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Matthew Stafford has quietly been one of the more solid fantasy quarterbacks to own in recent years, but he may not be a reliable option as we head towards the fantasy playoffs this season.

Stafford averaged 36.7 pass attempts per game per game over the past four seasons, which is a big reason why he's been so consistent. However, he hasn't thrown more than 36 passes in a single game since he logged 52 attempts in Detroit's Week 2 shootout loss to the 49ers.

While it's a concerning trend, it's by no means a sign of regression for the 10-year veteran. In fact, Stafford has been very solid since Week 3, averaging 18.02 fantasy points per game while turning the ball over just once over that span.

However, his decrease in pass attempts just so happens to coincide with Kerryon Johnson's emergence as the lead running back in Detroit. If the rookie running back keeps playing at a high level, Stafford's pass attempts could continue to decrease.

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