Official NFL Stat Corrections

Just like the NFL can be a game of inches, Fantasy Football can be a game of inches when the week is done and you find out your team lost by 1 lousy point. Or worse, if you are in a league that uses decimal scoring, you could lose by one tenth of a point! It’s agonizing when you are on the wrong end of a close game like that. But depending on your league’s bylaws with regard to the official stats, there might be a change in your score long after the Monday night game is in the record books. Why? Read on…

There’s a somewhat hidden truth in the stats for fantasy football: Official NFL Stat Corrections. Every week, a couple of days after all of the games are final and your fantasy scores have been calculated, the Elias Sports Bureau (which is the official statistician for the NFL) reviews all of the games on tape and sometimes issues official stat corrections if needed.

For example, one of the most common stat changes occurs when a sack is awarded to a defensive player that wasn’t originally credited with the sack during the game. This can happen when the wrong player’s number was written down as part of the official scoring during the game. It can also happen when a head coach appeals the ruling on a play and asks for it to be reviewed by Elias. Another relatively common example is when a passing play is changed to a rushing play (or vice versa) because after reviewing the tape, the Elias Sports Bureau determines that the pass was actually a backwards lateral instead of a forward pass. In other words, nothing is truly final until the Elias Sports Bureau has a chance to review it. And that takes time. Often several days, and sometimes even longer depending on the situation.

So this presents a dilemma for fantasy football leagues. Unfortunately, there is no set date or deadline for corrections to be made, so they can happen anytime. Granted, the games are usually reviewed within a couple of days, and by Wednesday or Thursday, any significant stat corrections will be made available to the various stat providers and passed along to fantasy sites like MyFantasyLeague.com at that time. Therefore, as soon as we are made aware of any official change, we work with our stats providers to verify the changes and then post them on your For Commissioners > Statistic Changes menu. From there, you can review all of the changes that were made, and decide whether or not to apply them to your league. You can also choose to apply all changes automatically each week.

Back to the dilemma. If your league decides to accept the official stat corrections, it could very well change the outcome of a fantasy game in your league… As in, two or three days after your league’s standings have been updated… As in, two or three days after a team in your league has been celebrating and trash talking about squeaking out a hard fought 1 point victory… As in, from the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat, all because somebody reviewed a play and decided it was scored incorrectly during the game… As in, this could get ugly unless your league has agreed to a hard and fast set of bylaws on how to deal with official stat corrections!!! So it’s time to make sure that loophole is closed for your league. Decide now whether or not you will be accepting stat corrections for your league, and then stick to your decision. We give you the option of whether or not to incorporate stat changes into your league. It’s up to you to decide if you want to accept the changes and also accept the consequences that go with it later in the week. For example, if a stat change results in a change of a win to a loss (or vice versa) for some teams, that could also affect your waiver wire order, and therefore affect how the latest hot free agent player is awarded.

For what it’s worth, stat corrections are much more common on the defensive side of the ball, especially for leagues with IDPs (Individual Defensive Players) that award points for sacks and tackles. Significant changes don’t happen nearly as often for offensive players. Ironically, though, here in 2008 Week #1, there were a couple of changes in rushing and passing stats. The most notable is Jay Cutler, who originally was recorded as throwing for 299 yards. But after reviewing the game film, it was determined that he actually had 300 yards of passing. For most leagues, that’s going to mean a potentially significant change in fantasy points for Cutler.

So there you have it. Hopefully your league has already discussed this issue. If not, it might be time to bring it up! You can use your league message board, or create a league poll, to discuss it. We’ll talk more about these fun communication tools in a future post!

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5 Responses to “Official NFL Stat Corrections”

  1. David Frields Says:

    I just checked the box to have stat changes automatically applied (my league has agreed to this). Do I have to do anything now for week 1 results to be recalculated?

  2. Troy Pieper Says:

    Hello, I have the box checked, but I don’t see a change in the scoring on the site, when will this take affect?? I’m just wondering when I’ll seee the change in the standings and scoring…

  3. Larry Says:

    I applied the week 1 stats, but nothing was changed in the overall standings, the player’s information, etc. Is the change not automatic?

  4. myfantasyleague Says:

    Yes, it is automatic, but it can take a while to be processed. If you check back now, you should see the updates in effect.

  5. Ben Says:

    I play ESPN fantasy football. I suspect my league manager of cheating. In a head to head match up he won due to a 2 point scoring adjustment. The adjustment was not awarded to a specific player just added to his total. Is this common practice? When fantasy leagues adjust scoring do they add it directly to the players stats or do they simply label the extra points “scoring adjustment”?

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