Fantasy Football Manager Loses by .04 Points After Leading by 0.46 Before MNF

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 22, 2020

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) plays in an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
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When it comes to fantasy football, never take a win for granted. 

ESPN's Field Yates highlighted one brutal loss during the Week 15 fantasy semifinals, where a lead of .46 points turned into a .04 loss after duds from Pittsburgh Steelers pass-catchers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Eric Ebron:

Field Yates @FieldYates

Maybe the worst fantasy beat I’ve ever seen: a guy was up .46 last night with JuJu and Ebron left. His opponent was already done. Ebron gets hurt early and leaves without a catch, JuJu scores -.5. He loses the semis by .04 points 😳 Via u/F0rdo on Reddit. https://t.co/H4J89P7YX4

Ebron left early with an injury, while Smith-Schuster managed just 15 receiving yards to go with a lost fumble, leading to negative points between the two. 

It's a perfect example of one of the more heavily discussed topics of fantasy football etiquette: Do you bench your players after a win is secured or is it fair play to keep the lineup intact?

The truth is, in fantasy you play to win the game, which means adjusting your team however necessary to advance to the next round. This usually means avoiding any risk of negatives from the late games if you have a lead (especially if the final spot is a defense).

The narrow margin in this example left the chance of losing due to a late stat adjustment, but most times you have to take the win when you can get it.