So last week we started out our brand new TTFV rankings. The True Team Fantasy Value for each team in the NFL. Now, TTFV is an actual saying and needs its own Wikipedia page. TTFV. I’ve been saying it all week long and I think it could be the new VORP. In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap:
I started asking myself, who are the best “Fantasy Friendly” teams in the NFL? Teams that give you the most in stats, so you want to keep starting their players, trade for them, or pick up someone off the waiver wire from one of these squads. So I devised the following system to figure it out:
True Team Fantasy Value is measured by how many individual players (QB, RB, WR, TE) are on rosters in any given league. We’ll go wide, and say our sample comes from a 12-team league. We’ll award two points to a QB who is likely starting in your league — since there’s only 12 of them — and one point for every RB, WR, or TE who’s starting. I’ll also award a 1/2 point if a player is probably on a roster somewhere, but not regularly in your starting lineup. We’ll be generous, we’ll include newbies who are playing well now, and we’ll include the injured and/or suspended, because when they’re active, they’re playing or on your bench. So what teams have the best TTFV? Last week, we measured the AFC and, to no one’s surprise, the Patriots topped the conference with 6 total points. But there were plenty of other shockers down the list. This week, we’ll tackle the NFC and go from worst to first. Anyone out there better than New England?
Seattle Seahawks: 1 point. Sidney Rice, Marshawn Lynch (bench). Rice could become a full-time starter in a week or two.
St. Louis Rams: 1 point. Steven Jackson (starter). If you still have Sam Bradford on your team, get someone else.
Minnesota Vikings: 1 ½ points Adrian Peterson (starter). Percy Harvin (bench). Yes, this is how far they’ve fallen in just a year.
Chicago Bears: 1 ½ points. Matt Forte (starter). Jay Cutler (bench). Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Washington Redskins: 2 points. Santana Moss (starter). Rex Grossman, Tim Hightower (bench). They were at 4 points earlier this season, but Grossman is coming back to earth and Hightower’s in a platoon situation now.
San Francisco 49ers: 2 ½ points. Frank Gore, Vernon Davis (starters). Michael Crabtree (bench). Crabtree could elevate into a full-time starter soon.
Arizona Cardinals: 2 ½ points. Larry Fitzgerald, Beanie Wells (starters). Kevin Kolb (bench). Kolb still may play himself into being a solid starter at some point this season, but not right now. Really? You’re surprised the teams in the West are this low?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2 ½ points. LeGarrette Blount (starter). Josh Freeman, Mike Williams, Kellen Winslow (bench). Room for some movement here depending on if Freeman and Williams can play their way back into being solid starters.
New York Giants: 3 1/2 points. Ahmad Bradshaw, Hakeem Nicks (starters). Eli Manning, Mario Manningham, Victor Cruz (bench). If Eli would channel the Eli of 2010 more often and Cruz becomes a weekly threat, suddenly they’re at the top of the conference.
New Orleans Saints: 3 ½ points. Drew Brees (starter). Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Devery Henderson, Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram (bench). Sproles and Colston are still not quite every week starters, though Sproles is close.
Carolina Panthers: 4 points. Cam Newton, Steve Smith (starters). DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart (bench). This is a weak 4 points because Williams and Stewart are close to being dropped from a lot of rosters. Greg Olsen, if he keeps getting added, could get on this list soon.
Atlanta Falcons: 4 ½ points. Michael Turner, Roddy White, Julio Jones, Tony Gonzalez (starters). Matt Ryan (bench). Ryan has been too sporadic and isn’t starting in a lot of leagues.
Philadelphia Eagles: 5 points. Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson (starters). They are who they are.
Detroit Lions: 5 ½ points. Matthew Stafford, Jahvid Best, Calvin Johnson, Brandon Pettigrew (starters). Nate Burleson (bench). This is how fast they become a destination for fantasy production.
Dallas Cowboys: 5 1/2 points. Tony Romo, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten (starters). Felix Jones (bench). Jones could get the ‘Boys up above 6 if he just gets a little more consistent.
Green Bay Packers: 5 1/2 points. Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, JerMichael Finley (starters). Ryan Grant, James Starks, Donald Driver (bench). They could hit six when one out of Grant or Starks wins the RB job.
So the Patriots keep the crown as the most fantasy-friendly team in the NFL. Some oddities from the NFC: No matter how they’re viewed regularly, the Cowboys are and have been a team with great TTFV. Who thought there would be three teams with a higher TTFV than the Eagles right now? And watch out for the Giants – they could make a run here as well and might wind up being just as valuable as the Packers, Cowboys and Lions.
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