Fantasy Football Touchdown Only Leagues Cheat Sheet
Fantasy Football Information on Touchdown Only Leagues
Let’s all be honest for a minute here…..it takes a certain breed of fantasy football owner to enjoy a touchdown only fantasy league. But for all those sick souls that love to indulge in a fantasy scoring system that gives credit for only touchdowns, this article has your name all over it.
While it may seem very simple to understand a league that really only has one way of scoring, the evaluation process can be a bit trickier then one might think.
For example just because you draft a stud player like Adrian Peterson in a league like this it does not guarantee that he will be a true stud. For example look at runners like LenDale White or Tim Hightower they both had double digit touchdowns last year just like Peterson.
Heck White was about a 50% more valuable player to have last year over Adrian as he had 15 touchdowns and Peterson only had 10 touchdowns. Even Thomas Jones was a more valuable runner as he had 15 touchdowns as well!
At the end of the day though this style of league is like most in that the star top fantasy picks like Adrian are still probably going to have a good season for you and guys like White and Jones could very easily come crashing back to earth this year.
When you draft a guy like Peterson or LT you know that runner is a key player for that organization and is going to get touchdown opportunity’s.
This makes that type of player a more attractive pick just like in any fantasy football draft around. OK, ok enough of me ranting on as if I’m actually trying to right a novel on this subject. Below I have a listing of some players I expect to see finish this year with touchdown numbers close to that of last year and some sleepers I expect to produce well in 2009. Fantasy Football Information on Repeat Touchdown Only League Players Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers – While some feel that Aaron will have a hard time repeating his touchdown totals from last year (32 total touchdowns) I believe he will make over 30 again in 2009. The reason I say this is because the Packers still have a great supporting cast around this talented player and they don’t have a true touchdown maker at the running back position. This means that Rodgers is still going to have to throw in the touchdowns, which in turn makes Rodgers and Greg Jennings very attractive players in touchdown only leagues. Running Back: Le’Ron McClain- Big bad Le’Ron is most definitely the baddest man around in the AFC central and will be a touchdown specialist for the Baltimore Ravens. While Ray Rice is a talented young runner, he is more suited to run outside of the red zone. Look for this touchdown beast to have a fine season as the Ravens are well in line to go back to the playoffs in 2009. Wide Receiver: Lance Moore- I know some people are down on Moore because he had shoulder surgery and came out of no where last year for 10 touchdowns. But who cares, this team loves to throw the rock and Moore is going to start opposite Marques Colston in this high powered offense. Brees is easily going to move over the 30 touchdown mark again this year and Moore stand in line to get a good portion on those touchdown catches. Oh and by the way this week the Saints and Lance came out and said that his shoulder is 100%. Not sure if I totally buy that as I myself had shoulder surgery (it’s never the same after surgery folks) but I do believe the shoulder is as good as it’s going to be. Tight End: Kevin Boss- The New York Giants now have no proven scorers on the team other then Brandon Jacobs. While Jacobs will get a good portion on the Giants touchdowns, look for Eli Manning to connect with his tight end when they get down inside the 20 yard line. Boss may never post the reception and yardage totals of a top 5 tight end in any season but who cares when your in a touchdown only league. Fantasy Football Information on Sleepers for Touchdown Only Leagues Quarterback: Matt Ryan- I am probably the last fantasy football writer to be on board for Ryan having a possible solid year in fantasy. The youngster didn’t even crack 15 touchdown passes last year. Don’t get me wrong it’s not that I thought Matt was a bad player, but it’s hard for a youngster to convert a high amount of touchdowns in the early part of his career. Ryan shouldn’t be an every week starter in touchdown only leagues to start the year, but I do believe he could be a good option as the year moves along. With Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, Harry Douglas and now tight end Tony Gonzalez, Ryan has a good supporting cast to get the ball in the end zone. Running Back: Shonn Greene- Some of you might not know who this stud rookie from Iowa is but let me tell you he will be a touchdown only league surprise this season. Thomas Jones had 15 touchdowns behind a beast of and offensive line last season. A big part of that success was because of Brett Favre and that the Jets had no option on the team that was better suited to pound the ball at the stripe.
But this season they do have such a player and his name is Shonn Greene. Look for Greene to have at least 8 touchdowns this season as he will be a touchdown only beast in his rookie year.
Wide Receiver: Justin Gage- This receiver is probably only exciting to me in this style of league. The reason being is that Gage will probably never post good yardage numbers on a team like the Titans.
But this team does need a big target like Justin to throw to in the red zone. While the Titans did draft another good big target in the first round of the NFL draft in Kenny Britt, he has come on slow in OTA’s and now may not start.
Look for Gage to at least repeat his 6 touchdown total from last season as the Titans will use him more in the game plan this year.
Tight End: Brent Celek- Some of you may not know who the heck Celek is but I will tell you. Brent is the new starting tight end for the Eagles as L.J. Smith is now gone to the Ravens. The Eagles are already talking about Brian Westbrook losing his goal line carries.
This loss and the fact that the Eagles have smaller sized wide receivers makes Celek an attractive option inside the red zone for Donovan McNabb.
Look for Celek to capitalize and have at least a 6 touchdown season in his first year as the Eagles starting tight end.
I hope this information was helpful to all of you out their in touchdown only league fantasy land. If you should have any questions regarding strategy for your fantasy football team, feel free to write your comments below.
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Good luck in your touchdown only fantasy football league in 2009.
Fantasy Football Information Writer Sean E. Douglas- fantasy-info.com