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Why fantasy football needs to move on from PPR scoring

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Some annoyances are constant. Like ringing ears after a rock concert, pesky mosquitos buzzing around your face on a hot summer night, the Nicole Kidman ad that plays in front of movies at AMC theaters.

Some nuisances seem here to stay, including points-per-reception scoring in fantasy football.

PPR has corroded the fantasy landscape with the same steady determination as geological erosion, with the same efficiency as a swarm of locusts, with misguided popularity akin to Adam Sandler’s comedy fandom.

So here we are, a fantasy community that has been conquering and oppressed by the scourge that is PPR scoring. There isn’t much we can do to change it right now, today. The only thing true football fans, who happen to play fantasy football, can do is to yell and scream at how backward the idea of PPR is while also conforming to being good at it while it is the supreme format.

So, let’s get to screaming, shall we?

Wes Welker was a PPR darling with the Patriots
Wes Welker was a PPR darling with the Patriots
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First, the very idea of PPR is absurd. In real-life football, there is no benefit to how you gain yards — through the air or on the ground. A yard is a yard, regardless. So why score them differently in fantasy?

Some might argue we already do that with quarterbacks — since they often get fewer points for touchdowns and have higher yardage thresholds for points. This brings us to our second point.

There is no scoring inequity between running backs and wide receivers, which is why the QB comparison is a false equivalency. Fantasy QBs score a highly disproportionate amount of points compared to other positions. This is not true of RBs or WRs. The leaders at RB and WR often score a similar amount of points. But the top of the overall points rankings almost always is dominated by QBs.

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Hence, the WR problem is better solved through roster requirements than by creating a prejudicial scoring system.

These things being undeniably true, it brings us to our third point: PPR has no reason to exist. It was born out of the domination of early rounds of the draft by running backs way back in the early days of fantasy (think: early-to-mid-2000s). To offset this, instead of making roster adjustments to address the problem (like adding a third WR position), someone opted to distort the scoring system instead.

Shaun Alexander was among the most dominant fantasy football running backs in history.
Shaun Alexander was among the most dominant fantasy football running backs in history.
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And because people like points, because points are fun, the idea caught on despite its lunacy. And now — when RBs don’t dominate drafts the way they used to, when there are even fewer feature backs and more backs-by-committee when the NFL has migrated to mostly pass-first offenses — PPR, which didn’t even make sense at its inception, makes even less sense now.

So what’s the solution? Easy. First, if your league doesn’t have a third WR spot, add one — giving you a starting roster of two RBs, three WRs, and a Flex, plus the other staple positions. The additional WR spot and the opportunity to play a WR at Flex help offset the supply shortage of RBs in the draft.

Next, convert the one-point bonus for first downs instead of scoring for receptions. This way, a player’s actual on-field contributions are reflected in fantasy output instead of just arbitrary yardage-method scoring.

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These easy fixes should correct any perceived problems that encourage the use of PPR while removing the wart itself.

We’ll keep screaming these realities until they become our shared reality. Until then, let’s hold our noses while wading in the PPR filth.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
New York DMV
BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
New York DMV

Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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