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3 Biggest Differences Between Standard and PPR Drafting in 2019 Fantasy Football

By Leo Abbe-Schneider
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For those who are looking to experiment with different fantasy football formats, PPR (points per reception) scoring is a great place to start.

PPR leagues aren't too much of a change from traditional, standard scoring leagues, but they tend to be higher scoring, and they offer fantasy owners another dimension to consider when drafting a team.

Here are the three biggest differences to consider when drafting in PPR as opposed to standard leagues.

1. Receptions Are King

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Typically, in standard scoring leagues, the focus is on touchdowns. However, in a PPR league, fantasy owners should focus on receptions as one of the main criteria when drafting a player. If a player gets six receptions in a game, those six catches (each worth a point) add up to the same value as a touchdown. While touchdowns are still a vital part of the game, receptions often have an even greater influence on the outcome of fantasy football matchups.

2. Flex Leans to WR

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Wide receivers often offer much more flex-value than running backs. In PPR leagues, the third-best running back on a fantasy team often has less upside than the third or fourth-best receiver on a fantasy team. Therefore, it's important that fantasy owners remember the extreme value of receptions in this formant when filling their flex slot.

3. WR Simply More Valuable

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Similar to the last point, wide receivers often offer much more value than running backs. Hypothetically, if the league's leading rusher has 1,500 rushing yards with nine touchdowns, and the league's leading receiver has 100 catches for 1,400 yards with nine touchdowns, the receiver would finish the season with more fantasy points in PPR leagues, even though the running back would have scored higher in standard. Therefore, it's important that fantasy owners remember the extreme value of receptions in this formant when filling out their roster.


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Leo Abbe-Schneider is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Leo Abbe-Schneider also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username leoabbe2. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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