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 1.3 456 370.2 Carolina Panthers Panthers Carolina Panthers 1 13 $56
2 RB2 Saquon Barkley 2.5 233 317.9 New York Giants Giants New York Giants 1 11 $45
3 WR1 Michael Thomas 3.8 368 335.6 New Orleans Saints Saints New Orleans Saints 1 6 $51
4 RB3 Alvin Kamara 5 237 335 New Orleans Saints Saints New Orleans Saints 1 6 $55
5 RB4 Dalvin Cook 16.4 282 309.9 Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 1 7 $42
6 RB5 Ezekiel Elliott 8.2 300 306.7 Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 1 10 $46
7 WR2 Davante Adams 7.9 209 280.8 Green Bay Packers Packers Green Bay Packers 1 5 $38
8 WR3 Julio Jones 10 267 285.2 Atlanta Falcons Falcons Atlanta Falcons 1 10 $38
9 WR4 Tyreek Hill 10.1 182 277.9 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 1 10 $39
10 WR5 DeAndre Hopkins 6 263 262 Arizona Cardinals Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 1 8 $30
11 WR6 Chris Godwin 14.1 272 275.9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 13 $34
12 RB6 Austin Ekeler 39.9 295 300.7 Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 1 10 $38
13 QB1 Lamar Jackson 20.8 474 368.6 Baltimore Ravens Ravens Baltimore Ravens 1 8 $29
14 RB7 Derrick Henry 17.5 284 249.5 Tennessee Titans Titans Tennessee Titans 1 7 $34
15 TE1 Travis Kelce 21.3 248 240.5 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 1 10 $35
16 WR7 Mike Evans 22.2 228 254.2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1 13 $30
17 RB8 Aaron Jones 15.4 304 260.5 Green Bay Packers Packers Green Bay Packers 1 5 $30
18 QB2 Patrick Mahomes 22.6 329 359.4 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 1 10 $27
19 RB9 Miles Sanders 31.5 207 259.7 Philadelphia Eagles Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 1 9 $31
20 RB10 Leonard Fournette 13.4 249 241.2 Jacksonville Jaguars Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 1 7 $35
21 TE2 George Kittle 21.6 213 240.4 San Francisco 49ers 49ers San Francisco 49ers 1 11 $35
22 RB11 Nick Chubb 10.3 245 260.7 Cleveland Browns Browns Cleveland Browns 1 9 $30
23 RB12 Joe Mixon 12.4 214 243.8 Cincinnati Bengals Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 1 9 $25
24 RB13 Kenyan Drake 55.1 203 253.4 Arizona Cardinals Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 1 8 $26
25 WR8 Kenny Golladay 22.6 242 245.9 Detroit Lions Lions Detroit Lions 1 5 $31
26 WR9 Keenan Allen 26.8 254 230.8 Los Angeles Chargers Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 1 10 $23
27 WR10 Cooper Kupp 25.6 265 240.8 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 1 9 $24
28 RB14 Josh Jacobs 14.4 184 223.6 Las Vegas Raiders Raiders Las Vegas Raiders 1 6 $23
29 WR11 Amari Cooper 22.8 238 218 Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 1 10 $17
30 WR12 Odell Beckham Jr. 53.1 195 221.2 Cleveland Browns Browns Cleveland Browns 1 9 $22
31 TE3 Zach Ertz 47.4 211 202.5 Philadelphia Eagles Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 1 9 $25
32 WR13 DJ Moore 42.5 225 222.8 Carolina Panthers Panthers Carolina Panthers 1 13 $22
33 RB15 Todd Gurley 87.1 211 247.5 Atlanta Falcons Falcons Atlanta Falcons 1 10 $27
34 WR14 Allen Robinson 33.5 248 213.3 Chicago Bears Bears Chicago Bears 1 11 $20
35 TE4 Mark Andrews 56.3 202 225.1 Baltimore Ravens Ravens Baltimore Ravens 1 8 $31
36 QB3 Russell Wilson 49.5 379 315 Seattle Seahawks Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 1 6 $14
37 QB4 Dak Prescott 71.3 385 317.2 Dallas Cowboys Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 1 10 $12
38 WR15 JuJu Smith-Schuster 76.8 109 216 Pittsburgh Steelers Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 1 8 $18
39 WR16 A.J. Brown 52.2 210 216.4 Tennessee Titans Titans Tennessee Titans 1 7 $22
40 WR17 Calvin Ridley 40.2 190 214.8 Atlanta Falcons Falcons Atlanta Falcons 2 10 $17
41 QB5 Deshaun Watson 44.3 363 292.5 Houston Texans Texans Houston Texans 1 8 $11
42 WR18 Adam Thielen 31.8 110 205 Minnesota Vikings Vikings Minnesota Vikings 1 7 $17
43 RB16 Melvin Gordon 21.2 173 225.4 Denver Broncos Broncos Denver Broncos 1 8 $23
44 WR19 Robert Woods 50.2 220 209.1 Los Angeles Rams Rams Los Angeles Rams 2 9 $20
45 QB6 Kyler Murray 58.4 311 284.7 Arizona Cardinals Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 1 8 $10
46 RB17 Clyde Edwards-Helaire 99.2 188.6 Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 1 10 $16
47 WR20 Tyler Lockett 34 231 209.2 Seattle Seahawks Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 1 6 $20
48 TE5 Darren Waller 67.4 216 192.8 Las Vegas Raiders Raiders Las Vegas Raiders 1 6 $22
49 WR21 T.Y. Hilton 41.7 120 194.8 Indianapolis Colts Colts Indianapolis Colts 1 7 $17
50 RB18 Mark Ingram 45.2 232 208.7 Baltimore Ravens Ravens Baltimore Ravens 1 8 $17

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 growth 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 weekly, 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 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 is 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 product, but also plenty of sites that are specifically tied to fantasy football have come about as well. ESPN has its pros and cons. The design of the site has largely remained unchanged for some time 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 are 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 of 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 use this site. 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 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 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 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. In 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 the 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 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 point 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 positive elements, 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.