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The last dance
By Tom Carpenter
Special to ESPN.com
Mark J. Rebilas/US Presswire
Frank Gore and his Niners teammates make for intriguing plays this week (and next?).
Well, there's no way around it. We've hit the end of the road in fantasyland. As nice as it is to be able to rap about offseason moves, the draft, minicamps and the latest rumors all spring and summer, the fact is there will be just three more football games played this season and then statistical nothingness, an empty space in your soul where football stats once filled the void.
To make matters worse for fantasy football junkies like us, this will be the last weekend we set our lineups for the Gridiron Challenge, because your conference championship lineup will remain the same for the Super Bowl. While the downside is that you have just one more chance to display your fantasy football acumen, the upside is we will test it on a new level over this stretch. That's because you'll need to factor who will advance to the Super Bowl into your process of deciding which players to use. You'll need to focus on players you think will have big games and win this week so they can pile up fresh stats in the Super Bowl.
With the end in sight, let's see who looks like the top plays for the stretch run:
With four starters available -- Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco and Colin Kaepernick -- picking your starters shouldn't be a convoluted process. Basically, you should simply take the two quarterbacks you think will win this weekend and earn a spot in the Super Bowl. Personally, I like the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers to win. Coincidentally, or perhaps not so much, I think Brady and Kaepernick are in the best position to have big games in the conference championships. ... MORE
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