It’s called Fantasy, but to the millions of us who partake, it is very, very real.
In fact, scoring in fantasy football is not done by rolling dice or drawing cards, it’s based on real-life stats.
It is called fantasy, but it plays out right in front of our eyes every weekend. You see, there’s a lot more reality than fantasy in fantasy football.
And in most leagues, a scoring system is put in place in an attempt to properly reward players for their on-field production.
After several years of fantasy football in many different leagues with all kinds of scoring systems, I believe I’ve come up with a scoring system that mirrors the real game almost perfectly.
It’s quite simple actually.
It’s all about PPR (point per reception) and high scoring QBs.
The first mistake people make when deciding on a scoring system is trying to level the field. They figure that the best QB should score about the same as the top RB, and elite WRs.
So standard scoring systems read something like this: three or four points/passing TD, one point/20 yards passing, one point/10 yards rushing or receiving, six points/rushing or receiving TD. This system does what it’s supposed to do, it levels the field.
But real football isn’t like that.
In real football, QBs are the most important players on the field. So it only makes sense for QBs to be the highest scoring players in fantasy.
An easy solution is simply to award QBs five or six points/TD pass.
All of a sudden, Brees, Manning, and Rodgers become first round picks.
Another suggestion to make your league more like the real thing is to start awarding a point per reception.
In standard scoring leagues, mid-level RBs tend to score considerably more points than top-tier WRs.
In a PPR league, an elite WR stands to score just as many points as a top notch RB.
Plus, RBs who get the job done on the ground AND through the air are properly rewarded.
Ray Rice and Jones-Drew deserve to be considered two of the top fantasy performers because of how many ways they can beat you.
If you play in a standard scoring league and are perfectly happy with how everything works, then good for you.
Keep having fun.
But if you’d like your league to better reflect the real NFL, consider taking my advice.