Please add Punters! There are many interesting statistics that we can add to having a punter as an option for a private league that would make it a lot more fun to play! I would be happy to give it a test run for our league and give feedback!
Eric Gulledge commented
Fantasy Football should add punters you could count total yards, longest, avg, and bonus points for over 50 yards and inside the 20,10,and 5
Heath MacCoy commented
I play in a 20 team league that enjoys customized, expanded settings. We use IDPs in lieu of team defenses and a customized point system for categories that make all players (on either Offense or Defense) more likely to get similar points. We have found that this makes all players more relevant as our guys now track a wider variety of players than before. It takes more time and, I am sure this is more than the casual FFB manager may want but, it surer is a ton of fun for we football stat geeks!
With the options that Yahoo offers for customizing categories and statistics, we have been to break up the single-point, team defensive stats and reallocate them to the IDPs. This has made Defensive players as interesting to track and trade as Offensive players. In similar fashion, we have also been able to add return yards and TDs for points. The only category/stat missing is punt yards.
NFL has stats for all players, including punters. I am hoping that whatever use agreement for this data and/or partnership with the NFL, that you could easily introduce the same mechanisms to track punting stats as you do so well tracking all the abundance of Offense player and IDP stats.** bonus plea for Defensive linemen (DTs and DEs) having a stat category for QB rushes or hits so I can make them more valuable as compared to the other popular positions (LBs, Ss, CBs).**
Please correct me if I am off base but I assumption that Yahoo doesn't have seas of impassioned, indignant fantasy football mobs rushing the proverbial Yahoo gates and demanding that punters be available to have their own individual position and stats. If not for me, an old guy who probably over focuses on the subtleties of stats in football (vs. casual players who only want to check in once a week) and for the sake of the other 19 guys in my league who are worn out hearing my thoughts about this, could you please, please, please create this category for seemingly the only one guy in America who is requesting this?
With great hope and regards,
Heath - the old guy who over focuses on the subtleties of stats in football!
AJ Biancalana commented
Good day my fellow fantasy football enthusiasts, my name is AJ and I am a disgruntled fantasy football enthusiast. One might ask, why are you disgruntled AJ? Well the answer to that is a simple one: there are no punters available to draft on your fantasy site. My personal favorite player in all of the NFL is Seahawks punter Michael Dickson and the inability to draft him saddens me deeply. Today I will not only make the adventurous proposal to add punters to fantasy football but also lay out, what I believe to be, the most erect way to add them to the game. According to www.teamrankings.com in the NFL year 2018 the average NFL team punted on average 4.51 times per game. To alleviate any sort of discrepancies in my point system only the top 3 punts of the day would count; protecting a punter from losing points from a bad snap or block. In my system any punt within 5 yards of the end zone would be worth 4 points, any punt within 5.1 yards to 10 yards would be worth 2 points, any punt within 10.1 yards to 20 yards would be worth 1 point, and finally a touch back would count for .5 points. After that distance would play a part; according to espn.com the average punt distance in the NFL in the year 2018 was 45.27 yards for rounding sake we will call it an even 45 yards. The second part of the point system would include 1 point for anything 45 yards-to 59.9 yards, 3 points for any punt from 60 yards to 69.9 yards, and 5 points for any punt 70 yards or further. The most possible points would be 27 points with 3 punts landing within 5 yards of the end zone and all of which going 70 yards or further. The least possible points would be 0 if no punts traveled into 20 yards within the end zone and all punts not traveling the league average 45 yards. Both of these scenarios would be extremely unlikely though. Adding punters to fantasy football could create a new aspect for new people and people who are interested in punting and special teams and it could even be added as an option on your site for some leagues to experiment with and other leagues to choice not to use.
Peter Schuette commented
I'd like to see punters, scored the following way:
Average punt /10 (ie avg 46yds = 4.6)
+ .5 pt for 20 -11
+ 1 pt for 10 - 6
+ 2 pts for 5 - Goal line
+ standard scoring for fakes (throws and runs)
- 2 pts per blocked punt
If not a pre-defined template, the option for adding our own scoring would be sweet
Bob Miller commented
I'd love to see punter points.
1 point for Inside the 20
2 points for inside the 10
3 points for inside the 5
This would be solid
+ Number of punts in the game
+ Average length of punts in the game
+ Net distance (length of punts minus length of returns)
+ How close to the goal line the ball lands (or is fielded)
+ Number of touchbacks
Heath MacCoy commented
I agree with Mike and Chris. I have a IDP league so that my managers enjoy the whole aspect of football, offense and defense. I would like to do this for Special Teams as well. We have return yards to add color and relevance to the game, but can't create anything for punting. Please add Punters (i.e. number of punts?, punt yards?, net yards?, inside the 20?, etc..)
Johnny Lamb commented
I'd Like to see punters too! maybe some stats like FGs where if they punt a certain distance they get a certain amount of points or something
It's also noteworthy that every once in a while, a punter (e.g., Patrick O'Donnell) can get credit for TD pass!
Chris Neiman commented
Agree 100%! My biggest wish for Yahoo FF is the addition of punters (the second: O-line). Please make punters happen!
I've opened cases for this in the past as well - they have measuarble stats similar to kickers, and (I believe) ESPN had made this position available in previous seasons. It forced me to pay attention to an otherwise overlooked position group during the real-life games, and was another discussion point/opportunity for smack talk, which is great for league engagement.