G.O.A.T. Super Bowl Fantasy Performances
Guys, this is my coping mechanism after a long night. I had mentioned to Andy, Mike, and Jason that if anyone goes off and sets any kind of record in the Super Bowl, they could expect some banter Monday morning. As my Falcons took a commanding 28-3 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter, I was feeling safe and secure looking forward to celebrating our first championship in 51 years as a franchise. Well you know the story…
Tom Brady decides to throw for 466 yards surpassing Kurt Warner’s previous high of 414 and James White decides to do his best Le’Veon Bell impression and destroy my hopes as well as every other person in the Atlanta area.
Let’s put these numbers in perspective by looking at the best fantasy performances in Super Bowl history. We’ll be using the “Ballers Preferred” scoring format of 6 point per passing TD and 0.5 PPR scoring. Enjoy as I drown my week in tears.
QBs: Steve Young- SB XXIX (53.9 points)
Stat line: 24-of-36 for 325 yards, 6 TDs, 5 rushes for 49 yards, and a demolished San Diego secondary
Young and the 49ers completely annihilated the upstart Chargers. I remember watching this game when I was 8 thinking… “Are they gonna mercy rule them?” Young’s 6 TDs is legendary considering he replaced arguably the greatest QB of all-time, Joe Montana. Well… I guess that title isn’t up for grabs any longer thanks to TB12.
Honorable Mentions: Tom Brady’s record-setting 466 yards (LI), Doug Williams’ 4 TDs (XXII), Kurt Warner’s 414 yards (XXXIV), Troy Aikman’s 4 TDs (XXVII)
RBs: James White- SB LI (37.5 points)
Stat line: 6 rushes for 29 yards, 2 rushing TDs, 14 catches for 110 yards and 1 receiving TD, 2 pt. conversion
Yep, that was the G.O.A.T. running back performance in the Super Bowl. White was a check down machine last night as an unstoppable force after the catch. Those 14 catches surpass Demaryius Thomas’ 13 reception garbage-time-fueled game 3 years ago for the most all-time. It was an utter crime that White did not receive the MVP award as he single-handedly put the team on his back. White had 6 catches where he gained 9 yards or more and even surprisingly worked himself in as the goal-line back ahead of LeGarrette Blount.
Honorable Mentions: Roger Craig’s 3 TDs (XIX), Timmy Smith’s 204 yards and 2 TD explosion (XXII), Marcus Allen’s 191 yards and 2 TDs (XVIII), Terrell Davis’ 157 rushing yards and 3 TDs (XXXII), Ricky Watters’ 3 TDs (XXIX)
WRs: Jerry Rice- SB XXIX (38.9 points)
Stat line: 10 catches for 149 yards, 3 TDs, 1 rushing attempt for 10 yards
Not much to explain here. You already know this guy is the G.O.A.T. The crazy part here is that he owns 3 of the top 5 WR spots. His 11 catches for 215 in SB XXIII is the most yards ever yet falls short with only 33 points.
Honorable Mentions: Ricky Sanders’ monster 9-193-2 game (XXII), Demaryius Thomas’ 13 catches (XLVIII), Larry Fitzgerald’s 2 TDs (XLIII)
TEs: Dan Ross- SB XVI (27.9 points)
Stat line: 11 catches for 104 yards and 2 TDs
Wait who? I mean I’m sure you just need to dust off your old Bengals Dan Ross jersey somewhere hiding in your closet. He owns the best Super Bowl performance for a TE as he scored both of his TDs in the 4th quarter against the Montana-led 49ers in 1982. He owns the most catches and TDs for a TE in a Super Bowl matchup and tied with Vernon Davis (2012) for yards. Ross played with Cincinnati for 6 years as a dependable pass catching option before eventually succumbing to injuries.
Honorable Mentions: Jay Novacek’s 7-72-1 (XXVII), Rob Gronkowski’s 6-68-1 (XLIX)