What If? Jim Brown's 1963 Season

This is my fourth 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 1963 season for Pro Football Hall of Fame legend Jim Brown. 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 Jim Brown in 1963 and fantasy points for the SN game:
Rushing yards: 1863 = 3726 points
Rushing touchdowns: 12 = 720 points
Receptions: 24 = 48 points
Receiving yards: 268 = 536 points
Receiving touchdowns: 3 = 180 points
Fumbles Lost: 7 = -315
Total points: 4895 points
Total points per game: 349.64
Note: Teams played only 14 games in 1963.

Here are the stats for Jim Brown in 1963 and fantasy points for the Yahoo! game:
Rushing yards: 1863 = 186 points
Rushing touchdowns: 12 = 72 points
Receiving yards: 268 = 26 points
Receiving touchdowns: 3 = 18 points
Fumbles Lost: 7 = -14 points
Total points: 288
Total points per game: 20.57

Statistical source: pro-football reference

Brown rushed for a career high in rushing and total yards in 1963. He had seasons in which he had more touchdowns, but he averaged 6.4 yards per carry during the 1963 season. Brown rushed for 233 yards with two touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2, and had 228 rushing yards with a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8. Brown played all nine years for the Cleveland Browns and never missed a game while retiring as the all-time leader in rushing yards. Though his total has been surpassed, many still consider him not only the best running/fullback ever, but the best overall. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971.



CK0712 said...

man i dig this history stuff david, !!! keep it flowin!!

Lester's Legends said...

What a fabulous season and another great addition to the What If franchise. Jim Brown went to Syracuse. Hehe. Had to plug that.

David Funk said...

Thanks Cindy and Ryan.