Fantasy Football Consistency: Standard Scoring Differences – RB

Josh Brickner shows you the effect of Standard scoring versus PPR scoring when evaluating the Consistency of Running Backs in 2017. Who improved and who declined may surprise you!

Fantasy owners of Bears RB Jordan Howard were thrilled this season with his Week 3 & 14 performances where he scored 33 and 28 PPR points respectively. However, these same owners quivered with fear in their Week 12 & 13 matchups when the Bears RB produced back-to-back four-point clunkers (these owners might not even have been playing in Week 14). Boom/Bust players like Howard are devastating to the playoff chances of owners in H2H fantasy leagues where your overall record determines whether or not you get a ticket to the dance.

You want to draft players on your team who are consistent fantasy performers from week to week. If you’re unfamiliar with the Consistency Rankings and Clutch Reports over at Big Guy Fantasy sports, I recommend you take a look. You will not be disappointed. Bob Lung has been looking at consistency in fantasy football for 15 years, but mostly through a PPR scoring lens. Well, that changes today. For the first time, we will be looking at the difference in RB consistency between PPR and Standard (non-PPR) scoring formats.

RB Consistency: PPR vs Standard Scoring

For our purposes, we compared the Clutch Report of 76 RBs in standard and PPR scoring methods. Of the 76 RBs evaluated; 35 (46%) saw no change in their Clutch Rate (CR) even with the scoring format changed. The scoring change did have an impact on RB consistency as 27 RBs (36%) saw a negative regression in their CR when switching from PPR to Standard scoring while 14 (18%) saw a CR increase when owners aren’t awarded a point per catch. It’s not surprising nearly double the amount of RBs saw a decrease in their CR than RBs who saw a positive increase. The consistency rates of some 2017 workhorse RBs were impacted in Standard scoring leagues.

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