NFL Fantasy: Week 2 mailbag

Each Wednesday, we take a peek into our fantasy mailbag and answer your burning questions about all things NFL fantasy. Here’s this week’s edition.


We received some pressing NFL fantasy questions this week, so let’s get to it. 

How many points are supposed to be allowed for thrown touchdowns? My new league uses six and it’s driving me crazy.

B.K.- Utah

While there is such a thing as the NFL standard fantasy points system, there is no rule that says any league has to use it. In fact, the majority of NFL fantasy leagues award six-points for thrown touchdowns reasoning that more points mean more excitement. The NFL standard is four points. When you see an article citing historical point data, it is probably using the NFL standard unless it specifically tells you otherwise. 

Some complain that six-point touchdowns make quarterbacks too important and they have to draft them higher. Theoretically, a point change elevates all quarterbacks evenly and should not affect where you draft them. But, that’s strictly theory. It’s hard to ignore 366 fantasy points for eight rounds.

The original reason behind four-point touchdown passes was to keep the quarterbacks from being too far ahead of the other players in total points. More recently, the argument is that a four-point system penalizes non-running quarterbacks since rushing touchdowns are six points, whether you’re a QB or a running back.

You can find three, four, five, and six-point touchdown passes in all types of leagues. Often, the penalty for interceptions mirrors the higher or lower reward for touchdowns. 

I wound up with Andy Dalton and Eli Manning on my NFL fantasy roster. Which quarterback should I dump when I grab Bradford off waivers?

P.J.- London

That’s a tough one. Both quarterbacks have the same main problem- their offensive lines are like sieves. They barely have time to get their feet set before rushers are nipping at their heels. Both have decent receiving options if they have time. Dalton has a far superior rushing game to help out. 

That’s one reason I think I’d hold Dalton over Manning. The other is that while Dalton gets mad and more determined, Eli looks like he has developed a bad case of happy feet. Even when he has time, he looks unnerved. He dumps way too many passes at the feet of blocking backs like he is afraid to extend his arm enough to throw vertically. 

I think Cincinnati is ahead of the Giants as far as putting offensive line fixes in place. Plus, I think Dalton has a strong enough arm to unload more positive yardage passes than Manning. 

Why do people get so mad when coaches change quarterbacks mid-game?

A.K. – Wisconsin

Not everybody gets mad. For instance, I didn’t hear anyone boo when Deshaun Watson and Jacoby Brissett stepped onto the field this week. 

But I assume you want to know why NFL fantasy people get so mad. Of course, if anyone was starting Tom Savage or Scott Tolzien, they probably have other issues to worry about. It would be a bigger issue if there was a legitimate time share between two good quarterbacks. For all intents and purposes, it would be very difficult to start a part-time passer. 

Pulling a decent quarterback because he is having a bad day can be extremely aggravating. You are from Wisconsin. If Aaron Rodgers got pulled because he threw a couple of interceptions, what would you think? If he was your starting fantasy quarterback, what would you think? 

Garbage time points are worth full value in fantasy. If Jacksonville pulled Blake Bortles out of the game every time he had a bad first half, Chad Henne would be throwing passes for the Jaguars this season and no one would have debated whether or not to draft Allen Robinson.

Should I hold onto David Johnson as a playoff boost when he comes back?

J.K. -Pennsylvania

If you have such a great team that you are confident you will make the playoffs without Johnson, sure. But I wouldn’t recommend it. Keep tabs on his rehab and pick him up if things look positive. But just because he is eligible to return in eight weeks doesn’t mean he will return in eight weeks. It could easily be as much as 10-12 weeks. Then you have to worry if he has lost any touch on catches or any feel on carrying the ball. 

Write him off and look for other contributors before you lose another running back and need the help. 

After all the pre-draft Bilal Powell sleeper hype, is it time to dump my Jets running backs already?

T.J. -New York City

Not yet, unless you can pick up someone really good. The Jets haven’t yet found any offensive identity. Amazingly, they passed three times as much as they ran against the Bills (40-13), even though the receivers are still introducing themselves to each other and to Josh McCown. The running backs had almost as many pass targets (11) as they had carries (13). 

That doesn’t seem like a sustainable plan for the Jets. They have two good running backs and a weak-armed, inaccurate passer. On the one hand, I am tempted to wait and see if the Jets realize their best weapons are lined up behind the quarterback. 

On the other hand, nothing the Jets has done all year makes sense. If an upgrade is available on waivers, I wouldn’t argue against making the move. 

Each Wednesday we run an NFL fantasy football mailbag. Submit your questions to [email protected]. Thank you to those who submitted questions this week. I look forward to answering more of them next Wednesday!

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Pat Opperman

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Pat recently retired from real life to watch sports and write. Look for references to games and events from ancient times as memories of an earlier Age of Sport tend to pop into his head.

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