Fantasy football player rankings adjusted at the time: Ken Anderson, Chad Johnson and other great Cincinnati Bengals

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 Cincinnati Bengals team history!

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

All-Time Fantastic Starting Lineup

QB: Ken Anderson

AR: James Brooks

AR: Corey Dillon

WR: Isaac Curtis

Answering machine: Chad Johnson

TE: Rodney Holman

SuperFLEX: Boomer Esiason


Quarterback – Ken Anderson

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
8 6 6 4 8 6 6 4 48

Anderson is truly one of the all-time great fantasy QBs, as his 48 career points ranks tied for 21st in that position. The most incredible part of his scoring streak is that Anderson was one of the QB’s top scorers for three straight years (1973-75), fell to low-end QB1 status in 1976-77, and then is pretty much fell off the fantasy radar screen for three years. years before returning to elite status with a No. 2 ranking in QB points in 1981 and a No. 3 ranking in 1982. Very few quarterbacks return to top form after that length of absence, and that puts Anderson in rare company.

Running back — James Brooks

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
5 4 0 0 6 3 0 0 18

Brooks was a late bloomer, as he didn’t start making a fantastic impact until his fifth season in the NFL, but then had a fantastic run with five Top 8 finishes in non-PPR RB scoring from 1985 to 1990 and five Top 10 finishes in PPR RB Rating in the same time frame. Only Roger Craig, Eric Dickerson, Herschel Walker and Marcus Allen have scored as many or more career points than the 17 points Brooks has posted in that span. Brooks’ 1986 season was the best adjusted campaign to date by a Cincinnati running back.

Running back – Corey Dillon

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
6 2 0 0 6 1 0 0 15

Dillon is tied with Pete Johnson for the most non-PPR caliber seasons starting by a Bengals running back and tied with Brooks for the most PPR caliber campaigns starting by a Cincinnati running back. That PPR production is what gave Dillon a two-point advantage over Johnson for second-place RB on this list.

Wide Receiver – Isaac Curtis

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
6 4 3 0 5 4 1.5 0 23.5

Curtis was one of the NFL’s top fantasy receivers from 1973-76. Check out his career point production over that four-year span:

Player Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
cliff branch 3 3 4.5 2 3 3 3 4 25.5
Isaac Curtis 4 4 3 0 4 4 1.5 0 20.5
Harold Carmichel 4 2 1.5 2 4 3 1.5 2 20
Harold Jackson 4 2 1.5 2 4 2 1.5 2 19
Mel Gray 4 3 1.5 0 4 2 1.5 0 16

Curtis was able to do so largely because Bill Walsh was on the Bengals’ offensive coaching staff for the first three of those four years. Curtis’ output plummeted after 1976 as he posted just three more career points in his final eight NFL seasons, but ranking near the top in his position for those many years put Curtis in the top of the Bengals fantasy list.

Wide Receiver – Chad Johnson

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career Points
7 4 0 0 7 4 0 0 22

Johnson was similar to Curtis in that he squeezed most of his fantasy output into a five-year span. From 2003 to 2007, Johnson ranked in the Top 7 in WR PPR scores every year and ranked in the Top 6 in non-PPR scores in each of those years except for the 2004 campaign where he finished ninth. in this category. Johnson was also like Curtis in that once his drop in production happened, he never recovered, as he only posted four career points outside of his elite seasons. .

Tight End – Rodney Holman

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
7 2 1.5 2 7 1 1.5 2 24

Holman is a great forgotten in the history of the Bengals. His seven non-PPR and rookie-caliber PPR seasons tie with Chad Johnson for the second-most in Cincinnati history, behind only Ken Anderson’s eight seasons. Holman’s 1989 season was by far the best era-adjusted campaign in the club’s history, as he posted 128 non-PPR points in a year when the next best tight end scored 82 points (Keith Jackson), the average starter TE scored 62 points, and the lowest-scoring starter scored just 48 points.

SuperFlex — Boomer Esiason

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
6 5 4.5 0 6 5 4.5 0 31

Esiason was the perfect candidate for the Bengals SuperFlex roster spot, as his 31 career points weren’t enough to win the QB role over Ken Anderson, but they were more than any other Cincinnati player. Esiason was a fantastic Top 9 QB for five consecutive years (1985-89) and was a leading QB scorer for four of those seasons, including two seasons in which he ranked second (1986 and 1988) .


Best era-adjusted fantasy seasons of all time

QB: Ken Anderson, 1975 (215.6 points)

RB: James Brooks, 1986 (229 non-PPR, 283.3 PPR)

WR: Isaac Curtis, 1973 (137 non-PPR, 182.2 PPR)

TE: Rodney Holman, 1989 (128 non-PPR, 177.6 PPR)

SUPERFLEX: Bob Trumpy, 1969 (135.5 non-PPR, 172.5 PPR)

(Top photo: George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

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