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The Perfect Fantasy Football Scoring Settings

7/12/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - The Perfect Fantasy Football Scoring SettingsI created my fantasy football league the other day, and I was thinking about some of our relatively unique scoring settings. My league, ANW, which stands for something that no outsider will ever know, is going into its 8th season. Through those years, we have added and removed different scoring settings when we felt it was necessary, and we have finally pinpointed the perfect scoring settings that I suggest everyone uses.

I'm going to start off with the wide receivers, because if you're not in a points per reception league, you're in the stone age of fantasy football. Catches matter. Teams don't just load up their receiving core with the Desean Jacksons and Mike Wallaces of the world to rip off big plays every once in a while. Guys like Wes Welker and Percy Harvin help their teams because they move the chains and consistently are there to make plays. Those guys should help their fantasy teams as well.

Because of PPR, we only give 1 point per 20 receiving yards. Wide receivers would be scoring too many points otherwise. Awarding 1 point per 10 receiving yards would mean that 10 receptions for 100 yards would be the same amount of points as 200 rushing yards, while 200 rushing yards is more impressive.

Finally, we have 2 points awarded for 40+ yard receptions. We have to award the guys who change defensive approaches with their big-play-making ability. This rule also applies to 40+ yard running and passing plays. Big plays are a part of football, and teams game plan around them. As with the short yardage chain-movers, players who are able to make big plays are an asset to their team, so they should be an asset to their fantasy team as well.

Receiving touchdowns are worth 6 points, as are all other types of touchdowns.

Now we'll move on to the quarterbacks. We've got standard scoring for the most part: 1 point per 25 passing yards, 6 per TD, -2 per interception. The only difference we have from standard scoring is that we basically reward quarterbacks for good completion percentages. We do this by awarding .5 points for a completion and subtracting .5 points for an incompletion. This adds value to guys who complete a high percentage of their passes, something that is an important factor in the NFL. Someone like Drew Brees, who just broke the NFL completion percentage record, becomes an even bigger fantasy stud.
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