Ultimate Fantasy Football Performances for QBs This Season

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst IDecember 17, 2013

Ultimate Fantasy Football Performances for QBs This Season

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    The NFL has seen its share of high-scoring games this year with pass-happy offenses becoming faster and more efficient than ever.

    Quarterbacks are the leaders of these high-scoring contests, and they are usually the highest-scoring fantasy players at the end of the season.

    Of these ten top performances, there are some interesting things to note. Three of the games were by one player (who I'm sure you can guess), two players are from the same team, and another had only started a few games since 2007.

    These are the ultimate fantasy football performances for QBs this season through Week 14.

    Stats taken from FFToday

Drew Brees, Week 3 vs. Arizona

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    Stats: 29/46, 342 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 1 Rush TD (37.2 points)

    It's a little surprising that Brees is only on this list once, although I noticed while going through the weeks that he had multiple games just a point or two shy of topping some of the other performances here.

    This week he actually had "only" 342 passing yards and three touchdowns, and it was actually his rushing score that put him over the top for fantasy. 

Tom Brady, Week 9 vs. Pittsburgh

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    Stats: 23/33, 432 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs (37.5 points)

    Brady had yet to really erupt through the first eight weeks of the 2013 season, so I guess he just decided he had enough of that and needed to really shred a defense.

    Pittsburgh was on the unfortunate other end of Brady's wrath, and were utterly helpless to slow him down. Brady finished with 432 yards and four touchdowns, finally giving his fantasy owners a much-needed big game.

Michael Vick, Week 2 vs. San Diego

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    Stats: 24/37, 428 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 1 Rush TD (37.7 points)

    Vick began the season as Philadelphia's starting quarterback, and really overpowered defenses in Chip Kelly's new up-tempo offense.

    Vick made plays with his legs and had a rushing touchdown, but his big fantasy production came thanks to his 428 passing yards and no turnovers.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Week 15 vs. Arizona

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    Stats: 36/58, 402 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs (38.3 points)

    This past Sunday was a pretty accurate microcosm of Fitzpatrick's career. He made some impressive throws, somehow had a 62.1 completion percentage despite throwing 58 passes, and threw four touchdowns.

    He led an impressive comeback at the end of the fourth quarter, and it really looked like Tennessee could win the game in overtime. But then Fitzpatrick threw a bad interception and Arizona won. Regardless, anyone who had to start Fitzpatrick was still very happy with his performance.

Eli Manning, Week 1 vs. Dallas

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    Stats: 27/42, 450 yards, 4 TDs, 3 INTs (39.3 points)

    Nobody knew how bad Dallas' defense was going to be when they took the field in their season opener against the Giants.

    But Manning showed just how vulnerable Dallas was through the air, as he racked up 10.71 yards per completion en route to 450 yards in a loss.

Peyton Manning, Week 13 vs. Kansas City

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    Stats: 22/35, 403 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INTs (39.9 points)

    After a crushing loss to the New England Patriots in Week 12, Manning led his team back with a vengeance in a big divisional matchup with Kansas City.

    His five touchdown passes help cemented a Denver victory, and also made fantasy owners very happy. Somehow it is still only Peyton's third highest-scoring game of the year.

Josh McCown, Week 14 vs. Dallas

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    Stats: 27/36, 348 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, 1 Rush TD (41.0 points)

    McCown had only started one game since 2007 before replacing Jay Cutler and tearing up defenses in his absence.

    This game was especially impressive, although it did come against Dallas, whose defense makes its third appearance on this list already. But McCown didn't make a single mistake in this game, and his five total touchdowns made fantasy owners dance in the streets.

Peyton Manning, Week 5 vs. Dallas

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    Stats: 33/42, 414 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, 1 Rush TD (41.9 points)

    Romo may have had his way with Denver's secondary, but Manning absolutely gashed Dallas and was able to come up big down the stretch.

    He completed 33 of his 42 passes for 414 yards, but perhaps his biggest play came from a very rare bootleg touchdown on third-and-goal at the end of the second quarter, which also gave a big boost to his fantasy stats.

Tony Romo, Week 5 vs. Denver

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    Stats: 25/36, 506 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT (46.0 points)

    In this matchup of high-powered offenses and less-than-stellar pass defenses, the fireworks were on display.

    Romo was incredibly efficient, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes for an average of 14.06 yards per completion to go along with five scores and over 500 yards. It was a pretty incredible display from Romo, although he was somehow out-dueled by the next guy on the list.

Nick Foles, Week 9 vs. Oakland

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    Stats: 22/28, 406 yards, 7 TDs, 0 INTs (49.7 points)

    Foles is having a pseudo-breakout season, and this was the game that really announced his presence as a legitimate NFL talent.

    The second-year quarterback shredded apart Oakland's secondary for 406 yards and tied Peyton Manning's record for seven touchdowns in a game. 

Peyton Manning, Week 1 vs. Baltimore

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    Stats: 27/42, 462 yards, 7 TDs, 0 INTs (50.9 points)

    Now we go back to the game that kicked off Manning's historic season. In the season opener against the reigning Super Bowl Champions, Manning showed the world that his Broncos were the team to beat.

    The quarterback was flawless the entire night, throwing for 462 yards and seven touchdowns with no turnovers in what will likely be the biggest game for any quarterback this season.