What is PPR leagues?
A point-per-reception (PPR) league is a type of fantasy football league that awards players with points on every reception that they receive. For example, in a standard scoring system, if Player X catches 3 passes for 30 yards, he will earn 9 fantasy points (3 x 3). However, this same performance would earn 18 fantasy points in most PPR leagues (3 x 6).
Fantasy owners love the PPR system, as it encourages players on a particular team to be involved in the passing game. In addition, these systems will reward backs who catch a lot of passes out of the backfield. The downside to this scoring system is that it devalues running backs who do not catch many passes and penalizes those with high yardage totals.
In a standard scoring league, fantasy owners would earn 9 fantasy points for their example above. In a point-per-reception league, those same 3 catches would earn 18 fantasy points!
What are some advantages/disadvantages of playing with a PPR?
The biggest advantage of this scoring system is that it encourages players to be involved in the passing game. In addition, this format helps smaller players gain more value due to increased opportunities in the passing game.
A disadvantage of PPR leagues is that it tends to devalue running backs who do not catch many passes and penalizes those with high yardage totals.
What are some advantages/disadvantages of playing with a non-PPR?
One advantage of this scoring system is that it gives owners credit for having good wide receivers. An example would be in week one when Packers’ wide receiver Jordy Nelson caught seven passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears.
Owners who had Nelson on their team received 38 fantasy points (2 x 7 x 6) while owners in standard-scoring leagues only received 14 points (7 x 2). This system also helps owners more accurately gauge when to start a team’s top wide receiver in place of a running back, for example.
What are the most common leagues?
As it stands today, PPR is one of the most popular scoring formats in fantasy football. Some leagues have chosen to create their style of scoring that still rewards players with receptions, but not as many as standard PPR systems.
How do I know what type of league my opponent is in?
Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy way to find out what your opponent’s league format is besides asking them or just simply knowing the preferences of your particular league.
Tips for drafting players for your team
- Do not assume the best player is the correct choice
As with any fantasy football draft, it is important to make assumptions about what type of league your opponent is playing in before you decide who to draft onto your team. For example, if I am competing against a friend in a standard-scoring league, I would want to avoid drafting running backs that are constantly catching passes out of the backfield.
As opposed to another owner who plays in a point per reception league where they would be more interested in drafting these types of players because they are receiving extra points on every catch.
- Be mindful of your opponents’ bye week
If possible try and select players with different bye weeks as this will give you flexibility when setting your lineup for those weeks.
If you want to play in a PPR league, make sure that the rules are clear and your draft pick strategy is strong. You need to know what type of players will best suit your team for this specific game style. You also need to be aware of any other unique rules that your league may follow, such as waiver wire pickups or starting lineup.