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Philadelphia, PA, (Sports Network) - We are still in a holding pattern while the NFL owners and players work out their disagreements and are a few days away from the NFL Draft so we can't evaluate the rookies, therefore it's time to look back at some all-time efforts and imagine we had them on our fantasy team.
Last year fantasy owners saw three excellent performances turned in, one from Michael Vick (49 points in Week 9 against the Redskins) and two from Darren McFadden (43 points in Weeks 7 and 44 in Week 13).
But over the years there have been some spectacular performances that would add up to gigantic fantasy totals if they played on your fantasy team.
Running Backs -
Gale Sayers - 113 rushing 4 TDs, 89 receiving 1 TD, TD punt return - 60 fantasy points
Sayers was just a rookie (No.4 overall selection) when he turned in this performance. The "Kansas Comet" did everything for the Bears on a December day against the San Francisco 49ers as he earned 60 fantasy points. Imagine taking a flier on the rookie? He scored a NFL rookie record 22 touchdowns in 1965 and totaled 2,272 all-purpose yards.
Jim Brown - 237 rushing 4 TDs, 52 receiving - 58 fantasy points
It was Brown's second season in the league when he ran roughshod over the Philadelphia Eagles to post this huge total. Brown played just nine seasons, but led the league in rushing eight times and in touchdowns five times. What a great fantasy selection he would have been. Talk about reliability, considering the pounding he took with his hard-nosed running style, Brown missed no games over his 118-game career and cracked the 100-yard mark 39 times.
Paul Hornung - 111 rushing 4 TDs, 28 receiving 1 TD, 6 extra pts, 1 FG - 55 fantasy points
You would have gotten an huge unfair advantage over the competition if you drafted Hornung, because you could have used him as your kicker from 1960-1964! Imagine getting 55 points on this warm October day as the Packers hammered the Baltimore Colts 45-7 at New City Stadium.
Barry Sanders - 220 rushing 4 TDs, 31 receiving - 55 fantasy points
Sanders was phenomenal during the Thanksgiving Day game in 1991, totaling 251 yards from scrimmage and four scores. What a way to start Week 12 and put your competition in a deep hole.
Holmes was a good back in Baltimore when he got the chance, but he sparkled in the Kansas City offense after signing there in 2001. Twice during his time with the Chiefs he earned the 100-yard bonus for both rushing and receiving in the same game. In this particular game in 2002 Holmes was magnificent in the first half, rushing for 114 yards and catching five balls for 87 yards by halftime. He finished with 197 yards rushing along with seven catches for 110 yards in receptions and three scores...and the Chiefs still lost 39-32 to Seattle. I smile when I think about this performance, because I had Holmes in my lineup that day.
Paige was never a fantasy star, but he was a solid No.3 receiver. However, he did finish off the 1985 season is stunning fashion, posting 309 yards and two touchdowns (84 and 54 yards) on just eight receptions. It was the only game of the season in which he cracked the 100-yard mark, but he did haul in 10 touchdown passes which is why some fantasy owners were rewarded when they started him in Week 16 of 1985.
We're talking dad here, not Junior, who in November 1981 toasted the rival Oakland Raiders for five touchdowns on 13 receptions in a 55-21 victory. Winslow was part of "Air Coryell" which also included quarterback Dan Fouts, receivers Wes Chandler, Charlie Joiner and running backs James Brooks and Chuck Muncie. Your fantasy team always had to have a Charger player on it to compete for the championship.
Flipper Anderson - 336 receiving, 1 TD - 48 fantasy points
In November 1989 the Los Angeles Rams' Anderson set a league record with 336 yards receiving on 15 catches. Unfortunately, he only caught one touchdown pass as quarterback Jim Everett moved the team up and down the field, but could only put 20 points on the board.
George Blanda - 418 yards, 7 touchdowns, 1 interception - 43 fantasy points
In 1961 George Blanda led his Houston Oilers to a 49-13 win over the New York Titans throwing for 418 yards and seven touchdowns against just one interception. Three receivers caught 120+ yards and two of them, Billy Cannon and Bill Groman caught three touchdown passes each.
Norm Van Brocklin - 554 yards, 5 touchdowns - 42 fantasy points.
The yardage total is still a record today and add in four points for each TD pass and Van Brocklin posts a stunning 42-point total. Three receivers caught at least 100 yards worth of passes including Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsh who posted 173 yards and four touchdowns.
Tom Brady - 380 yards, 6 touchdowns - 39 fantasy points
In a 59-0 whitewash of the Tennessee Titans, Brady went 29-for-34 for 380 yards and threw five of his six touchdowns in a monster second quarter. As you would expect, Wes Welker 10-150-2 and Randy Moss (8-129-3) had huge days.