The Perfect Fantasy Football Scoring Settings
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.
The running backs are as standard as any position. 1 point per 10 yards, 6 per TD, -2 per fumble, with the aforementioned receiver scoring obviously applying to them as well. There is one difference with the running backs, however, which also applies to the other offensive positions. When a player goes over 100 rushing yards, he receives 5 bonus points. This is to devalue touchdown vultures. A player who runs for 10 yards with 2 TD's is absolutely not more valuable than a player who runs for 120 yards but fails to score. The bonus also applies to receivers going over 100 yards and quarterbacks going over 300 yards.
And finally, we come to defense. We do team defenses, as individual defenders just seems stupid to me. A lot of the best players in the league are useless fantasy football players, such as Nnamdi Asomugha and Sione Pouha.
Our team defense scoring is mostly standard: 1 point per sack, 2 per turnover, 6 per TD, 10 for a shutout with decreasing points as the other team scores. The one difference from many leagues is that opponent yardage does not matter. Why should it? Does it matter in real life? No. Who wins, the team with 500 yards and 14 points or the team with 300 yards and 21 points? If your fantasy defense can keep their opponent from scoring, nothing else should take points away from them.
And that's all. Those scoring options take into account every aspect of football possible to score, as far as I know. All of those scoring options are available with Yahoo! Fantasy Football, my personal favorite fantasy sports platform.
PS - I'm the reigning ANW champion.