half point PPR is a big difference to full point PPR. in full point Calvin Johnson will put up 40 points a game, i understand that. no PPR, however, means the dude with the best runningbacks is the dude who probably wins the league. but half point really closes the gap between good wide receivers and good runningbacks -- it opens up the possibilities for your flex spot humungously and makes draft strategy much less single-minded. that's actually the thing i like MOST about this league. try it, i bet you'll like it
even from a skill = points perspective, hell any receiver with speed can land 80 yards on one catch with the right situation. the receivers who make more catches are the ones who are consistently getting open, and are able to both read defenses and adjust to their quarterback, so i think having some kind of PPR is a better indicator of skilled players in receiving positions. put it like this: when watching football i certainly would value 4 catches for 20 yards just as much as (if not more than) 1 catch for 35 yards.
and you complained about points for return yards? i have two words for you: Josh. Cribbs. he was cleveland's MVP for awhile -- he would have been practically useless in most fantasy leagues but give him half point PPR and return yard points, and he puts up 8 to 13 points a week when you really need a fill-in while your receivers have bye weeks, or if you're desperate to fill a flex spot. like i said, this league takes into account ALL of a player's value, not just the highlight reel.