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Who has the most fantasy points ever? Here are the best single seasons in football history by position

Who has the most fantasy points ever? Here are the best single seasons in football history by position

The modern NFL has provided some of the best fantasy football seasons ever. Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson possess the two highest scoring QB seasons of all time. Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham have been two of the greatest statistical tight ends ever. But even while it feels like there’s been an offensive proliferation, it can be hard to grasp just how much the NFL’s new rules and talented players have impacted fantasy football. Ever want to answer the question: Who’s the best fantasy football player ever? Now you can.

We’ve broken down top single-season fantasy performances by position, using Football Reference’s Season Finder tool. Along with listing total fantasy points, we also listed some of the relevant statistics to that position (although not necessarily the exclusive manner in which those players earned or lost fantasy points). We limited our search to post-merger, 1970 and on, to at least encompass more closely the era of fantasy football itself. No Red Grange or Jim Brown on the list – sorry in advance for that. 

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This list does leave off some big names by cutting off each position at 10 seasons. Adrian Peterson doesn’t make it. Neither does Tony Gonzalez. But that’s the cost we pay for humans enjoying round numbers, like 10. And oh yeah, we’ve ranked the best kicker seasons of all time, too, in case you remember being carried to a fantasy title by a surprisingly good kicking season. 

Note: The scoring accounts for 4-point passing touchdowns, 6-point rushing and receiving touchdowns, 0.04 points per passing yard and 0.1 points per rushing and receiving yard.

Most fantasy points ever by a QB

No. Player Fantasy Points Passing Yards Passing TDs Rushing Yards Rushing TDs
1 Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs (2018) 417.1 5097 50 272 2
2 Lamar Jackson, Ravens (2019) 415.7 3127 36 1206 7
3 Peyton Manning, Broncos (2013) 412 5477 55 -31 1
4 Tom Brady, Patriots (2007) 398 4806 50 98 2
5 Aaron Rodgers, Packers (2011) 397.4 4643 45 257 3
6 Drew Brees, Saints (2011) 395.6 5476 46 86 1
7 Cam Newton, Panthers (2015) 389.1 3837 35 636 10
8 Daunte Culpepper, Vikings (2004) 381.3 4717 39 406 2
9 Aaron Rodgers, Packers (2016) 380 4428 40 369 4
10 Steve Young, 49ers (1998) 376.2 4170 36 454 6

Most fantasy points ever by a RB

No. Player Fantasy Points Rushing Yards Rushing TDs Receiving Yards Receiving TDs
1 LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers (2006) 427.1 1815 28 508 3
2 Marshall Faulk, Rams (2000) 378.9 1359 18 830 8
3 Priest Holmes, Chiefs (2003) 373 1420 27 690 0
4 Priest Holmes, Chiefs (2002) 372.7 1615 21 672 3
5 Emmitt Smith, Cowboys (1995) 364.8 1773 25 375 0
6 Shaun Alexander, Seahawks (2005) 363.8 1880 27 78 1
7 Terrell Davis, Broncos (1998) 360.5 2008 21 217 2
8 O.J. Simpson, Bills (1975) 355.3 1817 16 426 7
9 Christian McCaffrey, Panthers (2019) 355.2 1387 15 1005 4
10 Chris Johnson, Titans (2009) 348.9 2006 14 503 2

Most fantasy points ever by a WR

No. Player Fantasy Points Receptions Receiving Yards Receiving TDs
1 Jerry Rice, 49ers (1995) 292 122 1848 15
2 Randy Moss, Patriots (2007) 287.3 98 1493 23
3 Randy Moss, Vikings (2003) 267 111 1632 17
4 Calvin Johnson, Lions (2011) 265.2 96 1681 16
5 Isaac Bruce, Rams (1995) 259.8 119 1781 13
6 Jerry Rice, 49ers (1986) 258.8 86 1570 15
7 Antonio Brown, Steelers (2014) 257.9 129 1698 13
8 Jerry Rice, 49ers (1989) 253.6 92 1483 17
9 Herman Moore, Lions (1995) 252.6 123 1686 14
10 Antonio Brown, Steelers (2015) 252.2 136 1834 10

Most fantasy points ever by a TE

No. Player Fantasy Points Receptions Receiving Yards Receiving TDs
1 Rob Gronkowski, Patriots (2011) 240.9 90 1327 17
2 Jimmy Graham, Saints (2013) 217.5 86 1215 16
3 Jimmy Graham, Saints (2011) 197 99 1310 11
4 Todd Christensen, Raiders (1983) 195.7 92 1247 12
5 Travis Kelce, Chiefs (2018) 191.6 103 1336 10
6 Rob Gronkowski, Patriots (2014) 184.4 82 1124 12
7 Rob Gronkowski, Patriots (2015) 183.6 72 1176 11
8 Kellen Winslow, Chargers (1980) 181 89 1290 9
9 Vernon Davis, 49ers (2009) 174.5 78 965 13
10 Antonio Gates, Chargers (2004) 174.4 81 964 13

Most fantasy points ever by a kicker

No. Player Fantasy Points
1 David Akers, 49ers (2011) 184.6
2 Jeff Wilkins, Rams (2003) 171.7
3 Matt Bryant, Falcons (2016) 170
4 Greg Zuerlein, Rams (2017) 170
5 Gary Anderson, Vikings (1998) 168
6 Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots (2013) 168
7 Stephen Gostkowski, Patriots (2017) 164
8 Mark Moseley, Washington (1983) 163
9 Matt Prater, Broncos (2013) 162
10 Justin Tucker, Ravens (2016) 161

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