EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 09: Jarvis Landry #80 of the Cleveland Browns in action against the New York Giants during their preseason game on August 9,2018 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)

5 Fantasy Players With the Biggest Difference in Value Between PPR and Standard Leagues

The choice to reward players with either a point or a half-point every time they make a catch in fantasy football seems negligible, but it can change the entire landscape of a season. 

Some players thrive as reception machines, which best fits their skill set. There are plenty of players who have value in standard leagues, but they see that value increase tenfold in the PPR scoring system.

Here are five players whose value goes up dramatically in PPR formats. 

5. Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears

Tarik Cohen is an extremely talented running back, but has a small window of opportunity to show it with Jordan Howard in front of him on the depth chart. 

That window comes on third down and other receiving situations, where he truly shines. Cohen finished 10th in targets at his position, even though he had a much smaller opportunity than the people in front of him. That role is expected to expand even further with head coach Matt Nagy coming to town, a man who has been known to get his running backs involved in the passing game. As someone who has the potential to catch 70 balls this season, his stock goes way up in PPR leagues.

4. Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts

Under standard scoring, Jack Doyle isn't considered one of the best options at his position, and for good reason. He had just four scores last year and didn't crack 700 yards. 

Yet if you look at his production from a PPR standpoint, he suddenly becomes a monster. Compare his production to Travis Kelce. The Chiefs' tight end finished first at his position in receptions and had just three more catches than Doyle, but will likely be picked several rounds ahead of him. If you're in a PPR league and Doyle is around, view him as a steal wherever he goes. 

3. Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns

It's at the point where Johnson should barely be considered a running back. 

Last season, he had more targets than touches, which is no easy feat for someone coming out of the backfield. Johnson someone who isn't a threat on the ground, especially with Nick Chubb and Carlos Hyde arriving in Cleveland. His 74 receptions from last season are still a huge reason why he was such a difference-maker for fantasy owners in 2017, finishing 19th in catches throughout the league. It's hard to justify drafting him early unless it's a PPR league, but if it is, you'll be selecting a monster for your squad. 

2. Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins

If it weren't for his ability as a receiver out of the backfield, Thompson would be far from a name anybody needs to remember. 

Last season, he had just 294 yards on the ground and won't have much more this season, as Adrian Peterson, Rob Kelley, and Samaje Perine will be getting almost all the ground work. Still, he's a player to look at as someone who changes the game from a receiving standpoint. He had 39 catches in just 10 games last year, which was 10 fewer that his career-high despite missing six contests. Alex Smith is known to pepper in his backs, and Thompson will take an even bigger leap this season because of it.  

1. Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns

Landry is a solid receiver no matter what the scenario, and would be an asset even in standard scoring leagues, but he skyrockets up the rankings for PPR leagues. 

Last season, he finished a respectable 17th in yards. It's his 112 catches in 2017, which led the league, that need to be focused on. With the Browns committed to airing it out this season, he'll be another player to watch in PPR formats, as he'll be showered with targets once again. 


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