ByFrank Ammirante

Jan 26, 2024

Fantasy Operator NFFC Fires Employee After Cheating Scandal

The National Fantasy Football Championship, an industry leader in high-stakes Fantasy Football contests, has fired an employee after a massive cheating scandal was uncovered during the AFC Divisional Round matchup between the Chiefs and the Bills.

The NFFC has been one of the most prominent operators in high-stakes fantasy for a while now, featuring pay-to-play contests with hundreds of thousands of dollars up for grabs in football, baseball, basketball, and hockey.

It’s a website renowned for its fierce competition, featuring some of the best fantasy players in the world. Many NFFC users (including this writer) appreciate this platform for its diverse contest selection and quick payout times.

But now its name is tarred by a cheating scandal.

Prominent fantasy football content creators Pete Overzet, Patrick Kerrane, and Ben Gretch discovered that cheating was taking place and reported on their Ship Chasing Podcast.

The cheating occurred during the fantasy football NFFC Post-Season Hold’Em, which has over 1,500 entries and $150K for the top overall prize.

NFFC Fantasy Football Cheating Scandal Explained

Fantasy experts Pete Overzet, Patrick Kerrane, and Ben Gretch laid out what happened thoroughly in an episode of their popular podcast Ship Chasing, which features analysis of large-field fantasy football tournaments.

While competing in NFFC Post-Season Hold’Em, Overzet, Kerrane, and Gretch realized that one of their opponents had their lineup changed after the games had already taken place.

It was determined that the lineup in question had swapped Raheem Mostert (33 rushing yards) for Aaron Jones (118 rushing yards, three touchdowns) in the Wild Card as well as Rashee Rice (47 receiving yards) for Travis Kelce (75 receiving yards, two touchdowns) in the Divisional Round.

This is a move that has major repercussions, since this player essentially added 20+ fantasy points to their overall score, bumping themselves up the standings.

After the NFFC conducted an internal investigation, they discovered that one of their employees had manually changed this player’s lineup after lock to give them a better chance at winning the tournament and securing thousands of dollars in prizes.

The Fallout From NFFC Cheating Scandal

The employee in question has since been fired and both parties have been banned from NFFC. The Hold’Em contest will continue with the cheating user’s entry disqualified.

It’s a black mark on the fantasy sports industry.

This incident has players wondering whether such cheating has taken place in other events at the site, especially since the player who cheated in the Hold’Em contest had previously participated in several other competitions at the site.

The creators at Ship Chasing later revealed in an X post that it was brought to their attention that this same user had Jordan Addison (1.2 fantasy points) switched for Tyler Lockett (16.1 fantasy points) after the games had occurred in the RotoWire Online Championship, which has a $350 entry fee and $200K overall prize.

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Frank Ammirante

Frank Ammirante is a Senior Sports Writer at The Game Day. Previously, he wrote for 4for4 Football and RotoBaller. Frank is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer's Association while maintaining an active presence within the community. He has competed in industry contests like the Scott Fish Bowl, The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and more. Frank will be making his debut in Tout Wars this year. He's got a diverse sporting background, but specializes in football and baseball.

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