Best Fantasy Football Performances Ever

Greatest Fantasy Football Performances Ever

Let’s take a trip down memory lane looking back at the best fantasy football performances ever. If you’re like me, you remember the worst fantasy beats, just like it was yesterday. They’re hard to forget. How many times has your team been single-handedly destroyed by a single stud player on the opposing team? There are a number of games that stick in my mind. The agony! On the bright side, what goes around comes around. It’s much more thrilling when you’re lucky enough to have one of these players in your starting lineup for such a record-breaking performance. I’ve enjoyed my share of a few of these victories as well. Here’s a list of the best fantasy football performances of all-time for QBs, RBs, WRs and TEs.

Lists may vary depending on the applied scoring system. I should note that these record-breaking performances are based on the scoring system in my CRFFL where bonus points are awarded for length of TD and extra points are given to rushing yards over passing yards. Receiving yards are worth more than rushing yards. TE receiving yards are worth more than WR yards. (passing=1pt/yd, rushing=2pt/yd, receiving=3pts/yd, TE Receiving=4pts/yd, TD length=1 pt/yd). It’s the same principle as decimal-based scoring where every yard equals .1.

Best Fantasy Football QB Performances EverBest Fantasy Football Performances Ever

1. Peyton Manning
Week 1, 2013 – Thursday night versus Ravens, Denver 49 Baltimore 27
462 passing yards 7 TDs (24, 23, 28, 5, 2, 26, 78)
1068 pts

Who could forget last year’s demolition of the Ravens defense by Peyton Manning on opening night? Your fantasy team was locked into a week 1 victory if Peyton was on your roster (and headed to a championship).

2. Michael Vick
Week 10, 2010 – Monday night, Eagles versus Redskins. Philadelphia 27 Washington 17
333 passing yards 4 TDs 80 yards rushing 2 TDs
1016 points

Vick’s magical performance sticks in my mind vividly. I was playing against my good friend Deric (and Vick that Monday night). I had a huge lead – the kind of lead where you don’t have to worry about the Monday night game. Panic set in as Vick scored TD after TD against the hopeless redskin defense. In fact he nearly caught me by halftime during his 6 touchdown night. My only hope was that Andy Reed would call off the dogs and sit the starters in the third quarter, but unfortunately, they didn’t. I ended up losing a heartbreaker on a record-setting night by Michael Vick.

3. Aaron Rodgers
Week 4, 2011 – Green Bay versus Denver
408 passing yards 4 TDs (50, 17, 16, 8) 36 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs
900 pts

4. Tom Brady
Week 6, 2009 – New England versus Tennessee. Patriots win 59-0 in a blizzard.
380 passing yards 6 TDs
890 points
http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=291018017

I remember this game not because I had Brady on my team nor was I playing against him, but it was a pure blizzard. It was snowing so hard, but it didn’t slow down the Patriots on this day.

Best Fantasy Football Performances EverBest Fantasy Football RB Performances Ever

1. Jamaal Charles
Week 15, 2013 – Kansas City versus Oakland,
20 yards rushing 1 TD 195 receiving yards 4 TDs (49, 39, 16, 71)
1101 pts

Like many fantasy players, this one hurts. Charles single-handedly knocked me out of the fantasy playoffs with this performance. I had the best record and number one seed, but it all ended after this game.

2. Chris Johnson
Week 2, 2009 – Houston vs. Tennessee. Texans win 34-31.
197 yards rushing 2 TDs (57, 91) 9 receptions 87 receiving yards 1 TD (69).
1052 Points

Ahhhh, the sweet taste of victory. CJ2K was my man in 2009. He led me to a fantasy championship and I really savored this 197 yard performance. I watched the highlights three times. If you’re league rewards long touchdowns, this game really helped.

3. Clinton Portis
Week 14, 2003 – Denver 45 KC 27
218 yards rushing 5 TDs (11, 1, 59, 28, 53) 36 receiving yards
996 points

4. Doug Martin
Week 9, 2012 – Tampa Bay versus Oakland
251 yards rushing 4 TDS (45, 67, 70, 1) 21 receiving yards
988 points

Believe it or not, yes, I was a Doug Martin owner in 2012. He was a scoring machine this week.

5. Priest Holmes
Week 11, 2002 – Kansas City 32 Seattle 39
197 yards rushing 2 TDs (15, 4) 110 yards receiving 1 TD (64)
987 points

Priest was the beast for the Chiefs.

Best Fantasy Football WR Performances EverGreatest Fantasy Football Performances Ever

1. Jimmy Smith
Week 2, 2000 – Jacksonville 36 Baltimore 39
15 receptions 291 yards 3 TDs (45, 43, 40)
1181 points

2. Jerry Rice
Week 15, 1995 – 49ers 37 Vikings 30
14 receptions 291 yards 3 TDs (8, 46, 31) 1 rush for 10 yards
1158 points

I recall this week vividly. It was the first season that I played fantasy football. Deric (yes, the same Deric who beat me with the 2010 Michael Vick MNF performance) and I joined a league through some magazine. Entry fee was cheap and the grand prize was $50,000. There must have been tens of thousands of entries. Lineups were called in over the phone. Just like today’s daily leagues, you could pick any roster to start. Lineups reset every week. By week 15, we had managed to make it into the top 10 (7th I believe). Two more solid weeks and we would claim that top prize, $25k a piece, which was substantial money for a broke college student.

We had no problem setting our starting lineup in week 15. We agreed easily on all players, except one WR spot. We debated heavily between Jerry Rice and Herman Moore, who was having a fantastic season. As you might have guessed, we opted for Moore who caught just 5 passes for 59 yards and we fell out of the top 10. As luck would have it, Rice had the best day of his career by hauling in 14 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns! Choosing Rice would have sealed it for us. We were so close to winning it all! Luckily, the league paid out the top 20 spots and we split $250. We still talk about it to this day. My buddy, Deric, has been playing in my fantasy football league for nearly 20 years now, but he never lets me forget that decision.

Rice finished the season with 1848 receiving yards and 15 TDs. Herman Moore had 1686 receiving yards and 14 TDs in 1995

3. Chad Johnson
Week 10, 2006 – Bengals 41 Chargers 49
11 receptions 260 yards 2 TDs (51, 74)
1025 points

4. Plexico Burress
Week 10, 2002 – Atlanta @ Pittsburgh ended in a 34-34 tie
9 receptions 253 yards 2 TDs (33, 62)
974 points

5. Kevin Curtis
Week 3, 2007 – Eagles over Lions 56 to 21.
11 receptions 221 yards 3 TDs (68, 12, 43)
966 Points

Best Fantasy Football TE Performances EverGreatest Fantasy Football Performances

1. Shannon Sharpe
Week 7, 2002 – Denver 37 KC 34
12 receptions 214 yards 2 TDs (82, 28)
1086 points

2. Dallas Clark
Week 2, 2009 – Indianapolis over Miami 27-23
7 receptions 183 yards 1 TD (82)
874 points

Peyton Manning hits Dallas Clark on an 80 yard TD on the opening play of the game

3. Antonio Gates
Week 8, 2005 – San Diego 28 Kansas City 20
10 receptions 145 yards 3 TDs (19, 20, 35)
834 points

4. Tony Gonzalez
Week 4, 2002 – Miami 30 KC 48
7 receptions 140 yards 3 TDs (9, 42, 6)
797 points

Best Fantasy Football Performances EverHonorable Mention

Adrian Peterson – 2007 – 296 yards rushing 3 TDs (64, 1, 46).
Mike Anderson – Week 14, 2000 – 251 yards rushing 4 TDs (13, 5, 7, 2) 5 yards receiving
Shaun Alexander – Week 4, 2002 – 139 yards rushing 4 TDs (2, 20, 3, 14) 92 yards receiving TD (92)
Fred Taylor – Week 12, 2000 – 234 yards rushing 3 TDs.
Marshall Faulk – Week 7, 2002 – 183 yards rushing 3 TDs 52 yds rec 1 TD

Mark Rypien
Week 11, 1991 – Redskins win 56-17 over Atlanta
442 yards 6 TDs (9, 61, 19, 19, 82, 64) 1 rush TD
1128 pts
Back in ’91 very few people were playing fantasy football; therefore, it didn’t feel right to place Rypien at the very top. Nonetheless, we felt this 6 TD performance was worth noting.

Stats Reference: Pro-Football-Reference

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