Back in 2013, we switched our site-default scoring system to a points-per-reception (PPR) format. It had been a very popular request the years leading up to the change, and the demand finally became so overwhelming (over two-thirds of our subscriber poll respondents voted for PPR) that we made the change.

Basically, the typical fantasy player feels that “more points = more fun,” and PPR scoring leagues provide more points than non-PPR scoring leagues. The majority of our readers now use PPR systems, so they are more cognizant of how a player’s role and effectiveness in the passing game can greatly enhance his value. The purpose of this article is to simply recognize those players whose values are noticeably higher in the PPR format than in standard-scoring leagues. This is especially true of the running back position, where receiving specialists are far more important in PPR formats than in standard leagues. If you read nothing else in this article, the running backs should be on your required reading list.

 

Running Backs

Blatantly Obvious PPR Studs

Le’Veon Bell (Pit)

David Johnson (Ari)

Devonta Freeman (Atl)

PPR Studs

DeMarco Murray (Ten) – One of the most underrated receivers at his position in the NFL, Murray has caught over 50 passes in three of his last four seasons. Heck, even in his ill-fated 2015 campaign with Chip Kelly’s sinking Eagles ship, he managed 44 receptions on 55 targets (80% catch rate). Even if Murray loses some early-down work to second-year stud Derrick Henry this year, there’s no reason to believe he won’t be the primary passing-down back, and Marcus Mariota’s favorite checkdown option.

LeSean McCoy (Buf) – McCoy was incredible as a receiver in 2016, which was a stellar return to form after two subpar seasons for him in that department. He posted 50/356/1...