Analyzing The Biggest Fantasy Football News Ever
Breaking fantasy football news is the kind of event that rattles the fantasy football world to its core, whether your number one pick goes out in week 1 with a season-ending injury, or you lasso the biggest sleeper in a decade, and ride him all the way to your fantasy football league title. Here are some of the highs and lows of breaking fantasy football news that stands the test of time.
1961: Fantasy football was founded in 1962 by a partial owner of the Oakland Raiders, and in the year prior to its creation, the biggest individual single-game was recorded before any fantasy football team owner could take advantage of it.
Billy Cannon set the current record for a single-game point total at 62. He carried the ball 25 times for 216 yards and three touchdowns. He also tacked on five catches for 115 yards and two more scores.
2003: Clinton Portis exploded against division rival Kansas City, accounting for a total of five rushing touchdowns and 218 rushing yards. Throw in 36 additional receiving yards off of two receptions, and you've got one of the biggest games any player's ever had. (Read Denver Broncos breaking fantasy football news)
2004: Those who drafted stud running back Ricky Williams in the first round during the summer were crippled when news broke about his sudden and unexpected retirement just prior to the start of the season. He had averaged more than 1,500 yards rushing over the prior two seasons. (Read Miami Dolphins breaking fantasy football news)
2008: This unfortunate event was tops among the breaking fantasy football news flashes of the 2008-09 season. All-Pro Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lasted less than a quarter before shredding his ACL in the first game, an injury that sidelined him the entire year.
When news broke about the devastating injury, thousands of fantasy football teams were left in even worse shape than the standout QB. Brady was a consensus top-five pick after setting the all-time record for touchdown passes in a season (50) the year prior.
If you owned Brady, weren't watching the game, and were late to the waiver wire, you probably also missed the chance to add backup Matt Cassel who threw for a respectable (yet not Brady-like) 21 touchdowns for the Patriots during the regular season.
This colossal injury is still the reason why many league owners check breaking fantasy football news over and over on game day, knowing any of their star players are only a play away from a season-ending injury. (Read New England Patriots breaking fantasy football news)
2010: Michael Vick started the season as backup quarterback and a fantasy football sleeper at best, but after week 10, the news was out. Against the Redskins, Vick went off for 333 pass yards and four touchdowns. He made news with his legs as well, running for 80 yards and two touchdowns on only eight carries. (Read Philadelphia Eagles breaking fantasy football news)
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