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COACHING MOVES - Divisional Playoffs

We know, the regular season is over and, for the most part so is fantasy football. But we here at NFL Fantasy never stop. That's why we've got a game called Playoff Challenge. Basically, you can build a roster of players from the teams left in the playoffs and try to predict which teams will make it to the Super Bowl. You get points-multipliers for teams for each round that they advance. So if you think the Panthers and Cam Newton are going all the way, use him as your quarterback for the playoffs and you'll get 2x the fantasy points for him in the Divisional round, since he was on bye last weekend. If Carolina wins this week, Cam will then get 3x the points in the next round, and so forth. Hopefully, that explains how this works. You can set your own lineup right here:

So, without further ado, we're dropping some knoweledge on the key players to conisder using during this weekend's Divisional round of games. So strap in and enjoy the ride ... it won't last much longer!


• Rob Gronkowski has had treatment on his knee and is also listed on the Patriots injury report with a back issue this week. If he's active, you have to leave him in your Playoff Challenge lineups. If he can't suit up, you'll have to pivot to Greg Olsen or Travis Kelce.

• Marshawn Lynch said on Friday that he's ready for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Lynch hasn't played since Week 10 and has been dealing with an abdomen injury since. We'd suggest shying away from him in Playoff Challenge since his usage will be a big question mark in Carolina, and there is risk for re-injury.

• So far, it seems like Ben Roethlisberger is going to start at quarterback against the Broncos on Sunday. He's dealing with a pretty serious shoulder injury and will be nowhere close to 100 percent. We suggest rolling with Carson Palmer, Cam Newton or Russell Wilson at the QB spot in Playoff Challenge.

• Antonio Brown (concussion) has been officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos. It's a huge blow for the Steelers offense which will already be without running back DeAngelo Williams and is going to roll out a less than 100 percent Ben Roethlisberger. Swap in one of the Cardinals or Broncos wideouts in Brown's place in your Playoff Challenge lineup.

• Jonathan Stewart (foot) has been resting with a foot issue since he was injured in Week 14. Since he was practicing in full this week, he should start at running back for the Panthers against Seattle. It's a tough matchup, but if Carolina advances you can get the point multiplier from Stewart in the next round of Playoff Challenge.