These players may have cost fantasy football managers a championship

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  • Bucs RB ran out of steam
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Dec 31, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (5) is unable to reel in a catch against the Chiefs.
Dec 31, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (5) is unable to reel in a catch against the Chiefs. / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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As the dust is still settling on your fantasy football championship game (provided your season ended in Week 17), you may still be getting over the players who didn't perform well enough for you to win. Or maybe you played against some of these players and were awarded with a trophy due to their shortcomings.

For some of these players, it's hard to look at them in a negative light as they likely carried you to that championship game. But for others, the wheels were starting to fall off and it just caught up to you and your team at the wrong time.

Let's take a look back at Week 17 and look at the players who probably cost their managers a chance to win it all.

Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
Dec 31, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) is brought down in Tampa Bay. / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints: Alvin Kamara was given 12 touches in the first half of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but he was able to get just 49 total yards before an ankle injury knocked him out of the game at halftime.

This was a big blow to lineups as Kamara was likely the RB1 or RB2 for most teams playing in the championship game.

Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys: Tony Pollard had to be one of the most disappointing players of the entire fantasy season. Without Ezekiel Elliott on the roster, it looked like he had clear sailing to be one of the top RBs this season.

Against the Detroit Lions, he was given 16 carries but churned out just 49 yards while also catching one pass for no gain. That's not even six fantasy points in most leagues.