Fantasy Football 2012: Week 10 Disappointing Players
Disappointing Fantasy Football Performances of Week 10
Week 10 of the 2012 NFL season offered its fair share of disappointments. From teams losing to unlikely opponents to elite fantasy options having uncharacteristically-poor performances, this week provided numerous letdowns for the fantasy football owners.
As for some teams who disappointed in Week 10, the New York Giants were looking to rebound after blowing a fourth quarter lead to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 9. Instead, Eli Manning threw two interceptions, struggled to connect with his receivers on long passes and suffered a big loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. After starting the season 8-0, the Atlanta Falcons faced a tough test on the road against the New Orleans Saints. In a high-scoring matchup, Drew Brees and the Saints offense had plenty of success against the Falcons defense and Matt Ryan was unable to orchestrate another fourth quarter comeback for his team.
When players have high projected value in any given week due to their recent performances or a favorable matchup, owners are more willing to start them. From Manning and Victor Cruz to Rashad Jennings and Jason Witten, Week 10 had its fair share of duds. Here’s a look at some of the biggest disappointments at each position from Week 10.
*Fantasy points and player projections are determined by Yahoo! fantasy football default scoring settings. Ownership numbers are from Yahoo! fantasy football leagues and up to date as of Monday, November 12. Statistics listed for players are subject to change after the game. Players from the Monday night matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Steelers were not considered for this list.
Michael Vick-Philadelphia Eagles
Week 10 projections: 19.27 points (255 passing yards, 1.2 passing touchdowns, 0.9 interceptions, 43.5 rushing yards, 0.3 rushing touchdowns, 0.6 fumbles lost)
Week 10 actual statistics: 7.50 points (70 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 0 interceptions, 7 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns, 0 fumbles lost)
The seventh-highest projected quarterback of Week 10, Vick was projected to score 19.27 points against the Cowboys. Instead, he suffered a concussion in the second quarter which limited his action in the game, finishing the day with 7.50 points. Vick faces the Washington Redskins in Week 11 and is projected to score 20.08 points.
Reggie Bush-Miami Dolphins
Week 10 projections: 15.27 points (81.2 rushing yards, 0.7 rushing touchdowns, 26.1 receiving yards, 0.1 receiving touchdowns, 0.2 fumbles lost)
Week 10 actual statistics: 0.90 points (21 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns, 8 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns, 1 fumble lost)
The sixth-highest projected running back of Week 10, Bush was projected to score 15.27 points against the Titans. Instead, he was benched after committing a first half fumble, finishing the day with 0.90 points. Bush faces the Buffalo Bills in Week 11 and is projected to score 11.52 points.
Miles Austin-Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys WR Miles Austin (at Eagles, 98% owned)
Week 10 projections: 12.82 points (0.8 rushing yards, 82.2 receiving yards, 0.8 receiving touchdowns, 0.1 fumbles lost)
Week 10 actual statistics: 3.20 points (0 rushing yards, 32 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns, 0 fumbles lost)
The third-highest projected wide receiver of Week 10, Austin was projected to score 12.82 points against the Eagles. Instead, he was a surprising nonfactor in the Cowboys’ passing game after having several straight weeks of great performances, finishing the day with 3.20 points. Austin faces the Cleveland Browns in Week 11 and is projected to score 12.25 points.
Vernon Davis-San Francisco 49ers
Week 10 projections: 7.68 points (48.4 receiving yards, 0.5 receiving touchdowns, 0.1 fumbles lost)
Week 10 actual statistics: 3.00 points (30 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns, 0 fumbles lost)
The seventh-highest projected tight end of Week 10, Davis was projected to score 7.68 points against the Rams. Instead, he had little effect on the game once again and has now failed to record more than 40 yards in four of his last five games, finishing the day with 3.00 points. Davis faces the Chicago Bears in Week 11 and is projected to score 6.10 points.
Dan Carpenter-Miami Dolphins
Dolphins K Dan Carpenter (vs. Titans, 19% owned)
Week 10 projections: 10.17 points (0.3 0-19 FG made, 0.7 20-29 FG made, 0.7 30-39 FG made, 0.5 40-49 FG made, 0.1 50+ FG made, 2.4 PAT made)
Week 10 actual statistics: 4.00 points (0 0-19 FG made, 0 20-29 FG made, 0 30-39 FG made, 1 40-49 FG made, 0 50+ FG made, 0 PAT made)
The third-highest projected kicker of Week 10, Carpenter was projected to score 10.17 points against the Titans. Instead, he served as the Dolphins’ only source of points and made just one 40-yard field goal, finishing the day with 4.00 points. Carpenter faces the Bills in Week 11 and is projected to score 8.47 points.
Detroit Lions team defense
Week 10 projections: 10.17 points (23.1 points allowed, 3.3 sacks, 1.2 interceptions, 0.9 fumble recoveries, 0.3 defensive touchdowns, 0.2 blocked kicks)
Week 10 actual statistics: 0.00 points (34 points allowed, 1 sack, 0 interceptions, 0 fumble recoveries, 0 defensive touchdowns, 0 blocked kicks)
The fifth-highest projected team defense of Week 10, the Lions were projected to score 10.17 points against the Vikings. Instead, they were absolutely overwhelmed by Adrian Peterson and provided little pressure on Christian Ponder, finishing the day with 0.00 points. The Lions face the Green Bay Packers in Week 11 and is projected to score 7.35 points.