Fantasy Football: Thanksgiving Day's Biggest Turkey Performances

Ryan BrowerContributor IIINovember 23, 2012

Fantasy Football: Thanksgiving Day's Biggest Turkey Performances

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    Leftover lunches are being concocted. Work days are resuming as normal. Crazy shoppers looking for insane deals are running around. Today is the day after Thanksgiving, and yesterday's three NFL games gave us great performances and huge fantasy days. But it also gave us some pretty ugly duds.

    A turkey performance is one we should not be proud of. It is a severe underperforming in all facets. Hopefully you can be thankful these guys aren't on your fantasy teams...

Jason Hanson, Detroit Lions K

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    Yes, we're starting off this list with a kicker. In a game where the Detroit Lions put up 31 points against one of the top defenses in the NFL, Hanson only came away with one field goal and four extra points. That netted a total of eight fantasy points in Yahoo! standard scoring leagues.

    Not terrible, but he also missed what would have been a game-winning field goal from 47 yards in overtime. The Lions could have used that victory. 

Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots TE

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    With Rob Gronkowski out, the Patriots desperately Aaron Hernandez to start getting back into games. He did this week and wasn't utilized often in the Patriots' 49-19 shellacking of the Jets.

    With only four targets on the game, Hernandez only put up 3.6 points in Yahoo! standard scoring leagues. What hurts more is he would have pulled in an easy touchdown in the second half, but it was called back because he pushed off the defender when he didn't even need to. 

    Expect Hernandez to start being more involved from here on out. 

Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys WR

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    Putting up a goose egg on Thanksgiving day when your quarterback throws for 441 yards and three scores is the definition of a turkey performance. 

    Before leaving the game in the first quarter on Thursday, Miles was targeted in the end zone and had the catch broken up by London Fletcher. He is now looking at an MRI today on his strained hip flexor. 

Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots WR

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    How does your team put up 49 points and you only come away with three receptions for 26 yards? I am asking you Brandon Lloyd, how? 

    Thursday's performance marks the third straight game Lloyd has put up less than five fantasy points in Yahoo! standard scoring leagues. Even after the trending Julian Edelman went down, Lloyd still failed to do squat. 

    His high expectations at the beginning of the season have yet to come to fruition, and he might be one of the biggest fantasy busts this year. 

Every Single New York Jet Player

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    Sure, Dustin Keller posted 12.40 fantasy points in Yahoo! standard scoring leagues. But other than him (and Billal Powell, who vultured another touchdown from Shonn Greene this week but was in no one's starting lineups) the Jets were atrocious, turning the ball over five times and allowing the Patriots to put up 49 points. 

    This was an embarrassing loss on the big stage of Thanksgiving prime-time football and is another sign to stay clear of any Jets players if at all possible.