It’s already Week 12 of the NFL regular season, and the fantasy football playoffs are approaching fast. If you are in a tight race and need extra assistance from the top stars, these fantasy studs will not provide much help.
All of the following stars went early in your fantasy draft and have helped build the season you currently enjoy. Unfortunately, their recent run of success will halt, and they will hurt you in Week 12. Avoid these players if you can, or find a viable replacement fast.
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will look to the star running back often against the Atlanta Falcons, but just as the team will be disappointed by the star’s performance, fantasy owners will be shocked by the lack of elite numbers put up on Sunday.
Atlanta is coming off three straight close games and will look to get back on the winning track. It will continue to assert its dominance over NFC South foes.
That’s bad news for Martin and the entire Buccaneers offensive unit.
The Falcons are allowing 130.5 yards per game on the ground to their opponents, but a tough loss to the New Orleans Saints and a horrible performance in a win over the Arizona Cardinals will have Atlanta ready to stuff Martin. Atlanta will hold him to under 100 yards and keep him out of the end zone.
Fantasy Prediction: 17 carries for 81 yards and no touchdowns.
Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants
As if the Sunday Night Football games weren’t exciting enough, the NFC battle between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers will feature fantasy star Victor Cruz being shut down almost completely.
With a lack of depth at cornerback, the Packers will have to double-cover one of the Giants' receivers and go more man coverage on the other. With Hakeem Nicks dealing with injuries, Green Bay will likely double team Cruz throughout the game.
That is great news for owners of Nicks—start the WR with utter confidence—but Cruz owners should be scared. Depending on your other options, the young wide receiver might be forced to sit on your fantasy bench.
Or at least be your flex spot.
Fantasy Prediction: Three catches for 54 yards and no touchdowns.
Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens
It has been five weeks since Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice gained more 100 yards on the ground in a game, and that terrible streak will continue against the tough run defense of the San Diego Chargers.
San Diego ranks third in the NFL against the run, allowing just 87.9 yards per game, and the poor play of the Ravens’ offensive line recently will only compound the issue for Baltimore.
While there is no doubt that Joe Flacco will look to Rice in the pass game, his impact on the ground will be minimal. Baltimore will walk away victorious, but with little assistance from the rushing attack led by the team’s premier back, Rice.
Fantasy Prediction: 16 carries for 48 yards and no touchdowns.
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