The middle of November is crunch time for fantasy football players, and YouTube clips of Jim Mora have surely started to populate your news feed. While several desperate owners will rely on resurgent players such as Ray Rice and RGIII to deliver big this Sunday, there are reasons to temper expectations.
Depending on your league format, the next two or three weeks could be the difference between taking home the trophy and missing the tournament altogether. Unfortunately for these fringe squads, it could be a tough week for many top players.
With Seattle, Cincinnati and Philadelphia all on bye for Week 12, fantasy owners will be without three of the highest-scoring offenses in the NFL. For those scoring at home, that leaves players at the caliber of LeSean McCoy, Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, A.J. Green and Giovani Bernard all on the sidelines.
Points could be at a premium this week for several fantasy teams, and that could lead to some desperation starts. However, not all of this week's seemingly reliable starts are as safe as they look on paper.
Not all owners will have a choice, but be warned: These 10 players should be avoided at all costs in Week 12.
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