Fantasy football stars are expected to produce at a high level each and every week, but this is not always the case.
Occasionally, top-rated players face a difficult matchup and simply aren’t up to the task. It may be the player himself or his teammates that caused the poor performances, but this makes little difference to fantasy owners.
The good news is that a few of the studs that turned into duds this past week will bounce back with a monster game.
Here are the players who will turn in incredible games in Week 13.
Note: fantasy stats courtesy of ESPN.com.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers
The reigning MVP looked more like a confused running back than a quarterback for the majority of his matchup with the New York Giants.
His offensive line was unable to even remotely slow down the Giants' pass rush, and Rodgers rarely had more than a couple seconds before he was forced to tuck the ball and run away from the oncoming defenders.
The Giants sacked him five times, and he never established a rhythm. Rodgers put up just 10 fantasy points.
Next week against the Minnesota Vikings, Rodgers will still face pressure, but it will not be nearly as constant. Expect 300 yards and three touchdowns from Rodgers in Week 13.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks struggled to get Lynch going in their 24-21 loss to the Miami Dolphins, and he finished with just four fantasy points.
The road does not get much easier for Seattle and Lynch’s fantasy owners, as he will take on the Chicago Bears next. But the star running back will reward those who keep him in their lineup.
Seattle knows that its only hope at moving the ball is through the running game. In addition Chicago’s run defense has looked vulnerable in recent weeks.
Adrian Peterson went for over 100 yards this past week, and the San Francisco 49ers gained 129 yards on the ground against the Bears last week. Lynch will be the next RB to have a productive day against Chicago.
Jimmy Graham, TE, New Orleans Saints
While Drew Brees was able to be productive against the 49ers' defense this week, he could not connect often with his star tight end.
Graham put up just three fantasy points this past week, but his fortunes will turn around when the Saints take on the Atlanta Falcons.
These division rivals met in Week 10 and Graham exploded. He had seven catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
Graham was the primary reason the Saints handed the Falcons their first loss of the season in that contest, and while New Orleans may not be able to get another victory, the talented tight end will have a fine fantasy performance.