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How to approach TE in a 1.5pt reception league (FPC) (1 Viewer)

dmack4242

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So I took the plunge this year and joined the FFPC $350 league, and also took on two of the 77 draft master leagues for a bit of drafting practice/fun no work during the year leagues. The big difference for me in these leagues then other leagues I have been in is the 1.5 point per reception awarded to tight ends. I like this rule as it gives more significance to the tight end position, but it also seems to overvalue the position once you get past the top 5 or so TEs. I can't help but wonder if it is me undervaluing or the masses overvaluing this scoring rule.

I am looking at this topic from a regular PPR league standpoint, where TE gets the normal 1pt per reception. When looking at it from this point of view, this means TEs only get an extra half point for every reception they make. While this can be significant for the top 5 TEs, the value seems to drop off in a meaningful way later.

In 2012, the 6-10 ranked TEs in a PPR league got 79, 69, 61, 62, and 64 receptions. Thats an extra 30-40 points in the year. When working off of a 16 game schedule, that's between 2.4 and 1.9 points per game TEs 11 thru 20 averaged about 50 receptions. over 16 games, thats 1.5 points per game. On a per game comparison, not much of a difference.

In 2011, the top 6 TEs had 90, 99, 79, 80, 79, and 83 receptions. Even at 99 receptions, which is very high for a TE, thats only an extra 3pts per game. When looking at TEs 7-15, an average of about 55 receptions which would average about 1.7pts per game.

Being new to this format, I admit there may be something I am missing. But as of now, I see very little reward in drafting TEs in this format higher then I would in a standard PPR league.

 
I think you answered your own question. You are absoultely spot on with your analysis. There is little reward in moving TEs up in your rankings in the 1.5 PPR format.

 
Having done the FFPC format for a few years, the difference IMO, is the value of TE's in the flex spots (2) and that when your in a bind (byes, inj's), they can be very useful as plug n play options. In an FFPC/FPC format you see a lot more of them being drafted (especially with 20 man rosters) than you do in a typical 12 team ppr league. Just my :2cents:

 
I drafted Gronk; Witten and Gonzo in one of these leagues and ran away with the $ ..... some times if you can hit on TEs late it works well since you can start 3 TEs. So the point is get some high upside guys later (Fleener; Eifert; Julius Thomas; Cameron etc) and hope you hit. Then you get significant advantage over the guys starting WR3 and RB3 at that flex spot.

 
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Having done the FFPC format for a few years, the difference IMO, is the value of TE's in the flex spots (2) and that when your in a bind (byes, inj's), they can be very useful as plug n play options. In an FFPC/FPC format you see a lot more of them being drafted (especially with 20 man rosters) than you do in a typical 12 team ppr league. Just my :2cents:
True, but in a PPR league, is starting that 2nd or 3rd TE on a bye actually viable? 19 TEs went in the first 11 rounds. In a bind, are you really going to start a 2nd TE that isn't in the top ten at the position? What's the upside? Seems to me I would rather play a guy like Little, Kerley, or Hopkins etc that have the chance for a long touchdown. If we are talking about the last flex position, give me a guy thats gonna give me the highest ceiling possible. I think history has shown that TEs typically don't have that high a ceiling, and the extra half point a reception typically doesn't raise it much.

 
dmack I'll always go a TE that I feel can go off on any given week over guys like that because of the scoring format. Both kinds of player have very erratic weeks, but a TE can give you a better chance at a huge week if you hit. The extra .5 PPR does make a difference.

ETA: You may not approach it differently, but in many instances TE's will go earlier than you'd expect.

 
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