Fantasy Football 2012: Week 13 Disappointing Players
NFL Disappointing Players Week 13
Week 13 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 13, the New Orleans Saints made their road to the playoffs a little tougher with a loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. As for Sunday action, the Baltimore Ravens were favorites against a Pittsburgh Steelers team still without Ben Roethlisberger, yet Pittsburgh found a way to win it at the end on the road. In a NFC West battle, the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers went to overtime once again and almost had another tie game, yet some miscues by the 49ers led to a Rams 16-13 victory.
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 Matt Ryan and Julio Jones to Reggie Bush and Jimmy Graham, Week 13 had its fair share of duds. Here’s a look at some of the biggest disappointments at each position from Week 13.
* 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, December 2, 2012. Statistics listed for players are subject to change after the game. Players from the Sunday night matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles and Monday night matchup between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins were not considered for this list.
QB Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
QB Drew Brees, Saints (at Falcons, 100% owned)
Week 13 projections: 23.08 points (355 passing yards, 2.5 passing touchdowns, 1.1 interceptions, 1.7 rushing yards, 0.2 fumbles lost)
Week 13 actual statistics: 8.64 points (341 passing yards, 0 passing touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 5 rushing yards, 0 fumbles lost)
The third-highest projected quarterback of Week 13, Brees was projected to score 23.08 points against the Falcons. Instead, he threw five interceptions in the loss and ended his streak of throwing at least one touchdown pass at 54 games, finishing the day with 8.64 points. Brees faces the Giants in Week 14 and is projected to score 20.90 points.
RB Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers
Week 13 projections: 13.07 points (73.1 rushing yards, 0.5 rushing touchdowns, 27.8 receiving yards, 0.1 receiving touchdowns, 0.2 fumbles lost)
Week 13 actual statistics: 5.10 points (26 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns, 25 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns, 0 fumbles lost)
The eighth-highest projected running back of Week 13, Mathews was projected to score 13.07 points against the Bengals. Instead, he had only 12 touches (nine carries, three receptions) and led a nonexistent Chargers run game, finishing the day with 5.10 points. Mathews faces the Steelers in Week 14 and is projected to score 8.54 points.
WR Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
WR Roddy White, Falcons (vs. Saints, 100% owned)
Week 13 projections: 13.18 points (96.6 receiving yards, 0.6 receiving touchdowns, 0.1 fumbles lost)
Week 13 actual statistics: 2.00 points (20 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns, 0 fumbles lost)
The fourth-highest projected wide receiver of Week 13, White was projected to score 13.18 points against the Saints. Instead, both he and Julio Jones mightily struggled against one of the worst pass defenses in the league and only caught one of his seven targets, finishing the day with 2.00 points. White faces the Carolina Panthers in Week 14 and is projected to score 10.43 points.
TE Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
TE Vernon Davis, 49ers (at Rams, 97% owned)
Week 13 projections: 7.83 points (-0.2 rushing yards, 51.1 receiving yards, 0.5 receiving touchdowns, 0.1 fumbles lost)
Week 13 actual statistics: 1.50 points (0 rushing yards, 15 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns, 0 fumbles lost)
The fifth-highest projected tight end of Week 13, Davis was projected to score 7.83 points against the Rams. Instead, he had yet another poor performance due to his lack of targets from Colin Kaepernick in the passing game, finishing the day with 0.00 points. Davis faces the Miami Dolphins in Week 14 and is projected to score 7.79 points.
K Nick Folk, New York Jets
Week 13 projections: 9.69 points (0.2 0-19 FG made, 0.6 20-29 FG made, 0.7 30-39 FG made, 0.5 40-49 FG made, 0.2 50+ FG made, 2.2 PAT made)
Week 13 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 fourth-highest projected kicker of Week 13, Folk was projected to score 9.69 points against the Cardinals. Instead, he missed both of his field goal attempts and has struggled with consistence over the past month, finishing the day with 1.00 point. Folk faces the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 14 and is projected to score 6.55 points.
Carolina Panthers team defense
Panthers team defense (at Kansas City Chiefs, 21% owned)
Week 13 projections: 10.22 points (18.3 points allowed, 2.0 sacks, 1.4 interceptions, 0.9 fumble recoveries, 0.3 defensive touchdowns, 0.2 blocked kicks)
Week 13 actual statistics: 1.00 point (27 points allowed, 1 sack, 0 interception, 0 fumble recoveries, 0 defensive touchdowns, 0 blocked kicks)
The ninth-highest projected team defense of Week 13, the Panthers were projected to score 10.22 points against the Chiefs. Instead, they could not slow down the Chiefs running game and could not put enough pressure on quarterback Brady Quinn, finishing the day with 1.00 point. The Panthers face the Falcons in Week 14 and are projected to score 6.37 points.
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