Throughout the course of a season, fans are periodically reminded that there is no exact science for fantasy football. Highly-touted draft picks don't always deliver on their in-game expectations, and sometimes it even takes an unexpected hero to come through to save a season. Just ask Adrian Peterson.
The Minnesota Vikings star had been overlooked in the fantasy rankings for other highly-favored running backs since he was returning from a torn ACL. Since then, the four-time Pro-Bowler has been a hot commodity in every league, producing more value out of the backfield than some of his top-ranked contemporaries, including Baltimore's Ray Rice and Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy.
Perhaps most perplexing to those hoping to capitalize on the stellar campaigns of proven superstars is the underwhelming starts that have plagued Detroit Lions' star receiver Calvin Johnson. With five weeks remaining in the season, Megatron only has recorded just three touchdowns -- his lowest mark since his rookie year out of Georgia Tech -- following a career-high 16 scores for the Motor City in 2011. Is it possible that Megatron has become the latest to fall victim of the Madden Curse?
Each week, it only seems all the more likely.
We took a look at this year's big name locks from the beginning of the 2012 season and compared their overall fantasy draft rankings to their current on-field statistics, and some may actually surprise you. Which top pick player is holding back your team from weekly fantasy bragging rights? Sound off in the comments below and let us know.
*Average 2012 Fantasy Draft Rank includes rankings from Rotoworld, Pro Football Weekly, Athlon, SI.com, ESPN, Yahoo!, CBS Sports, and USA Today.