Player Points - LaDainian Tomlinson
By Chase Stuart
May 4th, 2010

The fantasy football craze over the past decade has coincided perfectly with the career of the greatest fantasy running back of all-time. During Tomlinson's nine-year career, he was a top-3 fantasy running back six times; no other RB can match that feat. His combination of durability, quality, dominance and consistency has largely been unmatched, and fantasy football players will remember Tomlinson's greatness for years to come. Maurice Jones-Drew, Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson are probably the only active players with a realistic chance of supplanting Tomlinson at the top of this list.

Below are the top 100 fantasy RBs, sorted by career VBD, over the last 40 seasons. Running backs who entered the league before the 1970 AFL-NFL merger are included, but only their post-merger seasons are counted. In addition to the RB and his career VBD, the table below lists the years he played, which teams he played for, and his ranks in every season (his 1st best, 2nd best, 3rd best, etc.) in ascending order.

Note: For formatting purposes, I replaced any season where the player's rank was 100 or greater with the letter "OO" representing over one-hundred.

Rk
Player
VBD
Years
Teams
Positional Rankings
1
LaDainian Tomlinson
1406
2001-2009
sdg
1, 1, 2, 3, 3, 3, 6, 7, 21
2
Emmitt Smith
1377
1990-2004
dal-crd
1, 1, 1, 1, 3, 5, 6, 6, 9, 16, 23, 23, 27, 29, 64
3
Walter Payton
1348
1975-1987
chi
1, 1, 1, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 6, 13, 14, 18, 27
4
Marshall Faulk
1338
1994-2005
clt-ram
1, 1, 1, 3, 3, 6, 7, 10, 16, 16, 28, 47
5
Barry Sanders
1251
1989-1998
det
1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 13
6
Marcus Allen
977
1982-1997
rai-kan
1, 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 15, 16, 18, 18, 19, 24, 27, 43, 53, 61
7
Curtis Martin
921
1995-2005
nwe-nyj
3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 8, 8, 13, 18, 18, 29
8
Thurman Thomas
916
1988-2000
buf-mia
2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 7, 12, 18, 29, 39, 40, 70, 93
9
Ricky Watters
900
1992-2001
sfo-phi-sea
3, 4, 4, 5, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 60
10
Eric Dickerson
860
1983-1993
ram-clt-rai-atl
1, 1, 1, 3, 3, 10, 15, 29, 34, 35, OO
11
Edgerrin James
796
1999-2009
clt-crd
2, 2, 5, 6, 10, 11, 17, 24, 33, 55, OO
12
Shaun Alexander
761
2000-2008
sea-was
1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 29, 36, 59, OO
13
Tiki Barber
754
1997-2006
nyg
1, 4, 7, 7, 11, 12, 12, 27, 34, 41
14
Priest Holmes
739
1997-2007
rav-kan
1, 1, 2, 15, 17, 31, 35, 45, OO, OO
15
Tony Dorsett
720
1977-1988
dal-den
2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 25, 30, 42
16
Chuck Foreman
715
1973-1980
min-nwe
1, 2, 2, 5, 11, 15, 80, OO
17
Herschel Walker
689
1986-1997
dal-min-phi-nyg
1, 3, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 17, 63, 87, 90
18
O.J. Simpson
683
1969-1979
buf-sfo
1, 1, 3, 6, 12, 26, 35, 52, 53, 68
19
Roger Craig
671
1983-1993
sfo-rai-min
2, 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 14, 41, 43, 51, 70
20
Terrell Davis
620
1995-2001
den
1, 2, 2, 11, 48, 67, 84
21
Ahman Green
618
1998-2009
sea-gnb-htx
3, 3, 4, 11, 12, 14, 64, 68, 68, 89, 92, OO
22
Ottis Anderson
611
1979-1992
crd-nyg
4, 5, 6, 6, 8, 9, 20, 22, 46, 53, 69, 90, OO, OO
23
Clinton Portis
602
2002-2009
den-was
3, 4, 6, 6, 10, 10, 37, 55
24
Lydell Mitchell
581
1972-1980
clt-sdg-ram
2, 2, 3, 5, 13, 29, 60, 87, OO
25
Franco Harris
576
1972-1984
pit-sea
4, 6, 7, 7, 9, 11, 15, 17, 19, 19, 23, 35, OO
26
Eddie George
561
1996-2004
ten-dal
3, 3, 9, 11, 13, 14, 21, 22, 44
27
William Andrews
540
1979-1986
atl
1, 2, 3, 7, 20, OO
28
Brian Westbrook
515
2002-2009
phi
2, 5, 8, 9, 13, 20, 57, 76
29
Neal Anderson
509
1986-1993
chi
3, 3, 6, 6, 11, 13, 32, OO
30
Wilbert Montgomery
482
1977-1985
phi-det
2, 4, 5, 7, 11, 16, 83, 97, OO
31
Ricky Williams
479
1999-2009
nor-mia
2, 7, 7, 9, 16, 28, 28, 38, OO
32
Earl Campbell
477
1978-1985
hou-nor
2, 3, 3, 10, 13, 29, 56, 58
33
Corey Dillon
451
1997-2006
cin-nwe
7, 8, 9, 11, 16, 16, 18, 18, 22, 45
34
Fred Taylor
449
1998-2009
jax-nwe
4, 8, 9, 12, 19, 21, 22, 29, 34, 57, 72, OO
35
Terry Allen
436
1991-2001
min-was-nwe-nor-rav
1, 4, 9, 13, 20, 29, 35, 40, 46, 80
36
Chuck Muncie
427
1976-1984
nor-sdg
3, 4, 7, 11, 14, 19, 30, 30, OO
37
James Brooks
425
1981-1992
sdg-cin-cle-tam
5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 23, 25, 29, 39, 41, 46, OO
38
Billy Sims
421
1980-1984
det
1, 2, 8, 15, 25
39
Wendell Tyler
421
1977-1986
ram-sfo
2, 5, 9, 10, 25, 26, 77, OO, OO, OO
40
Earnest Byner
407
1984-1997
cle-was-rav
4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 15, 18, 26, 27, 39, 59, 64, 67, 71
41
Curt Warner
395
1983-1990
sea-ram
2, 5, 6, 11, 16, 35, OO, OO
42
Larry Brown
394
1969-1976
was
2, 3, 3, 14, 14, 42, OO
43
Steven Jackson
393
2004-2009
ram
2, 9, 10, 13, 15, 33
44
John Riggins
391
1971-1985
nyj-was
4, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 18, 23, 26, 30, 36, 37, 41, 83
45
Jerome Bettis
375
1993-2005
ram-pit
3, 4, 7, 15, 17, 20, 21, 21, 23, 31, 35, 39, 41
46
Larry Johnson
372
2003-2009
kan-cin
2, 3, 25, 37, 39, 54, OO
47
James Wilder
365
1981-1990
tam-was-det
1, 8, 12, 28, 28, 30, 30, 46, 74, OO
48
Lawrence McCutcheon
363
1972-1981
ram-den-sea-buf
4, 5, 6, 10, 17, 74, 78, 96, OO, OO
49
Jamal Lewis
362
2000-2009
rav-cle
4, 6, 14, 17, 20, 25, 26, 27, 62
50
Charlie Garner
360
1994-2004
phi-sfo-rai-tam
5, 6, 7, 14, 29, 38, 38, 44, 54, 68, 96
51
Ron A. Johnson
360
1969-1975
cle-nyg
1, 1, 6, 32, 40, 92
52
Maurice Jones-Drew
335
2006-2009
jax
3, 6, 8, 12
53
Jamal Anderson
335
1994-2001
atl
2, 10, 10, 20, 73, 86, OO, OO
54
Adrian Peterson
334
2007-2009
min
2, 5, 5
55
Frank Gore
326
2005-2009
sfo
4, 5, 8, 13, 39
56
Deuce McAllister
319
2001-2008
nor
5, 8, 15, 18, 48, 55, 64, OO
57
Stephen Davis
316
1996-2006
was-car-ram
4, 10, 12, 14, 25, 27, 43, 56, 69, 91, OO
58
Chris Warren
316
1990-2000
sea-dal-phi
4, 5, 15, 18, 21, 21, 37, 39, 49, OO, OO
59
Greg Bell
314
1984-1990
buf-ram-rai
4, 8, 11, 13, 44, 99, OO
60
Gerald Riggs
304
1982-1991
atl-was
5, 5, 11, 22, 25, 32, 42, 43, 43, 50
61
Warrick Dunn
298
1997-2008
tam-atl
12, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 19, 20, 24, 25, 29, 29
62
Joe Cribbs
297
1980-1988
buf-sfo-clt-mia
3, 7, 10, 20, 29, 63, 68, OO
63
Mike Pruitt
288
1976-1986
cle-buf-kan
5, 10, 12, 12, 21, 49, 51, 65, 67, OO, OO
64
Thomas Jones
280
2000-2009
crd-tam-chi-nyj
4, 6, 10, 16, 19, 23, 36, 41, 43, 44
65
Floyd Little
280
1967-1975
den
2, 3, 5, 16, 37, 42
66
Rodney Hampton
277
1990-1997
nyg
5, 6, 14, 14, 21, 31, 37, OO
67
Chris Johnson
272
2008-2009
ten
1, 11
68
John L. Williams
267
1986-1995
sea-pit
8, 8, 8, 13, 20, 21, 24, 37, 46, 74
69
Greg Pruitt
266
1973-1984
cle-rai
6, 6, 10, 20, 22, 32, 43, 50, 89, 97, OO, OO
70
Freeman McNeil
265
1981-1992
nyj
5, 13, 14, 15, 18, 32, 35, 40, 40, 44, 70, 76
71
Joe Morris
262
1982-1991
nyg-cle
4, 4, 21, 33, 49, 65, 88, OO
72
Dorsey Levens
259
1994-2004
gnb-phi-nyg
3, 5, 21, 31, 45, 48, 48, 49, 65, 75, OO
73
Garrison Hearst
255
1993-2004
crd-cin-sfo-den
5, 11, 18, 20, 22, 32, 34, 76, 81, OO
74
Dalton Hilliard
249
1986-1993
nor
1, 16, 17, 17, 43, 48, 52, 70
75
Pete Johnson
246
1977-1984
cin-sdg-mia
6, 8, 18, 21, 25, 27, 45, 48
76
Otis Armstrong
244
1973-1980
den
1, 9, 42, 57, 68, 77, 96, OO
77
Duce Staley
228
1997-2006
phi-pit
10, 12, 15, 17, 27, 39, 45, 90, OO, OO
78
Ted Brown
227
1979-1986
min
5, 7, 17, 25, 26, 34, 47, 64
79
Eric Metcalf
226
1989-2002
cle-atl-sdg-crd-car-was-gnb
12, 17, 19, 29, 34, 46, 66, 67, OO, OO, OO
80
Rudi Johnson
222
2001-2008
cin-det
8, 9, 9, 21, 49, 74, OO, OO
81
Terry Metcalf
217
1973-1981
crd-was
5, 9, 11, 17, 30, 52
82
Dom (Davis) Williams
216
2003-2005
htx
5, 15, 15
83
Robert Smith
213
1993-2000
min
10, 11, 13, 24, 41, 41, 56, 77
84
Edgar Bennett
204
1992-1999
gnb-chi
8, 9, 9, 23, 30, 80, OO
85
Lorenzo White
204
1988-1995
hou-cle
5, 7, 31, 37, 41, 60, 83, OO
86
Calvin Hill
200
1969-1981
dal-was-cle
4, 7, 13, 21, 34, 43, 49, 58, 68, 81, 99
87
Keith Byars
195
1986-1998
phi-mia-nwe-nyj
10, 16, 16, 18, 19, 31, 36, 36, 47, 53, 54, 72
88
Joseph Addai
193
2006-2009
clt
4, 8, 12, 39
89
Barry Foster
185
1990-1994
pit
3, 18, 27, 49, 96
90
George Rogers
183
1981-1987
nor-was
6, 7, 27, 32, 32, 33, 33
91
Travis Henry
183
2001-2007
buf-ten-den
9, 11, 23, 28, 43, 65, 77
92
Delvin Williams
182
1974-1981
sfo-mia-gnb
7, 8, 10, 19, 34, 41, 84, OO
93
MacArthur Lane
181
1968-1978
crd-gnb-kan
2, 11, 23, 24, 29, 32, 58, 65, OO
94
Mike Thomas
177
1975-1980
was-sdg
8, 8, 18, 29, 46, 50
95
Cleveland Gary
171
1989-1994
ram-mia
5, 9, 48, 77, 97, OO
96
Donny Anderson
170
1966-1974
gnb-crd
4, 6, 10, 27, 41
97
Sam Cunningham
170
1973-1982
nwe
8, 9, 14, 19, 23, 33, 33, 73, OO
98
Kevin Mack
166
1985-1993
cle
10, 14, 17, 19, 21, 36, 51, OO, OO
99
Joe Washington
165
1977-1985
sdg-clt-was-atl
6, 15, 19, 20, 24, 39, 55, 61, 83
100
Mark van Eeghen
160
1974-1983
rai-nwe
7, 8, 16, 18, 22, 50, 50, 69, OO, OO

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