Fantasy Football, Sports Betting Sites Affected by Bills Bengals Game Suspension
After the NFL announced that Monday night’s Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals game would not be played this week, fantasy football leagues are faced with a difficult decision about what to do with incomplete schedule of Week 17.
The matchup of two top-ranked offenses played a major role in determining fantasy leagues throughout the season, with most leagues playing their title games this a week.
However, after Bill’s safety Damar Hamlin fell on the field Monday night, the NFL called the game at 5:58 in the first quarter.
Fantasy managers who rely on Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, Stefon Diggs, Ja’Marr Chase and others on both teams will get little or no performance out of them in the most important game of the season.
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Among the major fantasy football websites, most of them put notices at the top of the page to explain the situation.
We understand that many fantasy leagues rely on the outcome of this NFL game to determine their fantasy league. However, we’ll have to wait until the NFL makes a decision on the game before we know how to treat the game for fantasy league purposes. This is an unprecedented situation, so we appreciate your patience while we await further news.
RealTime Fantasy Sports had previously made provisions for suspended games, which it waived.
“(If the game is canceled or rescheduled to any time AFTER this week, all Bills/Bengals will receive 0 points.”
However, RTSports and other sites do allow individual league commissioners to enact their own solutionssuch as B. Retroactive awarding of points from week 18 games to week 17 fixtures.
Other options may include calling the championship match a tie, declaring co-champions, and/or donating the championship prize money to charity (such as Hamlin’s Toy Drive) .
Effects of sports betting
Sports betting sites such as FanDuel and DraftKings had not made any similar official announcements as of Tuesday afternoon, with bets on the Bills-Bengals game voided.
For the past two seasons, as COVID-19 has caused several NFL games to be postponed, major fantasy websites have extended their weekly ratings period to include games that were recently postponed on Wednesdays.
However, these cases varied widely because the NFL could give teams advance notice of when their games would be rescheduled. The Bills and Bengals playing on Monday night further complicated the NFL schedule, as moving the game to later in the week leaves only a few days off before Friday’s schedule begins 18 on Saturday – with the Opening round of the playoffs looming this week.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Suspended Bills-Bengals game also has implications for fantasy football and betting