Fantasy football player rankings adjusted at the time: Matt Ryan and Julio Jones pace the Atlanta Falcons

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 Atlanta Falcons team history!

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

All-Time Fantastic Starting Lineup

QB: Matt Ryan

AR: William Andrews

AR: Jamal Anderson

Answering machine: Julio Jones

WR: Roddy White

TE: Alge Crumpler

SuperFLEX: André Rison


Quarterback – Matt Ryan

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
8 4 0 0 8 4 0 0 24

Ryan has the most career points among Falcons players at any position and is tied with Julio Jones for the team leader in number of non-PPR and PPR rookie seasons. Ryan only had two seasons in the top half of the QB1 level, as he ranked second in QB fantasy points twice (2016 and 2018), but he provided solid mid-level QB1 value at low in six other campaigns.

Running back – William Andrews

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
5 4 0 0 5 4 0 0 18

Andrews was a truly dominant fantasy RB from 1981-83, as he ranked in the Top 3 in non-PPR and PPR points in each of those seasons. His 12 career points during that span ranked second only to Marcus Allen’s 13 career points, and Andrews was the only returner in those seasons to post three non-point quality caliber campaigns. PPR or PPR.

Andrews might have ended up as one of the all-time greatest running backs in league history if he had continued at that rate for a few more years, but a knee injury suffered during the pre -season of 1984 effectively ended Andrews’ career, as he had only 52 runs. attempts in his final season (1986).

Running back — Jamal Anderson

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
4 1 1.5 2 4 1 1.5 2 17

Anderson had the best fantasy season for an Atlanta running back in 1998 when he ranked second at that position in non-PPR points (311) and third in PPR points (337.5). The 311 non-PPR points are still considered the highest by a Falcons running back. Anderson preceded that elite campaign with Top 12 finishes in RB scoring in both non-PPR and PPR in 1996 and 1997, but injury in 1999 slowed Anderson and he only had one only starter-caliber campaign after that. Even with the injury decline, Anderson still edged Gerald Riggs (13 career points), Devonta Freeman (12.5) and Michael Turner (12) for second place RB on this list.

Wide Receiver – Julio Jones

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
8 4 0 0 8 3 0 0 23

Jones was the WR1 consistency model from 2014 to 2019, as he finished in the Top 6 in non-PPR and PPR scores in five of those seasons and never finished below eighth in the one or the other category during this period. His 18 career points during those years ranked second only to Antonio Brown (23 points) among wide receivers for that span. Jones posted 375.1 PPR points in 2015, making him one of only seven wide receivers to reach or exceed 375 PPR points in fantasy football history.

Wide Receiver – Roddy White

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
7 4 0 0 7 3 0 0 21

White was the Falcons’ top fantasy receiver prior to Julio Jones’ rise to the top of this list, but let’s not forget how good White was. He ranked in the top 10 fantasy WRs for five consecutive seasons (2008-12), ranked first in WR PPR points in 2010 (316.2), and ranked third in Atlanta history in beginner caliber seasons in non-PPR and PPR formats.

Tight end — Alge Crumpler

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
5 3 0 0 5 1 0 0 14

Crumpler was one of the most consistent point scorers at the TE position from 2002 to 2006, as he was one of only four tight ends to rank as a starter in all five seasons and ranked at tied for fourth in tight career points over that span.

It was actually a very close battle between Crumpler and Jim Mitchell, an early 1970s star who ranked in TE’s Top 3 fantasy scores in 1970 and 1971 and ended up with 13 career points.

SuperFlex — André Rison

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
5 4 1.5 0 5 5 0 0 20.5

The man known as “Bad Moon” has moved around the league a lot in his 12-year career, but his five seasons in Atlanta have been pretty impactful on a fantasy level. Rison’s four quality-caliber non-PPR campaigns are tied for the most in Falcons history at any position and his five quality-caliber PPR seasons is an unmatched tally.


Best era-adjusted fantasy seasons of all time

QB: Michael Vick, 2006 (264 points)

RB: Jamal Anderson, 1998 (311 non-PPR, 337.5 PPR)

WR: Alfred Jenkins, 1981 (211 non-PPR, 280.8 PPR)

TE: Jim Mitchell, 1970 (109 non-PPR, 153.3 PPR)

SuperFLEX: Devonta Freeman, 2015 (243 non-PPR, 316.4 PPR)

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