Henry John, @HankTimeSports
Social Media Director, Fantasy Writer
The Big Game is finally upon us! Super Bowl LII kicks off this Sunday, February 4, at 6:30 p.m. E.T., live from Minneapolis on NBC. You would really have to be living under a rock to not know that by now. So, in honor of Super Bowl Week 2018 (and because the Fantasy Football doldrums are so very real this time of year!), behold a look back at some of the greatest Super Bowl Fantasy stat lines of all time! Oh, and LET’S GO BIRDS!!!
*All scoring totals calculated based on ESPN’s traditional PPR scoring format*
41.9 fantasy points on 325 yards passing, 6 TDs, 49 yards rushing
Young wasted no time getting hot in the 49ers’ dominant 49-26 win over the San Diego Chargers. San Fran scored touchdowns on their first 3 offensive possessions, and Young connected with Jerry Rice early and often during the game (more on Rice in the WRs section). With the game firmly in hand, Young was able to enjoy the back half of the 4th quarter from the sideline.
32.38 fantasy points on 297 yards passing, 5 TDs, 15 yards rushing
Similar to Young, Montana struck fire early in the 49ers’ 55-10 victory over the Denver Broncos. The 55 points put up still stand as a Super Bowl record, and Montana showcased his best performance in the Big Game in his final appearance on the stage. His 5 TD passes set a Super Bowl record at the time, and he finished with an incredible QB rating of 147.6 while only needing to play three quarters.
27.4 fantasy points on 340 yards passing, 4 TDs, 1 INT, -2 yards rushing
The Redskins defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII 42-10. In a fashion similar to the Eagles win over the Vikings in this year’s NFC Championship, it was actually the Broncos who got out to the early 10-0 lead. After suffering a knee injury in the 1st quarter of the game, Williams returned to the field and led the Redskins to a massive 35-point 2nd quarter. Essentially, this epic Fantasy line was achieved in just one quarter of play!
45.9 fantasy points on 29 yards rushing, 14 catches for 110 yards receiving, 3 total TDs
The Patriots miraculous comeback from being down 28-3 to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime is and will remain one of the greatest comebacks in NFL and sports history for years to come. While Tom Brady had an incredible second half, I still cannot understand how White was not the game MVP. His 45.9 fantasy points not only tops running backs all time in the Big Game, but it is the greatest at any position. He played hard right down to the very end when he scored the game-winning OT touchdown.
36.5 fantasy points on 157 yards rushing, 3 TDs, 2 catches for 8 yards
An interesting thing to note about a lot of the greatest fantasy stat lines from Super Bowls is that they came in blowout games. Davis’ huge outing bucks that trend as his Broncos barely beat the Green Bay Packers 31-24. The highlight of his performance was scoring the winning touchdown with less than 2 minutes to go.
34.9 fantasy points on 191 yards rushing, 2 TDs, 2 catches for 18 yards
Allen put in work on his way to earning MVP honors in the Raiders 38-9 blowout win over the Washington Redskins, the franchise’s most recent title and the only one that came while in L.A. Allen’s 191 yards was a then-Super Bowl record, and his 74-yard scoring run remains one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history.
43.9 fantasy points on 10 catches for 149 yards, 3 TDs, 10 yards rushing
This was the best of 3 Super Bowls performances that land Rice with 3 of the top 4 fantasy stat lines by wideouts in the Big Game. Super Bowl XXIX saw the aforementioned Steve Young go off, while Rice hauled in half of his TD passes in the game and nearly half of his total passing yards as well in the Niners’ 49-26 drubbing of the San Diego Chargers.
39.9 fantasy points on 9 catches for 193 yards, 2 TDs, -4 yards rushing
Sanders’ performance is special in that he is the only one who prevented a clean Jerry Rice sweep of the podium at the position. The highlights of his massive day included reeling in touchdown receptions of both 80 and 50 yards in length. His average yards per catch for the game was a ridiculous 21.4 as the Redskins killed the Denver Broncos 42-10.
39.8 fantasy points on 7 catches for 148 yards, 3 TDs
Rice’s second best Super Bowl fantasy performance was somehow not the one in which he earned MVP honors. For that, you would have to drop to his third best game in which he had 38.5 fantasy points in Super Bowl XXIII. Can you say, “Greatest receiver of all time?”
33.4 fantasy points on 11 catches for 104 yards, 2 TDs
Tight ends have been widely unsuccessful in terms of great fantasy performances in Super Bowls, so even though Ross’ effort came in the Bengals 26-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, it still far and away stands out as the best for the position. Both of his touchdown receptions came in the 4th quarter as the Bengals tried to rally, but fell just short.
16.4 fantasy points on 6 catches for 104 yards
Checking in at less than half the fantasy points total of Dan Ross’ position best, Davis also posted his line in Super Bowl defeat. His 49ers were trumped by the Baltimore Ravens 34-31 after the infamous power outage occurred at the New Orleans Superdome. It was the first Super Bowl loss in 49ers franchise history.
By: Henry John