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The Fantasy Playoffs mimic the NFL Stretch-run
We're at a point of the NFL season where a lot of subtle shifts take place. Young players are physically or mentally wearing down. Most quarterbacks will see a slight deterioration in arm strength down the stretch due to their workload — and defenses know it. And speaking of defenses, they've seen enough tape on their upcoming opponents to have solid game plans to stop or limit an offense's staple plays.
Last week's Top 10 shared some of these developments including Travis Kelce's gigantic day and the underlying question of Patrick Mahomes II' decision-making mindset that led to another big week for the two in Baltimore that included more daring plays. You learned how the Lions thwarted some dangerous elements of the Rams' passing game and it served as intel for the Bears defense on Sunday night.
Dallas' defense continues its emergence but it was the strategic adjustment that Amari Cooper made on a staple play of the Cowboys offense that helped make the difference against the Eagles this weekend. Neither Justin Jackson nor Dante Pettis delivered impressively for fantasy players this weekend, but Spencer Ware — an option this writer and many others tabbed as a top stretch-run target — emerged as a fantasy option against a tough Ravens defense.
Rookies Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen have similar stats and are ironically doing similar things for their respective offenses despite those offenses beginning with opposite intentions for them. This week, the Top 10 will highlight the similarities and differences of their execution.
Wrapping up this column is a series of miscellaneous thoughts about players based on this week and the month ahead and of course, Fresh Fish.
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