by J.K. Karlson, Buffalo Sports Page
Most leagues have their championship game this week. THE GAME. If you made it to your league championship you know that this week your lineup needs to scream “VICTORY!” Never has the time been more important than it is right now to make all the right moves and nail your roster.
No team has clinched home-field advantage for the playoffs yet, so expect the Patriots, Steelers, Eagles and Vikings to their starters and play hard this week. Philadelphia is the only team to have clinched their division title AND a first-round BYE, but home-field advantage will keep them eager to win this week. This is the last week you can count on key fantasy players for the entirety of the game, or close to it. Depending on how this week’s games shake out, next week will set up some teams to be able to sit their stars to prepare for the playoffs. This is why this is the final week for MOST leagues – more on my disdain for fantasy leagues who play through the final week of the NFL season next week.
Russell Wilson (Seattle) Cam Newton (Carolina) Drew Brees (New Orleans) Tom Brady (New England) Phillip Rivers (Los Angeles Chargers) Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh) Case Keenum (Minnesota) Matthew Stafford (Detroit) Alex Smith (Kansas City) Nick Foles (Philadelphia)
Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams) Le’Veon Bell (Pittsburgh) Kareem Hunt (Kansas City) Alvin Kamara (New Orleans) Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas) Melvin Gordon (Los Angeles Chargers) Devonta Freeman (Atlanta) LeSean McCoy (Buffalo) Mark Ingram (New Orleans)
Adam Thielen (Minnesota) Michael Thomas (New Orleans) Keenan Allen (Los Angeles Chargers) DeAndre Hopkins (Houston) Julio Jones (Atlanta) Brandin Cooks (New England) Tyreek Hill (Kansas City) A.J. Green (Cincinnati) Alshon Jeffrey (Philadelphia) JuJu Smith-Schuster (Pittsburgh)
Rob Gronkowski (New England) Zach Ertz (Philadelphia) Greg Olsen (Carolina) Travis Kelce (Kansas City) Delanie Walker (Tennessee) Evan Engram (New York Giants) Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota) Cameron Brate (Tampa Bay) Jack Doyle (Indianapolis) Jimmy Graham (Seattle)