Fantasy Football: Antonio Gates and 12 Stars Who Will Fall to Mediocrity in 2011

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Fantasy Football: Antonio Gates and 12 Stars Who Will Fall to Mediocrity in 2011
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What makes fantasy football so exciting? Is it the draft? The competition? The way it makes you feel like an actual GM?

It's likely a combination of all of the above, but one thing is for sure, it's not because fantasy football is predictable. Many fantasy stars have tip-toed the line of mediocrity following a break-out season.

Year after year, guys who we think are proven superstars often tend to underwhelm us win the season starts. 

For some stars, such as Frank Gore and Antonio Gates, the possibility of injury is always a lingering factor. It always feels risky to take them on draft day, but when you see how well they score in your league, the reward is always worth the risk.

And then there are the cases where great superstars are forced to seem average due to their lack of other stars around them, such as Larry Fitzgerald last season.

There's no doubt that Fitzgerald is one of the best receivers in the league, but having a terrible quarterback last season made him a flex option at best in the fantasy world.

With Kevin Kolb in Arizona this year, Fitzgerald should have no problem getting back into fantasy form.

So what stars are going to take a step back and be this year's Fitzgerald? 

Hopefully this list will shed some light on that subject. 

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