PPR in fantasy football stands for points per reception. Points per reception is a fantasy format that awards players with points for each catch they make. Standard fantasy football leagues award points for yards and touchdowns but not catches.
In PPR format each reception by a receiver is going to be worth one fantasy point. This can add up to quite a lot of fantasy points throughout a game.
In standard scoring ten receiving yards is going to be worth one fantasy point. This means each catch in PPR is going to be worth an additional ten yards.
Additionally, there is a variation of PPR referred to as half PPR. Half PPR in fantasy football is a scoring format that awards players a half-point for each catch they make.
Essentially half PPR is exactly the same as PPR scoring except the points awarded for each catch are a half point instead of a full point.
If a league labels itself as non-PPR this means they do not award points for each catch.
It is also important to remember PPR is only counted when catching forward passes. If a player catches a lateral pass they are not going to receive any PPR points for this.
Which players benefit from PPR in fantasy football?
If you are new to joining a PPR fantasy football league you may be wondering how you need to adjust your strategy. One good way to way to do this is by finding out which players are going to benefit the most from this new scoring format.
One position that is going to greatly excel in PPR versus standard scoring is the slot receiver.
Slot receivers lineup in between the offensive line and the outside wide receivers. These players are usually quick and agile and specialize in getting open on short routes.
For this reason, these players end up with a large number of catches but not many yards. When playing standard scoring in fantasy football this is going to result in many fantasy points.
In PPR the large number of catches these players make is going to greatly increase their fantasy performance.
When playing in the PPR fantasy football format look for slot receivers that receive a large number of targets from their quarterback.
Another type of player that is more valuable in a PPR format is the receiving back. Receiving backs in football are running backs that specialize in catching the ball in the backfield.
Since these players do not tend to carry the ball very much their fantasy production is not very good. Catching balls out of the backfield usually means the passes are quite short.
This can make it difficult for these players to pick up many receiving or rushing yards.
But in a PPR format, each of these short passes is going to increase their fantasy output. If a player like this is able to catch several passes out of the backfield they can become a viable starter in fantasy.
Go-to tight ends
Another position which can excel in PPR format is the tight end. Especially tight ends that act as the go-to option for the quarterback.
It is common for a quarterback to have a tight end they can trust on big plays. These tight ends are usually taking the top off the defense and going for touchdowns.
Instead, they make short catches that can be vital for picking up first downs.
In standard fantasy leagues, these players are not going to create much value for making several short catches throughout a game.
But in PPR go-to tight ends can provide some value via the number of receptions they get throughout the game.