Fantasy football player rankings adjusted at the time: Dan Marino and Mark Clayton lead Miami Dolphins

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 Miami Dolphins team history!

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

All-Time Fantastic Starting Lineup

QB: Dan Marine

AR: Ricky Williams

AR: Larry Csonka

Answering machine: Mark Clayton

Answering machine: Nat Moore

TE: Randy McMichael

SuperFLEX: Bob Griese


Quarterback – Dan Marino

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career Points
14 ten 9 4 15 ten 9 4 75

Marino is one of the greatest fantasy players in NFL history, as only Fran Tarkenton and Peyton Manning have had more quality seasons than Marino. Marino has been a fantastic Top 5 QB eight times and a fantastic Top 10 QB in 12 seasons. His 75 career points are easily the most in Dolphins history and rank fifth all-time at any position.

Running back — Ricky Williams

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career Points
3 2 1.5 0 3 2 0 0 11.5

Williams had a Miami running back’s best fantasy season when he posted 316 non-PPR points and 362.6 PPR points in 2002. Williams never returned to that peak value in his Dolphins’ tenure. , but he had two more Top 9 seasons and, thus, was able to post the highest career point total among Miami’s fantasy RBs.

Running back — Larry Csonka

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career Points
6 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 11

A case could be made to put Csonka at the top of this RB list, as his six starting-caliber non-PPR seasons are the most among Miami running backs and his five starting-caliber PPR seasons are tied with Tony. Nathan for the highest total. in this category. The blow to Csonka from a fantasy standpoint is that he was only an RB1 twice in non-PPR and once in PPR, but even with that caveat, ‘Zonk’ still won a place on this list.

Wide Receiver – Mark Clayton

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career Points
7 4 1.5 0 7 4 1.5 0 25

Wide receiver – Nat Moore

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career Points
8 1 1.5 0 9 1 1.5 0 22

It was a very close race for the top two spots on the list of fantastic wide receivers in Miami history. The numbers for Mark Clayton and Nat Moore are listed above, but here’s how they ranked against Paul Warfield and Mark Duper.

Paul Warfield’s numbers:

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career Points
5 3 3 0 5 2 1.5 2 21.5

Mark Duper’s numbers:

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
7 3 0 0 7 3 0 0 20

Moore had more non-PPR and PPR rookie-caliber seasons than any Miami wide receiver and was second in career points. Clayton had the highest career point total, was tied for second with Duper for most non-PPR and PPR rookie caliber seasons, and had the highest quality point total among the Dolphins. Clayton also had the second-best fantasy season by a Miami WR in 1984 when he posted 246 non-PPR points and 319.4 PPR points, a pace that earned him the best SuperFlex season among the Dolphins.

Warfield’s 1971 campaign was Miami’s best by a fantastic WR as he posted 174 non-PPR points and 217.1 PPR points in a 14-game season while only 13 wide receivers posted 100+ points non-PPR. Clayton’s performance in 1984 was enough to give him a slight advantage over Duper, whose numbers were otherwise very similar to Clayton’s.

Tight End – Randy McMichael

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career Points
5 1 0 0 5 1 0 0 12

McMichael was never a dominant fantasy tight end, but he was a top-10 tight end in each of his five seasons in Miami and ranked fourth or fifth in non-PPR and PPR points this position in 2003 and 2004. That was enough to give him a very narrow victory over Keith Jackson, who posted 11 career points during his tenure in Miami.

SuperFlex — Bob Griese

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
7 4 1.5 0 7 3 1.5 0 24

Griese wasn’t even close to earning the quarterback spot on that team against Dan Marino, but he had the third-highest career point total on the Dolphins and was therefore a solid selection for the SuperFlex spot.


Best era-adjusted fantasy seasons of all time

QB: Dan Marino, 1984 (355 points)

RB: Ricky Williams, 2002 (316 non-PPR, 362.6 PPR)

WR: Paul Warfield, 1971 (174 non-PPR, 217.1 PPR)

TE: Keith Jackson, 1994 (109 non-PPR, 168.3 PPR)

SuperFLEX: Mark Clayton, 1984 (246 non-PPR, 319.4 PPR)

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