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Published: April 11, 2016 at 11:23 a.m.
Updated: April 11, 2016 at 01:06 p.m.

All-Time Fantasy Draft

One of my favorite things to do, besides watch the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, WWE events, Star Wars and super hero movies (yep, I am a dork) is to look back at the NFL's historical stats and spin them into the world of fantasy football. So with the 2016 NFL Draft almost here, I decided to geek out and examine the best fantasy players drafted ... ever. Here's the catch. The players need to have been drafted and played for that team for most of their career. So when you don't see the likes of Brett Favre or Marshall Faulk on this list, well, now you understand the reason. So without further ado, go ahead and geek out with me (the order mirrors the 2016 draft).

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  • Drafted by the Houston Oilers (man, I miss those uniforms), George went on to become a statistical hero and fantasy superstar during his time with the franchise. The Ohio State product rushed for 1,000-plus yards in seven of his eight seasons between the Oilers and Titans and finished with 78 career touchdowns. A huge workload led to George mostly breaking down in the stat sheets after the 2000 campaign. 32

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    1. Tennessee Titans: Eddie George, RB, Ohio State (1996)

    Drafted by the Houston Oilers (man, I miss those uniforms), George went on to become a statistical hero and fantasy superstar during his time with the franchise. The Ohio State product rushed for 1,000-plus yards in seven of his eight seasons between the Oilers and Titans and finished with 78 career touchdowns. A huge workload led to George mostly breaking down in the stat sheets after the 2000 campaign.

  • Brown would have been a major fantasy football superstar had it been popular in the 1950s and 60s, as he rushed for 1,000-plus yards seven different times during his Hall-of-Fame career. Brown, who also put up nine or more rushing touchdowns seven times, left the game in 1965 while still at the pinnacle of his position. The nine-time Pro Bowler was inducted into the halls of Canton in 1971 at the age of 35. 31

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    2. Cleveland Browns: Jim Brown, RB, Syracuse (1957)

    Brown would have been a major fantasy football superstar had it been popular in the 1950s and 60s, as he rushed for 1,000-plus yards seven different times during his Hall-of-Fame career. Brown, who also put up nine or more rushing touchdowns seven times, left the game in 1965 while still at the pinnacle of his position. The nine-time Pro Bowler was inducted into the halls of Canton in 1971 at the age of 35.

  • The Chargers have had more than their share of statistical superstars over the years, including the likes of Dan Fouts and Kellen Winslow, but Tomlinson is the best of the best. Not only did he put up the single greatest fantasy season ever at any position in 2006, but the Texas Christian product was almost always a top-five pick in drafts. A surefire Hall of Famer, he is one of the greatest fantasy runners ever. 30

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    3. San Diego Chargers: LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, TCU (2001)

    The Chargers have had more than their share of statistical superstars over the years, including the likes of Dan Fouts and Kellen Winslow, but Tomlinson is the best of the best. Not only did he put up the single greatest fantasy season ever at any position in 2006, but the Texas Christian product was almost always a top-five pick in drafts. A surefire Hall of Famer, he is one of the greatest fantasy runners ever.

  • The NFL's all-time leading rusher with 18,355 yards, Smith rushed for 1,000-plus yards in 11 consecutive seasons and was a massive fantasy superstar during his illustrious pro career. Smith, who also scored 175 combined touchdowns (165 rushing), was a surefire first-rounder in fantasy leagues during his time. Other Cowboys greats such as Tony Dorsett and Michael Irvin (to name a few) were also in consideration. 29

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    4. Dallas Cowboys: Emmitt Smith, RB, Florida (1990)

    The NFL's all-time leading rusher with 18,355 yards, Smith rushed for 1,000-plus yards in 11 consecutive seasons and was a massive fantasy superstar during his illustrious pro career. Smith, who also scored 175 combined touchdowns (165 rushing), was a surefire first-rounder in fantasy leagues during his time. Other Cowboys greats such as Tony Dorsett and Michael Irvin (to name a few) were also in consideration.

  • The franchise's all-time rushing leader, Taylor was a fantasy superstar when he was on the football field. Tabbed "Fragile Fred" in fantasy circles due to his proneness to injuries during the earlier part of his career, Taylor was still able to rush for 1,000-plus yards seven times during his 11-year career. Fellow running back Maurice Jones-Drew was also in the mix here, but the former Gator stills reigns for the Jags. 28

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    5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Fred Taylor, RB, Florida (1998)

    The franchise's all-time rushing leader, Taylor was a fantasy superstar when he was on the football field. Tabbed "Fragile Fred" in fantasy circles due to his proneness to injuries during the earlier part of his career, Taylor was still able to rush for 1,000-plus yards seven times during his 11-year career. Fellow running back Maurice Jones-Drew was also in the mix here, but the former Gator stills reigns for the Jags.

  • Lewis is one of just seven running backs in the history of the National Football League to record 2,000-plus rushing yards in a single season. Overall, he posted 1,000-plus rushing yards seven different times (five with the Ravens) and four seasons with at least seven touchdowns. During his most productive stretch at the pro level, Lewis was a first-round lock in fantasy drafts based on his role as a true featured back. 27

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    6. Baltimore Ravens: Jamal Lewis, RB, Tennessee (2000)

    Lewis is one of just seven running backs in the history of the National Football League to record 2,000-plus rushing yards in a single season. Overall, he posted 1,000-plus rushing yards seven different times (five with the Ravens) and four seasons with at least seven touchdowns. During his most productive stretch at the pro level, Lewis was a first-round lock in fantasy drafts based on his role as a true featured back.

  • The Niners have had a boatload of awesome fantasy options through the decades, but Rice was the best wide receiver to ever play in the league ... and it's not even close. He's still the NFL's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. Rice was also a fantasy superstar during his time in the Bay Area, posting a number of quality seasons with the Oakland Raiders as well. 26

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    7. San Francisco 49ers: Jerry Rice, WR, Mississippi Valley State (1985)

    The Niners have had a boatload of awesome fantasy options through the decades, but Rice was the best wide receiver to ever play in the league ... and it's not even close. He's still the NFL's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. Rice was also a fantasy superstar during his time in the Bay Area, posting a number of quality seasons with the Oakland Raiders as well.

  • Eagles fans clamored for their team to draft Texas running back Ricky Williams in the 1999 NFL Draft, but the franchise decided to select McNabb instead. It turned out to be a productive move (and the right one), as McNabb finished as the top passer in franchise history. His versatile skill set also made him a solid starter in fantasy leagues, as he was ranked in the top 10 among signal-callers for a good portion of his career. 25

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    8. Philadelphia Eagles: Donovan McNabb, QB, Syracuse (1999)

    Eagles fans clamored for their team to draft Texas running back Ricky Williams in the 1999 NFL Draft, but the franchise decided to select McNabb instead. It turned out to be a productive move (and the right one), as McNabb finished as the top passer in franchise history. His versatile skill set also made him a solid starter in fantasy leagues, as he was ranked in the top 10 among signal-callers for a good portion of his career.

  • As you can imagine, there haven't been a whole lot of fantasy superstars during the course of Buccaneers history. Steve Young was picked by the franchise in the 1984 supplemental draft, but his best times for fantasy fans came in San Francisco. Wilder, who leads the franchise in rushing yards, recorded over 1,000 yards twice before a massive workload ultimately led to his career (and statistical) downfall. 24

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    9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: James Wilder, RB, Missouri (1981)

    As you can imagine, there haven't been a whole lot of fantasy superstars during the course of Buccaneers history. Steve Young was picked by the franchise in the 1984 supplemental draft, but his best times for fantasy fans came in San Francisco. Wilder, who leads the franchise in rushing yards, recorded over 1,000 yards twice before a massive workload ultimately led to his career (and statistical) downfall.

  • Barber's career didn't start off well, as he failed to rush for more than 600 yards in each of his first three seasons at the NFL level. In the end, though, he became the all-time leading rusher in Giants' franchise history. Barber rushed for 1,000-plus yards in six of his last seven seasons and recorded 2,000-plus yards from scrimmage in each of his last three years for both Big Blue and fantasy football fans alike. 23

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    10. New York Giants: Tiki Barber, RB, Virginia (1997)

    Barber's career didn't start off well, as he failed to rush for more than 600 yards in each of his first three seasons at the NFL level. In the end, though, he became the all-time leading rusher in Giants' franchise history. Barber rushed for 1,000-plus yards in six of his last seven seasons and recorded 2,000-plus yards from scrimmage in each of his last three years for both Big Blue and fantasy football fans alike.

  • One of the greatest running backs of all time, Payton rushed for 1,000-plus yards 10 times and scored a combined 125 touchdowns during his illustrious career. In 1977, he put up an enormous fantasy season with 1,852 rushing yards, a 5.5 yards per carry average and a combined 16 touchdowns for the Bears. Had fantasy football been as prominent in his time as it is now, Payton would have been a surefire first-rounder. 22

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    11. Chicago Bears: Walter Payton, RB, Jackson State (1975)

    One of the greatest running backs of all time, Payton rushed for 1,000-plus yards 10 times and scored a combined 125 touchdowns during his illustrious career. In 1977, he put up an enormous fantasy season with 1,852 rushing yards, a 5.5 yards per carry average and a combined 16 touchdowns for the Bears. Had fantasy football been as prominent in his time as it is now, Payton would have been a surefire first-rounder.

  • Drew Brees was drafted by the San Diego Chargers way back in 2001 and doesn't qualify for this spot, so I picked Colston over Deuce McAllister because he had a longer track record of statistical success. A seventh-round pick and the true definition of the term "sleeper," he is the Saints' all-time franchise leader in receiving yards. In fact, he recorded 1,000-plus yards in six of his nine seasons at the pro level. 21

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    12. New Orleans Saints: Marques Colston, WR, Hofstra (2006)

    Drew Brees was drafted by the San Diego Chargers way back in 2001 and doesn't qualify for this spot, so I picked Colston over Deuce McAllister because he had a longer track record of statistical success. A seventh-round pick and the true definition of the term "sleeper," he is the Saints' all-time franchise leader in receiving yards. In fact, he recorded 1,000-plus yards in six of his nine seasons at the pro level.

  • It's hard to believe, but a total of 26 players were picked ahead of Marino in the 1983 NFL Draft (including quarterbacks such as Todd Blackledge, Tony Eason and Ken O'Brien.) The Pitt product went on to become one of the biggest statistical superstars the NFL and fantasy football fans had ever seen, shattering records with his cannon right arm. His 1984 campaign remains one of the best ever for a fantasy quarterback. 20

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    13. Miami Dolphins: Dan Marino, QB, Pittsburgh (1983)

    It's hard to believe, but a total of 26 players were picked ahead of Marino in the 1983 NFL Draft (including quarterbacks such as Todd Blackledge, Tony Eason and Ken O'Brien.) The Pitt product went on to become one of the biggest statistical superstars the NFL and fantasy football fans had ever seen, shattering records with his cannon right arm. His 1984 campaign remains one of the best ever for a fantasy quarterback.

  • One of the greatest running backs of all time, Allen recorded six seasons with over 1,100 scrimmage yards as a member of the Raiders. He was also a touchdown machine, scoring 144 times (sixth-most in NFL history) during his career between the Silver & Black and Kansas City Chiefs. His 1985 campaign, when he accumulated 2,314 scrimmage yards and 14 total touchdowns, was one of the best at his position during that era. 19

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    14. Oakland Raiders: Marcus Allen, RB, USC (1982)

    One of the greatest running backs of all time, Allen recorded six seasons with over 1,100 scrimmage yards as a member of the Raiders. He was also a touchdown machine, scoring 144 times (sixth-most in NFL history) during his career between the Silver & Black and Kansas City Chiefs. His 1985 campaign, when he accumulated 2,314 scrimmage yards and 14 total touchdowns, was one of the best at his position during that era.

  • Steven Jackson is the all-time leading rusher in Rams history, but that's only because Dickerson was dealt to the Colts after just over four seasons with the franchise. During his time in Los Angeles, the Hall of Famer rushed for 1,800-plus yards three different times and scored 58 total touchdowns. Overall, Dickerson rushed for better than 13,000 yards and found the end zone a combined 96 times. 18

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    15. Los Angeles Rams: Eric Dickerson, RB, SMU (1983)

    Steven Jackson is the all-time leading rusher in Rams history, but that's only because Dickerson was dealt to the Colts after just over four seasons with the franchise. During his time in Los Angeles, the Hall of Famer rushed for 1,800-plus yards three different times and scored 58 total touchdowns. Overall, Dickerson rushed for better than 13,000 yards and found the end zone a combined 96 times.

  • The surprise retirement of Calvin Johnson all but endures that Sanders will remain the best fantasy player the Lions have ever drafted for a long, long time. The elusive Hall of Famer rushed for 1,100-plus yards in every season of his illustrious career, including a 1997 campaign that saw him record an amazing 2,053 yards on the ground. Sanders also rushed for 11 or more touchdowns six different times. 17

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    16. Detroit Lions: Barry Sanders, RB, Oklahoma State (1989)

    The surprise retirement of Calvin Johnson all but endures that Sanders will remain the best fantasy player the Lions have ever drafted for a long, long time. The elusive Hall of Famer rushed for 1,100-plus yards in every season of his illustrious career, including a 1997 campaign that saw him record an amazing 2,053 yards on the ground. Sanders also rushed for 11 or more touchdowns six different times.

  • Matt Ryan and Roddy White were also in consideration for this spot, but Jones has quickly become the most valuable fantasy player this franchise has ever drafted. He has posted 1,100 plus yards in three of his first five seasons, including two with more than 1,500. Overall, Jones is on pace to become the best wideout in Atlanta's history ... he could also go down as one of the elite NFL receivers ever. 16

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    17. Atlanta Falcons: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama (2011)

    Matt Ryan and Roddy White were also in consideration for this spot, but Jones has quickly become the most valuable fantasy player this franchise has ever drafted. He has posted 1,100 plus yards in three of his first five seasons, including two with more than 1,500. Overall, Jones is on pace to become the best wideout in Atlanta's history ... he could also go down as one of the elite NFL receivers ever.

  • The Colts have drafted some great fantasy players, including Marshall Faulk, Edgerrin James and Marvin Harrison, but how can you go with anyone but Manning? He would be on the fantasy football version of Mount Rushmore if there were such a monument, as he's posted 4,000-plus yards a ridiculous 14 times while throwing for 539 career touchdowns. That amounts to 2,156 fantasy points in standard leagues alone! 15

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    18. Indianapolis Colts: Peyton Manning, QB, Tennessee (1998)

    The Colts have drafted some great fantasy players, including Marshall Faulk, Edgerrin James and Marvin Harrison, but how can you go with anyone but Manning? He would be on the fantasy football version of Mount Rushmore if there were such a monument, as he's posted 4,000-plus yards a ridiculous 14 times while throwing for 539 career touchdowns. That amounts to 2,156 fantasy points in standard leagues alone!

  • As the backfield centerpiece of the innovative K-Gun offense in Buffalo, Thomas rushed for 1,000-plus yards in eight straight seasons and posted 1,800-plus scrimmage yards on four different occasions. Furthermore, he recorded better than 2,000 scrimmage yards twice and scored double-digit touchdowns in four straight seasons (1989-92). Thomas is currently 14th in career rushing yards (12,074) at the pro level. 14

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    19. Buffalo Bills: Thurman Thomas, RB, Oklahoma State (1988)

    As the backfield centerpiece of the innovative K-Gun offense in Buffalo, Thomas rushed for 1,000-plus yards in eight straight seasons and posted 1,800-plus scrimmage yards on four different occasions. Furthermore, he recorded better than 2,000 scrimmage yards twice and scored double-digit touchdowns in four straight seasons (1989-92). Thomas is currently 14th in career rushing yards (12,074) at the pro level.

  • Let's be honest ... the Jets have not had a whole lot of luck in the NFL Draft, at least from a fantasy perspective. Curtis Martin was drafted by the Patriots (1995), Don Maynard by the Giants (1958) and John Riggins had most of his statistical success as a member of the Washington Redskins. That leaves Namath, who was not a great fantasy player but still holds franchise records in passing yards and touchdowns. 13

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    20. New York Jets: Joe Namath, QB, Alabama (1965)

    Let's be honest ... the Jets have not had a whole lot of luck in the NFL Draft, at least from a fantasy perspective. Curtis Martin was drafted by the Patriots (1995), Don Maynard by the Giants (1958) and John Riggins had most of his statistical success as a member of the Washington Redskins. That leaves Namath, who was not a great fantasy player but still holds franchise records in passing yards and touchdowns.

  • As I mentioned earlier, Riggins was drafted by the Jets and doesn't qualify as a member of the Redskins. That leaves Monk, who retired as the franchise leader in receptions and receiving yards during what was a Hall-of-Fame career. During his 14 seasons in D.C., Monk recorded 888 receptions, five different 1,000-yard campaigns and he found the end zone 65 times. He's currently 20th all-time in receiving yards. 12

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    21. Washington Redskins: Art Monk, WR, Syracuse (1980)

    As I mentioned earlier, Riggins was drafted by the Jets and doesn't qualify as a member of the Redskins. That leaves Monk, who retired as the franchise leader in receptions and receiving yards during what was a Hall-of-Fame career. During his 14 seasons in D.C., Monk recorded 888 receptions, five different 1,000-yard campaigns and he found the end zone 65 times. He's currently 20th all-time in receiving yards.

  • It's hard to argue against Johnson being the top-drafted fantasy player in Houston, as he's posted 100-plus receptions five different times in his career. The former Hurricane has also had seven 1,000-yard seasons, including back-to-back campaigns with over 1,400 yards in 2008-09 and 2012-13. If there has been one knock on A.J., it's that he scored eight-plus touchdowns just four times in 12 seasons with Houston. 11

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    22. Houston Texans: Andre Johnson, WR, Miami (2003)

    It's hard to argue against Johnson being the top-drafted fantasy player in Houston, as he's posted 100-plus receptions five different times in his career. The former Hurricane has also had seven 1,000-yard seasons, including back-to-back campaigns with over 1,400 yards in 2008-09 and 2012-13. If there has been one knock on A.J., it's that he scored eight-plus touchdowns just four times in 12 seasons with Houston.

  • Fran Tarkenton and Randy Moss were both in the conversation, but how can you go against Peterson? He's rushed for 1,000-plus yards seven times, including a huge 2,097-yard campaign in 2012, and has been a first-round pick in almost every fantasy league since he was drafted. Aside from the 2014 situation that cost him all but one game, Peterson has been about as good as it gets in the current fantasy football era. 10

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    23. Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma (2007)

    Fran Tarkenton and Randy Moss were both in the conversation, but how can you go against Peterson? He's rushed for 1,000-plus yards seven times, including a huge 2,097-yard campaign in 2012, and has been a first-round pick in almost every fantasy league since he was drafted. Aside from the 2014 situation that cost him all but one game, Peterson has been about as good as it gets in the current fantasy football era.

  • Ken Anderson and A.J. Green were both in consideration for the Bengals, but I had to side with Dillon based on both production and the fact that he was a running back (the most important fantasy position during his time). He rushed for over 1,100 yards in each of his first six seasons in Cincinnati and scored 48 touchdowns in that time. Dillon also had a huge fantasy season with the New England Patriots in 2004. 9

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    24. Cincinnati Bengals: Corey Dillon, RB, Washington (1997)

    Ken Anderson and A.J. Green were both in consideration for the Bengals, but I had to side with Dillon based on both production and the fact that he was a running back (the most important fantasy position during his time). He rushed for over 1,100 yards in each of his first six seasons in Cincinnati and scored 48 touchdowns in that time. Dillon also had a huge fantasy season with the New England Patriots in 2004.

  • The Steelers have had a number of great "drafted" players both on the field and from a fantasy football perspective, but Harris is the best of the bunch (at least for now). Not only did he rush for over 1,000 yards eight times during his Hall-of-Fame career, but Harris also scored 100 touchdowns. The former Nittany Lion would have been selected in the earlier rounds in most drafts had fantasy been popular in his era. 8

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    25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Franco Harris, RB, Penn State (1972)

    The Steelers have had a number of great "drafted" players both on the field and from a fantasy football perspective, but Harris is the best of the bunch (at least for now). Not only did he rush for over 1,000 yards eight times during his Hall-of-Fame career, but Harris also scored 100 touchdowns. The former Nittany Lion would have been selected in the earlier rounds in most drafts had fantasy been popular in his era.

  • Even though Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Steve Largent played his entire career in Seattle, he was actually drafted by the Houston Oilers back in 1974. As a result, Alexander gets the nod here. The 2005 NFL MVP had five straight seasons with at least 1,100 rushing yards and 16 total touchdowns. He was also a virtual lock to be selected in the first round of most fantasy drafts during much of his pro career. 7

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    26. Seattle Seahawks: Shaun Alexander, RB, Alabama (2000)

    Even though Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Steve Largent played his entire career in Seattle, he was actually drafted by the Houston Oilers back in 1974. As a result, Alexander gets the nod here. The 2005 NFL MVP had five straight seasons with at least 1,100 rushing yards and 16 total touchdowns. He was also a virtual lock to be selected in the first round of most fantasy drafts during much of his pro career.

  • Brett Favre (Falcons) and Ahman Green (Seahawks) were not drafted by the Packers, so neither qualifies for this piece. That leaves Rodgers, who has recorded five 4,000-yard seasons and has scored 32 or more total touchdowns five times since 2008. He has also finished no worse than second in points among all players in five of his last six full seasons at the NFL level. 6

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    27. Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers, QB, California (2005)

    Brett Favre (Falcons) and Ahman Green (Seahawks) were not drafted by the Packers, so neither qualifies for this piece. That leaves Rodgers, who has recorded five 4,000-yard seasons and has scored 32 or more total touchdowns five times since 2008. He has also finished no worse than second in points among all players in five of his last six full seasons at the NFL level.

  • You could argue Larry Johnson deserves to be in this space, as he was one of the great fantasy runners of his era. However, Gonzalez was simply too good for too long to be ignored. He helped revolutionize the tight end position, and is the Chiefs' all-time leading receiver. Only one other tight end (Ozzie Newsome) can claim that for a team. He's a lock to be inducted into the Hall of Fame soon. 5

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    28. Kansas City Chiefs: Tony Gonzalez, TE, California (1997)

    You could argue Larry Johnson deserves to be in this space, as he was one of the great fantasy runners of his era. However, Gonzalez was simply too good for too long to be ignored. He helped revolutionize the tight end position, and is the Chiefs' all-time leading receiver. Only one other tight end (Ozzie Newsome) can claim that for a team. He's a lock to be inducted into the Hall of Fame soon.

  • The leading wide receiver in Cardinals franchise history, Fitzgerald had long been one of the top fantasy football players at his position in the NFL. He's posted a combined six seasons with 1,000-plus yards and has scored eight or more touchdowns seven times. While he had seen a sharp decline in his numbers in recent campaigns, Fitzgerald did rebound last season with 1,215 yards, nine scores and 171.5 points. 4

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    29. Arizona Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Pittsburgh (2004)

    The leading wide receiver in Cardinals franchise history, Fitzgerald had long been one of the top fantasy football players at his position in the NFL. He's posted a combined six seasons with 1,000-plus yards and has scored eight or more touchdowns seven times. While he had seen a sharp decline in his numbers in recent campaigns, Fitzgerald did rebound last season with 1,215 yards, nine scores and 171.5 points.

  • I could have gone with DeAngelo Williams or Steve Smith Sr., but Newton has been an absolute fantasy stud in four of his first five seasons at the NFL level. In fact, no player since 1960 has scored more fantasy points in his first five NFL campaigns. That includes a 2015 campaign that saw Superman soar to 3,837 passing yards, 35 touchdown passes, 10 rushing touchdowns and a career-best 389.08 fantasy points. 3

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    30. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn (2011)

    I could have gone with DeAngelo Williams or Steve Smith Sr., but Newton has been an absolute fantasy stud in four of his first five seasons at the NFL level. In fact, no player since 1960 has scored more fantasy points in his first five NFL campaigns. That includes a 2015 campaign that saw Superman soar to 3,837 passing yards, 35 touchdown passes, 10 rushing touchdowns and a career-best 389.08 fantasy points.

  • How is this not John Elway? Well, the Baltimore Colts actually drafted the Hall-of-Fame quarterback in 1983 before trading him to the Broncos. Enter Davis, who rushed for 1,000-plus yards in four consecutive seasons including a 2,008-yard, 23-touchdown campaign back in 1998. While his NFL career was ultimately cut short due to knee injuries, T.D. was still one of the most productive fantasy running backs of his era. 2

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    31. Denver Broncos: Terrell Davis, RB, Georgia (1995)

    How is this not John Elway? Well, the Baltimore Colts actually drafted the Hall-of-Fame quarterback in 1983 before trading him to the Broncos. Enter Davis, who rushed for 1,000-plus yards in four consecutive seasons including a 2,008-yard, 23-touchdown campaign back in 1998. While his NFL career was ultimately cut short due to knee injuries, T.D. was still one of the most productive fantasy running backs of his era.

  • Brady has been a statistical beast at the pro level, posting 4,000-plus yards eight times since 2005. That includes a 5,235-yard campaign in 2011. He also recorded one of the best fantasy seasons ever, putting up 4,806 yards and 52 total touchdowns during a ridiculous 2007 season. What's been even more impressive is that Brady hasn't had what you would call an elite wideout (outside of Moss) during his illustrious career. 1

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    (32.) New England Patriots: Tom Brady, QB, Michigan (2000)

    Brady has been a statistical beast at the pro level, posting 4,000-plus yards eight times since 2005. That includes a 5,235-yard campaign in 2011. He also recorded one of the best fantasy seasons ever, putting up 4,806 yards and 52 total touchdowns during a ridiculous 2007 season. What's been even more impressive is that Brady hasn't had what you would call an elite wideout (outside of Moss) during his illustrious career.