2018 Patrick Mahomes - Barely in his second season, Patrick Mahomes delivered a fantasy goldmine of points. He had 429 fantasy points and threw for over 5,000 yards and 50 total passing touchdowns. Mahomes also added on some rushing production and two rushing scores. He surpassed all other players in fantasy points for an entire season.
2006 LaDainian Tomlinson - We often have seen more quarterbacks post the bigger fantasy numbers in a season, but Tomlinson put up 425 fantasy points back in 2006. He ripped off 1,815 rushing yards and 508 receiving yards. He had 31 total touchdowns, with 28 of them coming on the ground. Tomlinson put together the best fantasy season of any running back, and this is a mark that will likely be untouched.
2003 Priest Holmes - Staying with running backs, Priest Holmes had an excellent fantasy campaign in 2003 with the Kansas City Chiefs. He rushed for 2,110 yards and had 27 rushing touchdowns. Holmes also had over 600 receiving yards but didn’t have a receiving touchdown. As if it mattered.
2019 Lamar Jackson - Another quarterback in his second year broke out and posted one of the top fantasy seasons of all-time. Kamar Jackson had over 1,200 yards on the ground, and over 3,000 yards passing. He combined for 43 total touchdowns.
2013 Peyton Manning - Fresh off neck surgery and in a new city, Peyton Manning delivered fantasy gold. He had over 400 fantasy points,. He threw for over 5,000 yards and had 55 passing touchdowns. This is coming off a year he threw for 37 and threw for 39 the year after. Manning’s stretch in Denver was excellent for fantasy production.
2005 Shaun Alexander - Running backs in the early 2000s were on another level. In 2005, Shaun Alexander had over 1,800 yards on the ground and 28 total touchdowns. He wasn’t a big receiving threat, but he did his damage on the ground.
2019 Christian McCaffrey - In the prime era of PPR scoring, Christian McCaffrey has been one of the top fantasy backs. In 2019 he rushed for 1,387 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns. He also had over 110 receptions and 1,005 receiving yards. He tacked on for receiving touchdowns to bring it to 19 total.
2007 Randy Moss - The 2007 New England offense was one of the best of all-time, and Randy Moss was a major reason why. He had 1,493 receiving yards and 23 total touchdowns. Moss was one of the best fantasy wideouts because this is the second time he had over 15 receiving touchdowns.
2011 Calvin Johnson - Calvin Johnson had nearly 1,700 receiving yards in 2011, and had 16 total receiving touchdowns. He caught 96 receptions, posting one of the top fantasy seasons of any wideout. Johnson followed up 2011 with a season where he had nearly 2,000 receiving yards, but just five touchdowns.
2011 Rob Gronkowski - The all-time best season by a tight end belongs to Rob Gronkowski. He had over 1,300 yards, 90 catches, and 17 total touchdowns. He saw 124 targets and averaged 83 yards a game and one touchdown a game.
Top Fantasy Quarterbacks Of All-Time
There was a rivalry between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, and the two of them posted some monster fantasy seasons. Manning and the duo of Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne dominated fantasy football for a very long time. When he went over to Denver, he posted one of the best fantasy seasons of any quarterback throwing for 55 touchdowns. His best Colts season came in 2004 when he tossed 49 touchdowns and threw for over 4,500. In 2007, matching with Randy Moss’ best season, he had 4,800 yards through the air and 50 total touchdowns. Brady posted a few of the top 20 fantasy scoring seasons for a quarterback.
People might have forgotten how dominant of a quarterback in fantasy Aaron Rodgers was. He has five seasons among the 20 best fantasy seasons of quarterbacks. Rodgers was often pushing 40 touchdowns and throwing for over 4,000 yards. He also would add some rushing yard and touchdown production. A healthy Cam Newton was also a fantasy treat because of his rushing upside. His overall fantasy career didn’t have a long length, but a few years he was one of the top fantasy targets because of his legs.
Drew Brees and the Saints offense was always a popular fantasy target. Brees posted some monster years where the volume crept towards 650 passing attempts. Brees has always been one of the more accurate fantasy quarterbacks in history and had over 5,000 yards in each of the 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons. He tossed 46, 39, and 43 touchdowns in that span as well. He ranks fourth all-time for his 2011 season in overall fantasy points scored by a quarterback.
Top Fantasy Running Backs Of All-Time
Now the prime of a running back for fantasy might not be as long as other positions, but we saw some dominant stretches. The number of workhorse backs are not as high, and the overall run play dominance teams had is different from now. It was a true running back era. LaDainian Tomlinson will go down as one of the best backs to play the game, but his fantasy production is still on another level. He currently holds the record for most PPR points in an entire season among non-quarterback positions. He had a monster year in 2006 as stated above, but he didn’t stop there. A few years prior, Tomlinson had over 1,600 yards on the ground and 13 rushing touchdowns. he also had 100 catches and over 700 receiving yards. In 2005 and 2006 he had a nearly identical season scoring 366 and 367 fantasy points.
Kansas City had a stretch of running backs that dominated in fantasy football. We saw Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson, and Jamaal Charles all post monster seasons at their time. Larry Johnson had 37 touchdowns between the 2005 and 2006 season, also rushing for over 1,700 yards in each season. Holmes in 2003 had a 27 rushing touchdown season and averaged 89 rushing yards on the ground. Charles was a true dual-threat running back and posted 378 PPR points in 2013. Shaun Alexander didn’t have a long career, but when he played he had a few big scoring years, mainly looking at 2004 and 2005, where he had 27 and 16 rushing touchdown seasons, and over 1,600 rushing yards each year.
Top Fantasy Wide Receivers Of All-Time
It is hard to argue against Randy Moss being one of the top fantasy weapons of all-time. He had two of the best fantasy seasons among all wide receivers in 2007 and 2003. In 2007 as mentioned above, it was with New England where he had over 380 PPR points and 23 total touchdowns. In 2003 with the Minnesota Vikings, Moss had over 1,600 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns. Moss was a machine in the touchdown department, and we haven’t seen those types of numbers in a while. We saw a couple of random big touchdowns seasons around this time as well, with Terrell owns posting 15 in 2007 and Braylon Edwards posting 16 in 2007. Edwards was a short term fantasy success.
While Antonio Brown’s career took a wild turn, he produced two of the top PPR seasons in fantasy football history. In back to back years from 2014 to 2015, he had over 380 PPR points in each season. His total numbers over the two seasons were 23 total touchdowns and over 3,000 receiving yards. He also had 136 receptions in 2015 and 129 in 2014. Overall Brown’s career was some of the best fantasy seasons, because in 2018 he produced 323 fantasy points, and posted another dominant season. If we are looking in more recent times, Michael Thomas has been on a PPR tear. He has over 90 receptions in each of his first five seasons, and over 1,000 yards in each season. Thomas also has 32 total touchdowns.
Another Detroit football player retired on the earlier side, and it was Calvin Johnson. But when he played, he was one of the best. Johnson posted one of the top fantasy seasons of all-time where he had 359 PPR points in 2011. The year prior he had 1,964 receiving yards but failed to find the end zone, with five receiving touchdowns. He could have truly posted a more dominant fantasy season. In 2013, Johnson went for 1,492 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. His career was filled with consistent fantasy seasons, and you could rely on him as the true WR1 during that time.
Top Fantasy Tight Ends Of All-Time
There was not a more dominant fantasy tight end than Rob Gronkowski. When he was at his full health, which was hit and miss, he was producing top fantasy seasons. He currently ranks inside the top ten for fantasy scoring seasons among tight ends three times. Gronkowski has three seasons scoring double-digit touchdowns and also being over 1,000 yards. In 2011 he posted the most fantasy points of any tight end in football history. Prime Jimmy Graham in New Orleans was one of Drew Brees’ favorite weapons and it showed. He currently has two seasons within the top five for fantasy scoring at the position.
If we go back to the mid-2000s, Tony Gonzalez was one of the best options you could have for a tight end on your team. Both with Kansas City, he posted 2,200 yards in two seasons where he had 17 total touchdowns. He is just outside the top ten in scoring for fantasy tight ends. Around that same time, Antonio Gates was a touchdown machine. His 2004 and 2005 seasons combined were one of the best all-time. He had 23 total touchdowns during those seasons and over 2,000 receiving yards combined.
In more recent years, we have seen Travis Kelce dominate in fantasy football. he has four straight seasons over 1,000 yards and six straight seasons over 800 receiving yards. Kelce isn’t a massive touchdown producer like the names above, but he has 37 total touchdowns over his six seasons with the Chiefs. When all is said and done, Kelce will go into the books as one of the top fantasy options in fantasy history.