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1979 NFL Season

In 1979 the Pittsburgh Steelers finished with the best record in the league at 12 and 4, and they went on to win the Super Bowl against the Los Angeles Rams. Dan Fouts led the league in passing yards with 4,082, Earl Campbell led the league in rushing yards with 1,697 and Steve Largent lead the league in receiving yards with 1,237. The top fantasy point producers for the season were Brian Sipe with 18.97 points per game, Steve Grogan with 18.57 points per game and Dan Fouts with 18.31 points per game. Some of the top fantasy games were Clarence Williams with 40.35 points against the Buffalo Bills, Jerry Butler with 37.95 points against the New York Jets and Wilbert Montgomery with 37.25 points against the Washington Redskins.
1979 Top Fantasy Players by Position
Brian Sipe was the top Fantasy Quarterback of 1979. He produced 303.45 fantasy points in 16 games for an average of 18.97 points a game. Statistically, he had 286 pass completions for 3,793 yards and 28 touchdowns. Other top Fantasy qbs were Steve Grogan with 3,286 passing yards and 28 td passes and Dan Fouts with 4,082 yards passing and 24 td tosses.Jim Zorn with 3,661 yards passing and 20 td tosses.Roger Staubach with 3,586 yards passing and 27 td tosses.Terry Bradshaw with 3,724 yards passing and 26 td tosses.Tommy Kramer with 3,397 yards passing and 23 td tosses.Ken Stabler with 3,615 yards passing and 26 td tosses.Joe Theismann with 2,797 yards passing and 20 td tosses.Richard Todd with 2,660 yards passing and 16 td tosses.
PlayerFantasy Pts Avg
Brian Sipe18.97
Steve Grogan18.57
Dan Fouts18.31
Jim Zorn17.68
Roger Staubach17.34
Terry Bradshaw17.03
Tommy Kramer16.18
Ken Stabler16.15
Joe Theismann15.12
Richard Todd14.69
Running Backs
The top fantasy Running Back of 1979 was Earl Campbell. He averaged 18.02 fantasy points per game for 16 games for a total of 288.40 points. He also had 1,697 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns. Some of the other top Fantasy rbs were Walter Payton with 1,610 rushing yards and 278.35 fantasy points and Wilbert Montgomery with 1,512 yards rushing and 259.90 fantasy points.Ottis Anderson with 1,605 yards rushing and 235.90 fantasy points.Franco Harris with 1,186 yards rushing and 205.15 fantasy points.Mike Pruitt with 1,294 yards rushing and 214.00 fantasy points.Chuck Muncie with 1,198 yards rushing and 206.20 fantasy points.Tony Dorsett with 1,107 yards rushing and 171.45 fantasy points.John Riggins with 1,153 yards rushing and 195.45 fantasy points.Sherman Smith with 775 yards rushing and 193.00 fantasy points.
PlayerFantasy Pts Avg
Earl Campbell18.02
Walter Payton17.40
Wilbert Montgomery16.24
Ottis Anderson14.74
Franco Harris13.68
Mike Pruitt13.38
Chuck Muncie12.89
Tony Dorsett12.25
John Riggins12.22
Sherman Smith12.06
Wide Receivers
Stanley Morgan was the top Fantasy Wide Receiver of 1979 with 44 receptions for 1,002 yards and 12 touchdowns. These numbers produced a total of 132.00 fantasy points for an average of 8.25 points per game. The other top wide receiver fantasy point producers were Steve Largent with 1,237 receiving yards on 66 receptions for 115.85 fantasy points and John Jefferson with 1,090 yards receiving on 61 catches.Tony Hill with 1,062 yards receiving on 60 catches.Ahmad Rashad with 1,156 yards receiving on 80 catches.Harold Carmichael with 872 yards receiving on 52 catches.Drew Pearson with 1,026 yards receiving on 55 catches.John Stallworth with 1,183 yards receiving on 70 catches.Wesley Walker with 569 yards receiving on 23 catches.Wally Francis with 1,013 yards receiving on 74 catches.
PlayerFantasy Pts Avg
Stanley Morgan8.25
Steve Largent7.72
John Jefferson7.63
Tony Hill7.18
Ahmad Rashad6.99
Harold Carmichael6.85
Drew Pearson6.80
John Stallworth6.70
Wesley Walker6.49
Wally Francis6.17
Tight Ends
Averaging 5.97 fantasy points per game for 14 games made Raymond Chester the top Fantasy Tight End of 1979. Statistically, he had 58 receptions for 8 touchdowns and 712 receiving yards. Other top tight end fantasy point producers of 1979 were Ozzie Newsome with 93.65 fantasy points on 781 receiving yards and 55 receptions and Russ Francis with 557 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns.Henry Childs with 846 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns.Jimmie Giles with 579 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns.Dave Casper with 771 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns.Paul Coffman with 711 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns.Reese McCall with 536 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns.Don Bass with 724 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns.Mike Williams with 129 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns.
PlayerFantasy Pts Avg
Raymond Chester5.97
Ozzie Newsome5.85
Russ Francis4.82
Henry Childs4.52
Jimmie Giles4.48
Dave Casper3.77
Paul Coffman3.72
Reese McCall3.63
Don Bass3.61
Mike Williams3.61
The top fantasy kicker of 1979 with 23 field goals and 46 extra points was John Smith. These stats produced a 16 game total of 115.00 fantasy points for an average of 7.19 per game. The other top fantasy point seasons turned in by a kicker were from Mark Moseley with 25 field goals and 39 extra points for an average of 7.13 points per game and Mike Wood with 61.00 points on 11 field goals and 28 extra points.Tony Franklin with 105.00 points on 23 field goals and 36 extra points.Toni Fritsch with 104.00 points on 21 field goals and 41 extra points.Matt Bahr with 104.00 points on 18 field goals and 50 extra points.Efren Herrera with 101.00 points on 19 field goals and 43 extra points.Uwe von Schamann with 99.00 points on 21 field goals and 36 extra points.Rafael Septien with 97.00 points on 19 field goals and 40 extra points.Pat Leahy with 36.00 points on 8 field goals and 12 extra points.
PlayerFantasy Pts Avg
John Smith7.19
Mark Moseley7.13
Mike Wood6.78
Tony Franklin6.56
Toni Fritsch6.50
Matt Bahr6.50
Efren Herrera6.31
Uwe von Schamann6.19
Rafael Septien6.06
Pat Leahy6.00
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