If you’ve been looking at your fantasy lineup recently and noticed the acronym PPD beside one of your players, you may be confused.
It is used to notify fantasy football managers that a game has been postponed and will not be played at the scheduled time. PPD stands for postponed in football.
The majority of fantasy football is played on a week-by-week basis, so knowing that a weekly game is postponed is very helpful. If you leave a player in your lineup who has a PPD beside his name, your player might not score.
When a player in your lineup has a postponed game, the first thing you should do is determine what caused the postponement. Then, you can determine when the game will take place.
If the game is postponed until later in the week, you can keep him in your lineup. However, if it is postponed until a different week, you will need to find a replacement.
Why are NFL Games Postponed?
Many football fans wonder what causes NFL games to be postponed despite the fact that they are rarely postponed.
Weather Delay Into Postponement
Usually, a football game gets postponed due to inclement weather. In non-domed stadiums, lighting strikes force the players and fans to leave the field.
NFL officials will have to watch for lightning strikes to determine when the game can resume. On some occasions, the storm will continue to create unsafe conditions for several hours.
A weather delay will eventually lead to a postponement if it continues for too long. Most of the time, these weather delays do not cause a postponement, but sometimes they do.
Severe storms can also cause games to be postponed due to weather-related reasons. Hurricane Katrina is one example of a massive storm that can cause games to be postponed.
Usually, when a storm like this passes through a city, the NFL will find an alternate location to play the game on short notice, but sometimes large storms like this can result in game postponements.
A pandemic can also lead to postponements for your fantasy team, as we saw in the 2020-2021 NFL season when too many players or coaches tested positive.
In 2021, these postponements will become less frequent as players become more vaccinated.
National tragedies can also cause PPDs in fantasy football. These postponements occur very rarely, but can result in the NFL postponing all games in some cases.
As a result of 9/11, the NFL postponed all week two games in order to mourn those who lost their lives.