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by contributing author Bill Berthold

Fantasy Record Setters

Fantasy football owners love statistics. Here are a few to chew on as we get ready for the start of Week 8 in the NFL.

Most Passing Yards in a Season:

5,084, Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins 1984

After seven games this season Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees has 2,477 yards passing. Through seven games in 1984 Marino amassed 2,074 yards passing. Brees is ahead of Marino’s record pace and needs to average 290 yards passing per game in his last nine games to eclipse Marino. Brees made a run at Marino’s record in 2008 and had 2,224 yards passing through the first seven games before finishing with 5,069 yards. He is poised to take another run at erasing Marino from the record books. It’s possible. In 1984 fantasy football was in its infancy. Marino’s career year led many owners to fantasy football titles and 27 years later Brees is doing the same.

Most Passing Touchdowns in a Season:

50, Tom Brady, New England Patriots 2007

Brady’s amazing 50 touchdowns may have been the single greatest fantasy year of all time. This record seems safe this season. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers leads NFL quarterbacks with 20 touchdown tosses. Brady had thrown 27 touchdowns by week 7 in 2007. As good as Rodgers has been this season he trails the 2007 version of Brady.

Most Rushing Yards in a Season:

2,105, Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams 1984

Imagine the debate within fantasy football circles in 1985. Marino coming off a year in which he set the NFL’s single season yards passing record. Dickerson following a campaign that established an NFL best 2,105 yards rushing in 1984. Who to take number one? You had to feel for fantasy owners that picked third in 1985. This season Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson leads the NFL with 712 yards rushing, a pace far short of Dickerson’s record setting season.