ESPN is currently hosting their Fantasy Football rankings summit and on it, it was announced that they will be implementing a rather important rule change to fantasy football leagues. Here’s what’s being changed (you can also watch the video here):
Matthew Berry: So when you got a defense, let’s say you’ve got the Patriots’ defense and somehow, someway, very rare that it happens but it happened in the Super Bowl, Tom Brady throws a pick-six... so all of a sudden even though the Patriots’ defense wasn’t on the field, you get knocked negative points because they just “gave up a touchdown” even though it was the fault of Tom Brady and the Patriots’ offense. So now, this year, that won’t happen.
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This is fantastic news as that has always been something that has bothered the poop out of me. Now pick-sixes and I assume fumble return touchdowns won’t count against your D/ST. It suddenly turns defenses who have to live with turnover-prone quarterbacks into viable fantasy options.
No longer can Blake Bortles’ ridiculously hideous pick-six take points away from those daring enough to roll with a young, talented Jaguars’ D. I won’t have to worry about starting the Texans’ defense because Brock Osweiler will clearly... oh, wait...
For those like myself who play ESPN leagues, this is definitely great news and something we’ve been wanting for a while. Happy to see it’s finally arrived.