QB- Ben Roethlisberger
The Steelers face a must win game when they travel to Atlanta to take on the 5-8 Falcons. Luckily for Ben Roethlisberger, he will be facing a defense that has given up 3742 pass yards and 6.2 yards per play. It’s a very favorable matchup for Roethlisberger, so expect a big day from the veteran.
QB- Drew Brees
The up and down season continues for the Saints and Drew Brees when they travel to Chicago and face the struggling Bears on Monday Night. Although the Bears run defense has been decent, their pass defense has had its troubles, as they have given up a combined 30 touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks, to go along with 7.2 yards per pass. This game should be a shootout, so expect a big outing from Brees.
RB- Matt Forte
Although the Bears have one of the league’s worst offensive lines, Matt Forte is having himself a fine season, and has been one of the lone bright spots on the Bears offense. Forte will be up against a defense who allows 4.8 yards per rush and has already given up 15 touchdowns on the ground. This should be a very high scoring game that heavily favors Forte.
RB- Justin Forsett
After eclipsing the 1000 yard mark for the first time in his career last week, Justin Forsett should continue his solid season when the Ravens play host to the Jaguars team on Sunday. The Jags have one of the league’s worst run defenses, as they have already surrendered 1722 yards on the ground and 14 rushing touchdowns. Forsett should carry the load for the Ravens and have himself a day.
WR- Antonio Brown
After finishing with a whopping 1499 receiving yards in 2013, Brown has had an even more impressive 2014 season, as he is on pace for over 1600 yards. Brown can stretch the field with his elusive speed, and can make a big gain out of nothing with his electrifying moves. Brown will have himself a huge day on Sunday as the Steelers face off against a defense that has been kind to opposing wide outs.
WR- Vincent Jackson
Although he had a very slow start to the season, Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson has accumulated over 100 yards in two of his last three starts. Teams have been doubling up on rookie Mike Evans, making Jackson a favorable start at the receiver or flex position.
TE- Martellus Bennett
Along with fellow teammate Matt Forte, Martellus Bennett is having himself a fine season, as he has hauled in 77 catches for 821 yards and six touchdowns. Bennett is a huge target in the red zone for Jay Cutler, and should have many targets on Monday Night, when the Bears host the Saints.
K- Cairos Santos
The Chiefs will be looking for revenge when they play host to the cagey Raiders. The Chiefs are fighting for their playoff lives, and face a must win against game. Cairos Santos has had a solid rookie season, and will be relied upon come Sunday.
DST- Baltimore Ravens
After coming off a huge win against the Dolphins last week, the Ravens play host to the 2-11 Jaguars. The loss of Denard Robinson for the season really hurts the Jaguars, as they really lack an elusive playmaker on offense. The Ravens defense shouldn’t have any issues on Sunday.
QB- Drew Stanton
The Arizona Cardinals have struggled at times with Drew Stanton under centre. Going up against arguably the league’s most complete defense, Stanton won’t have much time to make decisions and will be heavily pressured for the duration of the game. Look elsewhere for a starting quarterback this week.
QB- Colin Kaepernick
The last time that Colin Kaepernick played the Seahwaks, he threw two costly interceptions to Richard Sherman. To say Kaepernick is struggling from throwing the ball from the pocket is an understatement, as he just hasn’t looked comfortable at all. The 49ers offense has struggled of late, so keep Kaepernick on the bench as he has a very difficult matchup.
RB- Eddy Lacy
The last few weeks, the Packers have really started to establish the run quite effectively. The high-powered offense travels to Buffalo to battle against one of the league’s top defenses. On the ground, the Bills only allow an impressive 3.9 yards per attempt, and have only given up nine rushing touchdowns. Eddy Lacy will be in for a long afternoon on Sunday.
RB- Trent Richardson
Is it finally time to call Trent Richardson a bust? He just can’t seem to get himself on the field, and when he does, he has been ineffective. Richardson lacks vision, patience, and speed, which are all essential tools for a running back to be successful. The Colts face a Texans defense who has allowed 3.9 yards per attempt and just six rushing touchdowns, so expect a quiet day from Richardson.
WR- Larry Fitzgerald
Although he isn’t close to 100 percent, don’t expect Larry Fitzgerald to be too effective on Thursday night. The Rams defense has allowed just 15 touchdown passes this season, and has shut down elite offenses in Denver, Seattle and San Francisco. Leave Fitzgerald on the bench for this one.
WR- Mike Wallace
The Dolphins face a must win game when they travel to New England to face the Patriots. Mike Wallace will be in tough as he makes the trip to Revis Island. The only way Wallace can win this battle is with the deep ball, so expect him to be getting double covered throughout the afternoon.
TE- Owen Daniels
Ravens tight end Owen Daniels has done a fine job stepping in for the injured Dennis Pitta. Although the Ravens face a weak Jaguars defense, for some reason, opposing tight ends have not had success in Jacksonville. It’s a strange situation, but you may want to consider leaving Daniels on the bench for this one.
K- Phil Dawson
It’s nothing against Phil Dawson, but the 49ers just aren’t playing great football. They are struggling to move the ball, yet get first downs. Look elsewhere for a kicker as the 49ers will mightily struggle to put up points against the Seahawks.
DST- Minnesota Vikings
Despite some key injuries, the Vikings defense has been rather impressive this season. They will face a difficult opponent when they travel to Detroit to face the Lions. Matthew Stafford has many targets to pass the ball to, and with the Lions recent success with running the ball, the Vikings may be in for a long afternoon.