The fantasy football playoffs are about to begin, and this is the time of year when it can become tempting to get creative to increase your championship chances.

While taking risks is often necessary in fantasy football, it is also important to remember that if you made it to the playoffs, it was for a reason. This is not the time to abandon the players who helped you get there in favor of mediocre talents with strong matchups or recent flashes in the pan.

For example, Antonio Brown (WR, Steelers) had one of the best WR performances of the season last week against a very good CB in the Colts' Vontae Davis. Brown is simply too good to ever be benched.

Going into this week, many may be nervous about Julio Jones (WR, Falcons) heading into a matchup against the best CB in the league this year, Josh Norman of the Panthers. Norman has shut down many good WRs this year, and Jones is coming off a few bad weeks, but now is not the time to abandon one of the best receivers in the league. If you are in the playoffs, Jones probably is a huge reason why, and he has enough talent to overcome any matchup.

So, stick with last year's MVP Aaron Rodgers at QB. Don't bench Adrian Peterson (RB, Vikings) or Todd Gurley (RB, Rams) even though they may have recent struggles.

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While matchups and other factors are important when looking for a flex option or plugging a hole caused by injury, you are often best off relying on your studs no matter what.

Alex Case is amNY's fantasy football columnist.