Every year in fantasy football, there are going to be certain players who break out and have better-than-expected seasons. These are the players that every owner hopes to have on their squad.
On the flip side, unfortunately, there are going to be highly rated players that wind up being fantasy disasters for their owners.
Hopefully, no one reading this had one of these players on their team. But in any event, here are five of the biggest fantasy football disasters of the 2012 season.
Going into the 2012 season, McCoy was of extremely high value coming off his 2011 campaign. He was a consensus top-five pick at RB. Well, it didn't exactly turn out well for those who spent a top draft pick or a lot of auction dollars on the Eagles star.
McCoy rushed for barely 800 yards and a paltry two touchdowns over the course of the entire season (Per ESPN). He vastly underwhelmed and was a monster disappointment. Hopefully he'll bounce back next year, as 2012 was a year he'll hope to soon forget.
It seems that every year, Darren McFadden is set to finally break out and have his big season. However, he's always a huge letdown for his owners, and 2012 was no exception. He was true to form, rushing for only 707 yards and two touchdowns (Per ESPN).
McFadden has only rushed for over 1,000 yards once in his entire career. He's no doubt a rare talent, but he's struggled with injuries nonstop throughout his tenure in the NFL. He's a perennial fantasy disaster, and is reaching a territory where most owners will pass on him in drafts.
Name value only gets you so far.
Ryan Mathews came into the 2012 year with a ton of hype. Well, he had yet another injury-plagued, poor season for the second time in three years. He hardly eclipsed 700 yards and scored just one rushing TD in 12 games this season (Per ESPN).
Mathews is heading into Darren McFadden territory. He's got the ability, but until he proves he can stay healthy and maintain his success over the course of an entire season more than once, he'll be relegated to second-tier fantasy status.
Mathews has the potential to be a great player, but he's yet to put it all together.
Larry Fitzgerald is without a doubt one of the best receivers ever to step foot on an NFL field.
Fitz has been very consistent, with over 10,000 career receiving yards and 77 touchdowns. In 2012 though, Fitzgerald struggled, with 71 catches for just 798 yards and only four TDs, his worst season as a pro (Per ESPN).
It's not really his fault, as Arizona had a QB carousel this year, but that wasn't really any consolation for those who spent a high draft pick on him. Hopefully he can get back on track next year, and he likely will, but 2012 was a really forgetful year for the Cardinals wideout.
MJD has been an elite fantasy back for the past three years, and was no doubt a top pick in most drafts. But he was flat out awful in 2012, rushing for just 414 yards and only a single score (Per ESPN).
He was no doubt affected by his holdout, which caused him to miss a lot of practice, but he still only managed to play in six games.
Could this season be the beginning of the end for MJD as a top-notch fantasy RB? Jacksonville is a bad team and isn't getting significantly better anytime soon. I know one thing, I won't be wasting a high draft pick on Jones-Drew anytime soon.