Our last article discussed players who receive a bump in PPR leagues, so we must dive into the other end of the pool. There are just as many players who see a decline in PPR formats, and we will discuss those here.
It feels like the fantasy community has been trending toward more PPR leagues over the last decade, but there are still plenty of standard formats out there. It’s now the traditional way to play fantasy football, and it’s helpful to know which players are overvalued in those formats.
With that said, let’s kickstart this piece with one of the best running backs in the NFL!
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Players Seeing Decline in PPR Leagues
Here are players who are less valuable in PPR scoring formats.
Tight End Declines
George Kittle is an elite tight end no matter what format you play in, but he’s far more valuable in a standard league. We say that because Kittle has averaged 948 receiving yards per year over the last four seasons. He’s doing that damage on just 70 catches, despite ranking top-three in both receiving yards and air yards during that stretch among tight ends. He also had 11 touchdowns last year, and we saw him drop off to 60 catches for 675 yards. Kittle also led all eligible tight ends with 12.8 yards per catch, the tall tale sign of a standard league player. There are too many weapons in this offense for Kittle to be a target hound. As long as he’s seeing a ton of air yards and red zone opportunities, Kittle is a top option in standard leagues. We like him in any league, but he should rise a round in standard formats.
Talk about a team with too many cooks in the kitchen. The Eagles are overwhelmed with position players to feed, and it’s limited Dallas Goedert in PPR leagues recently. The big man has fewer than 58 receptions in all five years since being drafted but is averaging 666 receiving yards over the last four years. That had him tied with Kittle for the highest yards-per-catch average among all eligible tight ends, but he’s not trustworthy in PPR leagues behind his 14 percent team target share from last year. We also expect this to be one of the best offenses in the NFL, and we genuinely believe he’ll set a career-high in touchdowns because he’s never been above five. That would only add to his value in a standard league, especially if we see another decline in receptions.