Era-adjusted fantasy football player rankings: Walter Payton and Sid Luckman lead Chicago Bears legends

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To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the creation of fantasy football, Athleticism reviews the best fantasy players and fantasy seasons in NFL history.

A detailed look at the system used to rate historical fantasy performance can be found in our Top Fantasy Players of All Time introduction page, but here is a brief summary.

Fantasy player performance is adjusted through the era so that players who dominated during low-scoring eras can compete against players who racked up huge point totals in higher-scoring eras.

Once these adjustments are made, players are then credited for having a starter-caliber season (one point), a quality season (one point), an impact campaign (1.5 points), or being an elite starter (two points). These points stack up and are measured in both non-PPR and PPR and serve as the basis for determining who the best fantasy players in NFL history are.

Now that we’re done with the preliminaries, let’s take a look at the best fantasy players in Chicago Bears team history!

(Note: The numbers listed below are for player performance on the Bears.)

All-Time Fantastic Starting Lineup

QB: Sid Luckman

AR: Walter Payton

RB: Red Barn

WR: Harlon Hill

WR: Ken Kavanaugh

TE: Mike Ditka

SuperFLEX: Joey Sternaman


Quarterback – Sid Luckman

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career Points
7 5 4.5 4 5 4 4.5 4 38

It says a lot about Chicago Bears history that Sid Luckman, a star who played from 1939 to 1950, is by far the best Bears quarterback of all time. This also applies to fantasy scoring, as Luckman has the most starting caliber seasons among Chicago fielding generals and is tied for the top of quality caliber campaigns in non-PPR scoring. Luckman’s 38 career points also ranked second among all Bears players.

Running back – Walter Payton

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
12 9 4.5 2 12 9 3 0 51.5

The man known as ‘Sweetness’ is Chicago’s greatest fantasy player of all time, as his 12 rookie-caliber seasons and nine quality-caliber campaigns are far and away the highs in Bears history. , and his 51.5 points also easily claim the Chicago lead. Payton led running backs in non-PPR and PPR for three consecutive seasons (1977-79), was Top 5 running backs in non-PPR nine times and Top 6 RB in PPR nine times occasions.

Running back — Matt Forte

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career Points
8 5 3 0 8 4 1.5 2 31.5

A strong case could be made for placing Red Grange or Bronko Nagurski here, as each posted higher career point scores (33 for Grange, 32 for Nagurski) but Forte had more starting caliber seasons among carry ball from the Bears than anyone but Payton and was tied for second in quality caliber campaigns at that position. That kind of longevity was enough to justify spearheading it over these two old-school superstars.

Wide Receiver – Harlon Hill

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
5 3 4.5 4 4 3 4.5 4 32

Hill was the top wide receiver in fantasy football in 1954-56, as he ranked first or second in non-PPR in each of those seasons and ranked in the Top 3 in PPR in every campaign. Two of those years (1954 and 1956) were so impressive that they resulted in a career-perfect 11 points. Hill was just a solid starter in two other seasons, but the 22 points from perfect campaigns alone would have tied for first, and the other two starting seasons put Hill first among receivers. wide of Chicago.

Wide Receiver – Ken Kavanaugh

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
7 5 1.5 2 7 4 3 2 31.5

Kavanaugh is a forgotten name in Chicago history, but he was one of the best fantasy receivers of his day. He posted a starter-caliber season in 1941, then left the Bears to serve as a fighter pilot in World War II. Kavanaugh returned for the 1945 season and posted six straight years of rookie caliber, including a dominating season in 1947 in which he ranked first in non-PPR wide receiver scoring, second in PPR scoring and a collected 11 perfect career points.

Tight end – Mike Ditka

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
5 4 3 0 5 4 4.5 0 25.5

It would have been surprising if anyone other than “Iron” Mike Ditka became the best fantasy tight end in Chicago Bears history. He was the league’s top tight end from 1962 to 1964, as he ranked first or second in non-PPR and PPR scoring in each of those seasons. Ditka was also a mid-level first stringer at end position in 1961 (tight-end specific scoring didn’t begin until 1962) and a TE1 in 1965, which was more than enough to clinch him the top spot. from the tight end.

SuperFlex—Joey Sternaman

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
6 4 6 2 6 4 6 2 36

It was a close battle between Sternaman, Grange, and Nagurski, as they were all top-flight fantasy players early in the NFL, but Sternaman had a fantasy-scoring advantage because he served as the Bears’ kicker in addition to to be one of Chicago’s top touchdown scorers. Sternaman finished in the Top 7 in fantasy scoring four times from 1922 to 1928.


Best era-adjusted fantasy seasons of all time

QB: Sid Luckman, 1943 (177.8 points)

RB: Rick Casares, 1956 (209.9 non-PPR, 232.9 PPR)

WR: Jim Keane, 1947 (149 non-PPR, 213 PPR)

TE: Mike Ditka, 1961 (177.6 non-PPR, 233.6 PPR)

SuperFLEX: Beattie Feathers, 1934 (178.4 non-PPR, 184.4 PPR)

(Top photo: James V. Biever/Getty Images)

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