PPR - Points Per Reception

Fantasy Football Definition of "PPR" and "Points Per Reception"

"PPR" stands for "Points Per Reception". It refers to a specific method of scoring that many fantasy football leagues choose to use in place of more traditional scoring methods. In a points per reception league, players who catch a pass earn a point amount (usually one point) for that reception.

In a standard fantasy football league, players who make receptions (WRs, TEs, occasionally RBs) earn points for yardage and touchdowns only, not for receptions. The main idea behind PPR leagues is to even the playing field between different positions. Lots of fantasy football managers complain about the standard scoring system's bias toward RBs.

In PPR leagues, TD and yardage points still apply. PPR rules tend to create a different hierarchy of positions and players than traditional scoring systems -- for instance, a RB like Rudi Johnson of the Lions is much more valuable outside of PPR rules than he would be to a manager playing in a PPR league. He's simply not a big enough part of their passing game. On the other hand, a guy like Brian Westbrook would be a much more valuable RB in a PPR league because he's known to get some targets from the QB.

PPR may seem a bit unfair at first. After all, RBs don't get points for rushing attempts. But look at it this way -- part of a WRs job is to put himself in a position to be targeted by his QB and then to catch and maintain possession of the ball. Shouldn't WRs get a little bit of fantasy point love for doing half their job? And when you take into account how much more lucrative most RBs are than WRs under traditional fantasy scoring rules, it only makes sense to consider the PPR rule for your league.

There's another side to PPR. When you think about WRs in the NFL, you've got guys who don't get as many targets but tend to turn the ones they get into long yardage or TDs. These specialists tend to score very differently under PPR rules than they would without. For instance, Terrell Owens is actually slightly more valuable (when compared to other WRs) without PPR rules. That's because he's a 'big play' WR. Others like Owens would be guys like Andre Johnson (who in 2007 had 8 TDs on just 60 receptions) and Randy Moss.

When switching to a PPR league from a traditional league, make sure you understand how PPR scoring can affect WR hierarchy.

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