College: Georgia | 10 years
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 220 lbs
Birth Date: 2/7/1988
2019 Bye Week: 5
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 QB
Stafford had one of his worst seasons of his career, scoring just 21 touchdowns. He finished 20th overall in fantasy quarterback scoring. The entire Lions offense struggled, though, because of injuries and trade (Golden Tate). Stafford felt the impact of this, leading to arguably his worst statistical season as a full-time starter. He did complete 66 percent of his passes, which was a positive, but averaged just 6.81 yards per pass attempt. Stafford broke a streak of three straight seasons as a top-10 fantasy quarterback. He will look to rebound this year in the Lions pass-friendly offense. Before last season, Stafford had seven straight 4,000-yard seasons and three of those seasons with 30-plus scores. Stafford has a huge arm, moves around the pocket well and is a big, strong quarterback. He will force some passes, but has really improved on that in recent years. He has taken his game to a new level in recent seasons before last season's hiccup.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Stafford is a good buy-low candidate. He has a track record of success and been a top-10 fantasy quarterback in recent seasons. But even with that said, consider him a top No. 2 quarterback and platoon player. Stafford will throw for around 4,300 yards and get around 30 touchdowns.
After seven straight seasons as a top-15 fantasy quarterback five of which featured top-10 finishes the 2018 season wasnt kind to Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who struggled all year and finished as the overall QB20. Stafford threw for under 4000 yards for the first time as a full-time starter, and while he completed a higher percentage of his passes than he did in 2016 or 2017, he finished with just 21 touchdown passes, his fewest since 2012. Factor in his usual double-digit interceptions, and 2018 was a year that Stafford, Lions fans, and Stafford fantasy owners would love to forget. But will he bounce back in 2019? The Lions added Danny Amendola to their receiving room, but at this point, he wont be a great replacement for the traded Golden Tate. Rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson should help, but the Lions, behind Kerryon Johnson, are likely to depend more on their running game this year. Staffords career history suggest he can return to the top-10 at the quarterback position, but last years performance and the small improvements the team made this offseason suggest that fantasy owners shouldnt have much confidence in that, especially as younger quarterbacks continue to improve around the league. Staffords a solid, late-round pick to be your teams backup quarterback, but look elsewhere for someone to trust as your fantasy starter.
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Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) played all 16 games in 2018 to run his consecutive-starts streak to 128 despite reportedly finishing the season with broken bones in his back, according to Mike O'Hara of the team's website. 'He had a broken back last year. Broken bones in his back. ... It's been reported. I read that. Word gets out in the NFL,' O'Hara said during a recent episode of his weekly podcast with WJR's Ken Brown.
Fantasy Spin: Stafford played through a multitude of injuries last season - chest, finger and back among them. His production slowed down considerably around midseason and took another hit in December, although most of his supporting cast was already gone or out for the season at that point. Detroit is talking up its desire to be a running team, but it's a safe bet Stafford will still perform at a solid QB2 level in fantasy if he stays healthier in 2019.
The Detroit Lions selected Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson with the No. 8 overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft. He becomes only the fourth tight end in history to go in the top 10 picks. The Lions also selected Eric Ebron in the top 10 picks just a few years ago, but they saw him post a big season with the Colts in 2018. Detroit could really use some production at the position to help quarterback Matthew Stafford. Hockenson should be the clear top pass-catching rookie tight end. He has big upside, but be careful not to overvalue him in redraft leagues. Not only can Hockenson catch passes, but he's also an excellent blocker.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was the target of an attempted trade by the Miami Dolphins during the 2018 offseason, according to multiple league sources.
Fantasy Spin: A year later, Ryan Tannehill is gone, Ryan Fitzpatrick is in but the Dolphins are still searching for their franchise QB. Expect Miami to strike in the first round of the draft.
Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn said on Monday that the team is open to selecting a quarterback with the No. 8 pick of this year's draft, even with Matthew Stafford on the roster. "We're in a position now with the eighth overall pick that the whole draft board is really wide open to us. We're not going to really eliminate any prospects," Quinn said. Even though Stafford had one of his worst seasons in 2018, the team is still standing by him as the starting quarterback. Detroit is probably unlikely to actually select a QB that early, but weirder things have happened before. They could also be a candidate to trade down and secure more draft picks later on.