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1961 NFL Season

In 1961 the San Diego Chargers finished with the best record in the league at 12 and 2. Sonny Jurgensen led the league in passing yards with 3,723, Jim Brown led the league in rushing yards with 1,408 and Charley Hennigan lead the league in receiving yards with 1,746. The top fantasy point producers for the season were George Blanda with 27.64 points per game, Sonny Jurgensen with 20.35 points per game and Paul Hornung with 18.17 points per game.
1961 Top Fantasy Players by Position
George Blanda was the top Fantasy Quarterback of 1961. He produced 386.90 fantasy points in 14 games for an average of 27.64 points a game. Statistically, he had 187 pass completions for 3,330 yards and 36 touchdowns. Other top Fantasy qbs were Sonny Jurgensen with 3,723 passing yards and 32 td passes and Paul Hornung with 42 yards passing and 1 td toss.Al Dorow with 2,651 yards passing and 19 td tosses.Billy Wade with 2,258 yards passing and 22 td tosses.Johnny Unitas with 2,990 yards passing and 16 td tosses.Jack Kemp with 2,686 yards passing and 15 td tosses.Fran Tarkenton with 1,997 yards passing and 18 td tosses.Cotton Davidson with 2,445 yards passing and 17 td tosses.Y.A. Tittle with 2,272 yards passing and 17 td tosses.
PlayerFantasy Pts Avg
George Blanda27.64
Sonny Jurgensen20.35
Paul Hornung18.17
Al Dorow17.52
Billy Wade16.65
Johnny Unitas16.32
Jack Kemp16.13
Fran Tarkenton15.33
Cotton Davidson15.11
Y.A. Tittle14.70
Running Backs
The top fantasy Running Back of 1961 was Jim Taylor. He averaged 16.82 fantasy points per game for 14 games for a total of 235.45 points. He also had 1,307 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns. Some of the other top Fantasy rbs were Jim Brown with 1,408 rushing yards and 228.60 fantasy points and Billy Cannon with 948 yards rushing and 214.10 fantasy points.Lenny Moore with 648 yards rushing and 191.20 fantasy points.Abner Haynes with 841 yards rushing and 190.00 fantasy points.J.D. Smith with 823 yards rushing and 153.45 fantasy points.Paul Lowe with 767 yards rushing and 139.35 fantasy points.Alex Webster with 928 yards rushing and 138.45 fantasy points.Willie Galimore with 707 yards rushing and 137.80 fantasy points.Bill Mathis with 846 yards rushing and 134.70 fantasy points.
PlayerFantasy Pts Avg
Jim Taylor16.82
Jim Brown16.33
Billy Cannon15.29
Lenny Moore14.71
Abner Haynes13.57
J.D. Smith10.96
Paul Lowe9.95
Alex Webster9.89
Willie Galimore9.84
Bill Mathis9.62
Wide Receivers
Gino Cappelletti was the top Fantasy Wide Receiver of 1961 with 45 receptions for 768 yards and 8 touchdowns. These numbers produced a total of 189.75 fantasy points for an average of 13.55 points per game. The other top wide receiver fantasy point producers were Bill Groman with 1,175 receiving yards on 50 receptions for 166.95 fantasy points and Charley Hennigan with 1,746 yards receiving on 82 catches.Tommy McDonald with 1,144 yards receiving on 64 catches.Buddy Dial with 1,047 yards receiving on 53 catches.Alex Hawkins with 158 yards receiving on 20 catches.Jim Colclough with 757 yards receiving on 42 catches.Max McGee with 883 yards receiving on 51 catches.R.C. Owens with 1,032 yards receiving on 55 catches.Jim Phillips with 1,092 yards receiving on 78 catches.
PlayerFantasy Pts Avg
Gino Cappelletti13.55
Bill Groman11.93
Charley Hennigan11.38
Tommy McDonald9.66
Buddy Dial8.93
Alex Hawkins6.89
Jim Colclough6.83
Max McGee6.63
R.C. Owens6.42
Jim Phillips6.04
Tight Ends
Averaging 8.99 fantasy points per game for 14 games made Mike Ditka the top Fantasy Tight End of 1961. Statistically, he had 56 receptions for 12 touchdowns and 1,076 receiving yards. Other top tight end fantasy point producers of 1961 were Pete Retzlaff with 87.25 fantasy points on 769 receiving yards and 50 receptions and Dave Kocourek with 1,055 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns.Monty Stickles with 794 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns.Gordon Smith with 320 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns.Ron Kramer with 559 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns.Taz Anderson with 399 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns.Doug Asad with 592 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns.Mal Hammack with 70 yards receiving and 0 touchdowns.Jim Gibbons with 566 yards receiving and 1 touchdown.
PlayerFantasy Pts Avg
Mike Ditka8.99
Pete Retzlaff6.23
Dave Kocourek5.48
Monty Stickles4.98
Gordon Smith4.44
Ron Kramer3.80
Taz Anderson2.99
Doug Asad2.97
Mal Hammack2.49
Jim Gibbons2.45
The top fantasy kicker of 1961 with 4 field goals and 10 extra points was Jack Spikes. These stats produced a 6 game total of 92.20 fantasy points for an average of 15.37 per game. The other top fantasy point seasons turned in by a kicker were from Tommy Davis with 12 field goals and 44 extra points for an average of 5.71 points per game and Gene Mingo with 55.40 points on 3 field goals and 11 extra points.George Fleming with 76.65 points on 11 field goals and 24 extra points.Danny Villanueva with 71.00 points on 13 field goals and 32 extra points.Mike Mercer with 59.80 points on 9 field goals and 36 extra points.Bill Shockley with 24.25 points on 3 field goals and 13 extra points.Bobby Joe Conrad with 49.40 points on 0 field goals and 4 extra points.Keith Lincoln with 43.40 points on 0 field goals and 0 extra points.Allen Green with 34.00 points on 5 field goals and 19 extra points.
PlayerFantasy Pts Avg
Jack Spikes15.37
Tommy Davis5.71
Gene Mingo5.54
George Fleming5.48
Danny Villanueva5.07
Mike Mercer4.27
Bill Shockley4.04
Bobby Joe Conrad3.53
Keith Lincoln3.10
Allen Green2.43
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