I know, I know, standard scoring is the fantasy football dinosaur. Still, there are people who love the traditional style of fantasy football. It’s funny that it’s still called standard, while point per reception or ppr has become the “standard” notation format.
For those who have only been playing since ppr, or half ppr has become the norm, I will explain the standard notation. Standard scoring is a matter of touchdowns and yards. Simple.
These levels are what I plan to get early opportunity, workload, and red zone opportunity. Quarterbacks are not included here as they are not affected by the ppr score difference from the standard score. Let’s take a look at my standard pre-draft rating levels.
Level 1 guys should play a very productive role right from the start. They will have a great opportunity for yardage and touchdowns.
Breece Hall – RB – There really is a level one in the standard leagues. Hall is built to take the load, has good hands and speed for days. Hall walks onto the NFL field ready to handle a three-way workload. It should be productive from day one.
Level 2 players have the ability to step in like level 1 guys. I could see some of them producing like a level 1 guy in the right place to land.
Kenneth Walker, AR – Walker shone at the combine, showing good speed and performing well in field exercises. He didn’t catch many passes in college, but seemed comfortable in pass drills at the combine.
Drake London, WR – London heads into Tier 2 with its downfield ability and red zone target profile.
Garrett Wilson, WR – Safe hands, high speed, can’t lose. I think that’s how the saying goes. Wilson can rack up yards after the catch or threaten defenses vertically. He is no stranger to the acrobatic grip.
Treylon Burks, WR – 6’2″ 225 and 4.5 seconds 40. Burks is a tyrant who can run. Burks excels in the contested hold arena and can run away from you after the hold.
This level has a lot of talent. Players have just enough to worry about – production, size, injury, that they’ll probably be a great fantasy producer, but not in the first year.
Isaiah Spiller, RB – Spiller has a good size, but tends to be a little soft. Ultimately, I think he ends up in a timeshare where he gets a lot of work, but loses work in the red zone.
Jameson Williams, WR – Right size, great speed and hands. Coming out of an injury. I expect him to step into an outside receiver role.
George Pickens, WR – The former WR1 in this class simply never put in year-over-year production. Prototypical size for an outdoor receiver.
Jahan Dotson, WR – A little shorter, but well constructed. He’ll have no problem finding a relevant fantasy role in his first two NFL seasons.
Don’t get me wrong, these players are good. They may struggle with consistent opportunities and production at the NFL level.
Chris Olave, WR – Profiles as a deep threat. Great game speed and hands. His fantasy production might be inconsistent due to his role in the offense.
Rachaad White, RB – A sleeper to be productive early. Excellent size/speed combo. Works well and catches the best. It looks like its ceiling is like a type 1A back.
Zamir White, AR – Tiny stone hands but an impressive and powerful runner. Had two ACL injuries early in his career. Seems to be a productive powerhouse in a committee with high TD production.
Christian Watson, WR – Tall, with great speed and dodgy hands. Looks like the second coming of MVS. Boom/bust potential abounds with Watson.
Trey McBride, ET – First tight end hits level 4. McBride and a good wide receiver and adequate blocker. Part of the challenge with tight ends is the longer development time.
I would love to see a player come out of the line like Stefon Diggs, who was a fourth-round pick.
John Metchie, WR – Coming off of injury and being a lightly built outside receiver, Metchie has the skills to become a low WR2/high WR3 in the league.
Dameon Pierce, AR – A barrel man with decent speed. The capital project and the landing place could take it up a level, maybe two.
David Bell, WR – A disappointing combine confirmed poor athleticism that showed on tape. He could become productive in a big slot machine role.
Skyy Moore, WR – Small school, big production. Lots of analysts are pushing it up right now, but I think it needs it with the real estate axiom lottery – location, location, location.
Is there a Chris Carson in the mix for Tier 6?
Ty Chandler, RB – Decent size but probably a fallback quarry. We’ve seen a lot of guys like this produce when they came up with an opportunity due to a starter injury.
Kevin Harris, RB – Punishing runner without too much movement. Didn’t show well in the passing game. Could be a TD vulture and a game script freak. Harris has some explosiveness.
Tyler Allgeier, AR – Another 2 down, TD vulture player. Doesn’t work with the explosiveness of some of the other dos.
Wan’Dale Robinson, WR – A slot type receiver that will rank much higher in ppr leagues. Robinson has good speed, good hands and some gimmicky ability.
Jerome Ford, RB – Ford has a good size and ran well at the combine. It is not very explosive given its size/speed profile. Ford has good athleticism but average vision.
Greg Dulcich, ET – Good receiver with questionable blocking skills. He showed the will to improve in the trenches.
Leave a comment and tell me what you think. Yes, I know standard notation is a minor format, so let’s dispense with the “is anyone still playing this” comments. Yes, they do.
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