The last decade has seen some memorable fantasy football performances from QBs, with six of the top 10 most fantasy points in a single game coming in that time span. However, the top two on this list see us having to reach a little further back into the NFL archives. Let’s take a look at which QBs sit among the top 10 for the most fantasy points scored in a single game and which score sits atop the list.
Top 10 most fantasy football points scored in a single game by a QB
When considering fantasy football single-game scores for this list, we only considered players since the merger in 1970. While the NFL and AFL existed before that date, they were very different in their makeup for a large portion of that history. Therefore, the merger is a clean spot to cut off the historical records for this series.
Additionally, scores are based on four-point per passing touchdown scoring. While six-point per passing touchdown leagues are growing in popularity, the four-point format remains the most common.
10) Mitchell Trubisky | 43.46 fantasy points
I bet you didn’t expect to see Mitchell Trubisky’s name on this list. While Trubisky’s time in Chicago is something Bears fans would rather forget, one performance does stand out. In Week 4 of his sophomore season, Trubisky took the Buccaneers’ defense to pieces. He threw five touchdowns in the first half as the Bears opened up a 38-3 halftime lead.
Trubisky finished the game with 354 passing yards and six touchdowns through the air. He also added 53 yards on the ground for a crucial 5.3 extra fantasy points and a place on the bottom of this list.
9) Aaron Rodgers | 43.76 fantasy points
We stay in the NFC North for the second performance on our list. This time it is the Packers and our first mention of Aaron Rodgers (sorry, spoiler alert). It turns out that Rodgers appears to rather like hosting AFC West teams in Lambeau. This time it was the Raiders on the receiving end of his incredible performance.
In a 42-24 victory, Rodgers threw for 429 yards with five touchdowns through the air. He also added a rushing touchdown and six yards on the ground to ensure he snuck on the bottom of this list.
8) Randall Cunningham | 44 fantasy points
Our first trip back to the 1990s (sorry, another spoiler alert) sees the dynamic QB that is Randall Cunningham on our list of most fantasy football points by the position in a single game. Cunningham took the Patriots’ defense to pieces both through the air and on the ground in a stunning performance.
The Eagles QB threw the ball for 240 yards and four touchdowns. Cunningham also added 18.4 fantasy points with his legs, finishing the game with 124 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.
7) Drew Brees | 44.3 fantasy points
The shootout in the Superdome is a game that will live long in the memory of anyone who watched it. Two aging QBs in Eli Manning and Drew Brees went toe-to-toe in a riveting matchup that was won by the Saints with two scores in the final 40 seconds, including a 50-yard field goal as time expired.
The two QBs combined for 13 passing touchdowns and more than 850 yards through the air. However, it was Brees that came out with the win and the better statistical day. The Saints’ QB threw for 505 yards and seven touchdowns. His day would have been even better if not for two interceptions. Technically, he threw eight passing TDs on the day, but one of those was to a Giants player.
6) Ben Roethlisberger | 44.78 fantasy points
If you headed into Sunday afternoon of your 2014 Week 8 fantasy matchup needing a miracle, then Ben Roethlisberger provided exactly that. The Steelers QB lit up the Colts’ defense for 522 passing yards and six touchdowns. Pittsburgh walked away 51-34 victors, and Roethlisberger ensured a number of fantasy managers also walked away with that all-important win.
5) Nick Foles | 45.24 fantasy points
Nick Foles had NFL fans around the league running their eyes in Week 9 of his second season in 2013. Foles lit up the Coliseum for 406 yards and a record-tying seven passing touchdowns. He hit five different receivers for touchdowns, with three of them going to Riley Cooper.
Foles being on this list is a tight call to be the most surprising name of the group. Additionally, he makes for a fascinating quiz question for who is tied with Peyton Manning and Brees for the most passing touchdowns in a single game.
4) Aaron Rodgers | 45.92 fantasy points
Rodgers appears for the second time on this list of the most single-game fantasy football points ever scored by a QB. Once again, it’s another AFC West opponent, but this time the Broncos were on the other end of his performance.
Rodgers threw for 408 yards and four touchdowns. He added another two rushing touchdowns and 36 rushing yards to top off an impressive performance at home against Denver.
3) Peyton Manning | 46.28 fantasy points
This game was memorable for several reasons. First, the performance of Manning with seven passing touchdowns — which broke the previous record of six at the time — and 462 passing yards. However, the game also stands out for being the opening game of the 2013 season with the Ravens as defending Super Bowl champions. Rarely do we see the defending champions dismantled in quite such a comprehensive manner.
This is also remembered as a Broncos revenge game. The Ravens had defeated the Broncos in the playoffs the previous year in the most unlikely circumstances. Therefore, it was somewhat of a buzzsaw situation to send the Ravens back into Denver to open the season in the stadium they had stunned Denver and the entire AFC on their way to winning a Super Bowl.
2) Mark Rypien | 48.08 fantasy points
You may not have guessed that a performance from 1991 would beat out Manning and Rodgers for the second spot on this list. However, Mark Rypien threw the ball all over the field against the Falcons in Week 11 of that 1991 season.
Rypien completed 16 of 31 passes for 442 yards and six touchdowns. Yes, that is 14.25 yards per attempt, 27.63 yards per completion, and a touchdown every 2.7 pass attempts.
To top off his fantasy performance, Rypien also ran for a four-yard rushing TD to ensure he would top this list and remain there for nearly 20 years.
Which QB has scored the most fantasy points in a single game?
1) Michael Vick | 49.32 fantasy points
It is Michael Vick who has scored the most fantasy football points in a single game in 2010. Michael Vick returned as a starter in the NFL that year, and he did so with a bang as the highest-scoring fantasy QB that season. Additionally, he took the crown for the most fantasy points in a single game with a fantastic Monday Night Football performance in Washington.
Vick led the Eagles to a 59-28 win in which he scored six total touchdowns. The Eagles QB completed 20 of 28 passes for 333 yards with four passing touchdowns. He then added a further 80 yards on the ground and found the end zone twice with his legs.
This performance was made all the more impactful coming on a Monday night where Vick single-handedly swung fantasy matchups in the final game of the week.