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Fantasy Football G.O.A.T.s: Tom Brady, Ladanian Tomlinson Lead The Way!

Mark Morales-Smith Feb 3rd 3:50 AM EST.

In honor of Tom Brady" data-toggle="modal" data-target="#player-pop-up" href="/nfl_player_news/Tom_Brady/">Tom Brady’s retirement, we will be constructing the G.O.A.T. fantasy team. We will be taking all the best players at each position and build you the greatest fantasy football team of all time. The only rule is that they had to have played while Brady was in the league.

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Fantasy Football GOATs

QB1 Tom Brady

Of course, we start with the GOAT himself. He has been the model of consistency for more than two decades seeing his numbers explode in 2007. He never looked back from there. If you split his career in half both guys would go to the Hall of Fame. However, 2007 was his greatest year as he threw for 4,806 yards, 50 TDs, and just eight interceptions. He added two more TDs on the ground. He would go on to throw for 30 TDs nine times and 40 TDs three times. Brady would also throw for over 5,000 yards twice and over 4,000 yards 14 times. If you picked up Brady in a dynasty league in 2001, you had a guy you could set and forget for over 20 years.

QB2 Peyton Manning

The QB2 has to be Brady’s arch-nemesis, Peyton Manning. This rivalry will go down as one of the greatest in NFL history. You can make an argument for Drew Brees or Patrick Mahomes to be in this conversation, but the correct answer is Peyton. He had individual seasons of 55 and 49 TDs. In his greatest year, he threw for 5,477 yards, 55 TDs, and 10 interceptions. In his 17-year career, he threw for 30 TDs nine times and 4,000 yards 14 times. Armed with weapons like Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, Manning was a force to be reckoned with in fantasy leagues.

RB1 Ladanian Tomlinson

LT had an unbelievable career. I would make the case that he is a top-five running back of all time or very close to it. What he did in 2006 we may never see again. He rushed for 1,815 yards, caught 80 passes for 508 yards, and scored a ridiculous 31 TDs. Just for good measure he also threw for two TDs. In 2005 he also accounted for 22 TDs and 1,950 yards. IN 2003 he caught 100 passes for 725 yards while rushing for 1,645 yards and scoring 17 TDs. To start his career he rattled off eight straight 1,000-yard season and nine straight double-digit TD seasons. There is no debate who the RB1 should be.

RB2 Derrick Henry

Henry may be a bit more controversial at RB2, however, we couldn’t overlook him. He is the poster child for volume and production. This is a rare athlete with a size and speed combination that shouldn’t exist in a human. Even with missing half of 2021, he’s had five straight dominant seasons and counting. In 2021 he only played eight games and rushed for 937 yards and 10 TDs. His pace was far and away the best in fantasy. 2020 was his top year when he rushed for over 2,000 yards and scored 17 TDs. It’s unclear if defenders can’t tackle him or just don’t want to, but either way he is something special to watch every week.

WR1 Calvin Johnson

Sadly, Johnson played just nine NFL seasons, but that didn’t prevent him from leaving a huge mark on the game. After his rookie year he posted seven 1,000-yard seasons over the next eight years and would have hit that total in all eight years had he not missed time with an injury. In 2012 he caught a whopping 122 yards for 1,964 yards. He would go on to score at least a dozen TDs four times during his career and like Derrick Henry was a freak athlete the likes we have rarely seen in the NFL. If he played a full career we may be talking about him in the conversation as the greatest receiver ever.

WR2 Antonio Brown" data-toggle="modal" data-target="#player-pop-up" href="/nfl_player_news/Antonio_Brown/">Antonio Brown

These receivers aren’t necessarily in any specific order because you can make a case for any one of these guys being the best on the list. AB would certainly have a claim. It’s a shame he couldn’t hold it all together for a few more years and finish out his Hall of Fame career. His career has undoubtedly been marred by off-the-field madness, but that doesn’t change what he did on the field. From 2013 to 2018 he caught over 100 passes for six straight seasons before melting down and forcing his way out of Pittsburgh then subsequently Oakland and New England immediately after. During that span, his lowest receiving total was 1,284 and he scored double-digit TDs four times. His peak season was in 2015 when he caught 136 passes for 1,834 yards and 10 TDs. He would also go on to catch 15 TDs in 2018. The guy was an absolute beast on the field and even near the end of his career, when he was catching passes from Brady, he was still great when he wasn’t embroiled in unhinged shenanigans.

WR3 Randy Moss

Of course, we had to add Moss to this list. A guy who broke records with Brady in their undefeated regular season. He had 10 1,000-yard seasons and nine double-digit TD seasons throughout his career. His greatest season came with Brady in 2007 when he caught 98 passes for 1,493 yards and 23 TDs. On most lists of the greatest wideouts of all time, you’ll find Moss somewhere near the top. His footwork is unmatched and he turned 50/50 balls to 90/10 balls.

FLEX Le’Veon Bell

If you drafted Bell as a rookie in 2013 in dynasty leagues he had an unbelievable run right through 2017. Had he never left the Steelers who knows what could have been? Unfortunately, he went to the Jets and we all know how they can ruin anyone. In Pittsburgh was a PPR monster with a knack for finding the end zone. Twice he caught more than 80 passes. In 2014 he topped 2,000 yards from scrimmage with 11 TDs and 83 receptions. The guy was a force to be reckoned with.

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TE1 Travis Kelce

Kelce has been dominating the league for seven years now. During that span when it comes to tight ends there has been Kelce and then the field. He’s in a category of his own. This season was his seventh straight 1,000-yard season and his fourth season with double-digit TDs. Currently, he’s the king of fantasy tight ends and has shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

TE2 Rob Gronkowski" data-toggle="modal" data-target="#player-pop-up" href="/nfl_player_news/Rob_Gronkowski/">Rob Gronkowski

What kind of list about GOATS and Tom Brady could leave off Gronk? He has been Brady’s most trusted target of his career. The duo played 11 seasons together and won four Super Bowls. He topped 1,000 yards four times and caught double-digit TDs five times peaking at 17. If not for injuries we may be talking about Gronk being the greatest ever at the position. Unfortunately, he only played three 16 games seasons and retired for the first time at just 29. He did come back but once again retired prior to this season. The fact that he could pile up these numbers while also missing times makes it even more incredible. He scored 93 TDs in just 143 games.

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