By David Sabino
December 09, 2010
Gridiron 11: One-Hit Wonders

Sidney Rice finally showed up to the 2010 fantasy party last week, hauling in five catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' impressive win over the Bills. While it's his only real fantasy contribution of the season thus far, he's very likely to have a repeat performance, so it would be unfair to list him as one of the season's one-hit wonders. However, these 11 players, who all have had one outstanding game, don't have Rice's upside for the season. In other words, more is not likely to come. Here are the 11 one-hit wonders of 2010, from 1 to 11:

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1 <a href=Jason Snelling, RB, Falcons" title="Jason Snelling, RB, Falcons"/>
Playing in relief of Michael Turner, who went down with a mild groin strain early in Atlanta's Week 2 41-7 thrashing of the Cardinals, Snelling stepped in and lit up the Georgia Dome scoreboard to the tune of 129 rushing yards, five catches for 57 yards and three total touchdowns. Unfortunately, that effort went for naught for most owners as few had him active. The following week, and ever since, he's returned to his role as one of the league's most reliable backups. Only another Turner injury or a Falcons early playoff position clinching would allow Snelling the chance to replicate such a big day in 2010.
2 <a href=Jahvid Best, RB, Lions" title="Jahvid Best, RB, Lions"/>
Admit it, you had visions of classic LaDainian Tomlinson-like numbers when the rookie from Cal ran for 78 yards and added 154 more receiving on nine catches to go along with three touchdowns in Week 2 against a tough Eagles defense. That 50-point outburst was the highest of the season in standard PPR leagues and seemed to make those who drafted Best the favorites in their leagues. But something happened on the way to the bank, as Best, slowed by turf toe and a general lack of production, managed over 100 yards from scrimmage just once more and has failed to reach the end zone since.
3 <a href=Keiland Williams, RB, Redskins" title="Keiland Williams, RB, Redskins"/>
One more case of a runner who whet the whistles of his owners with a huge game but was never able to repeat it. Williams, another member of the Redskins' revolving door backfield, ran up a great stat line in an embarrassing 59-28 loss to the Eagles in Week 10 with 89 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards and three of Washington's four total touchdowns. Better suited as a third-down, change of pace back, Williams has made some fantasy contributions when given the chance, but all of them pale in comparison to his one big day.
4 Lee Evans, WR, <a href=Bills" title="Lee Evans, WR, Bills"/>
Lee Evans, WR, Bills
Twice in his career Evans has been a 1,000-yard receiver and 14 times he's reached triple-digits in receiving yards in a game, so it's odd to see him on this list, but as Stevie Johnson was emerging as a true fantasy stud, the veteran Evans, overshadowed last year by Terrell Owens, once again faded into the background. Even during his only big game of the year, Week 7's, six-catch, 105-yard, three-touchdown game against the Ravens, Johnson had more catches (eight) and yards (158) than Evans, who has failed to go over 87 yards in any other game and scored just one other TD all season.
5 <a href=Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots" title="Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots"/>
The Patriots are masters of the unexpected, especially in the toughest of matchups, which is exactly what happened in Week 10 against the Steelers. The better blocker among the Patriots' two-headed rookie tight end duo, Gronkowski was expected to stay close to the line to help protect Tom Brady, allowing Aaron Hernandez to attack the Pittsburgh secondary. Instead it was the massive Gronkowski who Brady went to five times for 72 yards and three TDs, a season-high for tight ends. Due to his inconsistency the rest of the season, all of those fantasy points went wasted in a majority of leagues.
6 <a href=Kevin Kolb, QB, Eagles" title="Kevin Kolb, QB, Eagles"/>
The least likely member of this list when the year began, Kolb was replaced by Michael Vick after being injured in the first game of the season. He came back to start just three more times when Vick, among the front-runners for NFL MVP, went down himself. One of those starts came against the Falcons in Week 6, when he threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns (including an 83-yard bomb to Jeremy Maclin) in an impressive 31-17 win. It was Kolb's third career 300-yard game in just six starts, and despite the early struggles, I refuse to believe this is the last we've heard from him.
7 <a href=David Gettis, WR, Panthers" title="David Gettis, WR, Panthers"/>
There's been so little to get excited about in Carolina this season, you'll have to forgive those who overreacted to the rookie's eight-catch, 125-yard, two-touchdown day in Week 7 against the 49ers">49ers. It seemed for a split second that he might even be someone to give value to Matt Moore as well, but alas, save for a 92-yard, one score day against Baltimore, he's been nothing more than waiver wire fodder. Still, the flashes he's shown as a rookie make him someone to keep tabs on going into the 2011 season depending on how things shake out in Charlotte.
8 <a href=Lance Moore, WR, Saints" title="Lance Moore, WR, Saints"/>
The Saints' leading pass catcher in 2008, Moore was more of an afterthought in '09 and the first couple of games of '10, but when Reggie Bush hurt his knee in Week 2, Moore was asked to fill the role of slot receiver. He responded by catching six passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3 against division rival Atlanta. Although he's reached the end zone four more times, he hasn't topped the 77-yard mark in any contest since.
9 <a href=Seyi Ajirotutu, WR, Chargers" title="Seyi Ajirotutu, WR, Chargers"/>
Philip Rivers owners can thank Ajirotutu. Signed off the practice squad a few weeks earlier, the rookie from Fresno State came up big with Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd, Legedu Naanee and Vincent Jackson all sidelined against the Texans in Week 9, gaining 111 yards on four catches. His second-best showing came a week earlier, but was a paltry three catches for 48 yards. The Bolts continue to be hit by the injury bug, so it's not out of the question for him to rise up one more time, especially in the final few weeks, but it's unlikely.
10 <a href=Ryan Torain, Redskins" title="Ryan Torain, Redskins"/>
The ex-Bronco and Shanahan favorite was just one part of a snake bitten Redskins backfield this season, as no fewer than four runners have been in the forefront over the season's first 13 weeks. The oft-injured Torain was called upon when Clinton Portis first went down with a pulled groin and responded nicely in Week 6 with 100 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to the Colts. Otherwise he has just two total touchdowns, neither of which came in his only other 100-yard game of the season against the Bears. But wait, there's a chance for him to come off the list as a pulled hamstring that's sidelined him since Halloween is finally healed and he's likely to play this week against the Bucs' poor run defense.
11 Maurice Morris, RB, <a href=Lions" title="Maurice Morris, RB, Lions"/>
Maurice Morris, RB, Lions
On Thanksgiving Morris, getting a majority of the snaps for the Lions in place of Jahvid Best, ran for 55 yards and two touchdowns against the Patriots. He also chipped in five catches for 20 yards to put smiles on the faces of all PPR owners who had taken the chance on the longtime Seahawk. However, with no other touchdowns and a high of 37 rushing yards in his other appearances, Morris has provided nothing else. And Best, while not at 100 percent, is looking considerably better in his recovery from turf toe, which further limits Morris' chances.

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