Fantasy football player rankings adjusted at the time: Mike Evans and James Wilder lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers team

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 Tampa Bay Buccaneers team history!

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

All-Time Fantastic Starting Lineup

QB: Doug Williams

AR: James Wilder

AR: Warrick Dunn

Answering machine: Mike Evans

WR: Kevin House

TE: Jimmie Giles

SuperFLEX: Tom Brady


Quarterback – Doug Williams

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
3 2 0 0 3 2 0 0 ten

The Buccaneers committed one of the worst offenses in league history when Williams joined the team in 1978, but he helped turn that team around over the next two years. These efforts led to Williams ranking fourth in QB fantasy points in 1980 and he followed that by ranking third in 1981 and eighth in 1982. A contract dispute led to Williams leaving the NFL for three years after that campaign from 1982, but that three-year starting stretch was still enough to land Williams the No. 1 QB in Tampa Bay history.

Running back — James Wilder

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
3 1 1.5 0 4 3 1.5 2 16

Wilder was the ultimate bell cow in 1984. His 296 non-PPR points and 380.5 PPR points led all running backs that season, but what really stands out is that Wilder racked up 492 touches. It’s still by far the most ever posted by a running back in a single season, as second on that list is Larry Johnson with 457 in 2006. That wear and tear almost certainly led to a shortening of Wilder’s career, as he had a low-end RB1 season in 1985 and then fell off the fantasy starter radar after that. But that dominating 1984 campaign made Wilder the Buccaneers’ top fantasy RB.

Running back — Warrick Dunn

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

Dunn was the model for scoring consistency during his five-year stint at Tampa Bay from 1997-2001, as he ranked between 11th and 17th in the RB PPR standings in each of those seasons. He is the only Buccaneers to feature five non-PPR starting caliber seasons and Dunn shares the top spot in RB PPR starting seasons with Mike Alstott.

It was a close race between Dunn and Doug Martin. Here are Martin’s career point totals:

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
2 2 1.5 0 2 1 1.5 0 ten

Wide Receiver – Mike Evans

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
8 3 0 0 8 2 0 0 21

Evans is Tampa Bay’s greatest fantasy player of all time. His career-best 21 points in any position and his eight rookie-caliber seasons in non-PPR and PPR easily top this club, as no other Buccaneers player has more than five in either. another category. Evans also leads the club in quality non-PPR seasons with three.

Wide Receiver—Kevin House

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

House wasn’t a fantasy scoring dynamo, but he ranks second among Tampa Bay wide receivers in rookie-caliber seasons in both non-PPR and PPR scoring formats. He is also one of seven Buccaneers wide receivers to post a consensus Top 10 season, as House ranked fifth among wide receivers in non-PPR points and sixth in PPR points in 1981.

Tight End – Jimmie Giles

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
5 2 0 0 5 1 0 0 13

Giles was one of the top fantasy tight ends from 1979 to 1982, as he was one of only three tight ends in that four-year span to post rookie-caliber seasons in each campaign and one of four only tight ends to post at least two. quality seasons. His 13 career points rank him third all-time among Tampa Bay players in any position.

SuperFlex—Tom Brady

Entrance Quality Impact Elite PPR Street PPR qual PRP impact PPR Elite Career points
2 2 1.5 0 2 2 1.5 0 11

A solid record could have been made to put Brady at the top of Tampa Bay’s list of fantastic quarterbacks, as his 11 career points rank first among Buccaneers quarterbacks. Williams ended up winning that tiebreaker due to his three starting-caliber seasons at Tampa Bay, but if Brady racks up another starting-caliber season with the Buccaneers, he’ll blow Williams for the top spot there. . This is very likely to happen, as Brady’s 374.7 points in 2021 is by far the best adjusted fantasy season at the time by a Tampa Bay quarterback and bodes well for a strong starting season for Brady. in 2022.


Best era-adjusted fantasy seasons of all time

QB: Tom Brady, 2021 (374.7 points)

RB: James Wilder, 1984 (296 non-PPR, 380.5 PPR)

WR: Mark Carrier, 1989 (195 non-PPR, 281.2 PPR)

TE: Jimmie Giles, 1982 (66 non-PPR, 94 PPR in a shortened nine-game season)

SuperFLEX: Doug Martin, 2012 (263 non-PPR, 311.6 PPR)

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