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Top Drafted Fantasy Football Players

Over the history of the NFL the top career fantasy player for each draft was not always drafted in the first round, though the majority of the time they have been. Sometimes there are some surprises found in the later rounds such as Johnny Green who was drafted in the 20th round by the Steelers in 1959. Green has the highest per game fantasy point average of any player selected in the '59 draft.

It is surprising to see the breakdown of which rounds have produced the top fantasy player of each draft since 1936. The top fantasy player has come from Round #1 43 times, Round #2 12 times, Round #3 7 times, Round #4 4 times, Round #6 3 times, Round #10 3 times, Round #9 2 times, Round #5 2 times, Round #14 1 time, Round #11 1 time, Round #8 1 time, Round #20 1 time and Round #13 1 time. View the best fantasy player of each NFL Draft for every year.
Top Fantasy Player of NFL Draft by Year
Year Round Selection Player Position College Drafted By Career Fantasy Avg
2015 1 1   Jameis Winston QB   Florida St.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20.33
2014 1 3   Blake Bortles QB   Central Florida   Jacksonville Jaguars 19.66
2013 3 73   Mike Glennon QB   North Carolina State   Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15.62
2012 1 1   Andrew Luck QB   Stanford   Indianapolis Colts 22.32
2011 1 1   Cam Newton QB   Auburn   Carolina Panthers 23.65
2010 1 1   Sam Bradford QB   Oklahoma   St. Louis Rams 14.08
2009 1 1   Matthew Stafford QB   Georgia   Detroit Lions 20.26
2008 1 3   Matt Ryan QB   Boston College   Atlanta Falcons 18.78
2007 1 7   Adrian Peterson RB   Oklahoma   Minnesota Vikings 15.42
2006 1 11   Jay Cutler QB   Vanderbilt   Denver Broncos 17.01
2005 1 24   Aaron Rodgers QB   California   Green Bay Packers 20.55
2004 1 11   Ben Roethlisberger QB   Miami (Ohio)   Pittsburgh Steelers 18.47
2003 1 1   Carson Palmer QB   USC   Cincinnati Bengals 17.82
2002 4 108   David Garrard QB   East Carolina   Jacksonville Jaguars 15.44
2001 2 32   Drew Brees QB   Purdue   San Diego Chargers 20.71
2000 6 199   Tom Brady QB   Michigan   New England Patriots 19.46
1999 1 11   Daunte Culpepper QB   Central Florida   Minnesota Vikings 20.23
1998 1 1   Peyton Manning QB   Tennessee   Indianapolis Colts 20.33
1997 2 42   Jake Plummer QB   Arizona State   Arizona Cardinals 15.62
1996 2 42   Tony Banks QB   Michigan State   St. Louis Rams 11.68
1995 1 3   Steve McNair QB   Alcorn State   Houston Oilers 16.57
1994 1 2   Marshall Faulk RB   San Diego State   Indianapolis Colts 13.57
1993 8 222   Trent Green QB   Indiana   San Diego Chargers 16.98
1992 6 166   Jeff Blake QB   East Carolina   New York Jets 14.91
1991 2 33   Brett Favre QB   Southern Mississippi   Atlanta Falcons 17.83
1990 1 1   Jeff George QB   Illinois   Indianapolis Colts 14.39
1989 1 3   Barry Sanders RB   Oklahoma State   Detroit Lions 15.21
1988 6 159   Stan Humphries QB   Louisiana-Monroe   Washington Redskins 13.68
1987 4 98   Rich Gannon QB   Delaware   New England Patriots 14.95
1986 1 3   Jim Everett QB   Purdue   Houston Oilers 15.41
1985 2 37   Randall Cunningham QB   Nevada-Las Vegas   Philadelphia Eagles 17.53
1984 2 38   Boomer Esiason QB   Maryland   Cincinnati Bengals 15.18
1983 1 27   Dan Marino QB   Pittsburgh   Miami Dolphins 18.14
1982 1 5   Jim McMahon QB   Brigham Young   Chicago Bears 12.45
1981 2 33   Neil Lomax QB   Portland State   St. Louis Cardinals 15.78
1980 1 1   Billy Sims RB   Oklahoma   Detroit Lions 14.94
1979 3 82   Joe Montana QB   Notre Dame   San Francisco 49ers 16.32
1978 1 17   Doug Williams QB   Grambling State   Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15.09
1977 1 27   Tommy Kramer QB   Rice   Minnesota Vikings 14.14
1976 1 6   Richard Todd QB   Alabama   New York Jets 13.28
1975 5 116   Steve Grogan QB   Kansas State   New England Patriots 15.56
1974 4 87   Mike Boryla QB   Stanford   Cincinnati Bengals 10.27
1973 3 64   Dan Fouts QB   Oregon   San Diego Chargers 16.79
1972 13 330   Brian Sipe QB   San Diego State   Cleveland Browns 14.32
1971 3 67   Ken Anderson QB   Augustana (Ill.)   Cincinnati Bengals 13.41
1970 1 1   Terry Bradshaw QB   Louisiana Tech   Pittsburgh Steelers 14.60
1969 1 5   Greg Cook QB   Cincinnati   Cincinnati Bengals 13.25
1968 2 52   Ken Stabler QB   Alabama   Oakland Raiders 10.94
1967 1 4   Bob Griese QB   Purdue   Miami Dolphins 12.25
1966 1 16   Randy Johnson QB   Texas A&M - Kingsville   Atlanta Falcons 9.16
1965 1   Gale Sayers RB   Kansas   Chicago Bears 12.96
1964 10   Roger Staubach QB   Navy   Dallas Cowboys 14.81
1963 10   Bill Nelsen QB   USC   Pittsburgh Steelers 11.37
1962 1   Roman Gabriel QB   North Carolina State   Los Angeles Rams 13.03
1961 3   Fran Tarkenton QB   Georgia   Minnesota Vikings 16.00
1960 3   Don Meredith QB   Southern Methodist   Chicago Bears 14.20
1959 20   Johnny Green QB   Tennessee-Chattanooga   Pittsburgh Steelers 10.60
1958 2   Jim Taylor RB   Louisiana State   Green Bay Packers 11.41
1957 1   Jim Brown RB   Syracuse   Cleveland Browns 18.03
1956 1   Lenny Moore RB   Penn State   Baltimore Colts 10.48
1955 9   Johnny Unitas QB   Louisville   Pittsburgh Steelers 14.87
1954 1   Cotton Davidson QB   Baylor   Baltimore Colts 8.68
1953 11   Alex Webster RB   North Carolina State   Washington Redskins 8.57
1952 1 1   Billy Wade QB   Vanderbilt   Los Angeles Rams 12.31
1951 14   Bobby Walston DL   Georgia   Philadelphia Eagles 7.77
1950 2   Tobin Rote QB   Rice   Green Bay Packers 12.94
1949 4   Norm Van Brocklin QB   Oregon   Los Angeles Rams 12.64
1948 1   Bobby Layne QB   Texas   Chicago Bears 14.53
1947 9   Bob Hoernschemeyer DB   Navy   New York Giants 8.05
1946 1   Johnny Lujack DB   Notre Dame   Chicago Bears 16.61
1945 10   Charlie Conerly QB   Mississippi   Washington Redskins 10.07
1944 1 4   Otto Graham DB   Northwestern   Detroit Lions 16.74
1943 1 1   Frankie Sinkwich DB   Georgia   Detroit Lions 15.01
1942 3   Bud Schwenk QB   Washington-St. Louis   Chicago Cardinals 11.75
1941 2   Paul Christman QB   Missouri   Chicago Cardinals 9.58
1940 5   Roy Zimmerman QB   San Jose State   Washington Redskins 7.40
1939 1   Parker Hall RB   Mississippi   Cleveland Rams 10.26
1938 1   Cecil Isbell DB   Purdue   Green Bay Packers 12.98
1937 1   Sammy Baugh QB   Texas Christian   Washington Redskins 10.56
1936 2   Tuffy Leemans QB   George Washington   New York Giants 8.07
 
 
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