PPR vs. Non-PPR – Know the Difference Before You Draft

designall_crop_650x440In a world full of acronyms, just what the heck does PPR actually stand for?

Do you know the difference between a Standard Fantasy League and a PPR league?

What in the world does PPR actually stand for?

If you answered “Point per Reception,” you probably have a leg up on more than half the people in your fantasy league.

What’s the purpose of a PPR league?

This is an attempt by the fantasy football gods to take some of the shine away from the quarterbacks and level the playing field increasing the value of other position players. In a PPR league, pass-catching running backs and wide receivers get a huge bump in the number of points they score over a Non-PPR league. Having a dominant QB never hurt any team, but a pass-catching running back is worth his weight in gold.

A PPR League also DEVALUES running backs who can’t catch the ball. A-P and Michael Turner take a huge hit in value in PPR leagues because the QB doesn’t want to throw to them. However, RBs like Reggie Bush or Ray Rice rack up the points because the quarterback is always using them in a dump off situation. Every catch they make brings more points your team.

In a standard fantasy format (Non-PPR), having Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers in last year’s fantasy line-up just about guaranteed you a spot in the league championship game. This was not the case in PPR formats.

In PPR Leagues, some fantasy players will wait until the 3rd round before drafting a QB – Try that in a Non-PPR league and I guarantee you a finish in the bottom three.

Strategies for PPR Draft

Don’t rush to draft QB

Find WRs and TEs who get the most targets

Find RB’s who love to catch and run

Find WRs and TEs who get the most receptions

Don’t fixate on yards after the catch – Points result with every reception.


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