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Last week’s matchup with the Broncos didn’t result in the shootout that Philip Rivers’ owners were hoping for and they may be wondering whether the 31-year-old Charger is primed for a late season slip. Despite his failure to post Manning-like numbers in Week 10 (he was a little more Eli than Peyton), Rivers is a quarterback you’ll want on your roster for the fantasy playoffs.

Philip Rivers

Week 10 line: 19/29 for 218 yards and 1 touchdown

After a big start, Rivers has been held under 20 fantasy points in three of his last four, mainly due to a lack of touchdowns. Rivers threw for two or more scores in four of his first five games, but has only accomplished that feat once in his last four outings. By this point in the season you’ve figured out how this game of value works, so you probably see where this is going, so on with the good news. Rivers still leads the league in competition percentage and Mike McCoy’s system will keep him throwing often since San Diego’s wild card chances depend on his arm. If you’re focusing on the fantasy playoffs, I prefer Rivers over Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick, and Robert Griffin III. VERDICT: BUY

Tom Brady

Week 9 line: 23/33 for 432 yards and 4 touchdowns (Week 10 bye)

This would not be a trade for those with heart conditions. Moving Brady after you stuck by him this long would be the boldest of bold moves, especially coming off a huge game, followed by a bye week where the Patriots had a chance to get their offense focused on the final stretch. Unfortunately for Brady, he returns from his week off against one of the league’s best defenses, the Panthers, who are giving up the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. His playoff slate at home against the Browns, then on the road versus the Dolphins and Ravens is no easy task either. You should be able to get a decent haul for Brady now that he has his weapons back and has shown that he can still produce. VERDICT: SELL

Matt Forte

Week 10 line: 17 carries for 33 yards, 4 receptions for 16 yards

Convincing an owner to part with Forte won’t be easy, but he is coming off his worst game of the season and it isn’t close. Forte averaged 1.9 yards per carry against the Lions, which is Trent Richardson bad. Well actually Richardson averaged 0.4 yards per carry last week, but that’s for another column. Forte has been excellent in 2013 and had one of his best games of the year with Josh McCown under centre two weeks ago, so the loss of Cutler shouldn’t slow him down at all. His matchup with the Ravens is a tough one this, but he is the kind of back that remains in your lineup regardless of the opponent. After Baltimore, the Bears face three of the league most generous run defenses (Rams, Vikings, Cowboys). VERDICT: BUY

Pierre Thomas

Week 10 line: 17 carries for 87 yards and 1 touchdown, 7 receptions for 24 yards and 1 touchdown

It would be really nice to see Thomas get a chance to run free as the lead back in an offense, but that isn’t going to happen in New Orleans. Thomas did well when Mark Ingram was missing time due to injury and managed to finish as the number one running back in all fantasy last week, despite Ingram’s 145 yards and a touchdown. That kind of solid effort isn’t sustainable alongside Ingram, let alone Darren Sproles, who further complicates the Saints’ backfield. It was fun well while it lasted, but it’s time to pull chute. VERDICT: SELL

Jordy Nelson

Week 10 line: 6 receptions for 56 yards (10 targets)

The biggest thing to take away from a receiver’s stat line is the number of passes thrown his way. Nelson managed double digit targets in his first full game with Aaron Rodgers and although his final numbers weren’t on par with what we’re used to seeing, he was very close to having a bigger day. Nelson made what appeared to be a catch in the end zone, but it was ruled incomplete and the call was confirmed after replay. While Rodgers injury hurt Nelson’s value, Seneca Wallace’s injury may actually be beneficial. Third string quarterback Scott Tolzien is a better downfield passer and showed a willingness to push the ball to Nelson. We still don’t know when Rodgers will return, but Nelson should give you 80-90 percent of his regular stats until then. VERDICT: BUY

Tavon Austin

Week 10 line: 2 receptions for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns (3 targets), 1 punt return touchdown

Austin’s three-touchdown performance was a fantasy bank error in your favor. The 5’8, 174-pound speedster played on just 15 of the Rams’ 56 offensive snaps and ran only nine pass routes, according to Pro Football Focus. It may sound simple, but this next part is important – minimal snaps do not result in big time fantasy performances. If you are considering playing Austin this week, just repeat that last sentence over and over in front of the mirror. Austin may have the talent to be an impact player down the road, but the Rams have not designed their offense to accentuate his skills, even though they spent the eighth overall pick on him. Don’t by fooled by the fluky numbers, but find someone else who is and take advantage. VERDICT: SELL

Tyler Eifert

Week 10 line: 3 receptions for 55 yards (10 targets)

It’s surprising that Eifert didn’t have a more robust stat line with Jermaine Gresham sidelined and 10 passes thrown his way. The Notre Dame product is an exciting young player and there will be monster fantasy days in his future, but they aren’t coming this season. Gresham’s injury doesn’t appear to be serious, so he should be back in the lineup this weekend, which will leave Eifert with his regular compliment of targets, putting him back in the low-end TE2 pile. VERDICT: SELL

Jordan Cameron

Week 10 line: 1 reception for 4 yards (5 targets)

All is quiet on the Jordan Cameron front and that is precisely why you should make an offer for him. After a one-catch game and a bye week, the shine is gone from one of the stars of the first half of the season. Earlier in the year, Cameron was being considered the next elite tight end with Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski, but a couple quarterback injuries later and his perceived value has taken a hit. Cameron has at least 55 yards in seven of his nine games and is on pace for 89 receptions, 1,067 yards and 11 touchdowns. Acquire him now, if you can. VERDICT: BUY