Fantasy Football 101: Picking Your WR and TE

This week’s edition of fantasy football tips is going to focus on the wide receiver and tight end. You may be wondering why I’m grouping these positions together. The reason is that their roles are a lot alike. The difference being the TE blocks a lot more than the WR. As far as scoring goes though, they’re the same in fantasy football. They’re both going to be catching the ball and gaining receiving yards as well as (hopefully) scoring TDs. The wide receiver and tight end are really important parts of the game. They can either make your QB look great or unfortunately they can also make him look horrible. Choosing good wide receivers and tight ends is a lot like picking the other positions we’ve talked about, with a few more strategies added in.

My consistent tips still stand: don’t pick someone injury prone and make sure he’s a starter.

My tips specifically for a WR and TE are to make sure he gets a lot of touches on the ball and that he doesn’t fumble. Like we talked about last week with the RB – lost fumbles equal minus points. A receiver and tight end can start, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to get the ball a lot throughout the game. Make sure he’s a prime target for your QB. If he’s getting the opportunities then hopefully he’s turning those opportunities into receptions and TDs. And we know what receptions and TDs mean – FANTASY POINTS AND WINS!

Now that we know how to pick our fantasy wide receivers and tight ends, let’s focus on how his position is scored. Remember: we are using the NFL standard scoring system.

Our example this week for the WR position was the highest scoring wide receiver, Antonio Brown from the Steelers. This is what’s funny about fantasy football. The Steelers lost to the Bears on Sunday, but Brown was still the highest scoring WR for the week.

The NFL scoring settings for a WR are: (which also work for a tight end)

Receiving Yards: 1 point per 10 yards

Receiving Touchdowns: 6 points

His stats were: 

196 receiving yards and 2 TDs.

19.6 (196/10 for his 196 receiving yards) + 12 (2 TDs) = 31.6

The scoring breakdown for the TE would look the same so I’m not going to bore you with another math model. See how quick the receiving yards rack up though? Imagine if you had a WR or TE who had over 200 yards receiving. You would be rolling in the fantasy points! Like always make sure to do your research before drafting your WR and TE.

If you haven’t already please check out the last 2 posts on how the QB and RB positions are scored. Stay tuned for next week where I’ll go over the kicker.

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