What If? Dan Marino's 1984 season




This is my fifth post for the What If? Fantasy Football edition. This is where I look back at a season long before fantasy football became prominent among us in our society as figure how the fantasy numbers would look if the fantasy game existed then. Today, we look back at the 1984 season for Pro Football Hall of Fame legend Dan Marino. I'm using the default scoring systems for Sporting News and Yahoo! to calculate the point totals.

Here's the point scale for SN(default configuration):
60 points for every touchdown
2 points for every rushing, receiving, and punt return yard gained
1 point for every kickoff return yard gained
2 points for every reception
1 point for every passing yard
-10 points for every kickoff return attempt
-45 points for lost fumble and interception
-1 point for incomplete pass

Here's the point scale for Yahoo!(default configuration):
6 points for every rushing, receiving, and return touchdown
4 points for passing touchdown
1 point for every 10 rushing and receiving yards
1 point for every 25 passing yards
2 points for every two-point conversion
-1 point for every interception
-2 points for every fumble
No points are given for receptions or return yardage in the default configuration.

Here are the stats for Dan Marino in 1984 and fantasy points for the SN games:
Passing yards: 5084 = 5084 points
Passing touchdowns: 48 = 2880 points
Incomplete passes: 202 = -202 points
Interceptions: 17 = -765 points
Rushing yards: -7 = -14 points
Rushing touchdowns: 0 points
Fumbles Lost: 4 = -180 points
Total points: 6803
Total points per game: 425.19

Here are the stats for Dan Marino in 1984 and fantasy points for the Yahoo! game:
Passing yards: 5084 = 203 points
Passing touchdowns: 48 = 192 points
Interceptions: 17 = -17 points
Rushing yards: -7 = 0 points
Rushing touchdowns: 0 = 0 points
Fumbles Lost: 4 = -8 points
Total points: 370 points
Total points per game: 23.13

Statistical source: pro-football reference

Dan Marino had one of the greatest years for a quarterback in the history of the NFL with his record-setting season in 1984. Though his record for touchdowns and passing yards in a season has been surpassed, many owners would have been drooling over the thought of having him on their team for that year. Marino led his team to the Super Bowl that year, but the Dolphins lost to San Francisco. He's one of the best quarterbacks of all-time, and this was the year in which he forever became a household name in sports.

If anyone wants to suggest a past player, then you can do so in the comments section. The only thing I ask is that the player and year be before 1990 because fantasy football wasn't as prominent then.

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4 comments:

CK0712 said...

NICE, loved the write up david!

David Funk said...

Thanks Cindy!

Lester's Legends said...

That was a fabulous season. Great job on it.

I'd like to see 1987 Jerry Rice.

David Funk said...

Thanks Lester.

I was looking to go back to a wide receiver's season next, so I'll get to Jerry Rice's 1987 season next then.