One of the two wide receivers to provide fantasy owners with a season-best 36 standard points Sunday is already acknowledged as the best in the game, a future Hall of Famer, and is pretty clearly no longer hobbled by a knee problem. The other wide receiver began the day owned in less than 1 percent of ESPN standard leagues, barely known despite having scored touchdowns the previous two games. Welcome to fantasy football 2013, where the unexpected continues to be, well, relatively expected.
Detroit Lions great Calvin Johnson came within a whisker of breaking the all-time mark for receiving yards in a single game, settling for a ridiculous 329 yards on 14 catches, scoring one touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys. As amazing as it sounds, Megatron’s afternoon could have been better, as he was tackled inside the 5-yard line four times, the most in one game for a receiver since the start of 2001. Still, Johnson began the day a somewhat-disappointing seventh among wide receivers in season scoring, and while nobody needs reminding that he’s a terrific weekly play and wise trade target, sometimes it’s just nice to get those 36 points and smile … until you realize Johnson’s Lions are on bye in Week 9.