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Philip Rivers (at Pittsburgh)
It's gotten to the point in Philip Rivers' career where he cannot be trusted as a fantasy football quarterback. In fact, he cannot be trusted as a quarterback in general.
After a terrible 2011, Rivers has been equally bad, if not worse. He's thrown for 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. With the Chargers on a four-game losing streak, their season is over, and changes had better be coming in San Diego after this season.
This week, Rivers plays a Steelers defense that is giving up the fewest points to opposing fantasy quarterbacks. They haven't a multi-TD game from a quarterback since Week 5. Please, I beg you—do not start Rivers this week.
Fearless Forecast: 20-43, 256 yards, TD, 2 INT.
Carson Palmer (vs. Denver)
With his late-game heroics this season, Carson Palmer has officially become the fantasy garbage-time stud of 2012. As the Raiders are seemingly getting blown out every game, Palmer continues to throw, padding his fantasy stats. As a Palmer owner, it's gotten to the point where I expect this to happen.
The Raiders are currently on a five-game losing streak with an average margin of defeat of 18.6 points. This week, I expect the Raiders to get blown out yet again. The last time these two teams met was in Week 4, with the Broncos winning easily 37-6.
I think Palmer struggles in this one and doesn't pad his stats at the end of the game. He's thrown at least one interception in eight straight games, and I don't think that streak is in any danger of ending here.
Fearless Forecast: 24-46, 217 yards, TD, 2 INT.
Christian Ponder (vs. Chicago)
At this point in the season, the odds are you aren't starting Christian Ponder. At least, I hope not, for your sake. After a hot start to the season in which Ponder did not throw an interception through his first four games, it's been rough ever since.
Ponder's thrown 11 interceptions, including four multi-interception games in his last eight. He gets a Bears defense that has been vulnerable lately, but I get the sense they will be angry following their loss at the hands of Russell Wilson and the Seahawks last week.
Two weeks ago, the Vikings played the Bears in Chicago, and Ponder threw for just 159 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Don't be surprised if he puts up a similar stat line on Sunday.
Fearless Forecast: 18-37, 213 yards, 2 INT.