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A decade of fantasy excellence


This decade was unmatched when it came to fantasy superlatives. It started off with Marshall Faulk setting the NFL record for touchdowns (26) in 2000. Then the record fell twice more, including in 2006 when LaDainian Tomlinson had the most prolific season by a running back in fantasy football history.

In 2007, Tom Brady broke Peyton Manning's record for touchdown passes in a season in becoming the only player in NFL history to throw 50. Randy Moss was the main beneficiary of Brady's MVP season, setting the record for most touchdown catches (23) while amassing 1,493 yards on 98 receptions.

Moss was one of two wide receivers to lead the league in receiving touchdowns three times during the first decade of the 21st century. The other was Terrell Owens, who reached double figures in receiving touchdowns in seven of 10 years.

The 2000s were memorable from a fantasy perspective largely for the wide receivers. As passing became the preferred method of moving the ball in the NFL during the decade, Moss, Owens, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Torry Holt, Andre Johnson and Steve Smith, among many others, were coveted in drafts while running backs became an afterthought in many leagues.

Even tight ends rose on many draft boards, with such luminaries as Antonio Gates, Dallas Clark, Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten selected in the fifth round or higher. This season, outstanding fantasy tight ends became more prevalent with the emergence of Vernon Davis, Brent Celek and Owen Daniels, just to name a few.

With the 2000s drawing to a close, we'll pick the fantasy the players of the decade at quarterback, running back and wide receiver this week, along with the decade's most valuable fantasy player.

Most important, we want your input, so we encourage you to participate in the online polls that will accompany the players of the decade lists.

By Gene Wang  |  December 28, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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