We’re going to run our own free fantasy football game here at Chinstrap Ninjas this year and we’re inviting all of you to play along.
The game will be “hosted” here on the site and will be run through the comments section and a spreadsheet. It’s going to be simple, but hardcore and you will get rewarded for your effort.First let’s discuss rosters.
Each owner gets to pick four players per week: one quarterback, one running back, one wide receiver and one tight end.
You may pick the same players every week and every player in the NFL universe is eligible.
Now for the interesting part.
Only the highest scoring fantasy player at each position in standard leagues can score for your team. Simply put, if Drew Brees outscores Aaron Rodgers by 0.1 point to be the best fantasy quarterback for that given week, Brees is money, Rodgers is worthless.
Each correct pick is worth five points. So, in the above scenario any player who chose Brees would get five points added to their week and season total. Anybody who picked any other quarterback would get zero points from the position.
Multiple correct picks in a given week earns you a bonus. For each correct pick, five bonus points are added. Here’s a breakdown:
- Each correct pick at QB, RB, WR, TE = 5 points
- If you get two correct: 5 points + 5 points (the two positions) + 5 bonus points = 15 points
- If you get three correct: 5+5+5 (three positions) + 10 bonus points = 25 points
- If you get all four correct: 5+5+5+5 (four positions) + 15 bonus points = 35 points
Players will be ranked based on standard scoring rules: Non-PPR, passing TDs are worth 4 points, all other offensive TDs are worth six points, 1 point for every 25 yards passing, 1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving. Turnovers (interceptions and fumbles lost) are -2.
Picking the top players in the NFL is important, but this format is affected considerably by matchups and luck. For reference:
- 13 different quarterbacks were No. 1 over the course of 17 weeks last season and would have scored five or more points. The list includes Matthew Stafford, David Garrard and Matt Ryan.
- No quarterback had more than two finishes as the No. 1 quarterback in 17 weeks.
- Philip Rivers, despite 28 TD passes and more than 4,200 yards passing, would not have scored a single point for teams in this scoring system.
- 12 different running backs would have scored five points in this format last year, including Jerome Harrison, Justin Forsett, Ricky Williams and Ahmad Bradshaw.
- As mercurial as Chris Johnson was last season, he was the highest scoring running back in only 4-of-17 weeks. Besides Johnson, only Jonathan Stewart and Maurice Jones-Drew finished at the top more than once.
As all of these facts point out, it will be difficult to score points, but anyone who scores multiple hits in a given week will be able to A) catch up fast or B) pull away from the pack quickly.
The player with the best cumulative total at the end of the season will get special recognition on the site. There could be recognition for other things as well. We’re not going to reveal everything, but understand that visitors to the site will know that brave Ninja Warriors battled valiantly and some emerged victorious.
Let’s get started for Week 1. Can you pick this week’s best fantasy quarterback, running back, receiver and tight end? Post it in the comments below.
Rosters for week 1 must be submitted no later than 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Minnesota and New Orleans play at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Rosters submitted after the start of that game cannot include players from that game.