What If? Eric Dickerson's 1983 season


This is my third 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. Today, we look back at the rookie season of 1983 for Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson. 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 reception1 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 Dickerson in 1983 and fantasy points for the SN game:
Rushing yards: 1808 = 3616 points
Rushing touchdowns: 18 = 1080 points
Receptions: 51 = 102 points
Receiving yards: 404 = 808 points
Receiving touchdowns: 2 = 120 points
Fumbles Lost: 12 = -540
Total points: 5186
Total points per game: 324.13

Here are the stats for Dickerson in 1983 and fantasy points for the Yahoo! game:
Rushing yards: 1808 = 180 points
Rushing touchdowns: 18 = 108 points
Receiving yards: 404 = 40 points
Receiving touchdowns: 2 = 12 points
Fumbles Lost: 12 = -24 points
Total points: 316
Total points per game: 19.75

Statistical source: pro-football reference

Dickerson made a big splash his rookie year in the NFL, and would carry that to his best rushing season the following year in 1984. His easy-going style as well as upright running made him a one of a kind a runner that went to rush for over 13,000 yards and straight into the Hall of Fame. Dickerson arguably had the best seven-year stretch of any runner in history between 1983-89 before wearing down after that. He rushed for over 1,200 yards in each of those seven seasons which included breaking the single-season rushing mark by gaining 2,105 in 1984. I chose this season because of how he stormed onto the scene in the NFL that steamrolled into an eventual Hall of Fame career.

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Lester's Legends said...

His goggles are a lasting memory from the 80's NFL. He was something to watch. Just such a beautiful runner.