It won't be too long from now that we're knee deep in training camp. That means the new NFL season will be upon us in earnest. (By the way ... now's a good time to sign up for NFL Fantasy Football in 2014.) But until then, let's take some time to reminisce over the season that was 2013 by reliving the 20 best individual fantasy performances of the season. Check back here daily as we count down all the way to No. 1.
No. 5: Romo goes toe-to-toe with Peyton
No. 4: Decker rules Chiefs
By that point in the 2013 season, the once-red hot Kansas City Chiefs had started to take on a little water. Far be it from the Broncos to let a struggling team up off the mat. Peyton Manning threw five TD passes in a 35-28 win, but Decker was the big star of the day. The veteran wideout registered eight catches. More importantly, he set career highs with 174 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
No. 3: Foles picks Raiders apart
Foles grabbed his second appearance on our countdown -- and a piece of history -- in a lights-out performance against the Raiders. Philly's QB threw for 406 yards and tied an NFL record with seven touchdowns, accounting for 45.24 fantasy points. It also began a string in which Foles topped 20 fantasy points in five of six games.
No. 2: Peyton ... for openers
If you guessed Peyton Manning was the other player to make two appearances in our countdown ... well, you were likely among many. No surprise that the man who set an NFL record for touchdown passes would have had more than one big fantasy day.
But talk about setting a tone; Manning kicked off the season in grand fashion. In front of a packed house in the first game of the new campaign, Peyton torched the defending champion Baltimore Ravens for 462 yards and tied a record with seven TD passes. Manning connected with four different players for scores -- including two each to Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker.
Manning exited Week 1 with 46.28 points on his resume. It was just the first in a string of huge weeks for the man who would abscond with the fantasy scoring title in 2013. But it wasn't enough to top our countdown, because...
No. 1: Charles in charge
Yeah, you knew this was coming right?
NFL fans and fantasy owners alike watched with rapt attention in Week 15 when Jamaal Charles ran over, around and through the Raiders defense. The most remarkable thing about Charles' huge game was how little of it came as a rusher. The chief Chief had just 20 yards and a touchdown on the ground (eight carries). It was through the air where Charles made hay. He caught eight passes for 195 yards and four scores -- the final one being a 71-yard catch-and-run to put the game out of reach after the Raiders rallied to get within four.
And one more thing ... Charles scored all of his 51.50 points in THREE QUARTERS! We shudder at the thought of what kind of numbers he might have posted had Andy Reid left him in the game. Nonetheless, we tip our cap to you, Jamaal. It was truly a performance to remember.