Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky all have something in common – they’ve had a few of the greatest fantasy football single-game quarterback performances of all time. Most fantasy owners probably have fond memories of one particularly huge game by one of their players, or a monster game from that cost you a win in a given week. To look back on some of those, we’ve laid out the top-10 fantasy games ever, broken down by position (QB, RB, WR, TE, Kicker).
Our data comes from Football Reference’s Game Finder tool. We set our parameters to date back to the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, so Otto Graham and Jim Brown won’t make the list. But a few old-timers find their way on here with performances that would likely be remembered even more if fantasy football had been prominent in those decades.
There were some tough near-misses – among the QBs in the next 10 were the legendary trio of Eric Hipple, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Joe Namath. Adrian Peterson’s 296-yard rushing day missed out because he didn’t quite find the end zone enough. And because this is non-PPR scoring, Terrell Owens gets ripped off from his 20-catch, 283-yard day in 2000, in part due to managing just one touchdown that day.
Note: The scoring accounts for 4-point passing touchdowns, 6-point rushing and receiving touchdowns, 0.04 points per passing yard and 0.1 points per rushing and receiving yard.
Most fantasy points in a game by a QB
Most fantasy points in a game by a RB
Most fantasy points in a game by a WR
Most fantasy points in a game by a TE
Most fantasy points in a game by a Kicker
Note: This list dates only back to 2002, with data compiled from fantasydata.com.
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