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.


9 Responses

  1. Norman says:

    Any comments on Chris Ivory being a solid RB2 in a ppr league?

  2. Colton says:

    I play in a .5ppr league, so I am having a difficult time valuing which running backs are better bets than others. I play 2rb, 2wr, and a 1w/r flex. Unfortunately I have the 13th pick in a 14 man league, so I tend to be stuck with the following scenario:
    (In my head): “Alright, I know that I need to get a stud running back if I want to be able to run 3 this year.”
    Verbally: “GINGEFUCKINGVITUS! Trent RIchardson just went!”
    (In my head): “Now I’m stuck with A.J. Green, Dez Bryant, BMarsh, Jimmy Graham, Matt Forte, and Steven “how is he still playing football” Jackson. I want to take two running backs, and I know that I can get Reggie Bush and/or Darren Sproles in the 3rd and 4th…. Should I just get Forte and Dez now? Yeah, let’s do that!”
    Actual outcome: “Fuck my tight ass! He fucking took Dez and A.J.!” I’m stuck with the choice of taking Bmarsh my second bears player, a tight end, or the geezer-of-a-back, Jackson…. I take the grahamcracker.

    I already hate my team…. why’d I have to get the 13th pick!?!?!?!?

  3. Cory says:

    Josh, I love that stragety for picking early. But I’m picking 9th in a 12 team ppr league. Any stragety suggestions for me? I would greatly appreciate any help

    • C.D. Carter says:

      You should certainly have a crack at Forte and/or Sproles. Snagging both gives you a massive weekly edge in PPR.

  4. Josh S says:

    Norman, I’m picking early this year too. Obviously, take a stud RB first (Martin/Charles/Foster). So far, it seems like this is the year you need to hit RB again in the second. If you see Reggie Bush, or even Alfred Morris fall that far take one. 3rd I’m taking a wait and see. Don’t be afraid to go RB again if you like what’s there. WR is deep enough, you can fill a squad with decent starters throughout a draft (Colston in the 4th, Cecil Shorts in the 6th, underrated players like Stevie Johnson/Mike Williams late). But I would load on RB/WR for at LEAST 5 or 6 rounds before thinking QB. Take a TE very late (Olsen/Bennett/Cameron etc.) So hard to really have a “strategy” though, since every draft/league is so different. Just look for value and take advantage when you see good (pass catching) players fall. This is all my humble opinion, but I’ve formed this from hours of reading sites like Fake Football/Rotoviz/Rotoworld etc. all summer. I think most of these expert guys probably have a similar model in mind this year…good luck!

  5. Norman says:

    I’m drafting 3rd in a 12 team ppr league. Trying to come up with a strategy, any suggestions? Thanks!

    • emcee period says:


      That is my only suggestion. If you can get Forte in the second round, you can just quit your draft right then, unless your league requires you to fill out your roster each week.

    • C.D. Carter says:

      I think that’s a great spot to snag a Spiller/Jamaal type and Sproles on the way back. Having three pass-catching backs will offer a nice weekly cushion, as it always does.

  6. BRENT says:

    just finished one
    peyton manning
    lamar miller
    arian foster
    san fran

    carson palmer
    monte ball,andre brown,bryce brown
    emanuel sanders,reuban randle

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