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Fantasy Football Scoring Systems

Fantasy League Scoring Systems

There are all kinds of fantasy football scoring systems to use and, depending on the fantasy scoring system your fantasy league uses, scoring systems will make you draft differently. So I thought I would go over some of the types of leagues I’ve been a part of in the past as examples of the fantasy football scoring systems out there.

For each of these examples, I’ll try to include one or two fantasy football tips for drafting in each type of league.

Quarterbacks 6 Points per Touchdown – Fantasy Scoring Systems

This is one of two major types of scoring rules, where the quarterbacks tend to score the most points overall. The idea is to make QBs more important, because they score the most. Quarterbacks will tend to be drafted higher in leagues like this, though I’m not sure they should be. The reason is that 6 pts per TD tends to make a whole lot more quarterbacks viable starting options, because a couple of TDs in a game gives that QB a solid game comparable to the best wide receivers and even running backs for that week.

Since there are going to be a lot of NFL quarterbacks scoring a couple of TDs a week, you can roll out any of the Top 20 QB in the NFL and have some hope of a decent game.

On the other hand, the team who gets the one or two QBs up around the 40 TD range for the season have a huge boost, because they are getting steady contributions and big contributions every week. There will be a couple or three games where your QB scores 3 or more touchdowns that your quarterback will single-handedly give you the boost you need to win.

For instance, if you had Drew Brees last year, you were probably in your leagues playoffs and challenging for the league title. If you had Kurt Warner, it was probably pretty much the same story. That’s where the trouble with drafting quarterbacks high in a 6 point for a touchdown league scoring system is, though.

Great Quarterbacks Can Be Found in the Middle Rounds

If you drafted early last year, Kurt Warner was still locked in a QB battle with Matt Leinart. Warner was drafted in the 19th round in one league I was in last year, for that very reason. That might seem like a fluke, but quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler were middle round picks in 2008. Meanwhile, the people who thought they were clever drafting Tom Brady probably sat home for the playoffs last year.

Of course, injuries happen and there’s nothing you can do about it, but the point is, quarterbacks are a little unpredictable from one year to the next, so there’s really no reason to draft one high – even if you play in a league where you get six points for a touchdown.

I know, I know, Drew Brees will be tempting this year – but don’t do it. Think Tom Brady in 2008.

Quarterbacks 4 Points per Touchdown – Fantasy Scoring Systems

I don’t really know what leagues are thinking when they adopt this scoring system. I guess they want to limit the effect of quarterbacks on the outcome of matchups, but this really marginalizes quarterbacks in my mind. Leagues that make passing touchdowns 4 points often tend to take off points for interceptions, which is minor in the grand scheme of things, but really sets up a situation where you can have negative totals for your QB in a week. I hate negative totals.

Some team owners will get counter-intuitive and decide this makes the really good 2-3 QBs that much more important, because they’re still scoring high. But a good running back is going to score a lot more than a good quarterback in this league, so never draft a quarterback in the top five rounds or so in one of these drafts.

Point For Reception Leagues – Fantasy Football Scoring Systems

The “point per reception” league generally gives 1 point for every reception a player gets on offense. This has a major effect on offensive drafting strategies in fantasy football leagues. The wide receiver becomes a viable option as early as the 2nd round, because the best receivers have an extra 100 points added to their total. Given that most of the best running backs have 40-50 receptions, it often ends up being an extra 50 points for receivers over running backs. This evens out the disparity somewhat between the positions.

Don’t get me wrong. Teams that have the best running backs are still in the better positions, because runners are more consistent and have more ways to score. There are only 32 starting running backs every week in the NFL, while there are 64 starting wide receivers.

That alone makes the running back a rarer commodity, and therefore a more precious commodity. (The same goes in a comparison of running backs to quarterbacks. There are the same number of starting QBs as starting RBs in the NFL any given Sunday, but most fantasy leagues have you start 1 QB and 2 RBs per game, so the same ratio applies.) For what you need to start every week, good running backs are roughly twice as rare to find as good receivers or quarterbacks.

Drafting Receivers High Isn’t Just For Dumbasses Anymore

That being said, in my main league, two of the last four champions have used a 1 running back, 4 wide receiver set. We have a league that allows 1 runner, 2 receivers and 2 offensive flex players (rb, wr, te). This gives teams maximum flexibility in starting lineup, and some teams have had major success stocking up on big name receivers. But that’s only because we use a point-for-reception scoring format.

Changes in the NFL rules about 4-5 years ago also play a role in this. It’s no coincidence that Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have each broken the NFL single-season passing touchdown record in the past five years. The new rules instituted in 2004 where defensive backs cannot touch opposing receivers 5 yards downfield has opened up the passing game.

There are more passes being thrown, more passes being completed and more receivers on the field these days. Add that to an increase in RBBC (running back by committee) and a point-per-receptions league and teams can compete with wide receiver-heavy teams. Those teams, I’ve found, are more up-and-down, but they are dangerous when they have several hot receivers going at once. I’m not saying those were the best teams in the leagues the year they won the title, but they were close enough to get the shot and win the title.



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