Top-10 fantasy performances of 2013
By Thomas J. Harrigan, Fantasy Sports Writer
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - For fantasy owners who are still alive in the championship week, you hope that the following list is not set in stone and that some of your players will soon join it.
For those who are eliminated, this list is a chance to revisit happier times.
Here are the top-10 single-game fantasy performances of the 2013 season (standard scoring).
Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay: 34 fantasy points in Week 11 vs. Atlanta - After losing both Doug Martin and Mike James to season-ending injuries, Tampa Bay turned to Rainey, an undrafted 26-year-old who was released by the Cleveland Browns early in the year. Rainey carried the ball 30 times for 163 yards and two touchdowns and added a receiving score in the 41-28 win over the Falcons.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay: 35 fantasy points in Week 2 vs. Washington - The Redskins got no relief in Week 2 after facing Philadelphia in Chip Kelly's coaching debut just six days earlier. Rodgers carved up Washington's tired secondary for 480 passing yards and four touchdowns.
10) Alshon Jeffery, Chicago: 36 fantasy points in Week 13 at Minnesota - Jeffery set a Bears record with 218 receiving yards in Week 5 versus Minnesota, and he topped it nearly two months later with 249 yards against the Vikings while hauling in touchdowns of 46 and 80 yards. Amazingly, Chicago lost both games.
9) Calvin Johnson, Detroit: 36 fantasy points in Week 8 vs. Dallas - With 329 yards and a touchdown on 14 catches, Johnson came within seven yards of tying Flipper Anderson's record for most receiving yards in a single game. As great as the performance was, it could have been even bigger -- Johnson lost a fumble and was pushed out of bounds at the three-yard line once and one-yard line twice, leaving a potential 20 fantasy points on the board.
8) Josh McCown, Chicago: 38 fantasy points in Week 14 vs. Dallas - Filling in for an injured Jay Cutler, McCown dismantled the Cowboys on Monday Night Football, connecting on 27 of his 36 passes for 348 yards with four passing touchdowns and one rushing score.
7) Josh Gordon, Cleveland: 38 fantasy points in Week 13 vs. Jacksonville - With 166 yards and a touchdown already in the bag, Gordon turned a 17-yard completion in the fourth quarter into a 95-yard touchdown by outrunning two Jaguars defenders. With the big play, he became the first player in NFL history to post at least 200 receiving yards in back-to-back games.
6) Tony Romo, Dallas: 40 fantasy points in Week 5 vs. Denver - Romo went toe- to-toe with Peyton Manning in Week 5, throwing for 506 yards and five touchdowns. However, his interception with two minutes remaining set up Denver for a game-winning field goal and gave more fuel to the "Tony Romo is not clutch" argument.
5) Andre Johnson, Houston: 40 fantasy points in Week 9 vs. Indianapolis - Playing like a guy with nothing to lose, Case Keenum targeted Johnson with reckless abandon on Sunday Night Football, hitting him for touchdowns of 62, 41 and five yards and nine times for 229 yards total. Johnson came into the game with zero touchdowns.
4) Eric Decker, Denver: 41 fantasy points in Week 13 at Kansas City - Decker repeatedly got behind Kansas City's secondary, namely Brandon Flowers and Marcus Cooper, on his way to an eight-catch, 174-yard, four-touchdown day in Week 13. He had just three touchdowns in his first 11 games.
3) Nick Foles, Philadelphia: 45 fantasy points in Week 9 at Oakland - The Eagles entered Week 9 having scored zero offensive touchdowns in their previous two games, and Foles had put up just 80 yards on 11-of-29 passing in Week 7 versus Dallas. However, Foles shockingly tied an NFL record with seven passing touchdowns, three to Riley Cooper, while throwing for 406 yards.
2) Peyton Manning, Denver: 46 fantasy points in Week 1 vs. Baltimore - In the NFL season opener, Manning connected on 27 of his 42 throws for 462 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions. Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker had two apiece and Andre Caldwell caught one while Decker was held out of the end zone. Perhaps Decker's Week 13 effort was Manning's way of making it up to him. Manning's 46 fantasy points held up as the top standard- scoring game of the season for 14 weeks, until...
Jamaal Charles went into Oakland, where monster fantasy games happen (Nick Foles' 46 points in Week 9 of 2013 and Doug Martin's 51 fantasy points in Week 9 of 2012 also came at O.co Coliseum).
1) Jamaal Charles, Kansas City: 51 fantasy points in Week 15 at Oakland - Charles actually had a season-low 20 rushing yards on eight carries in Week 15, but he accumulated 195 yards and four touchdowns through the air and added a rushing touchdown in the top fantasy performance of 2013.
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