How a Game is Played
Points are scored as follows:
|Offensive Players||Defensive Players||Kickers|
|0.04 Passing Yard||0.44 LB/DB Tackle||3.00 Field Goal|
|0.20 Completion||0.22 LB/DB Assist||–0.30 50+ Attempt|
|1.00 Passing TD||0.60 DL Tackle||–1.00 40-49 Attempt|
|–0.24 Passing Attempt||0.30 DL Assist||–1.70 30-39 Attempt|
|–1.20 Interception||1.00 Sack||–2.40 17-29 Attempt|
|0.07 Rushing Yard||0.50 Stuff||1.00 Extra Point|
|1.75 Rushing TD||1.50 Interception||–0.90 EP Attempt|
|–0.15 Rushing Attempt||0.06 Int Ret Yard||Kick Return Teams|
|0.04 Receiving Yard||1.00 Int Ret TD|| 0.06 Yard
|0.20 WR/TE/QB Reception||1.50 Forced Fumble||1.00 Touchdown|
|0.10 RB Reception||0.75 Fumble Recovery||–1.00 KO Ret Attempt|
|1.00 Receiving TD||0.03 Fumble Ret Yard||–0.30 P Ret Attempt|
|–1.50 Fumble Lost||0.50 Fumble Ret TD||2.00 P or FG Block|
|0.20 Pass 2-pt. Conv.||–1.00 Pass Intf. Pen.|
|0.35 Rush 2-pt. Conv.||Punters|
|0.20 Rec. 2-pt. Conv.||0.04 Yard|
|0.60 Inside 20|
If your field goal kicker tries one field goal of 33 yards and makes it, and he is 2 for 2 on extra points, he has earned 1.5 points for you. (3.00 for the good field goal, plus 2.00 points for the 2 extra points; minus 1.70 for the 30+ yard attempt, minus .90 for each extra point attempted.) Similarly, if a RB gains 80 yards on 20 carries, with one touchdown, plus 15 receiving yards on two catches, he has earned 5.15 points. (5.6 points for the rushing yards, plus 1.75 points for a rushing TD, minus 3 points for 20 attempts at a cost of .15 points per attempt, plus 0.6 points for the receiving yards, plus 0.2 for the 2 receptions.) For receptions, running backs get .10 for each catch, and all other offensive players get .20 for each catch. Similarly, each tackle is worth .60 if made by a defensive lineman, and .44 if made by a linebacker or defensive back. Also, if a kick/punt is not attempted to be returned - for example, kicks/punts that go out of bounds, out of the end zone, touchbacks, fair catches and onside kicks that are not attempted to be advanced - those kicks do not get charged as a return attempt.
NOTE: Players can only be listed on your depth chart at the position we listed them at on these player lists. Also, offensive players can not score defensive points, and defensive players can not score offensive points. For example, even if Charles Woodson plays some at WR in the NFL this year his offensive points will NOT count for you - he only earns Scoresheet points in the defensive category. Otherwise it would be like you were playing an extra guy on offense! Also, individual players do not score points for what they do on return teams - it is the return team which earns the points. For example, Devin Hester only earns points for what he does on offense - he does not earn Scoresheet points for what he does on special teams (his NFL Kick Return Team gets those points.)
In that week's Scoresheet Football game, each team's final score is obtained from the total of its offense (QB, RB(s), WRs, TE, K, P and KRT); minus the opponent's defense (2 DL, 2 LB and 2 DB). We then add 15 points to each team's total to avoid having negative scores. The team with the higher score wins! Once games are played the results are final.
How Backups Work
We do have rules built into the program which have been established to facilitate automatic replacement of injured players, or of players whose teams have a bye that week. The final selection of players for given positions for a given week is determined as follows:
If your starting QB has less than 12 scoring plays (pass attempts plus rushes) that week, we go to your backup players and play your first listed backup QB who has at least 12 pass attempts plus rushes. Exception - if the QB you listed as a starter, or one of your backup QBs listed higher than the one who qualifies with 12 'plays' does play that week in the NFL (meaning he earns Scoresheet points that week), and earns more points than the QB who qualifies we will use the (first such) higher listed QB. This works the same for all positions. What this means is that you will not get penalized by having your starter score more points than your backup, but then not get used because he does not qualify. These 'qualifying rules' are designed to help you by automatically replacing injured players! However, a non-qualified starter without enough plays to qualify that gets zero points does NOT play over a backup with negative points. Otherwise team owners could purposely write in starters they know won't play - a guy who is injured or on a bye - and then the worst they could get is zero. If no QB qualifies (has at least 12 rushes plus pass attempts), we use your first QB listed who scores points. If none of your QB's score then you will receive 0 points from the QB position. Similarly, we use a starting RB(s) if he has at least 5 scoring plays (rushes plus receptions). If one of your starting RBs does not 'qualify' we go to your backups, using the top listed RB who does qualify with 5 'plays', unless your starter (or higher backup) had more points, in which case we use him. If no RB has 5 'plays' your first listed RB(s) who scores more than 0 points will play. (For all positions: if a player you have listed as a starter plays enough to qualify, he'll be used even if he scores less than backups you've listed behind him. Your coaching decisions DO matter!)
At WR and TE, a player with 1 reception will be used. Also, a 2nd starting RB or 3rd starting WR may be replaced by a backup RB or WR - we will use the first listed qualifying backup from either position. On defense, if a starter gets any non zero statistic then he will play. Otherwise, we revert to your backups. The same applies for your kicker, punter, and kick return team - if they are not involved in any plays then we go to your backup. If your starters qualify according to the above minimum number of plays, then your backups naturally will not score for you that week.
We also have special qualifying rules for the playoffs. In week 16 of the NFL season (which is used for the second round of our playoffs), someone who does NOT play enough to qualify as a starter in Scoresheet can use his points that week, or the average of what he scored in weeks 15 and 16. In week 17 a player who doesn't play enough to 'qualify' can use either the points he scored in the week 17 NFL game, or the average of what he scored in weeks 15, 16 and 17. This should help solve the problem of one of your stars getting benched by his NFL team in the last week of the season as they rest him up for the playoffs.