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COACHING MOVES - Wild Card Weekend Playoff Challenge

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, but won't get any this weekend. 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 Wild Card round of games. So strap in and enjoy the ride ... it won't last much longer!


• Chiefs: The only player you'd want to seriously consider using from Kansas City in Playoff Challenge this week is wideout Jeremy Maclin. He finished the regular season strong for his fantasy owners with six touchdowns in his final six games, including a score in three straight to close out the 2015 campaign. He's a target hog and has been a red zone threat all year.

• Texans: Obviously, DeAndre Hopkins is a player to watch on the Texans. You could get sneaky and go with a Hopskins/Brian Hoyer stack, but that's risky if you don't project the Texans advancing. Still, Hopkins ceiling is virtually unlimited so we wouldn't fault you for using him this weekend.

• Steelers: You'll want to take a long look at a Ben Roethlisberger/Antonio Brown stack this week. There's no denying that this is one of the most productive QB/WR combinations in the entire NFL. Brown's ceiling is infitie and his floor is above average to say the least. And if the Steelers beat the Bengals, you'll be doubling up on these points in the Divisional round.

• Bengals: For Cincinnati, A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert present interestion options, even with AJ McCarron under center. We've seen both of them thrive with the backup QB playing and the Steelers secondary has its share of holes. The Bengals running backs are a different story. We can't justify using either Jeremy Hill or Giovani Bernard in Playoff Challenge.

• Vikings: Adrian Peterson, despite the tough matchup, is the only Vikings player worth using. In what is forecasted to be an extremely cold game in Minnesota, we could see him garnering 20-plus carries. Still, he's a risk against Seattle's tough run defense.

• Seahawks: Marshawn Lynch is expected to be back and if the Seahawks win on the road, he could be a valuable asset in Playoff Challenge lineups in the upcoming rounds. We'd also consider stacking Russell Wilson with Doug Baldwin. The duo connected for 11 touchdowns in Seattle's final six games of the season and there's no reason they can't keep a good thing rolling into the playoffs.

• Packers: Aaron Rodgers is an interesting selection if you believe the Packers can advance. Other than that though, we're wary of Eddie Lacy and the Packers wideouts. The team has struggled on offense late in the season, and the way Washington's offense has been playing, this will be an uphill climb for Green Bay.

• Washington: We know Kirk Cousins will be a popular play, and stackhig him with Jordan Reed at tight end is the most savvy move. If you're feeling lucky, DeSean Jackson's boom-or-bust tendencies could be sneaky ... if you think he's going to boom. We wouldn't touch Washington's running backs though.