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Fantasy Commissioner Desktop/Fantasy Coach - Frequently Asked Questions


Stats

What stat service do you get your stats from?

I saw stats for a player on another web site that had different stats than what your software had. Are your stats wrong?

How is the yardage calculated when there is a receiving lateral?

How is the yardage calculated when there is a fumble?

Can you explain what a team sack is?

I noticed that if I total the yardage in the game box scores for the first five weeks for certain players, it does not equal their official year-to-date stats. Why?

Do you modify the weekly stat files for Fantasy Commissioner Desktop if the Elias Sports Bureau makes stat changes days later?

If an offensive player recovers a ball in the end zone, how is this scored?

How do you know what the official position is for certain players, like Harvey Williams?

How do you categorize a TD on a fake/botched field goal?

A special teams TD (Kick-off return TD/Punt return TD) is listed under the defensive team stats. Why?

A fumble return TD that occured when the special teams was on the field is showing as a defensive fumble return TD. Why?

How is a missed field goal that is returned for a TD scored?

If an offensive player fumbles the ball, and a teammate of his picks it up and runs it into the endzone, how is it scored?

A player on Team B intercepted a pass from Team A, then fumbled it and Team A recovered. Why was the defensive team of Team A given credit for a fumble recovery?

A player on Team B intercepted a pass from Team A, then fumbled it and Team A recovered it and ran it back for a TD. How is this scored?

During a kick-off return, a player on Team B returned the kickoff and fumbled the ball, and Team A recovered it. Why was the defensive team of Team A given credit for a fumble recovery?

A player had a fumble while on special teams. We don't want fumbles on special teams to count against a player. What to do?

The sack total for a certain defensive team does not seem to be correct.



What stat service do you get your stats from?

We get all our stats from SportsTicker.

I saw stats for a player on another web site that had different stats than what your software had. Are your stats wrong?

Our stats are provided by SportsTicker, and it is extremely rare that there stats are incorrect. Please be aware that other sources of stats (your local newspaper, a web site, and even nfl.com) have posted inaccurate stats. Also note that the NFL's statistical service, the Elias Sports Bureau, routinely makes stat changes in the days or even weeks following games. We do not make any modifications to the stat files for Fantasy Commissioner after Monday night. We suggest your league considers that stats as of Monday night the official stats. Otherwise, you would be frequently going back and changing the fantasy points for players, and possible frequently changing the outcome of games. If you are fairly certain, our stats are wrong, please email support@footballsoftware.com and include the player name, the correct stats, and your source for the stats.

How is the yardage calculated when there is a receiving lateral?

If a receiver laterals the ball to a teammate, the receiving yardage continues and the quarterback will still be awarded a TD pass.

EXAMPLE: In week 7 of 2003, Daunte Culpepper of Minnesota threw a 44-yard pass to Randy Moss, who dished the ball to Moe Williams, who ran the final 15 yards for a TD.
It will be recorded as a Passing TD from Daunte Culpepper to Moe Williams. Laterals are considered "continuation" plays, so the play is scored as the same type of play that it started out as before the lateral. So, here is how it is recorded:

Daunte Culpepper: 1 completion, 59 yards passing, 59-yard TD pass
Moe Williams: 0 reception, 15 receving yards, 15-yard receiving TD
Randy Moss: 1 reception, 44 yards receiving

How is the yardage calculated when there is a fumble?

If a receiver fumbles after a catch, the passing and receiving yardage ends at that point -- unless he manages to recover his own fumble downfield.

Can you explain what a team sack is?

Team sacks come from when a QB either runs out of bounds untouched (behind the line of scrimmage) or fumbles the ball while attempting to pass.

I noticed that if I total the yardage in the game box scores for the first five weeks for certain players, it does not equal their official year-to-date stats. Why?

The NFL's statistical service, the Elias Sports Bureau, routinely makes stat changes in the weeks following games, usually on plays where quarterbacks either fumbled or were intercepted. And the yardage assigned on laterals (such as hook-and-ladder plays) typically changes in the weeks after games. So, the box score you see if the paper the day after the games is sometimes modified days later.

Do you modify the weekly stat files for Fantasy Commissioner Desktop if the Elias Sports Bureau makes stat changes days later?

The NFL's official statistical service, the Elias Sports Bureau, routinely makes stat changes in the days or even weeks following games. Also, Elias does not usually publish the stat changes. Therefore, we do not make any modifications to the stat files for Fantasy Commissioner after Monday night. We suggest your league considers that stats as of Monday night the official stats. Otherwise, you would be frequently going back and changing the fantasy points for players, and possible frequently changing the outcome of games.

If an offensive player recovers a ball in the end zone, how is this scored?

The NFL calls this a fumble recovery TD, but we break it down further in our stats to call it a 0-yard, offensive fumble recovery TD. This seperates it from our other category, which is a defensive fumble recovery TD. This allows you to know if a player recovered the fumble while playing for the defense or for the offense.

How do you know what the official position is for certain players, like Harvey Williams?

There really is no "official" source that you can go to in order to know a players "offical" position. A players NFL team may change his position listing on their roster list during the season. The only fair way to handle this is to have all owners in your league agree on position eligibility prior to the draft.

How do you categorize a TD on a fake/botched field goal?

A botched/faked field goal attempted that resulted in a passing/rushing TD is indicated in the stats as a Passing/Rushing TD, since we do not have a "botched/faked field goal attempt TD" scoring category. It is up to your league to decide if this counts as a special team TD, but very few leagues count this as a special teams TD.

A special teams TD (Kick-off return TD/Punt return TD) is listed under the defensive team stats. Why?

A special team TD will will show up for the defensive team and the special team, since both can get points for it.

A fumble return TD that occured when the special teams was on the field is showing as a defensive fumble return TD. Why?

Unfortunately, our stat provider does not separate interception TD's/fumble recovery TD's/safeties/fumble recoveries into ones that happened when the defensive team was on the field and ones when the special team was on the field. So, all interception TD's/fumble recovery TD's/safeties/fumble recoveries are under one category (i.e. a fumble recovery TD when the defensive team was on the field will show up in Fantasy Commissioner as a "Fumble Recovery TD", and a fumble recovery TD when the special team was on the field will also show up in Fantasy Commissioner as a "Fumble Recovery TD") . You will have to use the "additional points" screen to take away the fantasy points for this (i.e. If you don't want to give points to the defensive team when there was a fumble recovery TD that occurred when the special team was on the field, you will have to subtract the points for this from the defensive team).

How is a missed field goal that is returned for a TD scored?

Since we do not have a "Missed FG Return TD" scoring category, in the very rare event this play happens, we will mark it as a "Blocked Field Goal TD".

EXAMPLE: In week 4 of 2002, Chris McAlister of Baltimore caught a missed field goal in the back of the end zone and returned it 107 yards for a TD. We scored this as a 107-yard Blocked Field Goal TD.

If an offensive player fumbles the ball, and a teammate of his picks it up and runs it into the endzone, how is it scored?

We will call this an "offensive fumble recovery TD".

EXAMPLE: In week 6 of 2003, Randy McMichael of Miami grabbed Obafemi Ayanbadejo's (of Miami) fumble at the Jacksonville 2 and returned it 2 yards for a TD. We scored this as a 2-yard Offensive Fumble Recovery TD.

A player on Team B intercepted a pass from Team A, then fumbled it and Team A recovered. Why was the defensive team of Team A given credit for a fumble recovery?

Even though the defensive team for Team A was not on the field, they are given credit for a fumble recovery. This reason is as follows: Team stats (as per the NFL) are defined as those generated by the entire team. Since most team stats can easily be attributed to one of the sub-teams (OT, DT, or ST), this is not typically an issue. For example, Punt Return TDs is always associated with the ST. However, in the case of fumbles, this is not nearly as clearly defined. All sub-teams (OT, DT, or ST) can fumble and recover a fumble. As a result, the stats generated by the NFL only list the fumble stats for the entire team and do not list the fumbles of the sub-teams. So, a fumble recovery will always be credited to the defensive team, no matter if the fumble occurred on the OT or ST, since the NFL does not break down fumbles into ST fumbles, OT fumbles, and DT fumbles.

EXAMPLE: In week 11 of 2003, Quincy Carter of Dallas had a pass intercepted by Ty Law of New England. Law then fumbled the ball, and Randall Williams of Dallas recovered it. We would credit Dallas's defensive team with a defensive fumble recovery.

A player on Team B intercepted a pass from Team A, then fumbled it and Team A recovered it and ran it back for a TD. How is this scored?

Since neither the defensive team nor the special team was on the field during the fumble, neither get credit for it. Instead, it goes down as an offensive fumble return TD for McMichael.

EXAMPLE: In week 5 of 2003, Michael Doss of Indianapolis intercepted a pass from Brad Johnson of Tampa Bay. Doss then fumbled the ball, and Keenan McCardell of Tampa Bay picked up the fumble and returned it 57 yards for a TD. We score the play as a 57-yard offensive fumble return TD for McCardell. To further clarify, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers began the play on offense. After the interception, according to NFL rules, the defense becomes the offense and vice versa. This is what causes the confusion. But if you really take that logic to its conclusion, it would stand to reason that there could never be a defensive TD, since once a defensive teams intercepts a pass, by NFL rules it has become the offense. Additionally, let's take that interpretation and reapply it to when McCardell gained possession of the ball - he was back on offense again. There is no scenario where McCardell's TD can be credited to the Bucs defense.

During a kick-off return, a player on Team B returned the kickoff and fumbled the ball, and Team A recovered it. Why was the defensive team of Team A given credit for a fumble recovery?

Even though the defensive team for Team A was not on the field, they are given credit for a fumble recovery. This reason is as follows: Team stats (as per the NFL) are defined as those generated by the entire team. Since most team stats can easily be attributed to one of the sub-teams (OT, DT, or ST), this is not typically an issue. For example, Punt Return TDs is always associated with the ST. However, in the case of fumbles, this is not nearly as clearly defined. All sub-teams (OT, DT, or ST) can fumble and recover a fumble. As a result, the stats generated by the NFL only list the fumble stats for the entire team and do not list the fumbles of the sub-teams. So, a fumble recovery will always be credited to the defensive team, no matter if the fumble occurred on the OT or ST, since the NFL does not break down fumbles into ST fumbles, OT fumbles, and DT fumbles.

EXAMPLE: In week 14 of 2003, Brandon Bennett of Cincinnati received a kickoff by Baltimore. Bennett then fumbled the ball, and Lamont Brightful of Baltimore recovered it. We would credit Baltimore's defensive team with a defensive fumble recovery.

A player had a fumble while on special teams. We don't want fumbles on special teams to count against a player. What to do?

The stats on Fantasy Commissioner do not differentiate between fumbles on offense vs. fumbles on defense or special teams. It just keeps track of the total fumbles for a player. So the stats for "Fumbles" and "Fumbles Lost" will always include all of the fumbles for the entire game for that player. So currently, you would have to manually keep track of how each fumble occurred and use the "Additional Points" screen if you wanted to track them separately according to what the situation on the field was when the fumble occurred. It is a limitation of the way stats are provided to us (and to most other sources like box scores in newspapers and on web sites, etc).

The sack total for a certain defensive team does not seem to be correct.

Use the Gamebook link on nfl.com for the particular team. The total sacks will be listed in the line "Times thrown - yards lost attempting to pass". This total may be different then the total sacks listed under the individual defensive stats, because there may have been "team" sacks that are not awarded to an individual player. Team sacks come from when a QB either runs out of bounds untouched (behind the line of scrimmage) or fumbles the ball while attempting to pass.



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