Fantasy football tips for championship week

Week in review

It's Championship Week ... in most leagues, at least. And therein lays a huge debate: Play until the end, or wrap up the fantasy season a week early?

The latter is done in anticipation of many stars resting before the NFL playoffs, and therefore playing very little, or not at all in Week 17. The case for a Week 16 championship has never made a lot of sense here in the Huddle, though. Some stars do rest, but this has proven to be a sketchy tactic at best. Last year's two Super Bowl contenders didn't rest anybody at the end.

Besides, you need all the fantasy action you can get if you're a fan of either the Browns or Bengals!

Who to Start

Be wary of any Jets. They travel to play the dismal Seahawks, but they don't travel well. And it's December, traditionally not a good month for the Jets.

QB Donovan McNabb seems to be the opposite - he plays well in December, though he was less-than-stellar on Monday.

The Saints visit Detroit, so all New Orleans offensive players become solid options.

RB D'Angelo Williams is the top fantasy point-getter the past three weeks in most leagues, and the Panthers will try to grind it out against the Giants.

Remember, don't overthink it. Your starters got you here, and they usually come through even in tough match-ups.

Waiver Wire Watch

If you have a player who's dinged up, you may have to look to your bench. The wire is thin.

At QB, Ryan Fitzpatrick could be solid against the hapless Browns. WRs Donnie Avery and Nate Washington have gotten more looks from their respective QBs down the stretch. RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis is an option in New England, albeit a streaky one.