Whether you're a huge fan of a specific NFL team, or you're into fantasy football and don't really have a favorite team, everybody is aware that a certain number of players on your team will turn in a disappointing season. If that wasn't the case, then your team would be winning the Vince Lombardi trophy every year.
So, who will be having a disappointing season in 2012?
On the surface, trying to figure out who's in line for a disappointing year seems like a rather difficult task to say the least, so we will have to look for some factors that would lead us to conclude that specific players are in for a rockier road than they had last year. In addition, trying to predict the 2012 season results for these players makes the assignment even more difficult.
The reasons for a down year in 2012 are quite varied. Overcoming a serious injury from 2011, losing some playing time to a high-draft pick, holding out from training camp, coaches' decision, just signed a big contract, a team-wide change in philosophy or joining a new team could all be valid reasons for why a player might be in for a disappointing year.
Since these nominations are highly speculative by nature, we can't tell you to take these predictions to the bank. But if you are preparing for a fantasy football draft, you might want to tuck these names away or consider dropping them a round or two lower on your cheat sheet based on the rationale we provide.