COACHING MOVES - Conference Championships

It's the Brawl for Almost All. For most of the marbles. The contests that will decide who decides everything. That's right, it's Championship Sunday in the National Football League. If you've been paying attention at all over the past month, you know that the fantasy football season isn't over thanks to the NFL Playoff Challenge. If you've been playing along this whole time, you should already know that you get multipliers each week you have the same players in your lineup. That means if you've been riding with Carson Palmer, Cam Newton or Tom Brady since the beginning then you'll get three times the points from them this week.

Even if you haven't gotten involved yet, it's not too late. While you might have a hard time catching the overall point totals of your friends, you can still get in on all of the fun and excitement. Fantasy season isn't over just because the regular season is done. To help you out, keep reading below for some key info leading up to both games.


• Both Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) and Julian Edelman (foot) have been limited at practice this week for the Patriots. By all accounts New England is just taking precautions with two of its most key offensive components. With the Patriots unable to muster any sort of a running game, look for both Gronk and Edelman to be on the field and heavily involved in the offense.

• The Panthers expect to have Jonathan Stewart available for Sunday's contest. The running back had been limited in practice for much of the week as he nursed an ankle injury. That's a big deal for a Panthers offense that likes to lean on its run game. It's also big for anyone with Stewart in their Playoff Challenge lineup.

• Carolina head coach Ron Rivera says he expects running back Fozzy Whittaker to play this weekend. Whittaker returned to practice on Wednesday after missing the past three weeks with a high-ankle sprain. He'll be available to relieve Stewart during the game, but Whittaker isn't likely to play a huge role in the contest.

• Cardinals running back David Johnson has been limited in practice this week with a toe injury. It appears that the injury isn't serious and that the rookie is on track to play. While Johnson's ability to catch passes out of the backfield makes him a dynamic option in the Cardinals offense (and Playoff Challenge), it's worth nothing that his production has waned over the last few weeks. It also won't help that he's facing one of the tougher defenses in the league. But if you've rolled with him this long in the Playoff Challenge, there's no reason to switch him out now.