Fantasy Football Success: Know Your Scoring System!

Nick DarinContributor IAugust 28, 2009

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Every fantasy football magazine sells you their ranking for each position. Sure, those are great and helpful. But that alone won't get you fantasy success.  In my time in fantasy football I have realized that all you need to do is make the playoffs and anything can happen. You can gain your points on your adversaries just by knowing the scoring system.

1. The six point touchdown

There is nothing I love more than being in a fantasy league with a custom scoring system and with half the owners not knowing the scoring system. Most leagues provide  you with six points for a passing touchdown, a point for 25 yards passing, six points per rushing touchdown and ten rushing yards for a point. 

Just think before you pick here.  Last year Adrian Peterson finished with 1885 yards and 10 TDs, so that works out to 248 points for the season. Michael Turner had 1740 yards and 17 TDs, which is 276 points. DeAngelo Williams had 1636 yards and 20 TDs for 283 points. 

Now if you look at some of the quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers had 4038 yards and 28 TDs, which comes to 329 points. Philip Rivers threw for 4009 yards and 34 TDs for 364 points and Drew Brees had 5069 yards and 34 TDs for 406 points. 

Reasonable minds say you still need to take Adrian Peterson with the top pick because of his dominance and his team's commitment to the run, but last year there were 11 QBs with more than 20 TDs, which was higher than any running back's total.  There is a 123-point difference between Brees and Williams. That's roughly seven or eight points a game.  So knowing your scoring system can help you gain extra points per game. 

2. The point per reception

The PPR league, which is gaining some popularity in the fantasy world, really changes around the ADP (average draft position) of players.  When you are looking to draft a running back, if its a PPR league you need to be wise. 

Turner and Peterson don't catch the ball a lot.  Players like Chris Johnson, Darren Mcfadden and Reggie Bush all get kicks up because they catch passes like a receiver.  Receivers like Wes Welker and Eddie Royal both get a lot of receptions but don't get a ton of TDs. 

If they average six receptions a game, then you're going to get at least six points and the yardage. We'll give them 50 yards a game, so that's good for 11 points a game. 

So pay attention to the high reception guys. They can give you a few extra points here and there. Remember you get one point for the catch even if it's a pass for zero yards or negative yards. 

3. Know your bonus points

If your league has bonus points available, then be aware of them.  If you get five points for a 50-yard field goal, two points for a certain amount of receptions per game, or if there are yardage bonuses, make sure you know about them. 

If you look back and you can get five points a game from your QB and three points from your WR/RB, then you get two points for a bonus, you have been able to find 10 extra points for the week. 

Now it won't work out like this every weekm but one extra win a season could be all you need to scoop up a playoff birth and a possible Super Bowl Championship and fantasy immortality. Happy drafting