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LAG - ESPN Scoring
David Dorey
August 13, 2007

(Using the scoring system found on ESPN for the highest scoring 20 players in each position)

Passing

1 Pt for 25 yards
4 Pt touchdown
-2 Pt Int. or Fum

Rush/Catch

1 for 10 yards
6 Pt Touchdown
-2 Pt Fumble

Defense

6 Pt Touchdown
1 Pt Sack
2 Pt Turnover
2 Pt Safety

Points Allowed
0-1 = 10
2-6 = 7
7-13 = 4
14-17 = 1
22-27 = -1
28-34 = -4
35-45 = -7
46+ =-10

  Top 3 Scorers 4th - 10th Top 3 vs 4-10 11-20th 4-10 vs 11-20
Average Scoring Average Points Lost Scoring Average Points Lost
QB 276 219 57 174 44
RB 357 233 124 176 57
TE 131 100 30 63 38
WR 196 176 20 150 26
DEF 205 134 72 114 20

LAG Synopsis

Quarterbacks - Here's a weird one. Quarterbacks only get 4 point touchdowns and yet they get dinged 2 points for an interception or a fumble. Ouch. What that did is to make the decline in value for the position pretty sharp through the first half dozen top players and then start to decline much less steeply. I'd prefer a top six quarterback in this scoring and since they score more than all but running backs, I probably wouldn't want to risk waiting too long. There is over 100 points difference between the top player and the 12th best. That is a lot in this league. While it may seem like QBs are highly devalued in this scoring with the 4 point TDs and the -2 turnovers, the reality is that they still score more than other positions thanks to the 1/25 yardage and the fact there are no reception points involved in other positions.

Running Backs - The value in this position declined very rapidly in the top ten and means a first round back is pretty much mandatory in this scoring. But after the first ten players or so, the line flattened out with very little difference between the tenth and 20th best running back. This would again start to decline more rapidly once all the starters (about 35) backs were taken but the value decline to consider here is that a top ten is great, but after that the decline is not nearly so severe in maybe waiting a round to grab a RB2. Running backs still were very high scoring players here and should be desired but amazingly their value declined below a commensurate defense in this nutty scoring. The introduction of fumble points doesn't really change that much over the season. Most only have a couple all year.

Tight Ends - Even having Gates didn't make a huge difference to any team in this scoring mostly because of the absence of reception points. The difference here between owning a top three tight end and just another starter probably only costs about 2 points per week overall. This is a definite "middle round or later" pick. The value just is not there and the value for starters is too close to really worry much about.

Wide Receivers - Without reception points, this position had a slight nudge up in value for the top three but that was the smallest difference against the rest of the wideout starters (WR1) in the league of any position. Sadly, this is the sort of league scoring that rightfully makes wideouts go later in drafts and not matter that much. Compared to other positions, wideouts just don't fare all that well. Better than tight ends and that is about it.

Defense - Defenses scored better here than in most leagues thanks to the use of points allowed. Getting a top three defense made a difference but after that - there wasn't much difference between the 4th best and the 10th best. I would really want a top defense like Chicago or Baltimore but after that - "meh". There is no rush.

 

Top 20 Scorers
416 RB Tomlinson, Ladainian
330 RB Johnson, Larry
325 RB Jackson, Steven
307 QB Manning, Peyton
263 QB Vick, Michael
260 RB Gore, Frank
258 RB Parker, Willie
256 QB Brees, Drew
254 RB Westbrook, Brian
250 QB Bulger, Marc
241 RB Barber, Tiki
237 QB Palmer, Carson
226 RB Jones-Drew, Maurice
218 QB Kitna, Jon
216 QB Brady, Tom
211 RB Johnson, Rudi
207 QB Rivers, Philip
207 WR Harrison, Marvin
201 QB Young, Vince
201 QB McNabb, Donovan

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