There's no doubt that LaDainian Tomlinson, who announced his retirement on Monday, will go into the NFL Hall of Fame on the first ballot. But it may also be time for a new wing in Canton to remember the game's best fantasy players. Since fantasy went mainstream a little over a decade ago, here's who we'd induct in the first class:
5. Priest Holmes, Kansas City »
Holmes may not make the actual Hall of Fame, but he set the standard in fantasy football from 2001 to 2003, when he ran for at least 1,400 yards and had a combined 56 touchdowns, including 27 in 2003.
4. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota?»
With 64 rushing touchdowns and 6,752 career rushing yards, Peterson has probably been a top fantasy pick more than he's been the most productive player, but he hasn't been less than the third-best running back in any of his five NFL seasons.
3. Shaun Alexander, Seattle » Alexander was right behind Holmes for three seasons and then surpassed him, putting up 1,696 yards in 2004 and 1,880 in 2005, when he also had 27 touchdowns.
2. LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego »
The epitome of consistency and versatility, Tomlinson had double-digit touchdowns in each of his first nine seasons, none better than an utterly dominant 2006 when he scored 31 times and finished with 1,815 rushing yards.
1. Marshall Faulk, Indianapolis/St. Louis » With that caveat that Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith came before his time, Faulk was fantasy's first otherworldly player, averaging 17 touchdowns and more than 2,000 total yards from 1998 to 2001.
- Craig Stouffer