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Fantasy Football 2012: Week 14 Disappointing Players

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NFL Disappointing Players Week 14

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Week 14 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 14, the Arizona Cardinals definitely had the worst team effort of the week. While they weren’t necessarily expected to do well against the Seattle Seahawks, they had abysmal outings on both offense and defense, losing in a shutout by a final score of 58-0. Other teams that were favorites to win but disappointed include the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons.

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 Andrew Luck and Ahmad Bradshaw to Greg Jennings and Antonio Gates, Week 14 had its fair share of duds. Here’s a look at some of the biggest disappointments at each position from Week 14.

* 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 9, 2012. Statistics listed for players are subject to change after the game. Players from the Monday night matchup between the New England Patriots and Houston Texans 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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QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (vs. Detroit Lions, 100% owned)

Week 14 projections: 27.12 points (322 passing yards, 3.0 passing touchdowns, 0.7 interceptions, 22.3 rushing yards, 0.2 rushing touchdowns, 0.2 fumbles lost)

Week 14 actual statistics: 14.12 points (173 passing yards, 0 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 32 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 1 fumble lost)

The highest projected quarterback of Week 14, Rodgers was projected to score 27.12 points against the Lions. Instead, he broke his long streak of throwing a touchdown pass at home and was only able to salvage this week with a rushing touchdown, finishing the day with 14.12 points. Rodgers faces the Chicago Bears in Week 15 and is projected to score 20.90 points.

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RB Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles

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RB Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles (at Buccaneers, 83% owned)

Week 14 projections: 14.80 points (95.4 rushing yards, 0.8 rushing touchdowns, 8.9 receiving yards, 0.1 receiving touchdowns, 0.5 fumbles lost)

Week 14 actual statistics: 1.20 points (6 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns, 6 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns, 0 fumbles lost)

The seventh-highest projected running back of Week 14, Brown was projected to score 14.80 points against the Buccaneers. Instead, he could not get anything going against the league’s best run defense and disappointed owners who rode him the past two weeks, finishing the day with 1.20 points. Brown faces the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15 and is projected to score 18.88 points.

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WR A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

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WR A.J. Green, Bengals (vs. Dallas Cowboys, 100% owned)

Week 14 projections: 13.18 points (3.0 rushing yards, 91.8 receiving yards, 0.8 receiving touchdowns, 0.1 fumbles lost)

Week 14 actual statistics: 4.40 points (0 rushing yards, 44 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns, 0 fumbles lost)

The second-highest projected wide receiver of Week 14, Green was projected to score 14.28 points against the Cowboys. Instead, he was contained by the solid Cowboys secondary and failed to score for the third straight week, finishing the day with 4.40 points. Green faces the Eagles in Week 15 and is projected to score 14.14 points.

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TE Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers

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TE Jermichael Finley, Packers (vs. Lions, 79% owned)

Week 14 projections: 6.96 points (50.6 receiving yards, 0.3 receiving touchdowns)

Week 14 actual statistics: 1.60 points (16 receiving yards, 0 receiving touchdowns)

The eighth-highest projected tight end of Week 14, Finley was projected to score 6.96 points against the Lions. Instead, he did not benefit from the Packers’ solid running game and only hauled in two short receptions, finishing the day with 1.60 points. Finley faces the Bears in Week 15 and is projected to score 4.12 points.

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K Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons

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K Matt Bryant, Falcons (at Carolina Panthers, 95% owned)

Week 14 projections: 10.04 points (0.2 0-19 FG made, 0.5 20-29 FG made, 0.6 30-39 FG made, 0.6 40-49 FG made, 0.2 50+ FG made, 2.9 PAT made)

Week 14 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 highest projected kicker of Week 14, Bryant was projected to score 10.04 points against the Panthers. Instead, he came away with only two extra point opportunities and was hurt by the Falcons’ disappointing outing against the Panthers, finishing the day with 2.00 points. Bryant faces the New York Giants in Week 15 and is projected to score 9.33 points.

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Pittsburgh Steelers team defense

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Steelers team defense (vs. San Diego Chargers, 83% owned)

Week 14 projections: 10.01 points (19.1 points allowed, 2.8 sacks, 0.1 safeties, 1.0 interceptions, 1.0 fumble recoveries, 0.3 defensive touchdowns, 0.2 blocked kicks)

Week 14 actual statistics: 0.00 points (28 points allowed, 1 sack, 0 safeties, 0 interception, 0 fumble recoveries, 0 defensive touchdowns, 0 blocked kicks)

The seventh-highest projected team defense of Week 14, the Steelers were projected to score 10.01 points against the Chargers. Instead, they were unable to stop the Chargers’ passing attack and allowed more than 20 points for the first time in eight games, finishing the day with 0.00 points. The Steelers face the Cowboys in Week 15 and are projected to score 8.37 points.