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Here at Pro Football Network, we do the research so you can walk into your fantasy football drafts prepared to dominate your league this season! With that in mind, here are the PFN fantasy football staff’s consensus non-PPR rankings for 2023.
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These rankings are a consensus from our Fantasy Football Director Kyle Yates, and Fantasy Analysts Jason Katz, Kyle Soppe, and Derek Tate. If you want to ask the analysts questions about why they ranked the players the way they did, be sure to join the free PFN Discord Server.
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Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns
As is always the case, Nick Chubb remains a solid non-PPR option to target in fantasy football leagues going into this season. The guaranteed volume and production on the ground is simply too much to pass by when you’re on the clock early on.
Unfortunately, Chubb’s lack of receiving volume has prevented him from being a top-three target at the RB position in other scoring formats for fantasy football, but that doesn’t matter much in non-PPR.
With very little competition behind him on the roster this season, Chubb should have a massive workload yet again this season and be a top target for fantasy managers.
AJ Dillon, RB, Green Bay Packers
AJ Dillon was a potential breakout candidate going into last season, but it didn’t exactly come to fruition, as he hit the majority of waiver wires by Week 8.
However, from Week 12 onward, Dillon was a solid contributor for fantasy lineups. He scored six of his seven touchdowns on the season during that time frame. Looking ahead to 2023, though, there’s plenty of reason for optimism for the talented RB going into his fourth NFL season.
Aaron Rodgers is no longer in town, which means that Matt LaFleur finally has full command of Green Bay’s offense. The last time that we saw LaFleur in full control of what was called on the play sheet was back in 2018 as the offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans.
Who did LaFleur have at his disposal for that season in the backfield? Yes, Derrick Henry. Another running back that can handle a massive workload and help the offense control the clock and keep opposing offenses off the field.
With Jordan Love set to take over at QB this season, the Packers are going to want to lean on their backfield to alleviate the pressure, and Dillon could be in line for the highest carry count of his young NFL career.
What Is Non-PPR ‘Standard Scoring,’ and Which Sites Use It as Their Default?
You may hear a lot of analysts refer to non-PPR as “standard scoring.” This is because, historically, non-PPR was the main format, and point-per-reception leagues were in the minority.
However, in recent years, that narrative has started to flip. PPR or half-PPR scoring is now viewed by many as the superior and main scoring format. Therefore, the phrasing of “standard scoring” is becoming less utilized to describe non-PPR. However, you may still hear it from time to time.
The fact that PPR has overtaken non-PPR in popularity is reflected in the fact that only one major site still has non-PPR as its default setting. That is CBS, which uses non-PPR scoring for their free leagues. If you wanted to use PPR or half-PPR on CBS, you would have to pay a fee to run a custom league.
On other sites, there is more freedom. While they may run either half-PPR (Yahoo) or PPR (Sleeper, ESPN, and NFL.com) as their default, you can freely customize your league to have whatever scoring format you desire.
How Does Non-PPR Scoring Differ From Other Scoring Settings?
Non-PPR simply means that fantasy managers don’t get any bonus fantasy points for receptions. In non-PPR, a player’s value for a reception is calculated based on yards gained and touchdowns scored during that play.
The non-PPR scoring often adds more of a premium to deep-threat receivers or players who catch several touchdowns, while it devalues possession receivers relative to PPR or half-PPR formats. In non-PPR, a player with 1,000 receiving yards on 50 receptions finishes with 30 more fantasy points than a player with 100 receptions and 700 receiving yards.