We have all been sickened by the ridiculous amount of penalties called during the pre-season, particularly for PI and defensive holding. It has been off the scale. Perhaps this is just a pre-season trend......or perhaps it is the new future for NFL football as decided by the genius Goodell.
If the latter is correct, what is the fantasy impact? I have seen most assume that this would translate into higher pass yards for QB's (more 5,000 yard passers, for instance) and, thus, more yardage totals for Wr's and TE's. I'm not so sure. This assumes that defensive backs will just start giving up on coverage. I don't think it is in their DNA to do so...at least not in year one of this silliness.
What it will possibly to translate into, imho, is potentially less yards for QB's, TE's, WR's and RB's.....with more TD's and FG's. Yes, that could mean an extra drive or two per game, but not necessarily. The only time differential would be from the clock being stopped for the penalty, but the penalty yards enforced are yards that would have theoretically been eaten up by the fantasy players.
The NFL wants more scoring, and they will get it if they keep up the nonsense penalties. However, it seems like the beneficiaries will be QB's in 6-point TD leagues, red zone/goal line RB's, kickers with more FG opportunities, and WR's/TE's who are "designated" red zone weapons.