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Fantasy Football 2012: Week 11 Disappointing Players

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NFL Disappointing Players Week 11

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Week 11 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 11, the St. Louis Rams were favorites going into their matchup against the New York Jets. Instead, they allowed three turnovers and two late touchdowns by running back Bilal Powell in the loss. In two of the overtime games, the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys were supposed to easily defeat their inferior opponents in the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns, respectively. Instead, they were down early and needed some late-game heroics in order to win their respective games. The Indianapolis Colts also had a rude awakening this week as they allowed 59 points to the New England Patriots.

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 Matthew Stafford and Reggie Bush to Larry Fitzgerald and Heath Miller, Week 11 had its fair share of duds. Here’s a look at some of the biggest disappointments at each position from Week 11.

* 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 19, 2012. Statistics listed for players are subject to change after the game. Players from the Monday night matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears were not considered for this list.

Austin Chang is a featured columnist and fantasy sports expert at Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

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Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (vs. Arizona Cardinals, 99% owned)

Week 11 projections: 18.51 points (287 passing yards, 1.7 passing touchdowns, 0.8 interceptions, 7.0 rushing yards, 0.1 rushing touchdowns, 0.2 fumbles lost)

Week 11 actual statistics: 6.74 points (301 passing yards, 0 passing touchdowns, 5 interceptions, -3 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns, 0 fumbles lost)

The tenth-highest projected quarterback of Week 11, Ryan was projected to score 18.51 points against the Cardinals. Instead, he threw five interceptions due to unlucky tipped or dropped passes, finishing the day with 6.74 points. Ryan faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12 and is projected to score 20.70 points.

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RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans

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Texans RB Arian Foster (vs. Jaguars, 100% owned)

Week 11 projections: 20.22 points (109 rushing yards, 1.0 rushing touchdowns, 28.2 receiving yards, 0.1 receiving touchdowns, 0.3 fumbles lost)

Week 11 actual statistics: 7.20 points (77 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns, 15 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns, 1 fumble lost)

The highest projected running back of Week 11, Foster was projected to score 20.22 points against the Jaguars. Instead, he had an uncharacteristically-poor showing where he had his first game of the season without a touchdown and with a lost fumble, finishing the day with 7.20 points. Foster faces the Detroit Lions in Week 12 and is projected to score 18.38 points.

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WR Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders

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Oakland Raiders WR Denarius Moore (vs. New Orleans Saints, 89% owned)

Week 11 projections: 10.83 points (9.9 rushing yards, 0.2 rushing touchdowns, 72.8 receiving yards, 0.3 receiving touchdowns, 0.1 fumbles lost)

Week 11 actual statistics: 0.40 points (-5 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns, 9 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns, 0 fumbles lost)

The tenth-highest projected wide receiver of Week 11, Moore was projected to score 10.83 points against the Saints. Instead, he had little positive effect on the passing game and was outperformed by Marcel Reece, finishing the day with 0.40 points. Moore faces the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 12 and is projected to score 8.38 points.

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TE Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

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San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (at Denver Broncos, 97% owned)

Week 11 projections: 9.05 points (62.7 receiving yards, 0.5 receiving touchdowns, 0 fumbles lost)

Week 11 actual statistics: 1.70 points (17 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns, 0 fumbles lost)

The fifth-highest projected tight end of Week 11, Gates was projected to score 9.05 points against the Broncos. Instead, he was double covered for most of the game by the Broncos defense and could not do much after an early 13-yard reception, finishing the day with 1.70 points. Gates faces the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12 and is projected to score 8.29 points.

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K Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams

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Rams K Greg Zuerlein (vs. Jets, 51% owned)

Week 11 projections: 8.52 points (0.1 0-19 FG made, 0.5 20-29 FG made, 0.6 30-39 FG made, 0.5 40-49 FG made, 0.2 50+ FG made, 1.7 PAT made)

Week 11 actual statistics: 1.00 points (0 0-19 FG made, 0 20-29 FG made, 0 30-39 FG made, 0 40-49 FG made, 0 50+ FG made, 1 PAT made)

The twelfth-highest projected kicker of Week 11, Zuerlein was projected to score 8.52 points against the Jets. Instead, he was held to just one extra point and to zero field goal attempts for the second time in the past three weeks, finishing the day with 1.00 points. Zuerlein faces the Cardinals in Week 12 and is projected to score 8.56 points.

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Houston Texans team defense

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Texans team defense (vs. Jaguars, 99% owned)

Week 11 projections: 14.43 points (12.8 points allowed, 4.0 sacks, 0.1 safeties, 0.9 interceptions, 1.1 fumble recoveries, 0.3 defensive touchdowns, 0.2 blocked kicks)

Week 11 actual statistics: 0.00 points (37 points allowed, 2 sacks, 0 safeties, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 0 defensive touchdowns, 0 blocked kicks)

The highest projected team defense of Week 11, the Texans were projected to score 14.43 points against the Jaguars. Instead, they were caught off guard by great showings by Chad Henne and Justin Blackmon and could not stop the Jaguars offense, finishing the day with 0.00 points. The Texans face the Lions in Week 12 and are projected to score 8.18 points.