Greatest Fantasy Receiving Performances Ever

Deion Sanders #21 of the Dallas Cowboys in action against Jerry Rice #80 of the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL football game November 12, 1995 at Texas Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Sanders played for the Cowboys from 1995-99. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football has been around since 1962. It’s an added element of excitement to watching NFL games, just like online sports betting.

Along with watching their favorite team in action, fans are tracking football lines, total points, and keeping an eye on players they have on their fantasy teams. It makes for some fun Sundays in the fall.

Sometimes all it takes is one huge performance from a player to help you win your fantasy football matchup that week. And when you have a player score a record-amount of points, there’s not much your opponent can do.

There have been dominant receiving performances throughout the years in the NFL. Take Randy Moss’ 1998 Thanksgiving game, for example. Moss caught three passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns. Unstoppable and dominant.

But when it comes to standout receiving performances in the world of fantasy football, you need a high number of catches, yards, and touchdowns.

The 10 Best Fantasy Receiving Performances Ever

Note: Standard scoring used is 6-point receiving touchdowns and 0.1 points per receiving yard.

1. Jerry Rice, 49ers (52.5 points)

1990 vs. Atlanta — 13 catches for 225 yards and 5 TDs

2. Jerry Butler, Bills (50.7 points)

1979 vs. New York Jets — 10 catches for 255 yards and 4 TDs

3. Harold Jackson, Rams (47.8 points)

1973 vs. Dallas — 7 catches for 238 yards and 4 TDs

4. Jimmy Smith, Jaguars (47.1 points)

2000 vs. Baltimore — 15 catches for 291 yards and 3 TDs

5. Jerry Rice, 49ers (45.9 points)

1995 vs. Minnesota — 14 catches for 289 yards and 3 TDs

6. Tyreek Hill, Chiefs (44.9 points)

2020 vs. Tampa Bay — 13 catches for 269 yards and 3 TDs

7. Kellen Winslow, Chargers (44.4 points)

1981 vs. Oakland — 13 catches for 144 yards and 5 TDs

8. Steve Largent, Seahawks (44.1 points)

1987 vs. Detroit — 15 catches for 261 yards and 3 TDs

9. Qadry Ismail, Ravens (43.8 points)

1999 vs. Pittsburgh — 6 catches for 258 yards and 3 TDs

10. Wesley Walker, Jets (43.4 points)

1986 vs. Miami — 6 catches for 194 yards and 4 TDs

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Sam Herder is a writer for BetMGM and HERO Sports. A North Dakota State journalism grad, he spent several years in the print media industry before writing for online outlets. Sam has covered sports at all levels — high school, college, and professional — since 2011.