Best of Fantasy Football in the 2000s

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We all love the hypothetical. Jordan or LeBron? Who would win, today’s Golden State Warriors or the ’96 Bulls? Could Alabama football beat the 0-16 Browns? It’s all for fun, but today, we are going to look empirically at an interesting topic: if we gather the best Fantasy Football individual seasons from 2000-2009 and match them up against the best individual Fantasy Football seasons from 2010-present, who would win? We are in an era of all time offensive numbers, but let’s take a look if the early 2000s or the more recent seasons produced better statistical numbers.

To start let’s run down how the teams will be constructed: Scoring will be ESPN’s standard Points-Per-Reception (PPR) scoring and each team will have a Quarterback, Two Running Backs, Two Wide Receivers, One Tight End, One “Flex” (Either Running Back, Wide Receiver or Tight End), a Defense and a Kicker.

Here is how the team’s turned out:

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2000-2009:

QB: Tom Brady, 2007 – 4,806 Passing Yards, 50 Passing Touchdowns, 8 Interceptions, 98 Rushing Yards, 2 Rushing Touchdowns – 386 Points

RB: LaDainian Tomlinson, 2006 – 1,815 Rushing Yards, 28 Rushing Touchdowns, 56 Receptions, 508 Receiving Yards and 3 Receiving Touchdowns – 479 Points

RB: Marshall Faulk, 2000 – 1,359 Rushing Yards, 18 Rushing Touchdowns, 81 Receptions, 830 Receiving Yards and 8 Receiving Touchdowns – 460 Points

WR: Randy Moss, 2007 – 98 Receptions, 1,493 Receiving Yards, 23 Receiving Touchdowns – 385 Points

WR: Marvin Harrison, 2002 – 143 Receptions, 1,722 Receiving Yards, 11 Receiving Touchdowns – 382 Points

TE: Antonio Gates, 2006 – 71 Receptions, 924 Receiving Yards and 9 Touchdowns – 217 Points

FLEX: Priest Holmes, 2003 – 1,420 Rushing Yards, 27 Rushing Touchdowns, 74 Receptions, 690 Receiving Yards – 445 Points

Defense: 2006 Chicago Bears – 6 Special Teams Touchdowns, 1 Interception for Touchdown, 1 Fumble For Touchdown, 40 sacks, 24 Interceptions, 30 Fumble Recoveries – 236 Points

Kicker: Neil Rackers, 2005 – 120 Points

Total: 3,110 Points

2010-present:

QB: Peyton Manning, 2013 – 5,477 passing yards, 55 Passing Touchdowns, 10 Interceptions, -31 Rushing Yards and 1 Rushing Touchdowns – 422 Points

RB: Arian Foster, 2010 – 1,616 Rushing Yards, 16 Rushing Touchdowns, 66 Receptions, 604 Receiving Yards and 2 Receiving Touchdowns – 390 Points

RB: Jamaal Charles, 2013 – 1,287 Rushing Yards, 12 Rushing Touchdowns, 70 Receptions, 693 Receiving Yards, 7 Receiving Touchdowns – 374 Points

WR: Antonio Brown, 2015 – 136 Receptions, 1,834 Receiving Yards, 10 Receiving Touchdowns – 386 Points

WR: Antonio Brown, 2012 – 129 Receptions, 1,698 Receiving Yards, 13 Receiving Touchdowns – 382 Points

TE: Rob Gronkowski, 2011 – 90 Receptions, 1,327 Receiving Yards, 17 Touchdowns – 324 Points

FLEX: Le’Veon Bell – 2014 – 1,361 Rushing Yards, 8 Rushing Touchdowns, 83 Receptions, 854 Receiving Yards, 3 Receiving Touchdowns – 371 Points

Defense: Denver Broncos, 2015 – 1 Special Teams Touchdown, 4 Interceptions for Touchdown, 1 Fumble for Touchdown, 52 Sacks, 14 Interceptions, 21 Fumble Recoveries – 210 Points

Kicker: Justin Tucker, 2016 – 116 Points

Total: 2,975 Points

So, in a thrilling matchup it can be seen that by a slim margin, the 2000-2009 Fantasy Football individual seasons were a bit more productive. The ridiculous amount of touchdowns scored by LT, Marshall Faulk and Priest Holmes proved to be the difference in the matchup. I would like to add that many of the top individual season Quarterback performances were after 2010 (Aaron Rodgers – 2011, Drew Brees – 2011 and Cam Newton – 2015) were all right behind Peyton Manning’s historic season in 2013. It is also quite amazing that two individual Antonio Brown seasons made the post-2010 roster and three Pittsburgh Steelers made the team. The shift to an overwhelmingly passing league has hurt the “ground and pound” nature that led to the exorbitant amount of rushing touchdowns during the Tomlinson era. This also can be seen in the spike in Manning’s statistics when analyzed against Tom Brady in 2007. The Chicago Bears 2006 Defense and Special Teams was obviously bolstered by Devin Hester’s record setting SIX punt returns for touchdowns in that season. Regardless, these were all fantastic seasons by all of the individuals listed and has me even more excited for the upcoming season.

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I hope everyone enjoyed this lighthearted hypothetical empirical analysis between the two different Fantasy Football decades.  We will all have to wait and see who in 2018 can produce an historic statistical campaign and maybe add their name to the list. There will be plenty more to come in regards to Fantasy Football as the calendar shifts to August and the NFL preseason. We all love the hypotheticals but sometimes it is nice to have a definitive answer to our questions. Until next time.

Hop on,

Jordan

 

 

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