What If? Don Hutson's 1942 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 I figure how the fantasy numbers would look if the fantasy game existed then. Today, we look back at the 1942 season for Hall of Fame Green Bay Packers star Don Hutson. 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 Don Hutson in 1942 and fantasy points for the SN games:
Passing yards: NA = NA
Passing touchdowns: NA = NA
Incomplete passes: NA = NA
Interceptions: NA = NA
Rushing yards: 4 = 8 points
Rushing touchdowns: 0 = 0 points
Receptions: 74 = 148 points
Receiving yards: 1,211 = 2,422 points
Receiving touchdowns: 17 = 1,020 points
Fumbles Lost: 0 = 0 points
Total points: 3,598 points
Total points per game: 327.09
Note: Teams only played 11 games in 1942.

Here are the stats for Don Huston in 1942 and fantasy points for the Yahoo! game:
Passing yards: NA = NA
Passing touchdowns: NA = NA
Interceptions: NA = NA
Rushing yards: 4 = 0 points
Rushing touchdowns: 0 = 0 points
Receiving yards: 1,211 = 121 points
Receiving touchdowns: 17 = 102 points
Fumbles Lost: 0 = 0 points
Total points: 223 points
Total points per game: 20.27
Note: Teams only played 11 games in 1942.

Statistical source: Pro Football Reference

Don Hutson may have very well been the most versatile, all-around player in the history of the NFL. He was a standout on both sides of the ball which includes 30 interceptions as a defensive back for the Packers. He had seven interceptions in 1942 which would have made him a great option for IDP(Individual Defensive Player) leagues. He was 33 of 34 in extra point attempts as well as one of 4 in field goal tries which further showed his versatility.

The highlight for him in 1942 included a game against Chicago Cardinals at home on November 1 in which he had five receptions, 207 receiving yards, and three receiving touchdowns. All three of his touchdowns were 40 yards or longer in that game. He also kicked six extra points in that game as Green Bay won 55-24. Then he had three touchdowns in the following game against the Cleveland Rams. He had one touchdown in nine of the 11 games on the season. He led the league in extra points in 1942, and this was one of the best all-around seasons of any one player in the game's history. It's for that reason that Hutson would have been the No. 1 receiver in fantasy football for the 1942 season. And in leagues that counted defensive and special teams for everyone, his value would have possibly made him the top choice in fantasy drafts, too. Here's the week by week stats for his 1942 season(Note: Some game stats are not available, but touchdown scores are confirmed with the correct games):

Week 1 vs Chicago Bears(Lost 44-28): eight receptions, 147 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns
Week 2 at Chicago Cardinals(Won 17-13): one receiving touchdown
Week 3 vs Detroit Lions(Won 38-7): five receptions, 149 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns
Week 4 vs Cleveland Rams(Won 45-28): 13 receptions, 209 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns
Week 5 at Detroit Lions(Won 28-7): NA(No touchdowns were scored, and no stats are available)
Week 6 vs Chicago Cardinals(Won 55-24): five receptions, 207 receiving yards, three receiving touchdowns
Week 7 at Cleveland Rams(Won 30-12): three receiving touchdowns
Week 8 at Chicago Bears(Lost 38-7): 10 receptions, 117 receiving yards, one receiving touchdown
Week 9 at New York Giants(Tied 21-21): 14 receptions, 134 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns
Week 10 at Philadelphia Eagles(Won 7-0): one receiving touchdown
Week 11 vs Pittsburgh Steelers(Won 24-21): Receiving stats are not available, but he made his only field goal on the season in this game.

The Packers went 8-2-1 on the season which was second best behind the Chicago Bears who went undefeated. This was Hutson's only season with 1,000 all purpose yards, but he's still one of the greatest players ever as evidenced with him being an inaugural member of the first Hall of Fame class in 1963. He scored a total of 104 touchdowns with all but one coming on offense(99 receiving, 3 rushing, 1 passing, 1 INT Return). He went 7-for-17 in field goal attempts as well 172-for-183 in extra point tries, too. His 11-year career included being an 8-time All-Pro. He also helped the Packers win three NFL Titles in 1936, 1939, and in 1944.

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.

Photo courtest of the Associated Press thru New York Times which shows him in a game against Cardinals in 1945.

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
Dan Fouts' 1981 season

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3 comments:

Crazy Canton Cuts said...

Hutson's still the only player the lead the NFL in scoring 5 years

truly a money player

great job

CK0712™ said...

that's some pretty impressive numbers!! awesome write up & history lesson!

David Funk said...

3rd- Indeed he was a money player. Thanks.

Cindy- Yes, he posted some impressive numbers. It's no wonder he was in the inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1963. Thanks girl!:)