Fantasy football » Week 17: Don’t throw away these keepers

For some of you, this is your championship week. For others, another season of fantasy football is in the books. And if you need another reason to take my advice, I captured two trophies in my three leagues — including one championship.

Now, for those who are in keeper leagues, it’s wise to have early thoughts on who you want to keep for next season.

Obviously, Peyton Manning, LaDainian Tomlinson, Randy Moss and Antonio Gates are no-brainers, but there may be a couple of players on your roster who may have guided you to a great season. And you should reward them by bringing them back for another year.

GOOD KEEPERS

» Marques Colston: This guy has been lighting up opposing defenders since he entered the league in 2006. He’s still getting Pro Bowl snubs, but eventually he’s going to kick that door down. Going into the final week, he has 90 catches for 1,108 yards and nine touchdowns. It’s your duty to bring him back.

» Brian Westbrook: People are often turned off by his tendency to get injured, but this season, the running back has been the only constant for the Philadelphia Eagles. And if you’re in a points-per-reception league, you already know that he racked up more fantasy points than L.T. Donovan McNabb’s future is in question, but whoever is under center, it’s certain that Westbrook will be there to pile up the rushing (as well as receiving) yards.

» Ben Roethlisberger: If you don’t have Manning, Tom Brady or Tony Romo, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback is about the next best on the list. His upside is better than Matt Hasselbeck or Derek Anderson and you’re almost certain what to expect out of him each week (you couldn’t say that a year ago).

STONE-COLD LOCK

Ryan Grant vs. Lions: This Green Bay Packers’ running back came out of nowhere and is just 101 yards away from 1,000 yards despite the Packers opening the season with Brandon Jackson as the starter. Though the Pack don’t have much to play for, Grant will want that 1,000 yards. And it comes in an opportune time as they face a Lions defense that allows 112.9 yards a game and has also given up 18 rushing TDs, second-most in the league.

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