In most leagues, this is the final week of the fantasy football season. Better make it count with some last minute roster changes with players due for big games, and others destined for disappointment.
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Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs
The last time the Chiefs played the Broncos, Cassel threw the ball 53 times. With the way he’s been playing lately that could result in a monster fantasy day.
Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Following last week’s poor showing, Rivers is primed to bounce back against an Oakland Raiders secondary that he torched for nearly 500 yards the last time he faced them.
Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Same story as Rivers. Starting to heat up at the right time and playing against a team he put up 30 fantasy points against when he saw them earlier this season.
Felix Jones, Dallas Cowboys
Now that Marion Barber has officially – not just metaphorically – removed himself from the line-up, Jones should see upwards of 15 carries in a game against the Colts’ 29th-ranked rush defense.
Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers
Now that Vincent Jackson appears to be out again, expect Floyd to emulate the 27-point performance he had the last time he faced the Raiders.
Derrick Mason, Baltimore Ravens
It’s going to be a game of possession receptions with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and nobody is more reliable in those situations than Mason. Especially with Anquan Boldin falling out of favor lately.
Johnny Knox, Chicago Bears
The Detroit Lions have given up big games to top opposing receivers throughout the season. With the way the Bears offense is clicking, Knox may be the newest speedster to take advantage.
Jabar Gaffney, Denver Broncos
Gaffney has 17 catches for 270 yards in his last two meetings with the Chiefs. Some guys play better against certain teams. For Gaffney, it happens to be Kansas City.
Kevin Boss, New York Giants
With Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith both sidelined again, Boss will have yet another chance to step up and play a major role in the passing game.
Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Falcons have allowed six touchdowns to opposing wide receivers in the past six weeks and 14 scores to the wideout position this season. One of them went to Williams in their matchup earlier this year.
St. Louis Rams Defense
Any time you play the Arizona Cardinals there’s an opportunity for a defensive shutout.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Roethlisberger has been walking around in a boot and is facing the Baltimore Ravens’ defense. Two very good reasons to place him firmly on the bench.
Donovan McNabb, Washington Redskins
In 2003, McNabb would have been able to avoid this Giants’ pass rush. Not in 2010. Unless the Redskins can get the running game going (fast), McNabb may be scrambling for his life.
Jon Kitna, Dallas Cowboys
The Indianapolis Colts pass defense is surprisingly solid at home. With their top pass rushers seemingly healthy, Kitna’s immobility may cause him serious problems. Don’t expect much in the way of a Dallas pass attack this week.
Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
See: Jon Kitna.
LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Falcons run defense is one of the best in the NFL, as shown when they held Blount to under 50 yards the last time these two teams met.
Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
The Bears have only given up six touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this year. Johnson may be the seventh, but it will be a struggle to find the end zone.
Wes Welker, New England Patriots
Ask Terrell Owens what it’s like to stay on Revis Island.
Chad Ochocinco, Cincinnati Bengals
Carson Palmer has been one of the most disappointing quarterbacks in the league this season when healthy. Now that he’s hurt, and facing the league’s fourth-ranked pass defense, Ochocinco doesn’t stand a chance.
Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
The Packers have done a superb job shutting down opposing team’s number one receivers. If Santonio Holmes, Roddy White, and Miles Austin weren’t able to score, the chances don’t seem great for Crabtree to find the end zone.
Mike Sims-Walker, Jacksonville Jaguars
Sims-Walker will sit out of this Sunday’s game against the Titans with an ankle injury. Expect his production to drop slightly.