Beginner’s Guide: Fantasy Formats Standard vs PPR – by Adil Khan Deshmukh

Guys and gals, fantasy draft season is upon us!

In this article we will help all you fantasy newbies out there by giving you the lowdown on the difference between standard and PPR (points per reception) based leagues and which players are affected by these different scoring schemes. I’m going to ignore quarterbacks in this article as their scoring remains the same throughout all formats (barring the 4pt vs 6pt passing touchdown conversation).


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The scoring system that has been there since the beginning of time (imagine life before fantasy football!). The scoring system is relatively simple with RB/WR/TE scoring at rate of 10 yards (receiving or rushing) per point and TD’s scoring 6 points.

Standard scoring yields the least number of points of all scoring systems, therefore it can be heavily influenced by touchdowns. A touchdown in all formats is equivalent to 60 yards, however there are no other ways of scoring in standard leagues therefore the percentage effect over other formats is magnified.

The early rounds of standard scoring drafts are dominated by running backs. A lot of people even say that standard scoring championship winning teams are built on the foundation of running backs. The volume effect of starting every-down/two-down running backs means that a back that gets 20-30 touches a game will accrue consistently high points on a regular basis; and this is without factoring and receiving yards (if they’re dual threat) or touchdowns they may score.

A good strategy for standard scoring leagues would be to go RB for the first two rounds. Only receivers such as Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins and Odell Beckham Jr should go in the first round of a draft and some very good receivers are likely to drop into the 3rd round and beyond.

PPR and Half-PPR

PPR is the new guy on the block, the ‘maverick’ – the scoring system that old-skool fantasy players scoff at… okay that’s enough conjecture for now. In PPR scoring, the receiver receives a point per catch received (half a point for half-PPR). The introduction of this scoring system was to attempt to redress the balance between running backs and wide receivers/tight ends.

Some of the naysayers would say that full-PPR goes too far because a 10-yard reception is worth 2 points and a 10-yard rush is only worth one, which is where the half-PPR format acts as the halfway-house between standard and full-PPR.

Not only are wide receivers valued higher in PPR, but the importance of a pass catching running back is inflated. An example of this magnified importance would be Christian McCaffrey, who is rated by The Fantasy Footballers as a top-15 ranked player in standard formats, but for full-PPR his consensus rating is 6th overall. Theo Riddick and Dion Lewis are another two examples of running back who’s fantasy stock is inflated in PPR formats, as they are heavily used in passing down plays.

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In the wide receiver camp, 2017 stats can highlight this skewing of results. Jarvis Landry was a PPR monster at times as he worked the slot for the Miami Dolphins, accumulating points on short yardage plays (that sometimes didn’t amount to any game relevance) whereas in the standard format he was a little less proficient as his receptions were often for around 5 yards gained.

With regards to a draft strategy for PPR leagues, it is more fathomable that you will split RB / WR for the first couple of rounds. This inevitably will depend on the number of starting spots within your league and whether you are operating within a full-PPR or half-PPR scoring format. Again, looking at the Fantasy Footballers consensus rankings for the full-PPR format, 7 players in the top-20 are wide-receivers, whereas only 5 are in standard format.


So there we have it, a little introduction into the most common scoring formats. Good luck with your fantasy drafts this upcoming season!

By Adil Khan Deshmukh – @dillytoon



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