The greatest fantasy seasons of all time
How do you choose the best fantasy seasons of all time?
It's easy to say that Tom Brady was better than Tony Romo in 2007. There's simply no disputing that 50 touchdown passes are better than 36. But how do 50 touchdown passes compare to 73 home runs? How do 4.2 blocks per game compare to a 1.87 goals-against average? There's no easy way to compare Randy Moss to Alex Rodriguez. They're about as similar as Kate Moss and Michelle Rodriguez (even less so, when you think about it).
So what did we do? We gathered some of the best minds in the business and gave them the following criteria: First, we limited the scope of the assignment to the fantasy era; essentially 1980 through today. Second, we determined that only the best season of each individual player could be considered partly to make certain that Pete Becker wouldn't argue all 10 spots for different Wayne Gretzky seasons. Finally, we decided that players would be rated based on best pure fantasy numbers, with some consideration given to production relative to their peers.
After considerable debate and something far short of a consensus, we came to the following list of the top 10 fantasy seasons of all time. One could argue that our system is more BCS than tournament, but it's the one we've got.
So tell us, fantasy fans, who did we miss? Does Ellis Burks deserve to be on this list more than Dwight Gooden? Was Magic's best season better than Hakeem's? Would you rather have had Gretzky's 215-point season? Should the fact that Mike Piazza is a catcher have made his 1997 season better than Walker's? We could easily have made a top 10 list of our most difficult decisions, but where would the fun be in that? Hit us up in ESPN's Conversation (Beta!) and have your say on who you think had the greatest fantasy season of all time.
GREATEST INDIVIDUAL SEASONS
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