Standard Fantasy Football Scoring & Points System Guide

by Brad Perniciaro
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The standard fantasy football scoring system comprises a well-respected baseline of statistic/point-value pairs for the game of fantasy football. The points system which forms this framework is designed to promote balance across the various fantasy positions. The standard scoring system is the typical model chosen by first time fantasy football commissioners because it is a very basic points system which is intuitive for fantasy notices.

The points system defined in the standard scoring system was formulated with the goal of ensuring that each fantasy position has roughly the same fantasy value respective to the other positions for similar on-field production.  Thus, it aims to equalize the weight of each individual statistic so that each fantasy position has comparable value to your fantasy team. Next, we'll outline the basic point guidelines in standard fantasy football scoring for all offensive and defensive fantasy positions.

Offensive Points System

The offensive fantasy football scoring rules are well-established, especially when you compare them to their Defense/ST counterparts. Some leagues implement a points system whereby statistics such as receptions allow your team to accumulate points (better known as PPR Leagues), but the point system defined in the standard scoring system is very basic in comparison. 

Basic Point Values

  • Touchdown: 6 points

    In the standard fantasy football scoring system, touchdowns are universally worth 6 points, just like in an actual NFL game. It does not matter if the touchdown was scored by a quarterback, receiver, running back, or even a kicker; all touchdowns are worth 6 points.

  • Rushing Yards: 1 point per 10 yards

    Each rushing yard in fantasy football is worth .1 point (if your league awards fractional points, which it should), or 1 point for every 10 yards.

  • Receiving Yards: 1 point per 10 yards

    Each receiving yard in fantasy football is worth .1 point, or 1 point for every 10 yards.

  • Passing Yards: 1 point per 25 yards

    Because passing yards are much easier to come by than rushing or receiving yards, they are not worth quite as much. Passing yards in the standard scoring system are worth .04 point per yard, or 1 point for every 25 yards.

Balanced Scoring

The four statistic/point-value pairs listed above form the basis of the standard fantasy football scoring system. To get an idea of how the point system aims to be balanced, imagine that during a football game the following statistics were compiled for the 5 offensive fantasy positions:

  • Quarterback: 375 yards passing
  • Running Back: 40 yards rushing, 2 touchdowns
  • Wide Receiver: 100 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
  • Tight End: 100 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
  • Kicker: 2 40-yard FGs, 1 50 yard FG, & 3 extra points

If you asked several different people which of these players had the best game, you'd probably hear several different answers. This is because they all had roughly the same production considering the position that they play. Likewise, in terms of fantasy point output, each of these fantasy would have compiled the exact same fantasy point total: 16 points. 

As mentioned earlier, the idea behind the standard scoring system is to weigh statistic/point-values such that players with the same relative output are awarded approximately the same fantasy points, regardless of their position.

Additional Offensive Stats

While the aforementioned statistic/point-value pairs form the basis of the standard fantasy scoring system, the following statistics must also be factored into your scoring rules.  However, they may vary slightly from league to league.

  • Interception: -2 points

    For the average NFL quarterback, the ratio of TDs to INTs is generally about 3-1. For instance, in 2012 Joe Flacco had 33 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, Russell Wilson had 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, and Ben Roethlisberger had 26 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. This 3-1 ratio forms the basis for an interception's negative point value in fantasy football. It will take 3 interceptions to negate a 1 touchdown, so each interception will subtract 2 points off of your fantasy quarterback's point total.

  • Fumble Lost: -2 points

    The negative point value attributed to a lost fumble is most commonly -2 points, although it sometimes takes different forms. For example, some fantasy football platforms allow you to assign point values to both fumbles lost AND fumbles that are not lost. Under this configuration it is not uncommon to see fantasy commissioners associate -1 point with a fumble that is recovered by the offense and -2 points with a fumble that is turned over to the defense.

  • Field Goals: 3+ points

    Field goal point values generally start at 3 points and increase in value as the distance (and thus the difficulty) of the field goal increases. There are no standard guidelines governing how a field goal's point value should be increased, but a common approach is to award an additional point (4 points total) for any kick between 40 and 50 yards, another point (5 points total) for a kick between 51 yards and 59 yards, and finally 6 points for any field goal 60 yards are longer.

    If your league hosting service allows it, a further refinement of this configuration is to award fractional points, similar to how yardage is awarded to the other offensive fantasy positions.  Using the fractional approach, you could award 3 fantasy points for every field goal up to 39 yards, 4 fantasy points for a field goal of 40 yards, then award an additional .1 fantasy point for field goals 40 yards or greater.  This approach adds an element of granularity which is never a bad thing, and could be the difference in the outcome of a game or two during your fantasy season.

Defensive/Special Teams Points System

The following statistics are assigned to the Defense/Special Teams fantasy position.  Under the standard scoring configuration, the special teams and defense of each team are combined to form one fantasy position. 

Of all the fantasy football positions, the statistic/point-value assigned to the Defense/ST position are the most unpredictable. Every fantasy football league puts their own personal touch on these setting so any small deviation from these point values is acceptable.

  • Blocked Kick: 2 points

    Blocking any type of kick, whether it be an extra point, field goal, or even a punt is generally worth two points.

  • Safety: 2 points

    Just like in the real world, a safety is worth 2 points to your fantasy football team.

  • Forced Fumble: 1 points

    Fantasy leagues vary, but forcing a fumble is generally worth one point. Some leagues only award points (2) for a fumble recovery, but I personally like to split these points across two categories.

  • Fumble Recovery: 1 point

    A fumble recovery is worth one point.

  • Interception: 2 points

    Interceptions are almost universally worth 2 fantasy points.  These points counter the -2 fantasy points which are taken from the fantasy quarterback who threw the interception.

  • Sack: 1 point

    Sacks are worth 1 fantasy point.

  • Points Allowed:

    In recent years fantasy defense production has gone through the roof, especially since it is packaged with special teams. Fantasy points awarded for ‘Points Allowed’ play a large part in this position's overall production. Variations of these settings exist so remember they are only a guideline.

    • 0 Points Allowed (Shutout): 10 points
    • 1 - 6 PA: 8 points
    • 7 - 13 PA: 6 points
    • 14 - 20 PA: 2 points
    • 21 - 27PA: 1 points
    • 28 - 34PA: 0 points
    • 35 - 41PA: -2 points
    • 42+ PA: -4 points

Standard Scoring Point Chart

The following chart details the common point values awarded to the primary position categories for the standard fantasy football scoring system.   You can also download an Excel file of this scoring system in spreadsheet format.

Passing Yards 1 point per 25 yards
Passing TDs 6 points
Rushing Yards 1 point per 10 yards
Rushing TDs 6 points
Interception -2 points
Fumble Lost -2 points
Running Backs
Rushing Yards 1 point per 10 yards
Rushing TDs 6 points
Receiving Yards 1 point per 10 yards
Receiving TDs 6 points
Fumble Lost -2 points
Wide Receivers
Rushing Yards 1 point per 10 yards
Rushing TDs 6 points
Receiving Yards 1 point per 10 yards
Receiving TDs 6 points
Fumble Lost -2 points
Tight Ends
Rushing Yards 1 point per 10 yards
Rushing TDs 6 points
Receiving Yards 1 point per 10 yards
Receiving TDs 6 points
Fumble Lost -2 points
Extra Point 1 point
Missed Extra Point -2 point
Field Goal 17-39 yards 3 points
Miss Field Goal 17-39 yards -2 points
Field Goal 40-49 yards 4 points
Miss Field Goal 40-49 yards -1 point
Field Goal 50-59 yards 5 points
Field Goal 60+ yards 6 points
Blocked Kick 2 points
Safety 2 points
Forced Fumble 1 point
Fumble Recovery 1 point
Interception 2 points
Sack 1 point
0 Points Allowed 10 points
1-6 Points Allowed 8 points
7-13 Points Allowed 6 points
14-20 Points Allowed 2 points
21-27 Points Allowed 1 point
28-34 Points Allowed 0 points
35-41 Points Allowed -2 points
42+ Points Allowed -4 points

The standard fantasy football scoring system is the best framework for new fantasy leagues or existing fantasy leagues which want to keep things simple. This is because the points system is very intuitive and easy for even a novice to understand. For anyone wishing to start a new fantasy football league, the standard scoring system is likely your best option and we highly recommend it as sound starting point for your league.

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