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Old 12-17-2013, 10:41 AM    (permalink
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After his 6 FG performance last night, Justin Tucker made a reference in a post game interview to him helping fantasy owners in addition to his own fantasy team with the points. Obviously he's very light hearted about it, but it brought to mind a question for me.

If NFL players are playing fantasy football, isn't that at least a minor (or potentially major) conflict of interest? I'm not saying players should be banned for betting on the sport (ala Pete Rose) but I feel like this should be addressed by the league.

Another part of me is simply curious about how many in the NFL are playing, who is in what leagues together, and how much they are playing for.

Thoughts?
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Old 12-17-2013, 11:57 AM    (permalink
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I'm guessing it is against the rules to play in money leagues.
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I would imagine money leagues are frowned upon. Not exactly a huge FF guy, but I imagine the money you win in a league pales in comparison to a game check.

A player would have to increase the scope of the FF implications to make it a real issue.
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Honestly, I think it's a non issue. Their NFL salary is probably greater and obviously much more important to them.
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It makes me think of a story where Greg Jones was Jacksonville's fullback and the Jags were on the goal line with MJD in the backfield. Greg Jones' fantasy opponent had MJD, and MJD told him, "You better not whiff on this lead block," and Greg Jones just gave him an evil smile.
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I doubt it actually affects anything. Only an idiot would change how they play to win a fantasy game. UDFA makes more in a game than a guy would win from a league.
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Old 12-18-2013, 05:43 AM    (permalink
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I'd think it's far more likely they change or suck or something for Vegas than for fantasy football, but at the same time I don't think I've ever really seen someone blow a game on purpose or something. Making good plays can hardly be attributed to fantasy football, like Tucker's this past weekend. Maybe some of those situations where a guy like Mike Tolbert vultures TDs or something, but still, just speculative. There is almost always a legit reason for those types of things.

Except Jason Garrett this week. I bet he was playing against DeMarco Murray and shat his pants after seeing the first half he had.
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I doubt it actually affects anything. Only an idiot would change how they play to win a fantasy game. UDFA makes more in a game than a guy would win from a league.
I agree but if I were to play devils advocate and to go more in depth I can see it being considerably less of an impact on the Offensive players than the Defensive players. I doubt McCoy isn't going to score because he is playing against himself but I can easily see how someone could "whiff" on a tackle if they have McCoy. Honestly I think it would be a bigger concern for the coaching staff than players themselves.

But getting back to it... if they jeopardize their playing careers for even a high stakes Fantasy League they are idiots.
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