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Packers, waiver-wire stars among most popular players for fantasy champions

Regardless of whether your season-long fantasy football league ran through Week 16 or Week 17, a champion has been crowned. Hopefully, things broke your way, and you'll be basking in the glory of your title and talking smack with everyone in your league for the next year.

Whether or not you came out on top, there are some things we can glean from this season to take into 2017 by examining which players were owned most by those who did win it all. Here are the top 10 players:

To begin with, those who were willing to use a first-round pick on the relatively unproven David Johnson and suspended Le'Veon Bell were well rewarded, as they were on more championship teams than any other players this season. Of course, both will continue to carry question marks into 2017, since Johnson suffered a knee injury in Week 17 and Bell has had his own injury issues and carries the risk of being suspended again.

The potent Atlanta Falcons offense also made an impact, but it was quarterback Matt Ryan and kicker Matt Bryant -- not Julio Jones or Devonta Freeman -- who made their marks on championship rosters

However, no team came through more than the Green Bay Packers, who had Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery and Jordy Nelson in the top 12. Rodgers and Nelson are no surprise, though there was risk in betting on Nelson's surgically repaired knee. However Adams and Montgomery were waiver-wire stars, proving once again that diligently working free agency each week is critical to fantasy success.

Let's also take a look at the breakdown by position, examining the top five at quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end:

Of course, Montgomery stands out because ESPN gave him the rare honor of being eligible at both RB and WR, which helped his owners use him wherever he fit best in their lineups on a given week.

We also see plenty of star quarterbacks here, but let's not forget there are enough high-end quarterbacks available that there is no need to reach for them early in drafts. To wit, Ryan was a steal with an ADP of 114 (as was a suspended Brady at 66), while Cam Newton and Russell Wilson had ADPs of 16 and 34, respectively, but were on less than eight percent of championship rosters.

Beyond the aforementioned Packers waiver-wire wonders, we see wideouts Tyreek Hill, Tyrell Williams, running back Jordan Howard and tight ends Kyle Rudolph and Eric Ebron, each of whom could have been added to your roster in most leagues for nothing during the season.