Era-Adjusted Fantasy Football Player Rankings: Jim Brown, Otto Graham, Cleveland Browns Legends

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 are cumulative and 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 Cleveland Browns team history!

(Note: The numbers listed below are for the player’s performance on the Browns.)

All-Time Fantastic Starting Lineup

QB: Otto Graham

AR: Jim Brown

AR: Leroy Kelly

WR: Dante Lavelli

WR: Mac Speedie

TE: Ozzie Newsome

SuperFLEX: Ray Renfro


Quarterback – Otto Graham

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
ten ten 12 14 ten ten 12 14 92

If fantasy football had existed in Graham’s day, he would have been an annual contender for the No. 1 overall pick. Graham and Bobby Layne are tied for the most elite seasons among players at any position. Graham ranks second to Fran Tarkenton (104) in most career points at quarterback and ranks fourth in career points at any position (behind Tarkenton, Don Hutson and Jerry Rice). Graham has never finished below fourth in the QB Fantasy Rankings and has placed first or second seven times, including in each of his last four seasons in the league.

Running back – Jim Brown

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career Points
9 9 12 6 9 9 9 ten 73

Brown’s 73 career points are the most of any fantasy running back. Brown is tied for the all-time lead in RB in non-PPR and PPR quality seasons and leads all running backs in non-PPR and PPR impact and elite campaigns. No other running back has more than four non-PPR elite points and only one other running back (Marshall Faulk with 8 points) is close to Brown’s 10 elite PPR career points. He was a consensus No. 1 fantasy RB five times and finished below fourth place only once in non-PPR or PPR scores, finishing sixth in PPR in 1960.

Brown was so dominant at the end of his career that his 346.8 PPR points in his final season would have ranked second in RB PPR scoring in 2021. What makes this even more incredible is that Brown did in a 14-game season compared to 2021. running backs having 17 games to post their point totals.

Running back — Leroy Kelly

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
7 5 3 0 6 3 1.5 2 27.5

Kelly gets lost in Cleveland history because he was in the same franchise as Jim Brown, but Kelly’s accomplishments are remarkable in themselves. Kelly can even argue that Brown can’t, because Kelly ranked first in non-PPR RB ratings for three consecutive years (1966-68). It’s something Brown didn’t do, and it’s a feat matched only by three other running backs (Walter Payton, Emmitt Smith and Marshall Faulk).

Wide receiver — Dante Lavelli

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
ten 6 4.5 4 ten 6 4.5 6 51

Lavelli was one of Otto Graham’s top passing targets and this role led to Lavelli making the Top 10 in non-PPR Finals scoring seven times and PPR Finals scoring six times. Lavelli’s 51 career points rank fifth all-time among ends and wide receivers, and one of the players ahead of him, Gino Cappelletti, racked up a lot of his points as a kicker. Lavelli’s four career non-PPR elite points and six PPR elite career points tied for third, respectively, all-time among ends and wide receivers.

Wide Receiver — Mac Speedie

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
7 5 6 4 7 5 4.5 4 42.5

Yes, that was his first name, and Speedie more than respected it. Speedie has finished in the Top 7 in non-PPR WR scores in four of his seven NFL seasons and in the Top 8 in PPR WR scores five times. To put his fantastic 1947 season into perspective, Speedie’s 216.9 PPR points held the Cleveland WR PPR record until 1966 and it still remains the ninth-highest PPR total ever by a Browns wide receiver.

Tight End – Ozzie Newsome

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
9 6 3 0 ten 5 3 2 38

Newsome started off running in his 1978 rookie season ranking fifth and sixth in non-PPR and PPR TE points, respectively, but he was just starting to warm up. From 1979 to 1984, Newsome placed between first and third in the TE PPR rankings every year except 1980 when he placed ninth. He was equally dominant in non-PPR TE scores during that span, finishing in the Top 4 five times. Newsome’s 10 starting caliber PPR seasons tied for fifth all-time among ends tight and his total of 38 career points is tied for sixth at that position.

SuperFlex — Ray Renfro

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
9 3 3 2 8 2 1.5 2 30.5

It might come as a surprise to see Renfro as the Browns’ SuperFlex until we take a closer look at his accomplishments. Renfro’s nine rookie-caliber seasons in the non-PPR ranks are tied for third all-time behind Graham and Brown among Cleveland players and his eight starting-caliber PPR campaigns are tied for fifth all-time. this franchise.


Best era-adjusted fantasy seasons of all time

QB: Otto Graham, 1946 (124.9 points)

RB: Jim Brown, 1965 (312.8 non-PPR, 346.8 PPR)

WR: Mac Speedie, 1947 (149.9 non-PPR, 216.9 PPR)

TE: Ozzie Newsome, 1983 (133 non-PPR, 222 PPR)

SuperFLEX: Ray Renfro, 1953 (156.8 non PPR, 195.8 PPR)

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