Age-adjusted fantasy football player rankings: Jim Brown and Otto Graham are Cleveland Browns legends.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of fantasy football, the athlete Reviews of the best fantasy players and seasons in NFL history.

A detailed overview of the system used to rank historical fiction performance in our greatest fictional players of all time can be found on the Introduction page, but here’s a quick summary.

The fantasy player performance is adjusted according to the era so that players who dominated during the lower scoring periods can compete against the players who scored huge total points in the higher scoring periods.

After making these adjustments, players are awarded a credit for a Junior Caliber Season (1 point), a Quality Season (1 point), an Impact Campaign (1.5 points), or being a Premium Player (2 points). These points accumulate and are measured in both PPR and PPR and serve as the basis for determining who are the best fantasy players in NFL history.

Now that we’re out of the playoffs, let’s take a look at the best fantasy players in Cleveland Browns history!

(Note: The numbers listed below are for the player’s performance while in the Browns game.)

The fantasy starting lineup of all times

QB: Otto Graham

RB: Jim Brown

Right-back: Leroy Kelly

WR: Dante Laveille

WR: MacSpeedy

TE: Ozzy Newsom

SuperFLEX: Ray Renfro


Quarterback – Otto Graham

beginning Quality Effect elite PPR . Street PPR . quality PPR . effect Elite PPR career points
10 10 12 14 10 10 12 14 92

Had fantasy football existed in Graham’s era, he would have been an annual contender for the #1 overall pick. Graham and Bobby Lane are linked in the most memorable seasons among players in any position. Graham ranks second to Fran Tarkenton (104) for most career points in the quarterback and is fourth in career points at any position (behind Tarkenton, Don Hutson and Jerry Rice). Graham has never finished less than fourth in a fictional QB record and has finished first or second seven times, including in each of his last four seasons in the league.

Running Back – Jim Brown

beginning Quality Effect elite PPR . Street PPR . quality PPR . effect Elite PPR career points
9 9 12 6 9 9 9 10 73

Brown’s 73 career points is the biggest point in any fantasy to hold back. Brown is tied for RB’s all-time leadership in quality seasons in both PPR and PPR and leads all-time Impact and Elite campaign racers in both PPR and PPR. No other contestant has more than four Elite Points in a non-PPR and only one last runner-up (Marshall Falk with 8 points) is close to 10 Browns career points in PPR. He has been the #1 consensus in fantasy RB five times and only finished below fourth place in either non-PPR or PPR points once, and that was sixth place in PPR in 1960.

Brown was so dominant towards the end of his career that his 346.8 PPR points in his final season would have ranked him second in RB PPR scoring in 2021. What makes it even more amazing is that Brown did so in 14 games compared to his 2021 back runners they have 17 Match to publish their total points.

Running Back – Leroy Kelly

beginning Quality Effect elite PPR . Street PPR . quality PPR . effect Elite PPR career points
7 5 3 0 6 3 1.5 2 27.5

Kelly gets lost in Cleveland history because he was in the same franchise as Jim Brown, but Kelly’s accomplishments are notable in their own right. Kelly could claim that Brown couldn’t, with Kelly being the number one RB non-PPR record for three years in a row (1966-1968). That’s something Brown hasn’t done, and it’s a feat that only three other defenders (Walter Payton, Emmett Smith and Marshall Falk) match.

Wide Receiver – Dante Laveille

beginning Quality Effect elite PPR . Street PPR . quality PPR . effect Elite PPR career points
10 6 4.5 4 10 6 4.5 6 51

Lavelli was one of Otto Graham’s primary passing targets, and the role saw Lavelli rank in the top ten finalists other than a seven-time PPR and a six-time PPR finish. LaVillet’s 51 career points ranked fifth all-time among wide and edge receivers, and one of the players in front of him, Gino Cappelletti, earned many of his points as a captain. Lavelli ranked four non-elite professional PPR points and six professional elite PPR points three, respectively, for all-time finishes and wide receivers.

Wide Receiver – Mac Speedy

beginning Quality Effect elite PPR . Street PPR . quality PPR . effect Elite PPR career points
7 5 6 4 7 5 4.5 4 42.5

Yes, that was his first name, and Speedy lived up to that. Speedie finished seventh in WR non-PPR where he scored in four of the seven NFL seasons and in a Top 8 in WR PPR on five occasions. To put his brilliant 1947 season in perspective, Speedie’s 216.9 PPR held the Cleveland WR PPR through 1966 and remains the ninth highest total PPR ever posted by a Browns wide receiver.

Tight End – Ozzy Newsom

beginning Quality Effect elite PPR . Street PPR . quality PPR . effect Elite PPR career points
9 6 3 0 10 5 3 2 38

Newsom hit the ground running in his 1978 rookie season placing fifth and sixth, respectively, in TE non-PPR and PPR points, but he was just feeling hot. From 1979 to 1984, Newsom ranked first and third in TE PPR each year except for 1980 when he ranked ninth. He was absolutely dominant in the non-PPR TE record in that period, finishing in the top four five times. Newsom’s ten seasons of starting caliber in PPR for the fifth time ever tied between tight ends and his 38 career-point total is tied for sixth in that position.

SuperFlex – Ray Renfro

beginning Quality Effect elite PPR . Street PPR . quality PPR . effect Elite PPR career points
9 3 3 2 8 2 1.5 2 30.5

It might come as a surprise to see Renfrew as a SuperFlex for the Browns until one takes a closer look at his accomplishments. Renfrew’s nine start-caliber seasons in the non-PPR ranks tied for third-all-time behind Graham and Brown among Cleveland’s players and the eight starting-caliber PPR campaigns tied for the fifth-best in the franchise.


Best fictional seasons modified by era

QB: Otto Graham, 1946 (124.9 points)

Right-back: Jim Brown, 1965 (non-PPR 312.8, PPR 346.8)

WR: Mac Speedie, 1947 (149.9 non-PPR, 216.9 PPR)

TE: Ozzie Newsome, 1983 (133 non-PPR, 222 PPR)

SuperFLEX: Ray Renfro, 1953 (156.8 non-PPR, 195.8 PPR)

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