The NFL saw 90 touchdowns scored on Sunday, setting a new record which was a fitting stat on a day full of weirdness. I’m going to give you some of the best individual fantasy games from Sunday, but I don’t think it can do justice to the craziness that was Week 14.
LeSean McCoy: After the snow let up and McCoy could see more than two feet in front of his face it was on as he broke two long touchdown runs of 40 and 58 yards and accumulated 148 yards all in the fourth quarter. For the game he rushed for an Eagles’ record 217 yards on 29 carries. This comes against a Lions front line that has been dominant against the run of late. Shady leads the league in total yards with 1,745, which puts him on pace for a healthy 2,147 yards for the season.
Jamaal Charles: Right now Charles and McCoy are neck and neck in the running for best fantasy running back this season, but I think Charles gets the nod due to his remarkable week-to-week consistency. After rushing for 151 yards and a touchdown and catching another touchdown against Washington, Charles has now totaled 100 yards or more in 11 of 13 games and has a touchdown or more in 10 of 13.
Peyton Manning: This is where I get to write about a 37 year old man coming off a bunch of neck surgeries still being on pace to break the two biggest single season quarterback records in NFL history. After completing 39-of-59 passes for 397 yards and four touchdowns against Tennessee, Manning is now on pace for 5,564 passing yards and 55 touchdowns. His four-touchdown game is his seventh of the season with four or more and sets a new record and he’s easily on pace to beat Tom Brady's record 50 touchdowns and Drew Brees' record of 5,476 passing yards. And at 37 years of age he is the oldest quarterback to throw for 45 touchdowns. The two best touchdown seasons for 37 year old quarterbacks come from Y.A. Tittle and Steve Young who had 36 touchdown passes at that age. The Broncos’ last three games are at home against San Diego, at Houston and at Oakland. If the Patriots can keep pace in the win column the Broncos will need to win all three to keep home field throughout the playoffs and that means Manning will be playing and breaking records.
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Jason Campbell: Campbell completed 29-of-44 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns against the Patriots and probably should have gotten the win if it weren’t for a questionable pass interference call at the end of the game. This was an extremely impressive game for a journeyman quarterback and one I wish I could have seen coming so I could have started him over Matthew Stafford!
Josh Gordon: What can’t this guy do? He had seven receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown, as well as one carry for 34 rushing yards, against the Patriots to put him at a league leading 1,400 receiving yards for the season. That of course comes after missing the first two weeks. Over the last four weeks he has accumulated 776 yards and five touchdowns, which sets a new NFL-record for a four game span.
Marques Colston: After looking like the Saints were going to leave him off their Christmas letter this season Colston put up his best game of the year this week against a tough Panthers defense. He caught nine passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns and just missed a third. He’ll remain inconsistent, but Brees has been looking for him more over the last five weeks.
Charles Clay: The Steelers didn’t want their old wide receiver Mike Wallace beating them at home so instead they let tight end Charles Clay do it. He caught seven passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns to help Miami beat Pittsburgh. On the season Clay now ranks fifth in fantasy points for tight ends and sixth in receiving yards.
Jimmy Graham: Mr. Graham was the third best fantasy tight end this week with six receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Those are good numbers, but what’s even more interesting are his 14 total touchdowns on the season. He is barreling down on Rob Gronkowski’s record of 17 receiving touchdowns for tight ends and even though scoring four touchdowns in three games sounds like a stretch, Graham is certainly capable of doing so with five two-touchdown games already on the season.
Da’Rick Rogers: It’s not often you have a wide receiver who has never seen a NFL target get six catches on his first ever nine targets for 107 yards and two touchdowns. His skill level has always been as good as any starting NFL receiver, but his attitude, according to some, has kept him from breaking into a team's starting lineup. After being let go by the Bills he caught on with the Colts after Reggie Wayne went down with an injury and thanks to Darrius Heyward-Bey’s utter ineptitude was able to get some playing time and that turned into what we saw this week.
Cordarrelle Patterson: The end of the Vikings/Ravens game was one for the ages and Mr. Patterson did his part as the two teams traded five touchdowns in the last 2:05 minutes of the game. On what seemed like the game winner Patterson took a short pass 79 yards to the house. For the day he had five receptions for 141 yards and that touchdown. Even though Joe Flacco and Marlon Brown hooked up for the game winning touchdown after that we got to once again see Patterson's talent. His ability is just now being tapped and he is going to be a beast for a long time to come.