12 players who helped fantasy football owners bring home a championship

These players really stepped up in Week 17, the championship round for most fantasy football leagues.

Dec 31, 2023; Landover, Maryland, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) celebrates a TD reception against the Commanders.
Dec 31, 2023; Landover, Maryland, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) celebrates a TD reception against the Commanders. / Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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For most fantasy football leagues, the championship round took place this weekend just as the calendar turned from 2023 into 2024.

If you had some of the players listed here on your roster, you might be celebrating a championship along with the new year. If you went against some of these players, it's also possible that your year ended on a sour note.

Looking across each position, here were the heroes of the fantasy football championship game.

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Dec 31, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) warms up ahead of his team's Week 17 game. / Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens: In what was considered the biggest game in Week 17 and one of the biggest games of the season, Lamar Jackson absolutely dissected the Miami Dolphins, all but cementing himself as this season's MVP.

He threw for 321 yards and five touchdowns while also rushing for 35 yards. That equals a lot of fantasy points, enough to nearly single-handedly win you your game this week.

Joe Flacco, Cleveland Browns: Flacco got things started for the championship round on Thursday night by putting together an incredible performance against a tough Jets defense. He had nearly 300 yards passing at halftime. Hopefully, you didn't leave him on your bench.