PORT ARTHUR —
Doug Martin, given the colorful nickname “Muscle Hamster” by teammates at Boise State, had a game for the ages last week. The rookie ran for 251 yards and four TDs while catching four passes for 21 yards. In standard ESPN scoring leagues, that’s good for 51 fantasy points.
In my fantasy league, which is PPR, Martin went for an even 60 points. I only bring that up because two weeks prior to his big day, my team scored 68 points total for an entire week. Doug Martin could have almost singlehandedly beaten my team. That’s just nuts.
With that performance, Martin has also established himself as the premiere running back in fantasy football right now. Move over, Arian Foster. Step aside NFL rushing leader Adrian Peterson. The Muscle Hamster is muscling you out. Martin has rushed for 794 yards this season and caught 20 passes for 245 yards. He’s scored eight total TDs, seven on the ground and one through the air. That puts him one point ahead of Foster in standard scoring leagues.
It’s an impressive start for Martin, but where does his Week 9 performance rank among the all-time fantasy greats? Turns out, it’s pretty high.
The best performance in the fantasy football era was by Denver’s Clinton Portis, who torched the Kansas City Chiefs in 2003 for 218 yards on 22 carries and five TDs. He also caught two passes for 36 yards and would have given him 54 fantasy points that game.
Second on the list is Seattle’s Shaun Alexander, who had 139 rushing yards and four TDs to go with three catches for 92 yards and one TD against Minnesota in a Sunday night game in 2002. He would have scored 52 points in a standard ESPN scoring league.
Cincinnati’s Corey Dillon put up 51 points in 1997, when he had 246 rushing yards and four TDs along with two catches for 30 yards against Tennessee. Going further back, San Francisco great Jerry Rice caught 13 passes for 225 yards and five TDs in a game against the Atlanta Falcons in 1990 that was good for 52 points.