What If? Dan Fouts' 1981 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 1981 season for Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts. 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
-2 points 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 Fouts in 1981 and fantasy points for the SN games:
Passing yards: 4,802 = 4,802 points
Passing touchdowns: 33 = 1,980 points
Incomplete passes: 249 = -498 points
Interceptions: 17 = -765 points
Rushing yards: 56 = 112 points
Rushing touchdowns: 0 = 0 points
Receptions: NA = NA
Receiving yards: NA = NA
Receiving touchdowns: NA = NA
Fumbles Lost: 7 = -315 points
Total points: 5316 points
Total points per game: 332.25

Here are the stats for Dan Fouts in 1981 and fantasy points for the Yahoo! game:
Passing yards: 4,802 = 192 points
Passing touchdowns: 33 = 132 points
Interceptions: 17 = -17 points
Rushing yards: 56 = 5 points
Rushing touchdowns: 0 = 0 points
Receiving yards: NA = NA
Receiving touchdowns: NA = NA
Fumbles Lost: 7 = -14 points
Total points: 298 points
Total points per game: 18.63

Statistical source: pro-football reference

Fouts set the record for passing yards in a season at the time, but it was broken three years later by Miami's Dan Marino. The highlight of Fouts' season came on November 22 in Oakland when he threw for 296 yards and six touchdowns in a 55-21 rout of the Raiders. Four of those six touchdowns went to tight end Kellen Winslow(who caught five on the afternoon with the other coming from Chuck Muncie). He also threw five of the six in the second half of the game. The Chargers played in the Divisional Round of the AFC Playoffs in Miami which is remembered for the sweltering heat as well as back and forth affair that ended in overtime as San Diego won 41-38. In that game, Fouts threw for 433 yards and three touchdowns which would have made him a great option for that playoff fantasy game version. Fouts did struggle in the bitter cold in Cincinnati in the AFC Title Game when he threw for 185 yards and had two interceptions as the Chargers were knocked out of the playoffs. Fouts, along with coach Don Coryell, led one of NFL's most potent offenses ever during this period. For his play, Fouts was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

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
Sammy Baugh's 1947 season
Beattie Feathers' 1934 season
Charley Hennigan's 1961 season
Timmy Brown's 1963 season
Rolland Lawrence's 1977 season

Photo courtesy of student.britannica.com

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