and had been ruled out for next week, which, he notes, was allowed by the league. rules. which is fair enough, though I think it’s also more than fair to say that the usage goes against the spirit of the rule, if not the letter of it. the problem is a poorly defined rule that doesn’t work as it should.
The way most fantasy football leagues work, you can set your go policy to allow only players who are on the real life go to be on a team’s go, which It won’t allow players on the cub list to be eligible, even though it’s also a long-term injury waiver for NFL teams. so to avoid it with guys like wilson and michael thomas last season, the leagues i’m commissioned in adjusted our rules to allow any injured player to be in them, with the express stipulation that it could only be used for players on the roster of puppies. besides going.
some providers default to that, and the league in question was apparently played on one of these sites (all of which are good examples of why you should use cbssports.com’s highly customizable commissioning product 😉). So if the league never explicitly stipulated that their go-to spot can only be used by players with extended absences, Pederson was technically correct here.
but that shouldn’t be the rule. seems to go against the spirit of the rule: if a player is on his team’s active roster, you shouldn’t get a roster exemption for him in fantasy. In this case, going in your fantasy league should serve the same function as in the real NFL. it should be to give teams additional flexibility when it comes to players who have suffered an extended absence due to injury, not guys with short-term issues.
so, let’s get ahead of this for 2022 and beyond. If your league allows these kinds of loopholes, go ahead and close it, either by changing your settings or stipulating before the season that the go should only be used for players on the cub roster or real-life go. that way, we can avoid these kinds of awkward discussions. At least until the next loophole opens up.