What If? Sammy Baugh's 1947 season


Welcome to another entry of 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 1947 season for Pro Football Hall of Fame legend Sammy Baugh. 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 Sammy Baugh in 1947 and fantasy points for the SN games:
Passing yards: 2938 = 2938 points
Passing touchdowns: 25 = 1500 points
Incomplete passes: 144 = -144 points
Interceptions: 15 = -675
Rushing yards: 47 = 94 points
Rushing touchdowns: 2 = 120 points
Receptions: NA
Receiving yards: NA
Receiving touchdowns: NA
Fumbles Lost: 8 = -360 points
Total points: 3473 points
Total points per game: 289.42
Note: Teams only played 12 games in 1947.

Here are the stats for Sammy Baugh in 1947 and fantasy points for the Yahoo! game:
Passing yards: 2938 = 117 points
Passing touchdowns: 25 = 100 points
Interceptions: 15 = -15 points
Rushing yards: 47 = 4 points
Rushing touchdowns: 2 = 12 points
Receiving yards: NA
Receiving touchdowns: NA
Fumbles Lost: 8 = -16 points
Total points: 202 points
Total points per game: 16.83

Statistical source: pro-football reference

You look at the numbers and their not as impressive at first glance until you consider that Baugh was a tremendous all-around talent. He started one game on defense in 1947, and had played that side of the ball extensively during the earlier portion of his career in which he led the league in interceptions on one occasion. He set career highs in passing yards and rushing yards during the 1947 season in which the Redskins finished 4-8. He threw for 364 yards and five touchdowns in the opening game loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He threw for 355 yards and six touchdowns against the Chicago Cardinals in Week 9, so he would have had fantasy owners drooling in a couple of games on the season. Also, it should be noted that the Washington Redskins was the only team in the league that year to have more passing touchdowns than interceptions which is why Baugh would have been the first quarterback taken. His accomplishments for his all-around ability landed him in the Hall of Fame in it's inaugural year in 1963.

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.

Past What If? posts:
Walter Payton's 1977 season
Gale Sayers' 1965 season
Eric Dickerson's 1983 season
Jim Brown's 1963 season
Dan Marino's 1984 season
Jerry Rice's 1987 season
O.J. Simpson's 1975 season
Johnny Unitas' 1959 season
Sid Luckman's 1943 season

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