Creating The Ultimate PPR Fantasy Football Squad
July 12, 2013 | C.D. Carter
If you’re into hulking wide receivers who prove relevant from goal line to goal line, soaring over defenders and serving as a giant, flaming endzone target, then please avert your gaze.
The below lineup could make your eyeballs melt out of their sockets.
Constant mock drafting is a condition of my fantasy football degeneracy, as I find myself using the Fantasy Pros mock draft tool more than a couple times a day. You know, just to take the edge off – like a cigarette before the all-consuming, heroine binge that begins in late August, ruining and reaffirming your life all at once.
I pieced together a collection of players this week that likely won’t score touchdowns in bushels this season – or any season, for that matter – but will post receptions by the school bus full.
This team in a standard scoring league would be borderline disastrous. I don’t think anyone would argue otherwise. But if summertime coachspeak translates to on-field performance this season, I think a team like this could be easily attainable and competitive in a PPR format.
I wouldn’t even want this lineup in a .5 PPR league, in which a player is rewarded half a point for every reception. Only full PPR, folks. Next to each player’s name is the number of receptions I’ve projected them for in 2013.
QB – Sam Bradford
RB – Darren Sproles (88)
RB – Matt Forte (66)
WR – Percy Harvin (87)
WR – Randall Cobb (93)
WR – Pierre Garcon (83)
TE — Martellus Bennett (60)
FLEX – Shane Vereen (59)
Tavon Austin (74)
Mike Williams (67)
Vincent Brown (69)
Jeremy Kerley (55)
Jordan Cameron (61)
Does this team dominate a PPR league? Probably not. Will the glut of receptions this squad will post keep this team afloat, even during weeks in which they’re not piling up yards and touchdowns? I think so.
Beyond those questions, I think this shows that we can take different approaches in PPR leagues, valuing high-volume reception guys, especially running backs slated to be consistent weapons in their teams’ passing attacks.
A combined 213 receptions between three running backs (Vereen, Sproles, and Forte) is pretty fearsome. If you had drafted Alfred Morris, Stevan Ridley and Chris Ivory – a fine standard league trio of runners – you’d get about 43 receptions all season. One hundred and seventy catches, as you may have guessed, can make a difference over the long haul.