During the fantasy football season, owners will scramble to find the hottest names on the waiver wire, hoping to add the next big thing, replace an injured player or simply improve depth. Solid finds on the wire can be the difference between making the playoffs and lamenting an unsuccessful season.
But in the fantasy playoffs, it's all about the stars you have on your team. The wire isn't chock full of potential starters like it is earlier in the year. Valuable handcuffs have probably taken a back seat to the incumbents who returned from injuries. Teams have made adjustments and slowed down streaky players.
Nope, in the playoffs the team with the most stars—and more importantly, those stars that are consistently producing—generally wins. Mediocre teams may be able to sneak into the playoffs, but they won't survive.
So with that in mind, let's take a closer look at a handful of stars who look poised to help their owners move on in the playoffs this week. If you own one of the seven players (or more), congratulations—good things are on the horizon.