Championship week of the fantasy football season has finally arrived.
Only two teams in any league can make it to Week 16, and congratulations go out to all of you who have reached this stage.
If you are playing for a fantasy title, you have made the right moves all year, especially when it comes to waiver-wire transactions. But, once you do get this far, it won't be a key move on the wire that determines your fate.
At this point in the season, there really isn't a move out there that can net you a sizeable increase in your chance of winning. Really, the only waiver move you should consider this week is a defensive player or a kicker if someone on your team has a poor matchup this week.
A defense such as the New York Jets could potentially help a squad that owns the Carolina Panthers or Baltimore Ravens this week. Carolina hosts the New Orleans Saints, which has been the second toughest opponent for defenses this season.
In Week 14, the Panthers recorded zero fantasy points in New Orleans. The Saints aren't quite the same team on the road, which was made obvious with losses at St. Louis in Week 15 and at the New York Jets in Week 9, but it is always a risk to start a defense going against Drew Brees and that high-powered attack.
The Baltimore Ravens also see a tough contest against a New England Patriots team that will be hungry for a win after a loss at Miami in Week 15. Although New England has been up-and-down on offense this year, the Patriots are still the sixth toughest matchup for opposing defenses.
The New York Jets rank 27th in fantasy defense this year but host the Cleveland Browns this Sunday. On the flip side of that game, the Cleveland Browns defense could be worth consideration as they play the Jets, the second best matchup for opposing defenses so far this season.
Really, it is a coin toss on which defense to use. Do you stick with what got you there and hope your team can overcome a risky matchup, or start a team that is unproven and inconsistent? With money on the line, I recommend sticking with what brought you to the championship.
If you are in need of lineup advice this week, get a hold of me via email or Twitter. Twitter is the best place to reach me Sunday mornings before kickoff.
Good luck to all this week, and thanks for reading through another exciting season of fantasy football.John Livingston covers sports for The Daily Times and is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.