According to the Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association (FSGA), an estimated 70 million people played fantasy sports in the United States in 2022. Of those, 54% played fantasy football. This is a significant increase from the 40 million people who played fantasy sports in 2015.
The growth of fantasy football can be attributed to a number of factors, including the increasing popularity of the NFL, the rise of social media, and the convenience of online leagues.
Let's be honest, though: it's typically more fun if you're winning. While a balanced attack is certainly a notable strategy, every once in a while, a single player can catch lightning in a bottle and change your team's performance with the snap of your fingers.
Have you ever wondered which players have had the best single game fantasy football performances of all time?
The list below is filtered to only include performances from the years 2000-2021.
The Top 10
Running Back With The Most Fantasy Points
Jamaal Charles had a performance for the ages in 2013 for the Kansas City Chiefs. Matched up against the Oakland Raiders, Charles put up 215 all-purpose yards from scrimmage, had 8 catches, and scored five touchdowns. His 59.5 total fantasy points are the best performance of all time.
Quarterback With The Most Fantasy Points
While no quarterback made the top 10 list, Michael Vick just missed out with a 49.3 point fantasy performance in 2010. Vick, playing for the Eagles, absolutely dismantled Washington in a 59-28 rout. Vick scored 6 touchdowns, with two on the ground, and threw for more than 300 yards. His ability to put up points both through the air and on the ground made him a favorite amongst fantasy owners.
Wide Receiver With The Most Fantasy Points
Coming in second all time, Tyreek Hill put up 57.9 points in 2020 with 13 catches for 269 yards and three touchdowns. Hill's blazing speed matched with Patrick Mahomes' arm made that Chiefs team almost impossible to stop.
Tight End With The Most Fantasy Points
Darren Waller put up a ridiculous 45 fantasy points at the end of 2020 in a game pitting the Raiders up against the New York Jets. Waller caught 13 balls for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns. If we were to look back before the year 2000, Waller's stats would actually put him in 5th place for tight ends all time. Kellen Winslow had 13 catches for 144 yards and five touchdowns in 1981. That would've amounted to 54.7 fantasy points in a PPR format.
Defense With The Most Fantasy Points
There is some mixed information out there, but the consensus is that this title goes to the 1989 Cleveland Browns, who recovered 5 fumbles, had 3 interceptions, 6 sacks, and 3 touchdowns in a game against Pittsburgh.
Kicker With the Most Fantasy Points
Jay Feely, playing for the Arizona Cardinals, put up 29.5 fantasy points in a 2010 game against the Denver Broncos. Feely made 5 of 6 field goals and 4 for 4 on extra points. Rob Bironas was only a half point behind, netting 29 in 2007 when he made 8 field goals in a game!
Who Averaged the Most Fantasy Football Points Per Game in 2022?
Jalen Hurts at 25.2 points per game. Cooper Kupp had the highest average for a non-quarterback at 22.4 (4th place overall).
Who Had the Best Single Game Fantasy Football Performance in 2022?
That would be Joe Mixon, had 55.1 points against the Carolina Panthers on November 6, 2022.
Who Had the Most Total Fantasy Football Points in 2022?
Patrick Mahomes had 417.4 fantasy football points, putting him ahead of Josh Allen's 395.52.
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John Willkom is the author of Amazon best-selling basketball books: Walk-On Warrior and No Fear In The Arena. John is an avid reader, sports fan, and father to two incredible little girls.
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