A few of my friends said they have never seen anything like the carnage Peyton Manning (452 yards, seven touchdowns, zero interceptions) created in fantasy football on Thursday night. As David Ramsey says, with Manning anything is possible. People I know faced either Manning and Wes Welker (nine receptions, 67 yards and two touchdowns) or Manning and Demaryius Thomas (five catches 161 yards and two touchdowns). I have not yet heard from anyone who faced all three.
Anyway, I was asked, “Have you ever seen anything like this?” and my answer is: Actually, yes. There was one combo, that I can remember, that was EASILY better than Manning and Thomas on Thursday.
In 1990, Joe Montana passed for 476 yards and six touchdowns and Jerry Rice had 13 receptions for 225 yards and five touchdowns against the Bengals. I remember it so well because I was facing those two (yes, I have been playing fantasy football for a long time).
I also know people who had Julius Thomas (five receptions, 110 yards and two touchdowns) on their bench this week – ouch. That has to hurt almost as much as this headline hurt the person who wrote it. As a headline writer – I feel for the person who did this. I honestly do. I know they feel terrible today and I can somewhat relate. … As with the headline and with facing Manning and Thomas this week in fantasy – what is done is done and you have to move on. It was only only week.
I am sure there are other combos that rank highly for a one-game all-time performance that I am forgetting. If you can remember a combo – please share it here.
Good luck this weekend.