There are no words to describe how much everyone misses football but another game that countless people around North America miss is fantasy football. While some football purest don’t believe in fantasy football, believing that it takes away from the game, there are millions that find fantasy football the most entertaining thing since watching the July 4th hot dog eating competition. That being said, amongst the boredom that is the NFL lockout, I decided to have some fun and find the greatest fantasy football performances in Miami Dolphins' history.
Best Fantasy Football Seasons – Miami Dolphins Style
QB - 1984- Dan Marino: 5,084 yds – 48 TD’S
In 1984 Marino put up one of the greatest fantasy football seasons of all-time. For many years Marino’s statistics were the greatest of any fantasy football season. Marino still in fact holds the record for passing yards in a season. During his historic season, he had 4 straight 4 TD games. Unfortunately, he who must not be named (Voldamoore aka Tom Brady), broke Marino’s touchdown record in the second greatest season by a QB ever. Marino would probably be considered the greatest fantasy football QB of all-time. Most Dolphins fans will tell you he is the greatest player of all-time as well, but that’s no surprise. ;)
RB- 2002- Ricky Williams- 1,853 rush yds- 16TD’s – 47 rec- 363 rec yd’s 1 TD
When Ricky Williams took off the wedding dress from his SI photo shoot and put on the Aqua and Orange, he wasted no time in having the best rushing season in Dolphins' history. While Ricky’s best fantasy season isn’t the greatest of all-time like Marino, Ricky certainly left his mark. In '02 Ricky led the league in rushing while hitting pay dirt 16 times.
WR- 1984- Mark Clayton: 73 Rec- 1,389 yds – 18 TD’s
Now judging WR’s is tough. The reason why it's so tough is because if you know anything about fantasy football, there are generally two types of scoring systems: PPR (Points per reception) and Non-PPR. It comes as no surprise that the best fantasy year in Dolphins' history comes in '84 as that was Marino’s greatest year. However, despite Clayton's 18 TD’s and 1389 yards, he only had 73 receptions that year. Those numbers are certainly spectacular but fall short of the top 5 in NFL history especially by PPR standards. None the less, it still ranks as the greatest season in Dolphins' receiving history. Clayton also holds the record for the second best receiving year in Dolphins' fantasy history. Surprisingly, no Dolphins' WR has ever had 100 receptions in a season. And for you Brandon Marshall haters, his 86 receptions last season tied for the 2nd most in Dolphins' history.
TE- 1994- Keith Jackson- 59 Rec – 673 yds- 7 TD’s
If there is one position that lacks the statistical and fantasy glory it’s the tight end position. Keith Jackson had the best season of any tight end in Dolphins' fantasy history. However, it was hardly an astonishing season. Surprisingly, with Marino behind the helm for so long, no Dolphins' tight end was really able to have one outstanding season in terms of fantasy football.
Best Fantasy Football Game- Miami Dolphins Style
QB- Dan Marino (9/21/86 at N.Y. Jets), 30 of 50 – 448 yds- 5 TD’S
While Marino did once throw for over 500 yards in a game vs. the Jets, his combined 448 yards and 5 TD’s is one of the greatest fantasy football performances by a QB in a game ever. Despite this being the greatest performance in Dolphins' history, fans should note that Griese, not Marino, is the only QB in Dolphins' history to throw for 6 TD’s in a game.
RB- Ronnie Brown (9/21/08 at New England): 113 yds – 4TD’s -19 pass yds – 1TD- 1 Rec – 9 rec yrds
A game that no Dolphins' fan young or old will forget! When Miami shocked the football world and upset the heavily favored Patriots, Ronnie Brown scored 5 touchdowns in the game that showed off the Wildcat for the first time. While it wasn’t one of the great rushing performances of all-time, Ronnie piled up 5 TD’s while confusing the New England defense all day long. What’s unbelievable about this game is that Ricky was still able to put up 97 rushing yards in addition to Brown's out of this world fantasy day.