Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for six touchdowns Sunday night in a 43-23 win over Baltimore, tying the career- and franchise-record six touchdowns he had thrown the previous Sunday against Indianapolis. Roethlisberger set an NFL record for most touchdown passes in a two-game span, breaking the previous mark of 11. In addition, he also put up the best two-week fantasy total of any quarterback since 1960, according to ESPN Fantasy’s Tristan H. Cockroft.
Roethlisberger’s 79 fantasy points over the past two Sundays top a list with some unexpected names on it. Contrary to what you might think, there’s no Peyton Manning in the first five names for best back-to-back fantasy output by a quarterback. Instead, according to Cockroft and ESPN, here are the other players at the top of the list that Big Ben surpassed Sunday night. (All stats are from Pro-Football-Reference.com.) Roethlisberger’s now No. 1, but who’s No. 2?
2. Michael Vick
In 2010, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick had his best game of the season in a 59-28 rout over Washington. Vick threw for 333 yards, completed 71% of his passes, and tossed 4 touchdowns with no interceptions — and that was just the damage he did through the air. The Philadelphia QB also rushed for 80 yards on 10 yards per carry and scored twice on the ground. If that’s not a fantasy owner’s dream day, we don’t know what is.
3. Tom Brady
The 2007 New England Patriots, led by MVP Tom Brady, put up video game numbers during an 18-game winning streak that lasted all the way until the Super Bowl. During the regular season, the Pats averaged almost 37 points per game, with Brady throwing a total of 50 touchdowns en route to 4,806 passing yards. Most notably, he threw 11 scoring strikes — with no picks — in a two-game October span against Dallas and Miami, both on the road.
4. Billy Volek (tie)
The Titans lost five straight Billy Volek starts between Halloween and Christmas in 2004, but it wasn’t due to Volek’s production at the quarterback spot. In a six-day December span, Volek threw 8 touchdowns and rushed for one more against Kansas City and at Oakland, completing more than two-thirds of his passes, but Tennessee fell both times (49-38 and 40-35). Apparently, defense was optional back then?
4. Daunte Culpepper (tie)
The road was good to Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper in October 2004: In back-to-back games at Houston and New Orleans, he threw for 5 touchdowns both times. Culpepper completed more than 71% of his passes over that two-game span, undoubtedly making quite a few fantasy owners — as well as Minnesota fans — very happy in a pair of victories.