Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
In our current era, we think of multi- dimensional players as quarterbacks who can run or throw with equal prowess (think Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III) and tailbacks who can run and catch, but that's just an all-around athlete playing football.
The real multi-dimensional players of the past played both offense and defense. Or in the case of the fantasy superstars below - offense and kicker.
Imagine the damage they could do to your fantasy opponents if you had one of the four players listed in your fantasy lineup.
Gino Cappelletti, Boston Patriots - Cappelletti was a mediocre receiver for his era but likely the best kicker of the four two-way players listed here. His total of 249 fantasy points (17.78 ppg) in 14 games during the 1964 season would be worth 284 points in a 16-game schedule and would place him in third place among receivers last season behind only record-setting Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall.
Paul Hornung, Green Bay Packers - Can you imagine 15 rushing/receiving touchdowns, two touchdown passes AND 41 extra points and 15 field goals as Hornung produced in 1960? No wonder he was called the "Golden Boy." Whether you started him at running back or kicker, your advantage over the opposition would be astronomical. He totaled 176 points in a 12-game schedule to win the 1960 NFL scoring title, but would have scored 278 fantasy points (23.1 ppg) or 369 points in an expended 16-game season. Last year's top running back, Adrian Peterson, managed just 349 points.
George Blanda, Houston Oilers - In 1961 Blanda started the year slowly, passing for less than 200 yards in two of the team's first four games. But as the Oilers strung together nine consecutive wins to finish the season, Blanda started hitting his targets with more frequency. Over those final nine games, he cracked 300 yards four times; including a 464-yard, four-touchdown game and a stunning 418-yard, seven touchdown effort against the New York Titans. Remember, this happened 40 years before the league started changing rules to help offenses, and in particular, the passing game.
Blanda also went 64-for-65 on extra points and 16-of-26 in field goal attempts. He would have totaled 371 points by today's fantasy rules in 14 games which computes to 23.2 points-per-game. Drew Brees averaged 21.8 ppg last season. And get this - while Blanda was the kicker in all 14 games, he started just 11 games at quarterback.
Finally, we come to the creme de la creme.
Don Hutson, Green Bay Packers - Hutson was the first of the great receivers, the forerunner to Lance Alworth, Fred Biletnikoff, Jerry Rice and Megatron. And he kicked extra points too. In the 1942 season, Hutson had two 200-yard games and four 100-yard games en route to the first 1,000-yard receiving season in NFL history. He finished the season with 1,211 yards, 17 receiving touchdowns, 33-of-34 extra points, 1-of-4 field goals and intercepted seven passes on defense. His 269 fantasy points in an 11-game schedule works out to 24.45 ppg which adjusted for a 16-game schedule would be worth 391 fantasy points. That would be 79 points more than Johnson posted last season.
Oh, if only I could draft one of these guys for my fantasy roster, the championship would be mine!