You've heard about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), right? As the days get darker and the nights colder, people fall into a state of sleeping too much, exercising too little, snacking on sweets more frequently and generally feeling depressed. It's a nasty little condition that afflicts millions of Americans each year. Less known to the general public, but perhaps more severe, is what happens to the millions of fantasy owners out there whose seasons come to a crashing halt over these next few weeks. To some it's just a hobby, but to others, it's a lifestyle. And the end of the season can bring feelings of depression and sadness every bit as real as those suffered through with SAD. Oh sure, there's fantasy basketball to mess around with, and maybe you're lucky enough to still have your real team in playoff contention, but it's just not the same.

With that mind, let's take a look a some players who will keep you off the Prozac for a couple more weeks, and a few guys who will leave you sitting in a darkened room, pants-less, eating peanut butter out of the jar and watching NFL Network on a continuous loop.

Ready ...

Kurt Warner vs. St. Louis Jay Cutler vs. Kansas City Peyton Manning vs. Cincinnati Drew Brees vs. Atlanta Aaron Rodgers vs. Houston Matt Cassel @ Seattle Matt Ryan @ New Orleans Donovan McNabb @ New York Giants Eli Manning vs. Philadelphia Brett Favre @ San Francisco Tyler Thigpen @ Denver Tony Romo @ Pittsburgh

Set ...

Matt Schaub @ Green Bay Shaun Hill vs. New York Jets Philip Rivers vs. Oakland Ben Roethlisberger vs. Dallas Matt Hasselbeck vs. New Enland Jeff Garcia @ Carolina Gus Frerotte @ Detroit Joe Flacco vs. Washington Chad Pennington @ Buffalo Kerry Collins vs. Cleveland

No!

Jason Campbell @ Baltimore Marc Bulger @ Arizona David Garrard @ Chicago Kyle Orton vs. Jacksonville Jake Delhomme vs. Tampa Bay Ryan Fitzpatrick @ Indianapolis J.P. Losman/Trent Edwards vs. Miami Daunte Culpepper vs. Minnesota JaMarcus Russell @ San Diego Ken Dorsey @ Tennessee

The Anti-Depressants:

• If you've been stuck riding the topsy-turvy, vomit producing roller coaster that is the "Sage Rosenfels Experience" over the past few weeks, the sight of Matt Schaub warming up on the sidelines Monday night had to bring a joyous tear to your eye. After a rough start against Pittsburgh and Tennessee, he was completing over 70 percent of his passes, tossing nearly two scores a game, and averaging over 300 yards passing before the knee injury. He was also hooking up with Andre Johnson at such a frequent rate that it could only be compared to a sex-starved college kid finding romantic bliss with a willing cougar. People will tell you that the strength of the Green Bay defense is their top-notch secondary, but anyone who watched them get exploited by Drew Brees and Steve Smith over the past two weeks, has to question that logic. Assuming he actually does start, Schaub will be the perfect remedy to stave of those end-of-the-fantasy-season blues.

• There was some serious steam associated with the notion that Shaun Hill was a viable fantasy option heading into last week. Of course, a 161-yard, one-touchdown effort in frigid Buffalo cooled the fanfare considerably, but this week he's heading back to the Bay to face a Jets team that has allowed an average of 333.3 yards passing and six touchdowns over their last three games. Despite the fact that Shaun "don't call me Salisbury" Hill has earned the damning reputation as a "game manager," he has enough talent -- and just the right amount of confidence -- to stay within his capabilities and still give you a solid 15 point fantasy effort. Plus, if you win with him at the helm, you can send annoying e-mails to your opponent declaring that he's just been "king of the Hilled" and that "Hill will freeze over before he ever beats you again." Sometimes it's just fun to kick a man when he's down.

The Depressants:

Facing the King Kong of NFL defenses, in a city forecasted to have freezing temperatures with snowy precipitation, and saddled with a history of completely falling apart after Thanksgiving, Romo isn't a sure bet to continue his streak of fantasy godliness. I'm not necessarily saying bench him, but if the thought crosses your mind, hey, you gotta do what you gotta do ... Up until his recent bout of arm diarrhea, Rivers' worst game of the season came against these same Raiders. As with Romo, you hate to bench your studs at this point in the season, but if you have another option with a friendly matchup ... If you're thinking about starting Delhomme, just go ahead and express mail a white flag to your opponent because you have no shot. I can guarantee you that there are better options withering away in your free agent pool ...

Ready ...

Adrian Peterson @ Detroit Michael Turner @ New Orleans Thomas Jones @ San Francisco Matt Forte vs. Jacksonville Peyton Hillis vs. Kansas City Joseph Addai vs. Cincinnati Steven Jackson @ Arizona Chris Johnson vs. Cleveland Brandon Jacobs vs. Philadelphia| Larry Johnson @ Denver LaDainian Tomlinson vs. Oakland Brian Westbrook @ New York Giants Marshawn Lynch vs. Miami Frank Gore vs. New York Jets Steve Slaton @ Green Bay Ryan Grant vs. Houston Reggie Bush vs. Atlanta LenDale White vs. Cleveland DeAngelo Williams vs. Giants

Set ...

Ronnie Brown @ Buffalo Marion Barber @ Pittsburgh Maurice Jones-Drew @ Chicago Pierre Thomas vs. Atlanta Justin Fargas @ San Diego Warrick Dunn @ Carolina Leon Washington @ San Francisco Sammy Morris @ Seattle Kevin Faulk @ Seattle Darren McFadden @ San Diego Mewelde Moore vs. Dallas Willie Parker vs. Dallas Kevin Smith vs. Minnesota Derrick Ward vs. Philadelphia Le'Ron McClain vs. Washington Dominic Rhodes vs. Cincinnati

No!

Willis McGahee vs. Washington Ricky Williams @ Buffalo Jamal Lewis @ Tennessee Clinton Portis @ Baltimore Cedric Benson @ Indianapolis Fred Taylor @ Chicago Jonathan Stewart vs. Tampa Bay Ray Rice vs. Washington Fred Jackson vs. Miami Jerious Norwood @ New Orleans Carnell Williams @ Carolina Brandon Jackson vs. Houston J.J. Arrington vs. St. Louis Julius Jones vs. New England Maurice Morris vs. New England

The Anti-Depressants:

• At various points this season it was thought that Selvin Young, Andre Hall, Michael Pittman, Ryan Torain or even Tatum Bell were destined to be the next in the long line of productive Denver fantasy backs (or in Bell's case, reclaiming the title). Heck, I even saw a few people dabbling in some P.J. Pope a couple weeks ago. And then out of nowhere comes this rookie fullback named Peyton Hillis. Last week he punctured the previously impenetrable Jets defense to the tune of 129 yards and a touchdown. Now Mike Shanahan is talking about using him as a hybrid tight end in addition to his role as halfback, making him some kind of freakish combination of Dallas Clark, Boomer Grigsby and Craig James. Whatever you do, do not let another strong Hillis performance go to waste on your bench.

• I got into an argument with a friend over the weekend on his decision to bench his franchise back, Reggie Bush, in favor of the multi-talented, but somewhat limited Leon Washington. I was wrong, and really I should have been more prudent in my assessment of Bush's chances on a wet field against the swashbuckling Buccaneers defense. Those were not the right circumstances to plug an agility runner returning from knee surgery back into your lineup. The perfect time, as I now see in hindsight, is this week at home in the dome against an improved, but still mediocre, Falcons defensive unit. Don't forget that despite missing four and a half games, Bush still leads all fantasy backs in receiving yards and has scored eight touchdowns on the year. Don't let the Pierre Thomas infusion scare you off; this is one Bush that you want in a position of responsibility. You know, assuming that responsibility is propelling your team to a playoff victory.

The Depressants:

I love playing the matchups, especially at this late date in the season when all teams have finally been exposed for what they truly are. So why am I declaring Benson a recipe for gloom against a Colts defense giving up 133.8 rushing yards a game? Because he's Cedric Benson, and because he plays for the Bungles. Do I really need to say any more? ... The last time McClain's value was this high was entering Week 6 against Indianapolis. He then proceeded to collectively kick fantasy owners in the groin by rushing for negative two yards and fumbling. If you choose to put your faith in McClain and the utterly unpredictable Ravens rushing game then you're a much braver man than me ... I hope you're not counting on Lewis to deliver his usual 70 yards and the occasional score with Ken Dorsey as his quarterback. If the term "daring him to throw" means anything to you, you'll get Lewis out of your lineup quicker than the time it takes Phil Savage to fire off an expletive filled e-mail to the fans of Cleveland.

Ready ...

Anquan Boldin vs. St. Louis Andre Johnson @ Green Bay Randy Moss @ Seattle Larry Fitzgerald vs. St. Louis Brandon Marshall vs. Kansas City Roddy White @ New Orleans Greg Jennings vs. Houston Marques Colston vs. Atlanta Calvin Johnson vs. Minnesota Reggie Wayne vs. Cincinnati Steve Smith vs. Tampa Bay Terrell Owens @ Pittsburgh Eddie Royal vs. Kansas City Wes Welker @ Seattle Lance Moore vs. Atlanta Dwayne Bowe @ Denver T.J. Houshmandzadeh @ Indianapolis

Set ...

Laveranues Coles @ San Francisco Jerricho Cotchery @ San Francisco Santonio Holmes vs. Dallas DeSean Jackson @ New York Giants Donald Driver vs. Houston Hines Ward vs. Dallas Santana Moss @ Baltimore Braylon Edwards @ Tennessee Derrick Mason vs. Washington Domenik Hixon vs. Philadelphia Bernard Berrian @ Detroit Antonio Bryant @ Carolina Deion Branch vs. New England Amani Toomer vs. Philadelphia Chad Johnson @ Indianapolis Kevin Walter @ Green Bay Roy Williams @ Pittsburgh Ted Ginn Jr. @ Buffalo Lee Evans vs. Miami Michael Jenkins @ New Orleans Anthony Gonzalez vs. Cincinnati Marvin Harrison vs. Cincinnati Kevin Curtis @ New York Giants Isaac Bruce vs. New York Jets Davonne Bess @ Buffalo Justin Gage vs. Cleveland Steve Breaston vs. St. Louis Bobby Engram vs. New England Devin Hester vs. Jacksonville Torry Holt @ Arizona Mark Bradley @ Denver Josh Reed vs. Miami

No!

Chris Chambers vs. Oakland Vincent Jackson vs. Oakland Jason Hill vs. New York Jets Harry Douglas @ New Orleans Antwaan Randle El @ Baltimore Brandon Stokley vs. Kansas City Muhsin Muhammad vs. Tampa Bay Donnie Avery @ Arizona Mark Clayton vs. Washington Ike Hilliard @ Carolina Malcom Floyd vs. Oakland Koren Robinson vs. New England Reggie Brown @ New York Giants Steve Smith vs. Philadelphia Joey Galloway @ Carolina Ashley Lelie @ San Diego

The Anti-Depressants:

• Listen, I understand if you want nothing to do with anyone employed by the Seattle Seahawks, but hear me out. This week they're going against a seriously flawed Patriots defense that has given up 95 points over the last three weeks, and roll out a secondary that resembles the patchwork on a homeless man's coat. Not even Bill Belichick and his magically scheming wand can cover up for the injuries and lack of talent that litter the defensive backfield in New England. Which brings me to former Patriot Deion Branch. The Seahawks passing game has dealt with some major issues this season, last week though, despite not scoring any touchdowns, the semblance of an aerial attack finally started to emerge. Hasselbeck finished the game with a season-high 287 passing yards, and Branch was the recipient of 56 of those yards to go along with five catches. Throw in the added revenge factor that comes with facing a team that refused to pay him a reasonable salary increase -- he was a Super Bowl MVP after all -- and you get the sense that Branch may be in for a very useful fantasy afternoon.

• Now that Plaxico Burress has thankfully put himself out of his own misery, it finally clears the way for the exponentially explosive Domenik Hixon to give fantasy owners a long awaited taste of what he's capable of. In the three games that "Safety-Off" Burress has missed, Hixon's caught 15 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown. He's been among the most dangerous punt return men all season, and in the lone game that he returned kickoffs, he brought back one for 83 yards and another for 68. Basically, he's DeSean Jackson stretched into a six-foot-two frame. Manning clearly feels comfortable with him -- all five of Hixon's catches last week went for first downs -- and with a dominating ground game and enough pass catching weapons to keep him from being focused on by defenses, there's no reason to think he can't be one of the most productive fantasy receivers over the last few weeks of the season. I'm definitely fixin' to get me some Hixon implanted permanently into my flex spot.

The Depressants:

Breaston is coming off consecutive six-catch games, and this week's matchup against St. Louis is seemingly perfect. Just like it did in Week 11 against the Seahawks when Breaston caught two balls for 15 yards. Or two weeks earlier, when the Cardinals faced the Rams for the first time and he again caught just two passes. He's a burgeoning stud there's no doubt about that, but with so many hungry mouths to feed, and the need to establish a run game, Breaston is not a guy you want to count on this week ... Don't do it. Doooonnn't do it. Mark Clayton cannot be trusted. Sure he's scored in back-to-back weeks, and that one-handed grab he hauled in this past Sunday actually made me squelp (a weird combination of a squeal and a yelp that drew confused stares from everyone in the bar), but before that he was averaging 2 catches and 23.5 yards-per-game. He'll be lucky to hit those numbers against the Redskins ... Let's see, Evans will either have an overwhelmed J.P. Losman or a groin-inhibited Trent Edwards throwing him passes in an unfamiliar Canadian stadium. Ehhhh, considering Evans is a guy who has no trouble pulling a "Houdini" and disappearing for games at a time, I think I'll pass ...

Ready ...

Tony Gonzalez @ Denver Antonio Gates vs. Oakland Dallas Clark vs. Cincinnati Dustin Keller @ San Francisco Jason Witten @ Pittsburgh Chris Cooley @ Baltimore

Set ...

Zach Miller @ San Diego Owen Daniels @ Green Bay Tony Scheffler vs. Kansas City Jeremy Shockey vs. Atlanta Kevin Boss vs. Philadelphia| Heath Miller vs. Dallas John Carlson vs. New England Bo Scaife vs. Cleveland Donald Lee vs. Houston Greg Olsen vs. Jacksonville Visanthe Shiancoe @ Detroit Todd Heap vs. Washington

No!

Billy Miller vs. Atlanta Jerramy Stevens @ Carolina Alge Crumpler vs. Cleveland L.J. Smith @ New York Giants Brent Celek @ New York Giants Martellus Bennett @ Pittsburgh Vernon Davis vs. New York Jets Justin Peelle @ New Orleans

-At this point, I think it's safe to say that we've got the tight end position pretty much figured out. If you have a healthy Gonzalez, Gates, Witten, Clark, Cooley or Keller, you can stop reading right now. Those guys are starting, and no amount of statistics or sexy matchups should convince you otherwise. If you're not lucky enough to own one of the big six, your next best options are Scheffler, the two Miller boys (Zach and Heath), Boss, Carlson, Daniels and Shockey. If you're in an incredibly deep league, or just extremely desperate, Lee, Heap, Scaife, Olsen or Shiancoe could be possible plays, although you're probably not getting much more than five points. That's 18 players; hopefully you own one. If not, you might as well be picking names out of a hat.

By the way, your mood-brightening tight ends? Daniels, who gets his preferred pass thrower back (4.6 receptions and 58.4 yards-per-game with Schaub quarterbacking, compared to 3.3 catches and 38 yards with Rosenfels), and Zach Miller, who gets to play against every tight ends favorite defense (San Diego has surrendered 75 catches, 863 yards and nine touchdowns to opposing tight ends).

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