Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
QB - #25 144.27 DET Active 7 years 28 6'3 226 @Staff_9

2015 Outlook: Solid/Safe Pick

Last updated on Dec-12-2015 by Shawn Childs


Week 14 DFS Update (12/12): Stafford played well in his last three games at home (819 passing yards and eight combined TDs with no Ints). The Lions had their hearts broken by a devastating game losing TD with no time left on the clock. On the year hehas two 300-yard passing games and two games with more than three TDs (both at home). The Rams rank 8th in the league in QB Fantasy defense, with some fade in the last four games (nine TDs and two 300-yard passing games). The biggest draw back for Stafford is their continued struggles running the ball. He is unplayable in the daily space in Week 14.

UPDATE (11/18): Stafford has been a low-end QB2 this season. He has upside, but this shouldn't come to a surprise to most. As usual, he has been very inconsistent this season. Stafford went from throwing for 188 yards, a TD and three interceptions one week, to throwing for 405 yards, four TDs and one interception the next week. That's pretty much the story of Stafford. It reminds us of what Jay Cutler has been for the majority of his career. He's hit or miss and very mistake prone.

Over the past four seasons, Stafford has attempted 2,626 passes (656.5 per season). Last year, his 602 attempts actually marked a career low for a full season. The growth of the Lions' defense led to Matthew not needing to carry the team on his back. His offensive line allowed 45 sacks, which was a four-year high and nearly doubled its 2013 total of 23. The key to Stafford's upside is the health of WR Calvin Johnson. Stafford has four straight 4,000-yard seasons, but his passing yards have declined in each of the last three years. He has a 35-42 career record. In 2014, Matthew had four 300-yard games and only two games with at least three TDs. Stafford will continue to throw a ton of passes, and he'll have even more upside if someone behind Johnson and Golden Tate steps up to give him a consistent third option. I'm kind of excited about the rookie Abdullah, whose quickness and pass-catching ability should help the Lions grow on offense. I expect Stafford to throw for 4500-plus yards, and 30 TDs is just about a layup if Calvin is healthy. Matthew is a steady top-10 Fantasy QB option with a great Fantasy playoffs schedule: at St. Louis, at New Orleans, & versus San Francisco.

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford

2015 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
Expert Mock
August 5th, 2015
12.02 Team Rozek - If you draft Brady, you need to take another high end QB2 and I was happy Stafford was still here. (Comments Added Mon Aug 3 11:29:15 p.m. ET 2015)
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