Week 8 KABOOM!: Calvin Johnson’s 329-yard day

Players have good days in fantasy football every week. Those sort of fantasy performances decide which fantasy owners get to ridicule their friends for the next seven days, and which owners are forced to shake their heads and monitor the waiver wire instead. Every once in awhile, there are special fantasy days. Days when your players perform so spectacularly, that it’s almost unfair to trash talk your friends (but you do anyway). That’s the kind of day Calvin Johnson had when the Detroit Lions took on the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8.

After much ballyhoo was made about a matchup between Dez Bryant and Calvin Johnson, Johnson reminded the world why he is the best receiver in the NFL when he caught 14 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown (36.90 fantasy points in standard NFL.com leagues). Bryant did OK, catching two touchdowns himself, but he put more effort into his sideline tantrums than beating the Lions secondary. Meanwhile, Johnson torched the Dallas defense all afternoon, helping the Detroit Lions (and many, many fantasy owners) earn a much-needed victory. To put Megatron’s day in perspective,¬†Stevie Johnson and Dwayne Bowe have 315 and 295 yards respectively … for the entire season.

What’s more incredible about Megatron’s monster day, however, is that he was tackled inside the five yard line at least twice according to Around the League writer Kevin Patra¬†—¬†including on his final catch that would have given the Lions the go-ahead score with time running out in the fourth quarter. Could you imagine what Megatron’s day would have looked like had he managed to sneak into the end zone one or two more times? It could have been a fantasy performance of even more historic proportions. For comparison sake, when Flipper Anderson set the NFL record with 336 receiving yards in a single game, he also had only one touchdown. That would have been good for 39.60 points in fantasy today. Megatron would have crushed that had he reached paydirt again.

Nevertheless, Calvin Johnson was the king of KABOOM! in fantasy for Week 8. As for the rest of the season, we’ll just have to wait and see what Megatron does next. 300 yards? Probably not. But he’s making fantasy owners feel good about spending that high draft pick on him, that’s for sure.

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