PPR Fantasy Football Rankings 2020

PPR scoring has become one of the industry standards over the last few years, but also a favorite among fantasy football players. The additional point per reception opens up more players in the fantasy player pool. Pass-catching backs have more importance, and those smaller wide receivers who rack up receptions have more value as well. Instead of just researching and factoring in yards and touchdowns, receptions are now added into the mix for being an important fantasy stat. PPR rankings will differ from the other scoring format rankings, due to different players being valued differently because of the stats that they produce. Overall fantasy points from the prior season and projected fantasy points will be higher due to it being a higher scoring format. If you are new to the PPR world, our fantasy football rankings page can help you see who you need to be keeping an eye on for your fantasy drafts.

1 RB1 Christian McCaffrey 1.1 456 405.7 Carolina Panthers Panthers Carolina Panthers 1 0 $55
2 RB2 Saquon Barkley 1.2 233 276.8 New York Giants Giants New York Giants 1 0 $54
3 WR1 Michael Thomas 1.5 368 350.6 New Orleans Saints Saints New Orleans Saints 1 0 $52
4 RB3 Ezekiel Elliott 1.3 300 275 Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 1 0 $53
5 RB4 Dalvin Cook 1.4 282 283.2 Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 1 0 $51
6 RB5 Alvin Kamara 1.6 237 260.5 New Orleans Saints Saints New Orleans Saints 1 0 $50
7 WR2 DeAndre Hopkins 1.7 263 284 Houston Texans Texans Houston Texans 1 0 $49
8 WR3 Davante Adams 1.8 209 280.1 Green Bay Packers Packers Green Bay Packers 1 0 $48
9 RB6 Austin Ekeler 3.2 295 259.6 Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 2 0 $29
10 RB7 Leonard Fournette 2.2 249 240.7 Jacksonville Jaguars Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 1 0 $48
11 WR4 Chris Godwin 1.12 272 256.2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 0 $43
12 WR5 Tyreek Hill 1.9 182 276.6 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 1 0 $44
13 WR6 Julio Jones 1.1 267 274.4 Atlanta Falcons Falcons Atlanta Falcons 1 0 $46
14 WR7 Mike Evans 2.6 228 250.3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 0 $45
15 RB8 Aaron Jones 2.4 304 248.7 Green Bay Packers Packers Green Bay Packers 1 0 $40
16 RB9 Derrick Henry 1.11 284 234.7 Tennessee Titans Titans Tennessee Titans 1 0 $40
17 RB10 Nick Chubb 2.1 245 234.2 Cleveland Browns Browns Cleveland Browns 1 0 $44
18 TE1 Travis Kelce 3.4 248 236.9 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 1 0 $25
19 QB1 Lamar Jackson 2.9 474 384.3 Baltimore Ravens Ravens Baltimore Ravens 1 0 $31
20 TE2 George Kittle 3.6 213 229.5 San Francisco 49ers 49ers San Francisco 49ers 1 0 $23
21 WR8 Amari Cooper 2.7 238 249.5 Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 1 0 $35
22 WR9 Kenny Golladay 2.8 242 249.2 Detroit Lions Lions Detroit Lions 1 0 $36
23 WR10 Keenan Allen 2.11 254 249.1 Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 1 0 $34
24 WR11 DJ Moore 3.8 225 249.3 Carolina Panthers Panthers Carolina Panthers 1 0 $29
25 RB11 Miles Sanders 3.3 207 211.2 Philadelphia Eagles Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 1 0 $31
26 RB12 Todd Gurley 2.1 211 201 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 1 0 $30
27 WR12 JuJu Smith-Schuster 4.5 109 223.2 Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 1 0 $18
28 WR13 Allen Robinson 3.1 248 249.1 Chicago Bears Bears Chicago Bears 1 0 $32
29 RB13 Kenyan Drake 2.12 203 211.1 Arizona Cardinals Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 1 0 $31
30 RB14 Josh Jacobs 3.1 184 211 Las Vegas Raiders Raiders Las Vegas Raiders 1 0 $32
31 WR14 Courtland Sutton 3.9 215 237 Denver Broncos Broncos Denver Broncos 1 0 $26
32 WR15 Odell Beckham Jr. 4.8 195 217 Cleveland Browns Browns Cleveland Browns 1 0 $25
33 WR16 A.J. Brown 4.4 210 213.6 Tennessee Titans Titans Tennessee Titans 1 0 $21
34 RB15 Joe Mixon 2.5 214 208.7 Cincinnati Bengals Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 1 0 $36
35 QB2 Patrick Mahomes 4.1 329 344.9 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 1 0 $28
36 WR17 Robert Woods 4.6 220 222.1 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 1 0 $15
37 WR18 DeVante Parker 5.5 238 219 Miami Dolphins Dolphins Miami Dolphins 1 0 $13
38 WR19 Tyler Lockett 3.7 231 249.2 Seattle Seahawks Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 1 0 $26
39 WR20 Adam Thielen 3.12 110 242.4 Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 1 0 $20
40 TE3 Zach Ertz 3.11 211 210.1 Philadelphia Eagles Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 1 0 $22
41 RB16 Mark Ingram 5.1 232 197.3 Baltimore Ravens Ravens Baltimore Ravens 1 0 $16
42 WR21 Tyler Boyd 4.1 217 229.4 Cincinnati Bengals Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 1 0 $27
43 WR22 DJ Chark 4.3 218 228.5 Jacksonville Jaguars Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 1 0 $20
44 RB17 Le’Veon Bell 5.4 204 206.4 New York Jets Jets New York Jets 1 0 $21
45 RB18 Melvin Gordon 3.5 173 211.2 Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 1 0 $33
46 RB19 Kerryon Johnson 4.12 80 182.3 Detroit Lions Lions Detroit Lions 1 0 $19
47 RB20 Chris Carson 4.11 225 199.6 Seattle Seahawks Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 1 0 $29
48 RB21 Devin Singletary 4.9 137 173.7 Buffalo Bills Bills Buffalo Bills 1 0 $19
49 WR23 Cooper Kupp 5.2 265 237.2 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 2 0 $15
50 RB22 Damien Williams 7.3 132 167.2 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 1 0 $15

Evolution Of Fantasy Football

Fantasy football used to be a game played on legal pads and required newspapers to tally scores. This is going back to as early as the 1960s and 1970s. The growing of the game began to grow, as Fantasy Football Digest was one of the early publications put out by a set of friends, which reached a few thousand copies. Throughout the years since then, fantasy football as evolved as technology has evolved. We went from consuming most of our fantasy football advice through magazine isles at the grocery store to now getting instant analysis through websites and social media.

The standard scoring format has largely been the same throughout fantasy football’s history. Projecting and calculating just yards and touchdowns made it easier back in the day, it also dwindled the player pool down. However that wasn’t much of the reason for using basic stats. Along came PPR scoring over the past few years. A few sites have made it their default scoring setting, while other sites at least have it as an option to consider.

So why has PPR scoring become so popular and is now the new norm? One of the main reasons is that it opens up more players to be drafted and picked up off the waiver wire. A standard scoring league is going to negate some players having any sort of value. Those running backs who only get third down passing work have little to no fantasy worth in standard scoring leagues. It also helped expand more fantasy value to wide receivers and tight ends. Overall it gives us more options to work with.

One of the other reasons why PPR has become is popular is that it balances out the weight of scoring touchdowns. When looking at touchdowns on a weekly basis, it is an extremely volatile thing to project. A running back who runs for 100 yards, and catches a few passes should have a noticeable difference in fantasy points then a running back who falls into the end zone from just a few yards out. The same goes for wide receivers and tight ends. It beefs up fantasy scoring a bit, and touchdowns still hold their weight and we certainly want them, it just creates a better floor for fantasy players.

To branch out even further, we have seen a dynasty community and format really explode. This league setting is about carrying over your whole roster year after year, ultimately recreating what it would be like to be a real NFL GM. You deal with incoming rookie classes, trade draft picks, and also make moves for long term effects as well. This differs from singular fantasy seasons where everything is short term.

PPR Vs. Standard

When looking at key differences between the two scoring systems, opening up the player pool is one of the more noticeable differences. We also see players that were already fantasy relevant get major upgrades because they are running backs that also catch passes, or are wide receivers and tight ends who catch seven-eight passes a game. On draft day this helps you build a roster because there are more options out there to take. It also helps during the season when injuries and byes come about because the pool of free agents are increased as well. Your bench and weekly options are going to look a lot better because of this scoring.

A receiver that puts up a 6-60-0 line is going to score six fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. That jumps to 12 fantasy points in PPR leagues. And while everyone is in the same boat in standard leagues, the jump to PPR scoring makes those weekly matchups less dependent on a touchdown stat that is of high variance.

ESPN Fantasy Football Site Review

ESPN has had their foot in the fantasy football door for a long time, and they have had that advantage being such a household name. With other big named sites having their own product, but also plenty of sites that are specifically tied to fantasy football have come about as well. ESPN has their pros and cons. The design of the site has largely remained unchanged for sometime, and doesn’t offer a clean cut feel in comparison to some of the others. However it is easy to navigate still, and beginner users should have no issues finding what they need to do.

However, the mobile product is not ideal. To be fair, most of the sites need a major shakeup in mobile development. It is tough to use and fairly clunky when trying to navigate through it. With many of us wanting to check scores and adjust on the fly, we are not always at a computer. The lack of effort in their mobile product is disappointing.

ESPN has pumped money into their fantasy football analyst department, with Matthew Berry often looked at as the poster boy for all things fantasy football there. They have some bright minds behind their projections and do churn out weekly analysis for the less seasoned fantasy players. There are a lot of strong stat pages and ways to just simply view fantasy football numbers in general, but the design and mobile work is really what lacks.

They have also moved their default scoring setting to PPR, and they are now one of the two major sites to have done so. As far as customization for your league and team, ESPN has done a decent job at giving you plenty of options. If you are running a keeper league, there is no issue with doing that through ESPN. There is not much that separates customization from some of the major sites anymore, as the standard has become the new norm. The difficulty of setting things up on ESPN is fairly easy though.

NFL.com Fantasy Football Site Review

There have been major strides in updating the NFL.com fantasy football department over recent years. As sites began to make it a priority, they did as well. We might not necessarily think of NFL.com as a powerhouse site for fantasy, as sites like Yahoo, MFL, ESPN, and CBS are referenced far more, and that is because they took an earlier initiative to dominate the industry.

NFL.com still has a strong presence, and they have cleaned up their interface. It is clean and simple, which is perfect for a lot of the beginner users that will go to their. They are also represented well on the NFL Network, which is a major plus for them. When you go to a stadium and see fantasy football stats across the Jumbotron, those will be from NFL.com. The mobile app is actually better than some of the other major sites, which is a clear edge that they have.

As far as information and stats go, they have put together a pretty good team of names, and have invested in outside talent. Embracing the fantasy football chaos was a little late on their part, but it has now taken up quite a bit of broadcast time as well as their weekly content goes.

Strategy Changes For PPR

You might have been flipping through each scoring format’s rankings and noticed some bigger differences within the three. That is because the changes from standard to PPR can cause some pretty big swings and also open up the player pool. Let’s couple quick examples of how value can change. A running back that dominates in rushing attempts that also catches over 50 balls per season is going to have an elevated importance over other positions and players within the position. If a running back who doesn’t get used much in the passing game, they are not going to have as much value and won’t be viewed as highly in fantasy rankings or ADP.

Tight ends and wide receivers have much more value in PPR formats, and that is actually a plus. Julio Jones has had a couple of down touchdown seasons, but his receptions and receiving yards have always been in the top one percent of the league in these numbers. On those weeks where Jones goes off for nine receptions, 150 yards and no scores, his fantasy production is still very strong factoring in his receptions.

We want to be adding depth at wide receiver and running back positions, where it gives us options on each week. Looking for running backs who work in the passing game will have an edge over others who don’t. Those wide receivers who catch 90-100 balls a year are going to have an advantage in this scoring format, even if they don’t find the end zone too often. Looking at the FLEX role, wide receivers have a slight edge when you look past the RB1, RB2, WR and RB2 names. Going deeper into the list of names available for a FLEX, wide receivers will score a bit more than running backs. However a running back who works in a third down role or in a heavy passing attack can also be used.

PPR Fantasy Football Rankings Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Fantasy Football PPR Scoring?

PPR stands for points per reception, which has become the popular default scoring system. Players will receive one fantasy points per reception. This was created to help make certain players more relevant and create a change in how different fantasy stats are weighted.

How Are PPR Points Calculated?

Points per reception points are only relevant for running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends. Every reception your player records, it translates to one fantasy point for your team. If Christian McCaffrey has eight receptions, he will have eight fantasy points off receptions alone.

Do QBs Get Points In PPR?

Unless a quarterback catches a pass in a trick play, quarterbacks do not usually record points for receptions. Their fantasy points are still going to be dependent on how your league’s scoring format is set. Which is usually one point per 25 passing yards and four points for passing touchdowns.

What Position Should I Use In FLEX?

In PPR leagues, you are going to have some more options to work with. Wide receivers are a deeper position when it comes to PPR leagues, and they can do more on fewer touches in comparison to running backs that are outside the top 35 in scoring.

Is PPR Better Than Standard?

PPR has quite a bit of pros like opening up scoring numbers each week, expanding useful fantasy players, and adding another aspect to researching for drafts. Standard makes touchdowns extremely important, which we can’t count on each week in comparison to receptions for a floor.