Performance League

Fantasy Football Definition of "Performance Leagues"

The standard fantasy football league is what is called a "performance league". In a performance league, a player's yardage and touchdowns are both factored into the fantasy football scoring system -- this is called "performance scoring".

For example, typical scoring in a performance league awards a WR one fantasy point for every 10 receiving yards he earns. But the scoring doesn't stop there. A WR also earns 6 points for every receiving TD. Outside of a couple of bonus point opportunities (depending on your league's scoring system), your WR can earn you some serious points in one of two ways -- earning yardage and scoring touchdowns. The WR's complete performance on the field earns you fantasy points, hence the name "performance league".

This is the most popular type of fantasy football league, probably because it seems the most "fair", although many would argue that a performance league's scoring system is actually very biased. A RB earns a fantasy point for every 10 yards rushing, but can also earn a point for every 10 yards receiving (plenty of RBs in today's NFL catch passes regularly enough to earn regular reception fantasy points) as well as the usual 6 points per touchdown.

Not to mention that many teams give the ball up to RBs in short yardage situations near the goal line, offering RBs more chances to score TD points than their WR counterparts. For this reason, WRs and TEs are really the "unsung heroes" of the fantasy football world. Take a look at average draft position numbers for RBs versus WRs, or think back to your most recent fantasy football draft. How many RBs went before big name QBs and WRs? There's your evidence right there.

The opposite of the performance league is probably the touchdown-only league, in which player's yardage doesn't count for fantasy points. Performance leagues are seen as superior to TD-only leagues because in a TD-only situation it is possible for a poor team to claim victory over a much better roster. A player's value is not exclusively represented by his number of TDs -- there are plenty of players whose entire value to their team is their ability to move the ball up and down the field, sometimes scoring few, if any, TDs. Then there are players who earn very little yardage but tend to score TDs -- the big bruisers who bust through a D-line to walk one across the endzone. Why should the big guy's short yardage TD be valuable while the workhorse RB that got him there earns nothing?

There are many variations on performance based scoring. Figure out what you and the other fantasy freaks in your league are looking for in terms of scoring and work out a performance scoring system that works for you.

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