In a PPR league? Make sure you use a PPR cheat sheet.

If you’re not the type to build your own custom cheat sheet before the draft, you’ll probably end up downloading a cheat sheet from some website and using that to guide your selections. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that as long as you keep your league’s rules in mind. One of the most common mistakes people make is using a cheat sheet that’s tailored to the wrong scoring rules, and all too often the scoring rule that messes people up is PPR (points per reception), which generally means that players earn 0.5 or 1 points for each reception on top of the points they earn for yardage.

PPR scoring changes the way you need to draft in two ways: First, wide receivers and tight ends are obviously more valuable, especially possession receivers who catch a lot of short-yardage passes. If you’re in a PPR league where you can start three or more WRs (including flex), you’re going to be at a major disadvantage all season long if you don’t focus on the WR position early in the draft. Second, running backs who catch a lot of passes have much more value than they would otherwise. PPR can turn a nice game for a RB into a monster performance. In a loss last year against the Redskins, LeSean McCoy had a decent fantasy day in non-PPR leagues: 174 combined yards, no touchdowns, one fumble lost. His owners in PPR leagues were much happier with him that week – thanks to his 12 receptions. McCoy led all running backs in receptions last year, which in leagues that awarded one point per reception was enough to make him the second-best fantasy RB (assuming reasonably normal scoring rules otherwise), whereas in most non-PPR leagues he was just barely in the top ten.

The odds are good that at least a couple of the managers in your PPR league won’t take the scoring rules into account when they draft. If you’re lucky, a top PPR option like Roddy White might slip into the second round, where he’d be an enormous bargain in this format.

PPR isn’t the only setting to consider on draft day. Don’t forget to take a close look at your league’s scoring and positions. If your league is heavily customized with yardage bonuses, extra flex positions and so on, don’t forget to take that into account. For example, if your league awards six points per passing touchdown rather than four, it’s absolutely essential to grab an elite QB (in my book that means Vick, Rodgers, Brady, Brees, or Rivers. Manning’s health is a major concern, and I just plain don’t trust Romo this year.)

Here are a few of the best and most up-to-date PPR cheat sheets from around the Web: