PORT ARTHUR — The record for most fantasy points since 1960 (before fantasy football was a thing) is Houston’s own Billy Cannon, who had 216 rushing yards and 114 receiving yards to go with five TDs in a 1961 game against the New York Titans. That gave him an astonishing 62 fantasy points.
Chicago Hall of Famer Gale Sayers is second on the all-time list with his excellent 1965 game where he scored six TDs (four rushing, one receiving and one return), had 113 rushing yards and two catches for 89 yards. Sayers would have scored 55 points in standard leagues, but that’s without the return TD. If you add that in, he would have been just a point behind Cannon’s great day.
Buffalo’s Cookie Gilchrist is the only other player to top Portis’ big day in 2003, when he scored five TDs for Buffalo in 1963.That’s good for 54 points and came against the New York Jets.
What about those rushing record breakers, you say? Well, Adrian Peterson’s 296 yard performance in 2007 is on there, but he only scored three TDs and lost a fumble, so his fantasy total was a measly 46 points.
Cleveland’s Jerome Harrison had 47 points in 2009, when he ran for 286 yards and three TDs. Baltimore’s Jamal Lewis couldn’t even crack 45 points with his 295 yard, two TD day in 2003.
Where does the top QB stand? That’d be Michael Vick, who had 49 points while with Philadelphia in 2010, throwing for 333 yards and four TDs while rushing for 80 yards and two more TDs. George Blanda and Y.A. Tittle were each a point behind Vick with 48, as Tittle threw for 505 yards and seven TDs in 1962 against Washington and Blanda threw for 418 yards and seven TDs against the New York Titans in ’61.
In a PPR format, Terrell Owens’ 20 catch, 283 yard day in 2000 against Chicago would have rated 54 points and would have tied Brandon Marshall’s 2009 game against Indianapolis when he caught 21 passes for 200 yards and two TDs.