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SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 16: Running back Ryan Mathews  of the San Diego Chargers rushes with the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 16, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The final week of the fantasy football season as some fantasy owners are still fighting for a championship. Make sure you keep an eye on players for your team that could be benched because of injury or their team has the playoffs wrapped up.

Quarterbacks

Start

Josh Freeman @ Saints: After Josh Freeman’s five touchdown performance against the Seahawks, fantasy owners should feel good about his chances to perform this coming week. Some quarterbacks like Tom Brady could be hard to start this week as their coach may sit them for most of the game because of the playoffs coming up. Look to Freeman as a good emergency quarterback option for week seventeen.

Bench

Carson Palmer @ Ravens: Carson Palmer had a strong performance against the Chargers without his main passing targets. While that was nice to see from the veteran quarterback, this week won’t be as easy when the Bengals head out to Baltimore and face the Ravens.

Running Backs

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Ryan Mathews @ Broncos: The Chargers first round pick has been a disappointment this season as fantasy owners were expecting big things from Ryan Mathews. His failure is just another reason why it is tough to value a rookie as one of your top three or four picks on draft day. Mathews still has a bright future and with Mike Tolbert done with a neck injury, Mathews will be the feature back this week.

Look for Mathews to have a big game against the Broncos shaky run defense as he needs a big day to show everyone what he can do on an NFL field.

Bench

Cedric Benson @ Ravens: Another Bengals and another reason why this team is expecting to have a fire sale in the off-season. Cedric Benson will be a free agent after this contest, and he’s not in the teams’ plans going forward. Last week the team had no problem going with Bernard Scott when Benson had problems on the field so look for someone else to help you this week.

Wide Receivers

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Donald Driver vs Bears: The Packers veteran receiver Donald Driver has had his share of disappointment because of health, but he’s played well of late. Looking more explosive, Driver should have a good game as Aaron Rodgers will be firing the football around all game.

Michael Crabtree vs Cardinals: In real football the 49ers offense is horrible and their quarterback situation is one of the worst in football. For fantasy, Crabtree was a stud last week and helped many win championships. Look for Crabtree to have another strong game against the shaky Cardinals secondary.

Bench

Braylon Edwards @ Bills: It looks like Santonio Holmes re-surged as Mark Sanchez top target last week and Braylon Edwards has been inconsistent for fantasy during the second half of the season. Find another receiver for your squad as the Jets may rest some players before the playoffs.

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NFL fantasy football player rankings writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com

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