Fantasy Football 2012: Week 12 Disappointing Players

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NFL Disappointing Players Week 12

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Week 12 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 12, the Pittsburgh Steelers were one of the sloppiest teams on Sunday with eight turnovers in a loss to the Cleveland Browns, as Charlie Batch could not run the offense and the Steelers’ running backs were all fumble-happy in the game. On Thanksgiving, the Dallas Cowboys lost a winnable game against the Washington Redskins and the New York Jets looked very pitiful against the New England Patriots. Other teams that had disappointing losses include the Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers.

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 Rashard Mendenhall and Mike Wallace to Carson Palmer and Antonio Gates, Week 12 had its fair share of duds. Here’s a look at some of the biggest disappointments at each position from Week 12.

* 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 Sunday, November 25, 2012. Statistics listed for players are subject to change after the game. Players from the Monday night matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers 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 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (at New York Giants, 100% owned)

Week 12 projections: 23.79 points (298 passing yards, 2.7 passing touchdowns, 1.0 interceptions, 18.4 rushing yards, 0.1 rushing touchdowns, 0.2 fumbles lost)

Week 12 actual statistics: 11.96 points (219 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 1 interception, 22 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns, 1 fumble lost)

The highest projected quarterback of Week 12, Rodgers was projected to score 23.79 points against the Giants. Instead, he was consistently pressured and struggled because of the Giants’ pass rush, finishing the day with 11.96 points. Rodgers faces the Minnesota Vikings in Week 13 and is projected to score 27.59 points.

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RB Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

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RB Matt Forte, Chicago Bears (vs. Vikings, 100% owned)

Week 12 projections: 9.75 points (51.8 rushing yards, 0.3 rushing touchdowns, 24.9 receiving yards, 0.1 receiving touchdowns, 0.2 fumbles lost)

Week 12 actual statistics: 2.60 points (42 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns, 4 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns, 1 fumble lost)

The 21st-highest projected running back of Week 12, Forte was projected to score 9.75 points against the Vikings. Instead, he left the game with an ankle injury and Michael Bush took advantage in his absence with two touchdowns, finishing the day with 2.60 points. Forte faces the Seahawks in Week 13 and is projected to score 11.15 points.

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WR Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys

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WR Miles Austin, Cowboys (vs. Redskins, 98% owned)

Week 12 projections: 12.78 points (0.4 rushing yards, 86.2 receiving yards, 0.7 receiving touchdowns, 0.1 fumbles lost)

Week 12 actual statistics: 0.00 points (0 rushing yards, 0 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns, 0 fumbles lost)

The third-highest projected wide receiver of Week 12, Austin was projected to score 12.788 points against the Redskins. Instead, he left the game in the first quarter with a strained hip flexor before making any catches in the game, finishing the day with 0.00 points. Austin faces the Eagles in Week 13 and is projected to score 7.86 points.

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TE Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

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TE Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers (at Saints, 98% owned)

Week 12 projections: 7.32 points (-0.1 rushing yards, 54.6 receiving yards, 0.3 receiving touchdowns, 0.1 fumbles lost)

Week 12 actual statistics: 0.00 points (0 rushing yards, 0 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns, 0 fumbles lost)

The eighth-highest projected tight end of Week 12, Davis was projected to score 7.32 points against the Saints. Instead, he was not targeted by Colin Kaepernick and was held without a catch for the second time in his last five games, finishing the day with 0.00 points. Davis faces the St. Louis Rams in Week 13 and is projected to score 7.56 points.

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K Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers

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K Shaun Suisham, Steelers (at Browns, 46% owned)

Week 12 projections: 8.63 points (0.2 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, 1.9 PAT made)

Week 12 actual statistics: 2.00 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, 2 PAT made)

The thirteenth-highest projected kicker of Week 12, Suisham was projected to score 8.63 points against the Browns. Instead, he was limited to zero field goal attempts due to the offense’s turnovers and overall struggles, finishing the day with 2.00 points. Suisham faces the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13 and is projected to score 6.22 points.

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Arizona Cardinals team defense

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Arizona Cardinals team defense (vs. Rams, 61% owned)

Week 12 projections: 14.43 points (18.3 points allowed, 3.9 sacks, 0.1 safeties, 0.7 interceptions, 2.2 fumble recoveries, 0.3 defensive touchdowns, 0.2 blocked kicks, 0.2 return touchdowns)

Week 12 actual statistics: 5.00 points (19 points allowed, 2 sacks, 0 safeties, 1 interception, 0 fumble recoveries, 0 defensive touchdowns, 0 blocked kicks, 0 return touchdowns)

The highest projected team defense of Week 12, the Cardinals were projected to score 14.43 points against the Rams. Instead, they were unable to stop Steven Jackson on the ground and allowed two passing touchdowns to Sam Bradford, finishing the day with 5.00 points. The Cardinals face the Jets in Week 13 and are projected to score 11.76 points.

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NFL Disappointing Players Week 12

Disappointing
Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Week 12 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 12, the Pittsburgh Steelers were one of the sloppiest teams on Sunday with eight turnovers in a loss to the Cleveland Browns, as Charlie Batch could not run the offense and the Steelers’ running backs were all fumble-happy in the game. On Thanksgiving, the Dallas Cowboys lost a winnable game against the Washington Redskins and the New York Jets looked very pitiful against the New England Patriots. Other teams that had disappointing losses include the Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers.

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 Rashard Mendenhall and Mike Wallace to Carson Palmer and Antonio Gates, Week 12 had its fair share of duds. Here’s a look at some of the biggest disappointments at each position from Week 12.

* 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 Sunday, November 25, 2012. Statistics listed for players are subject to change after the game. Players from the Monday night matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers 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 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (at New York Giants, 100% owned)

Week 12 projections: 23.79 points (298 passing yards, 2.7 passing touchdowns, 1.0 interceptions, 18.4 rushing yards, 0.1 rushing touchdowns, 0.2 fumbles lost)

Week 12 actual statistics: 11.96 points (219 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 1 interception, 22 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns, 1 fumble lost)

The highest projected quarterback of Week 12, Rodgers was projected to score 23.79 points against the Giants. Instead, he was consistently pressured and struggled because of the Giants’ pass rush, finishing the day with 11.96 points. Rodgers faces the Minnesota Vikings in Week 13 and is projected to score 27.59 points.

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RB Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

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RB Matt Forte, Chicago Bears (vs. Vikings, 100% owned)

Week 12 projections: 9.75 points (51.8 rushing yards, 0.3 rushing touchdowns, 24.9 receiving yards, 0.1 receiving touchdowns, 0.2 fumbles lost)

Week 12 actual statistics: 2.60 points (42 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns, 4 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns, 1 fumble lost)

The 21st-highest projected running back of Week 12, Forte was projected to score 9.75 points against the Vikings. Instead, he left the game with an ankle injury and Michael Bush took advantage in his absence with two touchdowns, finishing the day with 2.60 points. Forte faces the Seahawks in Week 13 and is projected to score 11.15 points.

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WR Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys

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WR Miles Austin, Cowboys (vs. Redskins, 98% owned)

Week 12 projections: 12.78 points (0.4 rushing yards, 86.2 receiving yards, 0.7 receiving touchdowns, 0.1 fumbles lost)

Week 12 actual statistics: 0.00 points (0 rushing yards, 0 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns, 0 fumbles lost)

The third-highest projected wide receiver of Week 12, Austin was projected to score 12.788 points against the Redskins. Instead, he left the game in the first quarter with a strained hip flexor before making any catches in the game, finishing the day with 0.00 points. Austin faces the Eagles in Week 13 and is projected to score 7.86 points.

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TE Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

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TE Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers (at Saints, 98% owned)

Week 12 projections: 7.32 points (-0.1 rushing yards, 54.6 receiving yards, 0.3 receiving touchdowns, 0.1 fumbles lost)

Week 12 actual statistics: 0.00 points (0 rushing yards, 0 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns, 0 fumbles lost)

The eighth-highest projected tight end of Week 12, Davis was projected to score 7.32 points against the Saints. Instead, he was not targeted by Colin Kaepernick and was held without a catch for the second time in his last five games, finishing the day with 0.00 points. Davis faces the St. Louis Rams in Week 13 and is projected to score 7.56 points.

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K Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers

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K Shaun Suisham, Steelers (at Browns, 46% owned)

Week 12 projections: 8.63 points (0.2 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, 1.9 PAT made)

Week 12 actual statistics: 2.00 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, 2 PAT made)

The thirteenth-highest projected kicker of Week 12, Suisham was projected to score 8.63 points against the Browns. Instead, he was limited to zero field goal attempts due to the offense’s turnovers and overall struggles, finishing the day with 2.00 points. Suisham faces the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13 and is projected to score 6.22 points.

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Arizona Cardinals team defense

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Arizona Cardinals team defense (vs. Rams, 61% owned)

Week 12 projections: 14.43 points (18.3 points allowed, 3.9 sacks, 0.1 safeties, 0.7 interceptions, 2.2 fumble recoveries, 0.3 defensive touchdowns, 0.2 blocked kicks, 0.2 return touchdowns)

Week 12 actual statistics: 5.00 points (19 points allowed, 2 sacks, 0 safeties, 1 interception, 0 fumble recoveries, 0 defensive touchdowns, 0 blocked kicks, 0 return touchdowns)

The highest projected team defense of Week 12, the Cardinals were projected to score 14.43 points against the Rams. Instead, they were unable to stop Steven Jackson on the ground and allowed two passing touchdowns to Sam Bradford, finishing the day with 5.00 points. The Cardinals face the Jets in Week 13 and are projected to score 11.76 points.


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