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Fantasy Football historical analysis: 1970 Merger to Present

Well, I was bored and had some questions I wanted answering. So I crunched the numbers for every NFL position player since the merger to see who has had statistically the best seasons during that time. I used the following fantasy scoring rules:

Pass Yards * 0.25
Pass TD * 4
Rush Yards * 0.10
Rush TD * 6
Rec * 1
Rec Yards * 0.10
Rec TD * 6

And so I got the totals for all 19033 players who have recorded an offensive stat since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970. I sorted by total season points to get a list of the greatest statistical seasons of all time. And here are the top 25:

Player Tm Year Pos Age G GS Cmp Att Yds TD Int Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD FantPt
LaDainian Tomlinson SDG 2006 RB 27 16 16 2 3 20 2 0 348 1815 28 56 508 3 483.10
Marshall Faulk STL 2000 RB 27 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 253 1359 18 81 830 8 455.90
Priest Holmes KAN 2003 RB 30 16 16 0 1 0 0 0 320 1420 27 74 690 0 447.00
LaDainian Tomlinson SDG 2003 RB 24 16 16 1 1 21 1 0 313 1645 13 100 725 4 443.84
Priest Holmes KAN 2002 RB 29 14 14 0 1 0 0 0 313 1615 21 70 672 3 442.70
Emmitt Smith DAL 1995 RB 26 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 377 1773 25 62 375 0 426.80
Marshall Faulk STL 2001 RB 28 14 14 0 1 0 0 0 260 1382 12 83 765 9 423.70
Steven Jackson STL 2006 RB 23 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 346 1528 13 90 806 3 419.40
Jerry Rice SFO 1995 WR 33 16 16 1 1 41 1 0 5 36 1 122 1848 15 412.04
Marshall Faulk STL 1999 RB 26 16 16 0 1 0 0 0 253 1381 7 87 1048 5 401.90
Edgerrin James IND 2000 RB 22 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 387 1709 13 63 594 5 401.30
Tom Brady NWE 2007 QB 30 16 16 398 578 4806 50 8 37 98 2 0 0 0 398.04
Aaron Rodgers GNB 2011 QB 28 15 15 343 502 4643 45 6 60 257 3 0 0 0 397.42
Chris Johnson TEN 2009 RB 24 16 16 0 1 0 0 0 358 2006 14 50 503 2 396.90
Arian Foster HOU 2010 RB 24 16 13 0 0 0 0 0 327 1616 16 66 604 2 396.00
Ahman Green GNB 2003 RB 26 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 355 1883 15 50 367 5 395.00
Eric Dickerson RAM 1983 RB 23 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 390 1808 18 51 404 2 392.20
James Wilder TAM 1984 RB 26 16 16 1 1 16 1 0 407 1544 13 85 685 0 390.54
O.J. Simpson BUF 1975 RB 28 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 329 1817 16 28 426 7 390.30
Drew Brees NOR 2011 QB 32 16 16 468 657 5476 46 14 21 86 1 0 0 0 389.64
Roger Craig SFO 1985 RB 25 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 214 1050 9 92 1016 6 388.60
LaDainian Tomlinson SDG 2002 RB 23 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 372 1683 14 79 489 1 386.20
Terrell Davis DEN 1998 RB 26 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 392 2008 21 25 217 2 385.50
Randy Moss NWE 2007 WR 30 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 98 1493 23 385.30
Marcus Allen RAI 1985 RB 25 16 16 1 2 16 0 0 380 1759 11 67 555 3 383.04

A few takeaways from this... first of all, wow, look at that LaDanian Tomlinson season from 2006. I remember it being historically great, but using these simple fantasy rules, it was the best ever. 33 TDs, and he showed off by including 2 passing TDs! He's the first player since 1985 to record at least 2 TDs in passing, rushing, and receiving in the same season, and he actually did it twice (05 and 06). Ridiculous. The second thing I noticed was this guy:

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Our boy Priest put up back to back top 5 performances in 02 and 03. I think we all remember those years well. I was a teenager, and he was Superman to me. His Touchdown totals were pretty insane, which really helped his cause. Still though, I know many of us remember Priest as an all time great, but if you don't, look at those two seasons.

Finally, 20 out of 25 of the best seasons have been RBs. Is the scoring system I used weighted to RBs? Yes, it is, I did PPR and I did not include Fumbles Lost in the data (mostly because Pro-Football-Reference.com didn't have fumble data and I didn't notice it until I already gathered all the data) so I know someone will bag on me for the scoring. But I can change how I scored it, the only thing I can't do is add categories like QB sacks or Fumbles Lost.

Welp. There's what I did today. What do you think? You can ask me questions like who has had the highest/lowest of something if you're really curious. And by the way, these are season stats, not individual game stats.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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