Top 50 College Fantasy Seasons, 2009-12

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We are all eagerly anticipating the start of college and pro football right now, and many of us have fantasy football on the mind. So why not? Let's take a look at the best college fantasy seasons over the past four years.

I'll follow up later on with a look at the best individual games in the past few years.

First, a couple caveats:

  • I ranked the players using per-game stats. The number of games listed in the table is for the player, not the team. Many great seasons were cut short by injury (prime example: Ryan Broyles, 2011)
  • I calculated the fantasy points using standard scoring:
    Passing: 1 point for every 25 yards, 4 points for passing TDs, -2 points for INTs
    Rushing: 1 point for every 10 yards, 6 points for TDs
    Receieving: 1 point for every 10 yards, 6 points for TDs

Quarterbacks*

Most passing yards: 5,671 - Case Keenum, Houston (2009)
Most passing TDs: 48 - Case Keenum, Houston (2011)

Most rushing yards: 1,815 - Jordan Lynch (2012)
Most rushing TDs: 23 - Collin Klein, Kansas St. (2011)

Most receiving yards: 56 - Russell Wilson, NC State (2010)
Most receiving TDs: 1 - several

Most combined yards (pass + rush + rec): 5,829 Case Keenum, Houston (2009)
Most combined TDs (pass + rush + rec): 51 - Cam Newton, Auburn (2010)

*Note - receiving stats are included for the QBs, but I left them out of the table below in the interest of saving space.

Rk Player, Team Year Gm Pass Yds Pass TDs INTs Rush Yds Rush TDs Fantasy Pts P/G
1 Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 2012 13 3706 26 9 1410 21 501.2 38.6
2 Jordan Lynch, Northern Ill. 2012 14 3138 25 6 1815 19 509.0 36.4
3 Cam Newton, Auburn 2010 14 2854 30 7 1473 20 497.7 35.5
4 Robert Griffin III, Baylor 2011 13 4293 37 6 699 10 439.1 33.8
5 Joe Webb, UAB 2009 12 2299 21 8 1427 11 375.9 31.3
6 Denard Robinson, Michigan 2010 13 2570 18 11 1702 14 407.0 31.3
7 Chandler Harnish, Northern Ill. 2011 14 3216 28 6 1379 11 432.5 30.9
8 Colin Kaepernick, Nevada 2010 14 3022 21 8 1206 20 429.5 30.7
9 Case Keenum, Houston 2011 14 5631 48 5 35 3 428.7 30.6
10 Nick Florence, Baylor 2012 13 4309 33 13 568 10 395.2 30.4
11 Cody Fajardo, Nevada 2012 12 2786 20 9 1121 12 357.5 29.8
12 Tajh Boyd, Clemson 2012 13 3896 36 13 514 10 385.2 29.6
13 Case Keenum, Houston 2009 14 5671 44 15 158 4 412.6 29.5
14 Collin Klein, Kansas St. 2012 13 2641 16 9 920 23 381.6 29.4
15 Dan Lefevour, Central Michigan 2009 14 3438 28 7 713 15 399.2 28.5
16 Dwight Dasher, Middle Tenn. 2009 13 2789 23 14 1154 13 369.0 28.4
17 James Franklin, Missouri 2011 13 2865 21 11 981 15 367.8 28.3
18 Brett Smith, Wyoming 2012 10 2837 27 6 248 6 271.3 27.1
19 Geno Smith, West Virginia 2012 13 4205 42 6 151 2 351.3 27.0
20 Denard Robinson, Michigan 2011 13 2173 20 15 1176 16 350.5 27.0
21 Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech 2012 12 4147 31 5 177 4 321.6 26.8
22 G.J. Kinne, Tulsa 2010 13 3650 31 10 561 7 348.1 26.8
23 Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M 2009 13 3579 30 8 506 8 345.8 26.6
24 Bryant Moniz, Hawaii 2011 10 2733 22 5 293 8 264.6 26.5
25 Dominique Davis, East Carolina 2010 13 3967 37 16 141 9 342.2 26.3
26 Tim Tebow, Florida 2009 14 2895 21 5 910 14 364.8 26.1
27 Dan Persa, Northwestern 2010 10 2581 15 4 519 9 260.4 26.0
28 Matt Scott, Arizona 2012 12 3620 27 14 506 6 311.4 26.0
29 Bryant Moniz, Hawaii 2010 14 5040 39 15 102 4 361.8 25.8
30 Chuckie Keeton, Utah St. 2012 13 3373 27 9 619 8 334.8 25.8
31 Kolton Browning, Louisiana-Monroe 2012 12 3049 29 10 488 7 308.8 25.7
32 Marcus Mariota, Oregon 2012 13 2677 32 6 752 5 334.5 25.7
33 Tyler Tettleton, Ohio 2011 14 3306 28 10 666 10 353.1 25.2
34 Rakeem Cato, Marshall 2012 12 4201 37 11 31 1 302.3 25.2
35 Alex Carder, Western Mich. 2011 12 3873 31 14 270 4 301.9 25.2
36 Robert Griffin III, Baylor 2010 13 3501 22 8 635 8 324.4 25.0
37 Russell Wilson, North Carolina St. 2010 13 3563 28 14 435 9 324.4 25.0
38 Matt Barkley, Southern California 2011 12 3528 39 7 14 2 296.5 24.7
39 Taylor Martinez, Nebraska 2012 14 2871 23 12 1019 10 344.7 24.6
40 Ryan Aplin, Arkansas St. 2010 12 2934 21 11 477 11 293.1 24.4
41 Ryan Aplin, Arkansas St. 2011 13 3588 19 16 588 10 314.6 24.2
42 Seth Doege, Texas Tech 2012 13 4205 39 16 59 2 313.1 24.1
43 Alex Carder, Western Mich. 2010 12 3334 30 12 226 6 288.0 24.0
44 Brett Hundley, UCLA 2012 14 3740 29 11 355 9 333.1 23.8
45 Andrew Luck, Stanford 2010 13 3338 32 8 453 3 308.8 23.8
46 Russell Wilson, Wisconsin 2011 14 3175 33 4 338 6 332.4 23.7
47 Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma St. 2011 13 4727 37 13 -102 1 306.9 23.6
48 Seth Doege, Texas Tech 2011 12 4004 28 10 46 4 281.9 23.5
49 Austin Davis, Southern Miss. 2010 13 3103 20 6 452 10 305.0 23.5
50 Terrelle Pryor, Ohio St. 2010 13 2772 27 11 754 4 304.2 23.4

So Johnny Football reigns supreme as the fantasy king of college football. It's pretty obvious, but I'll point it out -- the Heisman winners in each of the last three seasons jump out at you in the top 4 of this table.

Running Backs

Most rushing yards: 1,929 - Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona (2012)
Most rushing TDs: 33 - Montee Ball, Wisconsin (2011)

Most receiving yards: 697 - Kerwynn Williams, Utah St. (2012)
Most receiving TDs: 6 - Montee Ball, Wisconsin (2011)

Most combined yards: 2,232 - Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona (2012)
Most combined TDs: 39 - Montee Ball, Wisconsin (2011)

Rk Player, Team Year Gms Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts P/G
1 Montee Ball, Wisconsin 2011 14 1923 33 306 6 456.9 32.6
2 Toby Gerhart, Stanford 2009 13 1871 28 157 0 370.8 28.5
3 Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona 2012 13 1929 23 303 1 367.2 28.2
4 LaMichael James, Oregon 2010 12 1731 21 208 3 337.9 28.2
5 Donald Buckram, Texas-El Paso 2009 12 1594 18 453 3 330.7 27.6
6 Giovani Bernard, North Carolina 2012 10 1228 12 490 5 273.8 27.4
7 Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada 2012 13 1883 24 170 1 355.3 27.3
8 Trent Richardson, Alabama 2011 13 1679 21 338 3 345.7 26.6
9 LaMichael James, Oregon 2011 12 1805 18 210 1 315.5 26.3
10 Bernard Pierce, Temple 2011 12 1481 27 52 0 315.3 26.3
11 Kerwynn Williams, Utah St. 2012 13 1512 15 697 5 340.9 26.2
12 Kenjon Barner, Oregon 2012 13 1767 21 256 2 340.3 26.2
13 Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky 2011 12 1695 13 361 4 307.6 25.6
14 Ryan Mathews, Fresno St. 2009 12 1808 19 122 0 307 25.6
15 Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon St. 2009 13 1440 21 522 1 328.2 25.2
16 Zurlon Tipton, Central Michigan 2012 12 1497 19 287 1 298.4 24.9
17 Ronnie Hillman, San Diego St. 2011 13 1711 19 270 1 318.1 24.5
18 Vai Taua, Nevada 2010 13 1610 19 226 3 315.6 24.3
19 Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech 2009 13 1655 21 180 1 315.5 24.3
20 Kenneth Dixon, Louisiana Tech 2012 12 1194 27 35 1 290.9 24.2
21 Mikel Leshoure, Illinois 2010 13 1697 17 196 3 309.3 23.8
22 Lance Dunbar, North Texas 2010 12 1553 13 332 3 284.5 23.7
23 Robert Turbin, Utah St. 2011 13 1517 19 171 4 306.8 23.6
24 Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh 2009 13 1799 17 189 1 306.8 23.6
25 Lance Dunbar, North Texas 2009 12 1378 17 300 2 281.8 23.5
26 Joseph Randle, Oklahoma St. 2011 13 1216 24 266 2 304.2 23.4
27 Robert Turbin, Utah St. 2009 12 1296 13 418 5 279.4 23.3
28 Curtis Steele, Memphis 2009 10 1239 15 123 1 232.2 23.2
29 Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky 2010 12 1649 15 230 0 277.9 23.2
30 Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky 2012 13 1728 11 432 3 300 23.1
31 Montee Ball, Wisconsin 2012 14 1830 22 72 0 322.2 23.0
32 Mark Ingram, Alabama 2009 14 1658 17 334 3 319.2 22.8
33 Dri Archer, Kent St. 2012 14 1429 16 561 4 319 22.8
34 Terrance Ganaway, Baylor 2011 13 1547 21 52 1 291.9 22.5
35 Daniel Thomas, Kansas St. 2010 13 1585 19 171 0 289.6 22.3
36 Adonis Thomas, Toledo 2011 10 1071 12 350 1 220.1 22.0
37 Jordan Todman, Connecticut 2010 12 1695 14 94 0 262.9 21.9
38 Demarco Murray, Oklahoma 2010 14 1214 15 594 5 300.8 21.5
39 Chris Polk, Washington 2011 13 1488 12 332 4 278 21.4
40 Robbie Rouse, Fresno St. 2012 13 1490 12 435 2 276.5 21.3
41 Branden Oliver, Buffalo 2011 12 1395 13 365 0 254 21.2
42 Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina 2010 13 1197 17 412 2 274.9 21.1
43 Beau Blankenship, Ohio 2012 13 1604 15 182 1 274.6 21.1
44 Johnathan Franklin, UCLA 2012 14 1734 13 323 2 295.7 21.1
45 Le'Veon Bell, Michigan St. 2012 13 1793 12 167 1 274 21.1
46 David Fluellen, Toledo 2012 12 1498 13 246 0 252.4 21.0
47 Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon St. 2010 12 1184 14 287 3 249.1 20.8
48 Ronnie Hillman, San Diego St. 2010 13 1532 17 68 1 268 20.6
49 John Clay, Wisconsin 2009 13 1517 18 61 0 265.8 20.4
50 Bishop Sankey, Washington 2012 13 1439 16 249 0 264.8 20.4

You just can't compete with 39 TDs in a season unless your name is Barry Sanders. Heisman winner Mark Ingram comes in at #33 among running backs.

Receivers

Most rec yards: 1,911 - Jordan White, Western Michigan (2011)
Most rec TDs: 25 - Stedman Bailey, West Virginia (2012)

Most rush yards: 643 - Tavon Austin, West Virginia (2012)
Most rush TDs: 7 - Damaris Johnson, Tulsa (2010)

Most combined yards: 1,938 - Jordan White, Western Michigan (2011)
Most combined TDs: 25 - Stedman Bailey, West Virginia (2012)

Rk Player, Team Year Gms Rec Yds Rec TDs Rush Yds Rush TDs Fantasy Pts P/G
1 Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St. 2010 12 1782 20 77 1 311.9 26.0
2 Stedman Bailey, West Virginia 2012 13 1622 25 13 0 313.5 24.1
3 Freddie Barnes, Bowling Green St. 2009 13 1770 19 78 2 310.8 23.9
4 Jordan White, Western Michigan 2011 13 1911 17 27 0 295.8 22.8
5 Golden Tate, Notre Dame 2009 12 1496 15 186 2 270.2 22.5
6 Tavon Austin, West Virginia 2012 13 1289 12 643 3 283.2 21.8
7 Patrick Edwards, Houston 2011 14 1752 20 6 0 295.8 21.1
8 Marqise Lee, Southern California 2012 13 1721 14 106 0 266.7 20.5
9 Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St. 2011 13 1522 18 59 0 266.1 20.5
10 Danario Alexander, Missouri 2009 13 1781 14 10 0 263.1 20.2
11 Kendall Wright, Baylor 2011 13 1663 14 72 0 257.5 19.8
12 Terrance Williams, Baylor 2012 13 1832 12 14 0 256.6 19.7
13 Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma 2011 9 1157 10 3 0 176 19.6
14 Robert Woods, Southern California 2011 12 1292 15 16 0 220.8 18.4
15 Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech 2012 12 1392 13 -5 0 216.7 18.1
16 Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma 2009 12 1120 15 83 1 216.3 18.0
17 Nick Harwell, Miami (OH) 2011 11 1425 9 1 0 196.6 17.9
18 Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas 2009 11 1337 9 19 1 195.6 17.8
19 Marquess Wilson, Washington St. 2011 12 1388 12 10 0 211.8 17.7
20 Jordan White, Western Michigan 2010 12 1378 10 29 0 200.7 16.7
21 Sammy Watkins, Clemson 2011 13 1219 12 231 0 217 16.7
22 Markus Wheaton, Oregon St. 2012 13 1244 11 142 2 216.6 16.7
23 Randall Cobb, Kentucky 2010 13 1017 7 424 5 216.1 16.6
24 Jordan Shipley, Texas 2009 14 1485 13 0 0 226.5 16.2
25 Antonio Brown, Central Michigan 2009 14 1198 9 341 3 225.9 16.1
26 Marvin McNutt, Iowa 2011 13 1315 12 58 0 209.3 16.1
27 Damaris Johnson, Tulsa 2010 13 872 4 560 7 209.2 16.1
28 Rishard Matthews, Nevada 2011 12 1364 8 -1 0 184.3 15.4
29 Jalen Saunders, Fresno St. 2011 13 1065 12 91 2 199.6 15.4
30 Tyler Shoemaker, Boise St. 2011 13 994 16 37 0 199.1 15.3
31 Marqise Lee, Southern California 2011 12 1143 11 33 0 183.6 15.3
32 Austin Franklin, New Mexico St. 2012 12 1245 9 39 0 182.4 15.2
33 Juron Criner, Arizona 2010 13 1233 11 66 0 195.9 15.1
34 Nick Harwell, Miami (OH) 2012 9 870 8 3 0 135.3 15.0
35 Chris Givens, Wake Forest 2011 13 1330 9 77 0 194.7 15.0
36 Vincent Brown, San Diego St. 2010 13 1352 10 -13 0 193.9 14.9
37 James Rodgers, Oregon St. 2009 13 1034 9 303 1 193.7 14.9
38 Eric Ward, Texas Tech 2012 12 1053 12 6 0 177.9 14.8
39 Dwight Jones, North Carolina 2011 13 1196 12 11 0 192.7 14.8
39 Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati 2009 13 1191 11 16 1 192.7 14.8
41 Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt 2012 13 1323 8 61 1 192.4 14.8
42 Juron Criner, Arizona 2011 11 956 11 0 0 161.6 14.7
43 Titus Young, Boise St. 2010 13 1215 9 94 1 190.9 14.7
44 Tavon Austin, West Virginia 2011 13 1186 8 182 1 190.8 14.7
45 B.J. Cunningham, Michigan St. 2011 14 1306 12 26 0 205.2 14.7
46 Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech 2011 13 1202 11 42 0 190.4 14.6
47 Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 2010 12 1025 12 9 0 175.4 14.6
48 Alex Amidon, Boston College 2012 12 1210 7 55 1 174.5 14.5
49 Ryan Swope, Texas A&M 2011 13 1207 11 3 0 187 14.4
50 Noel Grigsby, San Jose St. 2012 13 1307 9 4 0 185.1 14.2

Biletnikoff winners:

2009: Golden Tate - 5th
2010: Justin Blackmon - 1st
2011: Justin Blackmon - 9th
2012: Marqise Lee - 8th

And finally, overall

Rk Player, Team Pos Year P/G
1 Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M QB 2012 38.6
2 Jordan Lynch, Northern Ill. QB 2012 36.4
3 Cam Newton, Auburn QB 2010 35.5
4 Robert Griffin III, Baylor QB 2011 33.8
5 Montee Ball, Wisconsin RB 2011 32.6
6 Joe Webb, UAB QB 2009 31.3
7 Denard Robinson, Michigan QB 2010 31.3
8 Chandler Harnish, Northern Ill. QB 2011 30.9
9 Colin Kaepernick, Nevada QB 2010 30.7
10 Case Keenum, Houston QB 2011 30.6
11 Nick Florence, Baylor QB 2012 30.4
12 Cody Fajardo, Nevada QB 2012 29.8
13 Tajh Boyd, Clemson QB 2012 29.6
14 Case Keenum, Houston QB 2009 29.5
15 Collin Klein, Kansas St. QB 2012 29.4
16 Toby Gerhart, Stanford RB 2009 28.5
17 Dan Lefevour, Central Michigan QB 2009 28.5
18 Dwight Dasher, Middle Tenn. QB 2009 28.4
19 James Franklin, Missouri QB 2011 28.3
20 Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona RB 2012 28.2
21 LaMichael James, Oregon RB 2010 28.2
22 Donald Buckram, Texas-El Paso RB 2009 27.6
23 Giovani Bernard, North Carolina RB 2012 27.4
24 Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada RB 2012 27.3
25 Brett Smith, Wyoming QB 2012 27.1
26 Geno Smith, West Virginia QB 2012 27.0
27 Denard Robinson, Michigan QB 2011 27.0
28 Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech QB 2012 26.8
29 G.J. Kinne, Tulsa QB 2010 26.8
30 Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M QB 2009 26.6
31 Trent Richardson, Alabama RB 2011 26.6
32 Bryant Moniz, Hawaii QB 2011 26.5
33 Dominique Davis, East Carolina QB 2010 26.3
34 LaMichael James, Oregon RB 2011 26.3
35 Bernard Pierce, Temple RB 2011 26.3
36 Kerwynn Williams, Utah St. RB 2012 26.2
37 Kenjon Barner, Oregon RB 2012 26.2
38 Tim Tebow, Florida QB 2009 26.1
39 Dan Persa, Northwestern QB 2010 26.0
40 Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St. WR 2010 26.0
41 Matt Scott, Arizona QB 2012 26.0
42 Bryant Moniz, Hawaii QB 2010 25.8
43 Chuckie Keeton, Utah St. QB 2012 25.8
44 Kolton Browning, Louisiana-Monroe QB 2012 25.7
45 Marcus Mariota, Oregon QB 2012 25.7
46 Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky RB 2011 25.6
47 Ryan Mathews, Fresno St. RB 2009 25.6
48 Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon St. RB 2009 25.2
49 Tyler Tettleton, Ohio QB 2011 25.2
50 Rakeem Cato, Marshall QB 2012 25.2
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