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Alvin Kamara surprise inactive: How Fantasy Football leagues should handle unusual London injury updates

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Elvin Kamara was listed on the Week 4 injury report as questionable due to a rib injury, but after watching him weather his injury in Week 3, there was little sign of a risk that he would miss Sunday’s game against “Vikings”. So it was a surprise when Camara was found to be inactive in the game, and since the Saints and Vikings play in London, this inactivity appeared at 8am on a Sunday morning – three and a half hours earlier than we usually know about inactivity on a typical Sunday.

And Camara’s inactivity really came out of nowhere – the first indication that Camara would not play we got when reports of inactivity came out. As of Saturday night, there was no particular reason to remove him from your roster, and of course, many fantasy players didn’t find out about his absence until the rosters were already locked.

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After kickoff, Kamara was stuck in the starting lineups for 38% of the teams in the CBS leagues (as of 10:15 am ET). If you are in charge of your league, ask yourself: will the league get better or worse if someone is stuck with an inactive player on their roster?

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If you are a commissioner, you should go ahead and let them make a late exchange in this case. Obviously, every Fantasy manager has to be responsible for his team, and so the most hard-nosed among you may object: “No excuses!” kind of mentality towards these kinds of trauma updates. But I think the specific nature of the Sunday situation with Kamara justifies the justification. Of course, people should be responsible for their teams, but not everyone may be able to spot the line-up three hours earlier than they are used to, especially people living on the West Coast of the United States, where the start of Sunday was at 6:30. . I would prefer people to feel like they won or lost based on the decisions they made, and if a player is unable to make a decision about Kamara, it shouldn’t be against them.

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And it’s probably worth making a policy for future games if you don’t already have one. The Packers and Giants in Week 5 and the Broncos and Jaguars in Week 8 also have a 9:30 AM start time, and such unexpected inactivity is quite possible every week. We usually have questions about whether an injured player is out, which is what made Kamara’s situation so unusual. Allowing someone to make a late trade for the two remaining London starts is fair game in my opinion, although it may be an unpopular opinion among fantasy players. But in the leagues I’m Commissioner of, in this case, I can let someone make a trade for Kamara.

Unexpected inactivity happens, and Fantasy players shouldn’t be penalized for scheduling quirks or the vagaries of the NFL’s injury report.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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