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The human condition
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Even the greatest of us fail. It's called the "human condition." In this imperfect world, fantasy players are no different.

Of course, most fantasy owners don't want to hear it.

They want Peyton Manning to throw for 300 yards and four touchdowns every week. And while he averaged much more than that over the first five weeks of the season, Manning could only manage 295 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday against Jacksonville.

Which had fantasy owners crying because he earned just 13.1 fantasy points.

People, he's not a robot. He's a human being!

Manning, who will still be the leading fantasy points producer heading into Week 7, wasn't the only elite fantasy stud to disappoint owners in Week 6.

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was on a historic pace heading into Sunday's contest with New England. Over his first five games he had totaled 37 receptions for 593 yards and six touchdowns. Extrapolated for a 16-game schedule he was on a 1,900-yard, 19-touchdown pace which would have broken all records for tight ends.

But the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick devised a plan to stick defensive back Aqib Talib on Graham and the talented cover man held Graham without a catch. Nada. Zero.

Below are three other superstars who let their fantasy owners down, relative to expectations, this week.

Drew Brees, New Orleans - Brees finished off 2012 with five consecutive 300- plus yard passing days, then continued the streak through the first four games this season. but he could only manage 288 yards against Chicago last weekend. Fantasy owners thought he would bounce back against New England, but it didn't happen as he posted a season-low 236 passing yards with two touchdowns and an interception worth just 15.5 fantasy points.

On a side note, this might be the perfect time to trade for the Saints' star quarterback. After two "mediocre" games and a bye in Week 7, his trade value might be at it's lowest point in a long time.

Victor Cruz, New York Giants - The one bright spot in an otherwise disappointing Giants season has been the play of wideout Victor Cruz. Despite Swiss cheese offensive line play and inconsistent quarterbacking from Eli Manning, Cruz had managed to produce more fantasy points than any other receiver. But back-to-back single-digit totals will drop Cruz from the top of the list. the good news is that with Minnesota and Philadelphia the next two opponents, the drought should end with a bang.

Dez Bryant, Dallas - Bryant saw his four-game scoring streak end Sunday night against a Washington secondary that wasn't intimidating anybody. Bryant, who was on the top of many weekly ranking lists, failed miserably with a total of 36 yards on five receptions. He'll face the Eagles and Lions, both bottom 10 against the pass, and like Cruz should bounce back in a big way.

Makes Peyton Manning's day seem a lot better, doesn't it?




Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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