Major Cheating Scandal Rocks Fantasy Football World
Photo by Perry Knotts/Getty Images Pictured: Aaron Jones of the Green Bay Packers
A cheating scandal has rocked the fantasy football world.
According to a report on ESPN, an employee for a website has been fired for attempting to rig a prestigious National Fantasy Football Championship Post-Season Hold ‘Em contest. The employee reportedly swapped out players after games began to boost a contestant's chances of taking home a six-figure first-place prize.
The player swaps accounted for approximately 20 points each to the contestant’s total. As a result, the contestant ranked fourth out of 1,521 entries after the Divisional Round.
"Recently, with help from reporting by a public source, we successfully revealed a post-deadline move in one of our NFFC Post-Season Hold 'Em contests that was detected and quickly confirmed, resulting in SportsHub being able to take immediate action to resolve the issue without any impact to the results of the contest," NFFC founder Greg Ambrosius told ESPN.
The first switch came an hour into Sunday’s wild card game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys. The entry initially had Miami Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert in the lineup, who had eight carries for 33 yards and one catch for -3 yards. However, he was swapped out for Aaron Jones early in the Packers game. Jones finished with 131 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.
The second swap came in the Chiefs' divisional round win over the Buffalo Bills. The entry initially had Rashee Rice, but he was removed in favor of Travis Kelce, who had five catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns.