QB- Aaron Rodgers
After coming off arguably their most impressive win of the season, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will once again be home when the face the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night. The Falcons have one of the league’s worst pass defenses, so Rodgers should be able to torch the Falcons secondary on multiple occasions and have a big night.
QB- Tony Romo
After coming off an extremely disappointing performance on Thanksgiving, Tony Romo and the Cowboys look to bounce back as they are once again in the spotlight as they travel to Chicago to face the Bears on Thursday Night. The Bears defense is baffled with injuries, especially in the secondary, so look for Romo to take advantage and try to stretch the field early.
RB- Frank Gore
If the 49ers want to make it to the postseason, they must establish the run early on in games and not put added responsibility on quarterback Colin Kaepernick. What better way to do that than pound the ball with Frank Gore? The Oakland Raiders defense has been tumultuous this season, so look for the 49ers to run the ball early and often, and keep their season alive.
RB- Le’Veon Bell
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a crucial road divisional game, as they travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals. It’s likely the Steelers will come out of the gates running the ball since the Bengals front seven is very thin due to the amount of injuries that have occurred. La’Veon Bell has a great mix of speed and power, as should be a key component to a Steelers victory.
WR- DeAndre Hopkins
After coming off a career day on Sunday, DeAndre Hopkins and the Texans have an extremely favorable matchup, when they face the 2-10 Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars rank near the bottom of the league in pass defense, so it is likely that Hopkins and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will continue to display their chemistry and produce solid numbers.
WR- Jordy Nelson
After coming off of a respectable performance against Darelle Revis, Jordy Nelson will look to get back on track on Monday Night, when the Packers host the Falcons. Nelson has shown this year that he can both stretch the field and run effective intermediate routes, so look for Nelson to be an absolute nightmare for the Falcons defense.
WR- Michael Crabtree
After coming off of a horrendous performance in which he only compiled 10 total yards, Michael Crabtree will have a bounce back performance as the 49ers take on the last place Rams on Sunday. Look for Kaepernick to target Crabtree early on and try to get him involved as much as they can in the offense.
TE- Greg Olsen
It is no secret that the Carolina Panthers are mightily struggling on offense; however, their lone bright spot has been the play of tight end Greg Olsen. Luckily for Olsen, the Panthers face a Saints team who has given up double digit points to opposing tight ends in most of their games this season, so there is a possibility that Olsen goes off and has a huge day.
K- Randy Bullock
Ever since Ryan Mallet has been placed on IR, the Houston Texans offense has exploded, putting lots of points on the board. On Sunday, the Texans face the Jaguars, who tend to give up lots of points. In Randy Bullock’s favor, is the fact that the Jaguars red zone defense is above average, so there is a decent chance that he will get some chances on Sunday.
DST- San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are looking to get their season back on track when they face the one win Raiders on Sunday. Oakland struggles against the run and pass, as they let the Rams put up a whopping 52 points on Sunday. The 49ers will look to establish the run early, and should have no issues putting points on the board.
QB- Colt McCoy
To his credit, Colt McCoy has played fairly well when called upon this season, despite having one of the league’s worst offensive lines. McCoy may be down his top target in DeSean Jackson when the Redskins host the Rams on Sunday. The Rams secondary has shut down quarterbacks among the likes of Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Peyton Manning this season, so don’t expect McCoy contribute much.
QB- Alex Smith
The Kansas City Chiefs need more production out of their receivers if they want to make a run at the playoffs. Alex Smith really struggles to throw the ball down field, and this shows as the Chiefs struggle to put up points. Smith has a tough matchup when the Chiefs play the Cardinals. Arizona’s secondary thrives on interceptions, so it would be best to look elsewhere if you are in need of a quarterback.
RB- Chris Johnson
After coming off his most productive game of the season on Monday Night, Jets running back Chris Johnson has a difficult matchup when the 2-10 Jets travel to Minnesota and face a cagey Vikings defense. The Vikings have one of the league’s top running defenses, so Johnson may be in for a long afternoon.
RB- Doug Martin
In the midst of a tumultuous season, Doug Martin and the Bucs head to Detroit to face one of the league’s top three defenses against the run. It seems like Martin is fully healthy and will get the bulk of the carries; however, it’s going to be tough for the third year back to generate much against the dominant Lions defensive line.
WR- Keenan Allen
Although Keenan Allen is starting to catch fire, he takes a trip to Revis Island, as the Chargers host the Patriots on Sunday Night. Darelle Revis has once again proved that he is one of the league’s elite corners as he constantly shuts down opposing team’s number one receivers. Don’t expect Allen to keep pace with his impressive numbers.
WR- T.Y. Hilton
For the second season in a row, Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton has shown that he can be inconsistent at times. Hilton is primarily a deep threat as he possesses great speed and can really stretch the field. He will be in tough on Sunday, when the Colts play in Cleveland. Hilton will be matched up against one of the league’s premier corners in Joe Haden, so don’t expect much production from the Colts wide out.
WR- Jeremy Maclin
Every week Jeremy Maclin continues to prove that he is a valuable piece to the Eagles offense. Unfortunately for Maclin, he faces the dominant Richard Sherman who is coming off his best game of the season. The only way Maclin will be able to produce is in the screen game, so don’t expect too much production from him.
TE- Martellus Bennett
For the second straight week, the Chicago Bears will play in primetime, when the host America’s Team on Thursday Night. Bennett has had a pretty good season up to this point; however he has a tough matchup versus his old team. The Cowboys are one of the league’s most dominant defenses against opposing tight ends. Martellus Bennett won’t be getting many looks from Jay Cutler come Thursday.
K- Cairo Santos
Rookie Cairo Santos is having a pretty solid season for the Chiefs; however, he faces a Cardinal’s team who have not been king to opposing kickers. The Chiefs will struggle to set themselves up with field position on Sunday, so Santos won’t be getting many opportunities when it comes to kicking field goals.
DST- San Diego Chargers
Although they were able to squeeze out a win on Sunday, the Chargers really struggled on the defensive side of the ball. They face the Patriots, who are coming off a disappointing loss at the hands of the Green Bay Packers. New England should be able to establish the run early on, while taking some shots down field and try to light up the scoreboard.