On the short week, most of the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals skills players failed to produce quality numbers on Thanksgiving night Week 12.
MVP candidates Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning failed to shine in prime time on Sunday Night football.
In one of the week’s biggest matchups of Sunday, DeSean Jackson was almost invisible when his Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Chicago Bears.
Who else disappointed their fantasy owners in Week 12?
Where did “the other” Mike Williams go?
He had a great game in wake of his DUI but disappeared against the Baltimore Ravens.
If Williams wants to be known as one of the top receivers in the league in his short career, he needs to produce against the better defenses in the league.
He caught just two passes for 20 yards.
I would expect Williams to produce against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13 in a big NFC South division matchup.
This was not the type of production Baltimore expected when they traded for one of the premier wide receivers in the league.
Granted, Boldin was working against one of the better cornerbacks in the league in Aquib Talib, Boldin should have been able to find separation in this matchup.
Boldin finished the day with just three receptions for 27 yards.
Boldin lives for tough-nosed games, so he should bounce back in prime time against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13.
Edwards turned in a good game against the Texans in Week 11.
Evidently, he was still stuffed from dinner to turn in a quality game Thanksgiving night.
Santonio Holmes put in the work against the Bengals as Edwards failed to break free.
Edwards caught just two passes for 20 yards.
Against a young secondary, Edwards should bounce back against the Patriots.
Sanchez was recently praised as one of fantasy football’s biggest surprises this season.
He failed to sustain that praise in Week 12.
Although the Bengals have a quality secondary, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw four touchdowns four days earlier.
Sanchez completed 57.1 percent of his passes for 166 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
It was a decent game under the circumstances, but Sanchez needs to do more to leap into the next tier of fantasy quarterbacks.
Not exactly the type of performance we have come to expect from Tomlinson this season. It seems Rex Ryan wasn’t joking when he said he wanted to split the carries more evenly going forward.
Tomlinson received 13 carries to Shonn Greene’s 18. Greene rushed for 70 yards while Tomlinson rushed for just 49 yards.
Usually Tomlinson makes up for the lack of production with his receiving skills, but he caught just two passes for 14 yards.
With the extra time to rest and prepare, Tomlinson should have more opportunities to shine on Monday Night football in prime time.
Wallace usually seems to get past the defense for a bomb in each game. He failed against the Buffalo Bills.
As Hines Ward worked the Bills to the tune of seven receptions for 107 yards, Wallace was nowhere to be found on this drum line.
Wallace caught just three passes for 33 yards in a beatable matchup.
The Ravens will gladly give Hines Ward his short routes instead of giving Wallace the room to run deep in Week 13, so he may have a tough week again.
Once again, the Packers rushing game is non-existent. Their inconsistent run game has really hindered this team from taking over the NFC.
Brandon Jackson is a major reason for this, as he is just not as talented as most of the other backs in the league to make plays for himself.
It wasn’t the best matchup on the road against Atlanta, who has been very good at home. Still, Jackson should have found running room in this contest.
He finished the day with 10 carries for 26 yards and three receptions for 10 yards. Simply a terrible average.
Leading up to the Thanksgiving night game, Owens welcomed the task to travel to Revis Island.
He went on the trip and came back with food poisoning.
If Owens didn’t have a spectacular touchdown attempt ruled incomplete, he wouldn’t have made this list.
However, Revis shut down Owens to the tune of three catches for 17 yards.
Ochocinco had the easier task of the night going against Antonio Cromartie, as Terrell Owens had to compete with Darrelle Revis.
Ochocinco failed to show up for his team. Although he led his team in receiving yards, it was only 41 yards on four receptions.
The veteran receivers have a better matchup against the Saints at home.
Palmer had a rough trip to the New Meadowlands.
Although he threw a touchdown pass to Jordan Shipley, he didn’t do much else in the difficult matchup.
He completed just 44.7 percent of his passes for 135 yards and two interceptions.
It was difficult to face one of the league’s best defenses on three days' preparation, so Palmer and the Bengals offense should be able to find more success against New Orleans in Week 13.
Marion Barber is suffering through the worst season of his career. The bruising back finally scored his third rushing touchdown of the season on Thanksgiving.
Too bad he has been an awful fantasy pick this season. He has just 313 yards to go along with those three touchdowns.
It continues to get worse for one of the game’s better goal-line backs. Barber will miss at least two weeks with an injured calf.
DeSean Jackson came up short in one of the week’s biggest games. Against a beatable secondary, DeSean Jackson was nowhere to be found.
He only caught two passes for 26 yards as he failed to get behind the Bears’ secondary. This is a major concern for Jackson owners going forward.
Defenses have to defend both Jackson and Vick, leaving the likes of Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy and Jason Avant open in soft spots of the defense.
Jackson is the main threat after Vick and defense will shift their way to stop him before the others.
Manning had a decent game from a fantasy standpoint.
Still, Manning and his offense were not on point in this matchup against the Chargers.
Manning did throw for two touchdowns and 285 yards but also four interceptions.
In his past two games, Manning has thrown seven interceptions.
In a season with a lot of great quarterback play from unexpected fantasy contributors, Manning is hindering his usually impeccable fantasy standard.
Roethlisberger had a rather surprisingly rough game against the Buffalo Bills. Although he threw for 246 yards, he failed to throw or rush for a touchdown in the contest.
Roethlisberger mainly ends up on this list because he suffered a sprained foot in the overtime victory.
Roethlisberger isn’t expected to miss any game time, but it remains to be seen how the injury will hamper his much needed mobility.
Roethlisberger’s elusiveness in the pocket is what makes him such a great quarterback. If he is unable to maneuver in the pocket or behind the line of scrimmage successfully, he could produce poorly or worse, risk further injury.
Rivers has been incredible for his fantasy owners this season. An MVP candidate, Rivers has gotten it done this year with a motley crew of wide receivers and a Hall of Fame tight end in Antonio Gates who missed two games for the first time in four years.
Unfortunately for his fantasy owners, the Chargers defense and rushing attack dominated the Colts this week. Rivers didn’t need to throw early or often. He finished the game with just 185 yards and zero touchdowns.
Don’t expect that to happen again.