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Published: Jan. 26, 2016 at 05:00 p.m.
Updated: Jan. 26, 2017 at 06:59 p.m.

Top 10 all-time fantasy football Super Bowl players

What do NFL fans love? That's right, fantasy football and the Super Bowl! So in an effort to combine two of our greatest sports passions, here's a look at the top 10 Super Bowl players of all time. Our list is based on a player's combined numbers in all of his Super Bowl appearances, so you're going to see lots of elite players from championships passed. What makes this year's list special is that it includes just one active player (guess who?), and he's likely to take the top spot after Super Bowl LI. So without further ado, here's the best of the best based on fantasy points in what is the biggest sporting event on the planet.

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  • "Roger the Dodger" went to four Super Bowls during his NFL career, so it's no surprise that he ranks in the top 10 in championship game passer rating (95.37), pass attempts (98), completions (61), passing yards (734) and passing touchdowns (eight). The MVP of Super Bowl VI against the Miami Dolphins, Staubach threw for multiple scores in all but one game and would have finished higher had it not been for his four interceptions. 10

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    10. Roger Staubach, QB, Dallas Cowboys (56.66 fantasy points)

    "Roger the Dodger" went to four Super Bowls during his NFL career, so it's no surprise that he ranks in the top 10 in championship game passer rating (95.37), pass attempts (98), completions (61), passing yards (734) and passing touchdowns (eight). The MVP of Super Bowl VI against the Miami Dolphins, Staubach threw for multiple scores in all but one game and would have finished higher had it not been for his four interceptions.

  • Smith has made a trio of appearances in the NFL's championship game, so it's no surprise that he ranks second in career rushing attempts (70), third in rushing yards (289) and first in rushing touchdowns (five) in a Super Bowl. The Hall of Famer rushed for 100-plus yards in each of his first two contests, and scored a pair of touchdowns in his final two appearances. Smith will go down as one of the best fantasy runners of all time. 9

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    9. Emmitt Smith, RB, Dallas Cowboys (63.50 fantasy points)

    Smith has made a trio of appearances in the NFL's championship game, so it's no surprise that he ranks second in career rushing attempts (70), third in rushing yards (289) and first in rushing touchdowns (five) in a Super Bowl. The Hall of Famer rushed for 100-plus yards in each of his first two contests, and scored a pair of touchdowns in his final two appearances. Smith will go down as one of the best fantasy runners of all time.

  • When you think of the best Super Bowl running backs, Craig isn't likely one of the first names that comes to mind. Still, he was a stats machine during his three appearances with the 49ers. In fact, Craig ranks third in career scrimmage yards (410) and is tied for third in combined touchdowns (four) in the Super Bowl. The versatile veteran had more yards as a receiver (212) than he did has a runner (198) in his Super Bowl contests. 8

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    8. Roger Craig, RB, San Francisco 49ers (64 fantasy points)

    When you think of the best Super Bowl running backs, Craig isn't likely one of the first names that comes to mind. Still, he was a stats machine during his three appearances with the 49ers. In fact, Craig ranks third in career scrimmage yards (410) and is tied for third in combined touchdowns (four) in the Super Bowl. The versatile veteran had more yards as a receiver (212) than he did has a runner (198) in his Super Bowl contests.

  • One of the true Cinderella stories in the National Football League, Warner became a Super Bowl and fantasy football hero during his career. He ranked second in career passing yards (1,156) and is tied for fifth in passing touchdowns in a Super Bowl. Warner has also put up the three highest passing yardage totals in championship game history, posting 414 yards (SB XXXIV), 377 yards (SB XLIII) and 365 yards (SB XXXVI). 7

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    7. Kurt Warner, QB, St. Louis Rams/Arizona Cardinals (66.94 fantasy points)

    One of the true Cinderella stories in the National Football League, Warner became a Super Bowl and fantasy football hero during his career. He ranked second in career passing yards (1,156) and is tied for fifth in passing touchdowns in a Super Bowl. Warner has also put up the three highest passing yardage totals in championship game history, posting 414 yards (SB XXXIV), 377 yards (SB XLIII) and 365 yards (SB XXXVI).

  • With a combined four Super Bowl appearances and two MVP awards, Bradshaw is a no-brainer as a member of our list of the top-scoring fantasy players. He is fifth in career passing yards (932), first in yards per pass (11.1 ) and third in passing touchdowns (nine) in the Super Bowl. Surprisingly, Bradshaw made this list despite completing a mere nine passes for just 96 yards in Super Bowl IX, which was his first of four appearances. 6

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    6. Terry Bradshaw, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (67.58 fantasy points)

    With a combined four Super Bowl appearances and two MVP awards, Bradshaw is a no-brainer as a member of our list of the top-scoring fantasy players. He is fifth in career passing yards (932), first in yards per pass (11.1 ) and third in passing touchdowns (nine) in the Super Bowl. Surprisingly, Bradshaw made this list despite completing a mere nine passes for just 96 yards in Super Bowl IX, which was his first of four appearances.

  • Harris made four appearances in the Super Bowl, back when the Steelers dominated the NFL and were a dynasty. He won an MVP award in Super Bowl IX, when he rushed for 158 yards and one touchdown in a win over the Minnesota Vikings. Overall, Harris leads all running backs in career rushing yards (354), is tied for second in rushing touchdowns (four) and leads all running backs in career fantasy points in the NFL's championship contest. 5

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    5. Franco Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (67.80 fantasy points)

    Harris made four appearances in the Super Bowl, back when the Steelers dominated the NFL and were a dynasty. He won an MVP award in Super Bowl IX, when he rushed for 158 yards and one touchdown in a win over the Minnesota Vikings. Overall, Harris leads all running backs in career rushing yards (354), is tied for second in rushing touchdowns (four) and leads all running backs in career fantasy points in the NFL's championship contest.

  • Elway made five appearances in the Super Bowl, winning his final two towards the end of his illustrious career. While he ranks third in passing yards (1,128) in the Super Bowl, Elway wasn't what you would call a stat-sheet stuffer in the big game. In fact, he recorded five more interceptions (eight) than touchdown passes (three)! Where he made a bigger fantasy impact was as a rusher, as Elway found the end zone four times on the ground. 4

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    4. John Elway, QB, Denver Broncos (73.02 fantasy points)

    Elway made five appearances in the Super Bowl, winning his final two towards the end of his illustrious career. While he ranks third in passing yards (1,128) in the Super Bowl, Elway wasn't what you would call a stat-sheet stuffer in the big game. In fact, he recorded five more interceptions (eight) than touchdown passes (three)! Where he made a bigger fantasy impact was as a rusher, as Elway found the end zone four times on the ground.

  • Brady has been in six Super Bowls (soon to be seven), so he's at or near the top of most passing categories. He's ranked first in career passing yards (1,605), touchdown passes (13) and completed passes (164) in championship games, and it's no surprise that Brady has also earned a combined three Super Bowl MVPs. He's also the lone active NFL player who is ranked as a top-10 finalist among the best fantasy Super Bowl performers of all time. 3

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    3. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (107.3 fantasy points)

    Brady has been in six Super Bowls (soon to be seven), so he's at or near the top of most passing categories. He's ranked first in career passing yards (1,605), touchdown passes (13) and completed passes (164) in championship games, and it's no surprise that Brady has also earned a combined three Super Bowl MVPs. He's also the lone active NFL player who is ranked as a top-10 finalist among the best fantasy Super Bowl performers of all time.

  • The greatest wide receiver of all time, Rice was a fantasy football stud before fantasy football became a "thing." He's the career Super Bowl leader in receptions (33), receiving yards (589) and touchdown catches (eight). What's more, Rice has 225 more yards and five more touchdown catches than the second-best wide receiver in those categories on the NFL's grandest stage. He's also the lone wideout in our top 10. 2

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    2. Jerry Rice, WR, San Francisco 49ers/Oakland Raiders (108.4 fantasy points

    The greatest wide receiver of all time, Rice was a fantasy football stud before fantasy football became a "thing." He's the career Super Bowl leader in receptions (33), receiving yards (589) and touchdown catches (eight). What's more, Rice has 225 more yards and five more touchdown catches than the second-best wide receiver in those categories on the NFL's grandest stage. He's also the lone wideout in our top 10.

  • It can be argued that Montana is the greatest Super Bowl quarterback of all time. He appeared in and won four championships and earned three Super Bowl MVPs, while also ranking third in career passing yards (1,142), second in career passing touchdowns (11) and first in combined fantasy points (110.18 ) in his Super Bowl appearances. Montana also rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns, and he didn't throw a single interception. 1

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    1. Joe Montana, QB, San Francisco 49ers (110.18 fantasy points)

    It can be argued that Montana is the greatest Super Bowl quarterback of all time. He appeared in and won four championships and earned three Super Bowl MVPs, while also ranking third in career passing yards (1,142), second in career passing touchdowns (11) and first in combined fantasy points (110.18 ) in his Super Bowl appearances. Montana also rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns, and he didn't throw a single interception.