Best single-game fantasy football performances since AFL-NFL merger: Jerry Rice tops yet another list

Jerry Rice is the all-time leader in just about everything to do with receiving in NFL history. The same holds true in fantasy football. AP Photo/Curtis Compton

We as fantasy football managers love benefiting from big-time, historical performances. We crave dominating victories, crushing our opponents. And we've seen a lot of them recently: Two of the 10 best single-game, individual PPR fantasy performances occurred during the 2020 season.

With that in mind, and with the 2021 NFL schedule expanding by an additional game, granting us even more chances for historical performances, let's answer the question: Which players had the best days in fantasy football history?

For this list, all fantasy point totals below are for point-per-reception (PPR) scoring formats, and include only seasons since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970. All statistics come from my historical research of all NFL games since the 1950 season. You can also scroll to end of the column if you're curious about similarly big games from before the merger.

From Brady to Rice: The greatest fantasy football seasons since the merger