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:
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:
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.