Running Backs: Roger Craig and Frank Gore
Seasons: 1985,and 2006, respectively
I remember when former St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk was the No. 1 fantasy target in any league.
Well, former 49ers great Roger Craig was Faulk before Faulk, capable of operating as a dynamic runner as well as a legitimate receiving threat.
And no season was better for Craig and the Niners than his 1985 campaign.
Craig’s 1,050 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on the ground were good enough for consideration as a No. 1 running back in any fantasy format. But tack on an additional 1,016 receiving yards, six receiving touchdowns on a league-leading 92 catches, and you have something almost unheard of in today’s NFL.
All that would have resulted in 296.6 fantasy points — over 20 points more than wide receiver Jerry Rice’s best fantasy season.
It would have been fine to throw in Craig’s 1988 campaign as well (a league-leading 2,036 yards from scrimmage), but those 15 combined touchdowns sets 1985 in its own category.
To complement an all-time Niners fantasy roster, look no further than Frank Gore, the franchise’s all-time leading rusher.
2006, when the 49ers offense was bad, saw Gore rush for a career-high 1,695 yards. He also had a career-high 485 yards through the air, as well as a combined nine touchdowns on the season.
That fantasy value would have been worth 272 points.
Not bad, Frank. Not bad at all.