Fantasy Football 2012: Alex Smith Heads the Cast of Breakout Players

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Fantasy Football 2012: Alex Smith Heads the Cast of Breakout Players
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This time of year, every player is a future star and anything is possible, especially if the coaches are to be believed.

While it might prove true for some, we know that most were never worthy of the preseason hype. It is just a simple fact. Most players look great in T-shirts and shorts, but they'll soon find out that the real thing is a totally different animal.

It is also the time of year that fantasy owners are looking for the next big player. Everyone wants the newest toy, which makes sleepers and breakout players all the rage in fantasy football talk.

But even the most talented players need an opportunity to perform.

All of the following players should get the opportunity to step up and improve on their past performances. In some cases, the improvement will be huge, but for others it will merely be a natural progression in learning the game.

Enough talk, let’s get to the players.

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