Fantasy player loses out on $1 million DraftKings prize after stat correction

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A man thought he had won almost a million dollars in a daily fantasy contest Monday night – but his money was called back due to a stat correction.

Rob Huntze, a 41-year-old insurance agent from St. Louis, filled out a number of lineups in a DraftKings showdown contest for the game between the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams. One of his lineups featured the Bears’ defense, one of the top-scoring “players” for the night. At the end of the game, Huntze checked DraftKings to find that his lineup had scored 92.79 points – the highest score of the night, making him the recipient of the $1 million prize.

Or so he thought. He went out to take his dog for a walk, and when he returned, he had fallen down to sixth place. And it was the result of what fantasy football players have come to despise over the years – a stat correction.

The Bears defense was originally credited with a sack on Jared Goff in the fourth quarter, as Akiem Hicks caught up with him in the backfield and tackled him for a three-yard loss. But on review, it was determined that the play was a designed QB run, meaning it wasn’t a sack. Which took away the fantasy point for Huntze.

He lost a point and ended up taking home $3,078.94, instead of the million he thought he won.

“Heartbreaking on many levels,” Huntze told ESPN.

Stat corrections have been the bane of fantasy football players for years, as close matchups sometimes aren’t decided until a day later, and corrections can completely flip results. Huntze told ESPN he had also lost out on $5,000 in a different contest because of a stat correction, though he admitted a million dollars was much more painful.

He said he would continue to play the contests on Thursday, and that he wants “a little redemption story.”

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