Fantasy Football: Rated PPR
by Tim Heaney
on August 8, 2013 @ 07:35:21
Upon learning your fantasy football league carries point-per-reception scoring, you should immediately re-align your draft philosophy. Rule No. 1 in winning: Know your scoring system.
The variance in valuation offered between standard scoring and PPR isn't quite as prominent in the elite positional tiers, at least those defined by Average Draft Position. Sure, Wes Welker shows more dominance in PPRs, but his typical placement doesn't vary all that much in standard parties.
Being in a reception-rewarding format, however, might change some of your priorities as you work your way deeper into your pick 'em. For example, you'd prefer having Wes Welker in a PPR but might want to tab Eric Decker first in normal games because of his big-play ability.
One-dimensional rumblers who aren't in on many passing downs, like BenJarvus Green-Ellis, won't be as helpful in reception-registering formats and are therefore, all things equal, downgraded as opposed to a comparable option such as Ahmad Bradshaw.
Player touches don't translate as directly to more points in non-PPRs than they do the opposite games. The fact that every catch counts makes it more operative to focus on players with more presumptive opportunities to touch the ball as often as possible.
Targets and touches
Wealth of points in PPR
Non-explosive catch compilers often fail to deliver bigger payoffs in yardage-oriented leagues. Increased work augments value in any situation, but the statistical impact is more drastic in PPRs compared to non- with those instant points. The more times someone is sought out by their slinger, the more chances he'll get to record a point per grab. It's a sturdy tiebreaker when debating between two players.
Of course, explosive wideouts don't necessarily have to be the most targeted to finish among fantasy football's best -- especially in standard scoring -- but it usually helps more often to be a more frequent earner of QB attention. Does a particular QB or system frequently check down or settle for midrange outlets? Is someone entrenching as a permanent third-down back?
Our statistics analyzer and utilization tracker sort these statistics, both for historical and inseason perspective.
By position, some difference-makers:
RB PPR boosts
WR PPR boosts
| Player || |
| Notes |
| Wes Welker || |
| Complicates WR corps as risky top-shelf investment. But in PPR, at least he'll meet demands. |
| Percy Harvin || |
| Overvalued, but at least this format gives him a chance to break even, if healthy. |
| Reggie Wayne || |
| New system will limit his yardage, but catches will keep coming. |
| Danny Amendola || |
| Overpriced, but this is the preferred universe if you're forced to pay. |
| Antonio Brown || |
| Possession receiver in his element |
| Mike Williams || |
| In Vincent Jackson, MWTB has competent field stretcher to let him cover the middle. |
| Greg Jennings || |
| At least he'll be force-fed targets, even if it's unlikely he'll turn them into much yardage. |
| Lance Moore || |
| Doesn't break big plays, but NO throws plenty anyway. He's reliable. |
| Anquan Boldin || |
| He'll absorb many of Michael Crabtree's (Achilles') lost looks. |
| Justin Blackmon (SUSP-4) || |
| Jedd Fisch's O gets the ball into the hands of playmakers quickly. Blackmon is tough to bring down after the catch. |
| Kendall Wright || |
| Smart route-runner might help Jake Locker grow. |
| Vincent Brown || |
| Better fit to succeed in new offense than Malcom Floyd |
| Greg Little, Davone Bess || |
| Need a possession guy, even in Norv Turner's system. |
| Mohamed Sanu || |
| Halted by foot injury last year, he's the closest WR Cincy has to a chain mover. |
| Nate Burleson, Ryan Broyles
| Will lose catches to Reggie Bush, but desperation options could chip in 10 pts at a time |
| Emmanuel Sanders
| He'll line up outside for majority of reps but can slide inside comfortably.
| Austin Pettis || |
| Has wowed in camp, and if others aren't ready, could replicate Danny Amendola. |
TE PPR boosts
Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski (if healthy), Jason Witten and Tony Gonzalez stand so far above the TE class, but picking the right alternatives could leave you looking OK if you don't get one of the Four Horsemen.
| Player || |
| Notes |
| Brandon Myers || |
| Last year's receptions total will drop, but his target conversion rate was among the league's best. |
| Antonio Gates || |
| McCoy-Whisenhunt system will focus on quick release routes. Gates has one more solid fantasy year left. |
| Martellus Bennett || |
| Marc Trestman's focus on quick releases from Jay Cutler could help Bennett improve on or repeat 2012. |
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
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