Top 5 video game athletes (DFS edition)

It’s time once again for part two of my exciting and elusive “Top 5” series!

If you recall (and judging by the responses, you don’t) part one included real life participants thrust into a lineup using DFS scoring system.
Part one

In this chapter we will use the same criteria, but point our DFS budget at Video Game athletes.
The rules are simple and as follows:

The list will only included athletes that were included in a video game (any system from any era).
FD pricing will be used.

THATS IT! See, I told you it would be simple…so here it is, my friends the top 5 (and one to fade) Video Game athletes for any DFS roster.

Bo Jackson – Tecmo Bowl ($11,500)

Leading right off with the favorite and lineup anchor. There is a reason Bo is the highest priced player on the board. Any video game old timer like myself cannot remember a time playing Tecmo Bowl and NOT using Bo.
100 yard runs? – check – 300 yard runs? – check- 500? -check….you get the picture, Bo was simply a monster in this game and many an argument against an opponent would begin with the single statement “No playing Bo”.
He laid the groundwork for all the overpowered video game athletes to come (I’m looking at you NBA 2k11 Michael Jordan) and we owe him our thanks.

Mike Tyson – Mike Tyson’s Punch out! ($10,500)

If you decide not to build your lineup around Bo, we suggest going with Mike. When you begin your journey as Little Mac in this game, a player has no idea the hours (and broken controllers) they will go through before defeating Mr. Tyson. Defeating Mike took great precise skill and timing only developed through hours and hours of practicing on lesser opponents…including King Hippo and Piston Hurricane.

Even today day this game can be blamed for a higher divorce rate in the late 80’s leaving many kids to fend for themselves. (Some experts would refer to these ruffians as “Punch out kids”)

Jeremy Roenick – NHL 94 ($9500)

To quote Trent from the movie Swingers, “It’s not even so much me as it is Roenick, he’s good”.
The total package Jeremy could score at will, pile up assists, or make someone’s head bleed.
Take that Gretzky!
And if your opponent somehow disagreed with the score…you could happily show them it again and again via instant replay.

Michael Vick – Madden 2004 ($8500)

Our only QB to make the cut, Michael Vick made the cover of Madden that year and was a total monster within it. Experts and video game champions (Or neckbeards as many call them) claim the 2004 version of Michael was the most dominant QB in the history of Madden.
Was it a coincidence that EA sports revamped the defense the next year due to the severe advantage when playing Vick? I think not dear readers….I think not.

Reggie Jackson – RBI baseball ($4500)

We feel that Reggie is the “bargain bin” play of the day (stealing from RG incentives) and WAY undervalued here. In 1988 there was only one real baseball game, and that game was RBI. When you cranked up this amazing four color game on your 19 inch television , a couple things became very clear early on:
Pitch with Nolan Ryan or hit with Reggie.
Reggie had a unheard of 945 power rating and almost always homered when contacting the ball, and even though all the players tended to look like your uncle Sal (Short, fat and Caucasian) no one seemed to mind as Reggie piled up the stats.

So that is our recommended lineup when playing fantasy video game tournaments, play smart and use this advice at your discretion.
And, of course…here is our one to fade.

Brad Beal – Any game he is ever in!!! ($3000)

!@$% you Brad Beal! (If you do not know this reference, feel free to check the forums where a topic was created regarding Mr. Beal and the DFS headaches he causes…I am inserting my hatred into this topic.)

Hugs and Kisses.


  • Mod518

    Jim Dowd MVP 04 and Player 99 Tecmo Basketball are two of my all time favorites

  • atfrost

    • Blogger of the Month

    Speaking of Tecmo Bowl, Christian Okoye would be a real sleeper. The Nigerian Nightmare was my favorite plug-n-play when the “No Bo” rule was in effect.

  • jimmyquinella

    • Blogger of the Month

    I forgot about Okoye! Makes me miss the days of Tecmo bowl more and more…

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