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4 pt vs 6 pt Passing Touchdown

A Rule About Scoring

It’s a question as old as time – should QBs score 4 points or 6 points for each touchdown they throw? Well, buckle up because we will describe, in depth, the rationale for each side. At the end, your task is to choose one of the two. Sounds easy, right? 


How It Works

This isn’t your granddaddy’s (or even your daddy’s) NFL anymore. The league has become more and more offensively-focused after each one of those seemingly endless rule changes. We will keep our opinions of Roger Goodell to ourselves for the time being, but in the meantime, let’s just say its a good time to be an offensive skill player in today’s NFL. And nowhere is that more evident than at the QB position.


QBs are throwing for GOOBS of touchdown’s nowadays. Patrick Mahomes threw 50 of dem thangs in 2018. This is significantly more than the most by a RB (Todd Gurley with 17) or WR (Antonio Brown with 15). But because QBs score TDs in abundance should they be worth fewer points to even out point potential?


4-point passing touchdowns means that QBs are less valued across the board. In a 4-point passing touchdown league, you can probably expect QBs to be drafted much later in the draft, placing more emphasis on those other skill positions. We recommend a 4-point passing touchdown rule in those really intense leagues where people stay up late the night before the draft mainlining top-200 lists and gadget draft strategy videos on youtube.


6-point passing touchdowns means points, points, points! Which can be fun especially if your leaguemates aren’t exactly fantasy football experts and need those high flyers to keep long-term interest. In the end, during the game, a passing touchdown is still worth the same six points as a rushing touchdown. If it’s good enough for the NFL, then it should be good enough for your league.


Whichever way your league chooses to score touchdowns, just hop into the league dashboard and adjust your setting accordingly.


For example, a claim is put in for a WR and Owner 1 puts $5 on the claim. Owner 2 puts in a claim for the same player but wagers $7. Owner 2 would then get that player and $7 would be deducted from their total. Owner 1 retains the $5 they bid since their transaction did not go through. Claims can be placed on multiple players during the week and it is up to the owner to determine the amount they want to spend for each transaction individually. When the waiver wire closes, the priority will always go to the owner who wagered the higher amount of FAAB dollars.


Nuts and Bolts

  • Poll league owners to come to consensus on which passing touchdown scoring scheme is preferred
  • Adjust your league settings to be in accordance with your league’s decision
  • Let those pigskins fly!

Change Ups

Your league’s decision on the scoring scheme will ultimately determine which other change ups you could implement. If you decide to stick with the standard 6-point passing touchdown scheme, we love the idea of adding in some RB/WR/TE-centric Scoring Rules to even the playing field. Adding in a Point-Per-Reception or Point-Per-First Down Rule, or even a Long Play Bonus will give those other skill positions some extra clout.


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