As we gear up for yet another exciting fantasy football campaign, let’s take a look back at the best single-season QBs performances of the last decade. Our list is based on a standard scoring system, and takes into account only the highest point totals for the QBs who had multiple enormous fantasy seasons.
Tom Brady, Patriots (2007)
Brady put up the greatest season ever based on fantasy points, throwing for a career-best 4,806 yards while also setting an NFL record with 50 touchdown passes. He missed most of the following year with a torn ACL, but Brady has finished among the top-scoring fantasy quarterbacks in each of the last two seasons. He'll also be one of the first players at his position selected in most 2011 fantasy drafts.
Peyton Manning, Colts (2004)
Manning has had a number of impressive statistical seasons, but his best came in 2004. The future Hall of Famer threw for 4,557 yards and broke Dan Marino's single-season record for touchdown passes with 49. Of course, that total was eclipsed by Tom Brady just three years later, but it doesn't take away from the fact that Manning's numbers were some of the stuff that makes legends.
Daunte Culpepper, Vikings (2004)
Before he was a broken-down journeyman quarterback, Culpepper was a real superstar in the world of fantasy football. He recorded his best single-season totals in 2004, putting up a career-best 4,717 passing yards, 406 rushing yards and a combined 41 touchdowns. Unfortunately, a knee injury sapped the remaining life out of his NFL career Culpepper threw for a mere 20 touchdowns from 2005-2009.
Aaron Rodgers, Packers (2009)
The current king of fantasy quarterbacks, Rodgers has found immense success for the Packers since the end of the Brett Favre era. The strong and accurate Cal product has finished in the top two in fantasy points at his position in three straight years, but his best statistical season came in 2009. Rodgers put up a career-best 4,434 passing yards, rushed for another 316 yards and scored 35 total touchdowns.
Drew Brees, Saints (2008)
Brees has had a tremendous career at the NFL level, throwing for 4,000-plus yards in each of the last five years while also taking home a Super Bowl championship. The best statistical year of his pro tenure was 2008, when he became just the second signal-caller (Dan Marino) to ever throw for 5,000-plus yards. Brees also recorded a career-high in touchdown passes (34) and led countless fantasy owners to a title.
Tony Romo, Cowboys (2007)
Romo might take a lot of heat for not leading the Cowboys to more playoff wins, but fantasy owners absolutely love what he does in the stat sheets. He enjoyed a breakout season in 2007, recording 4,211 passing yards and a career-high 38 total touchdowns. After missing most of the 2010 campaign with a fractured collarbone, Romo could turn into one of the best draft bargains of the 2011 fantasy season.
Kurt Warner, Rams (2001)
Warner truly came out of nowhere to become one of the most statistically productive quarterbacks of recent years. While his best season came in 1999, he also posted huge numbers in 2001 with 4,830 yards and 36 touchdown passes. After enduring several seasons as a backup in St. Louis and New York, Warner re-emerged as a real fantasy superstar in Arizona before retiring after the 2009 campaign.
Rich Gannon, Raiders (2002)
Gannon's career didn't really start with a bang, in fact, he was mostly a non-factor in fantasy leagues until joining the Raiders in 1999. He made his biggest statistical splash in 2002, though, throwing for a career-best 4,689 yards with 29 total touchdowns. What's more, Gannon threw for 300-plus yards in 10 of his 16 starts that season. Unfortunately, 2002 would be the final year he made a major impact.
Donovan McNabb, Eagles (2004)
Though his career has taken a downward turn in recent years, McNabb was a productive fantasy option during his salad days with the Eagles. He made his biggest statistical impact in 2004, throwing for 3,875 yards, rushing for another 220 yards and scoring a career-best 34 total touchdowns. Not coincidentally, that was also the only full year McNabb played with superstar wideout Terrell Owens in the pass attack.
Jeff Garcia, 49ers (2001)
While he didn't have many big statistical seasons at the NFL level, Garcia was considered a surefire No. 1 fantasy quarterback during his tenure with the 49ers. His best year based on the numbers was 2000, but Garcia also thrived in 2001 with 3,538 passing yards, 254 rushing yards and what was a career-best 37 total touchdowns. Ultimately, that was the last enormous season Garcia had for fantasy leaguers.