College: Georgia | 12 years
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 220 lbs
Birth Date: 2/7/1988
2020 Bye Week: 5
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 QB
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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been cleared to play football after a COVID-19 test resulted in a false positive. Stafford commented, "I want to play football. I want to be out there", in addressing a situation he referred to as "scary". The veteran quarterback was on his way to one of the best seasons of his professional career last year, passing for 2,499 yards and 19 touchdowns in only eight games. But a fractured back ended his season Stafford and his fantasy value will be weighed down by the specter of that injury heading into fantasy drafts.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was removed from the COVID-19 list and placed back onto the active roster Tuesday, Aug. 4. His positive test for COVID-19 was determined to be a false-positive.
Fantasy Spin: Any concern over his status and availability for the regular season should be gone. He's a strong target as a low-end QB1.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Aug. 1.
Fantasy Spin: Stafford will be sidelined for an undisclosed period of time, so fantasy players should keep an eye on the situation. He can be a low-end No. 1 or a high-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback this season if he is healthy.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford recorded a league-leading 82.7 QBR from inside the pocket in 2019, posting a 66.2 completion percentage, 8.8 yards per attempt and 17 touchdowns to three interceptions.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford recently worked out with FB Nick Bawden, WR Jamal Agnew and TE Jesse James.
Fantasy Spin: Stafford missed part of last season because of an injury but should be ready for the start of the 2020 season. He has posted solid numbers over the last several season and can be considered a low-end No. 1 or a high-end No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) was seen working out with teammates in a video shared to social media by the team Thursday, June 25.
Fantasy Spin: While going against recommendations shared by the NFLPA, it's good to see Stafford is able to put in the early extra work. His 312.4 passing yards per game through eight contests in 2019 was his highest YPG average since 2011 and his 8.6 yards per attempts were a career-best. He'll be a high-floor QB1 likely to be available in the latter third of drafts.
Sheila Ford Hamp took on principal ownership and chairwoman duties of the Detroit Lions from her mother Martha Firestone Ford, who stepped down from the role on Tuesday. Hamp said she would support the coaches and general manager if they thought it was a good idea to sign free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Matthew Stafford is returning from injury as the starter in 2020, with Chase Daniel likely the backup and David Blough as the third-stringer. Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL since 2016, the year in which he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and social injustice. If Kap was to sign with a team for the 2020 season, it'd most likely just be as a backup, which would make him unlikely to return any fantasy value.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford played in just eight games last season because of injury, but he remained consistent under pressure when he was on the field. His passer rating of 84.2 while under pressure and his plus-2.2 percent completion rate above expectation are impressive considering that he threw more than 30 percent of his under-pressure throws into tight windows. Stafford's combined passer rating under pressure of 83.8 is the third-best mark of any qualified quarterback since 2016, trailing just Matt Ryan and Alex Smith. The 32-year-old was on pace for a great finish in 2019 if he hadn't gotten hurt, and many expect him to pick up right where he left off in 2020. Stafford is a borderline QB1 and makes for a great fantasy backup.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's average throw depth was 10.6 yards in 2019 - tied for the highest mark by a quarterback with at least 250 pass attempts since at least 2015. It was also his best mark over that same span by 2.6 yards per throw.
Fantasy Spin: A fair amount of credit goes to Kenny Golladay, who averaged 18.3 yards per catch and amassed 28 receptions that covered at least 15 yards (although only 15 came prior to Stafford's season-ending back injury). With that said, 60 of Stafford's 187 completions resulted in plays of 15 or more yards. Stafford was on pace for his best fantasy season since 2011 prior to getting hurt, and there's a very reasonable chance he'll be able to pick up where he left off this season and serve as a low-end QB1 at worst.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was on pace for 4,998 yards and 38 touchdowns when his 2019 season ended prematurely because of a back injury.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was one of three quarterbacks to finish inside the top five in QBR against man coverage (78.5; fifth) and versus zone coverage (77.6; third) in 2019, according to ESPN's Matt Bowen.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford hasn't given much thought to trade rumors earlier this year and has always prepared as if he'd be the team's quarterback in 2020 and for many years to come. The rumors started with the possibility that the Lions would draft Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa at No. 3 overall. Stafford also put his suburban Detroit home on the market on Thursday for $6.5 million. But the family putting the house on the market has nothing to do with trade rumors surrounding Stafford earlier this year. His back, which cost him the second half of last season, is fully healthy. The veteran QB spent time throwing with Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola before the coronavirus pandemic. He's gotten in workout sessions recently with rookies D'Andre Swift and Quintez Cephus and tight end Isaac Nauta. If back to full healthy, Stafford could pick up where he left off as a solid QB1 for fantasy owners in 2020.
Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn said that quarterback Matthew Stafford (back) would be able to fully participate if offseason programs were to start next week. Stafford checks in with Quinn weekly and is working out and is a full go. The 32-year-old was having one of the best seasons of his career in 2019 before his back injury, as he finished with 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games for the Lions. Stafford had been one of the more durable quarterbacks in the league before last year's injury, so fantasy owners should feel comfortable taking him as a low-end QB1 in 2020 drafts this fall, especially now that he's already back to full health.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) would be a full participant if the offseason program were to begin next week, according to general manager Bob Quinn.
Fantasy Spin: Stafford has been linked to the trade market this offseason, and he has a world of arm talent. He just has yet to put it together or have the supporting cast to go along with good health. He'll be a back-end QB1 option that could boom or bust.
The Detroit Lions agreed to a five-year, $50 million deal with offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai on Monday, according to a source. He should start at right tackle in 2020 and beyond in Detroit and help protect quarterback Matthew Stafford. Vaitai has made just 20 starts in 55 career games but was highly coveted by several teams on the open market. He was pretty efficient on the right side of the Eagles offensive line in 2019.
The Detroit Lions will not select Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in this year's draft, according to a source that ESPN.com's Matthew Berry highly trusts. Berry said there is "no chance" that happens. The Lions have the No. 3 pick behind the Bengals at No. 1 and Redskins at No. 2. Cincinnati is expected to take LSU's Joe Burrow, but the Lions are content with Matthew Stafford and are expected to go the defensive route with the third overall selection. It's possible another team trades up at No. 4 with the Giants to take Tagovailoa. If that doesn't happen, seeing Tua go to the Dolphins at No. 5 wouldn't be a shock at all.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) is 'completely healed' from the fracture in his back that cost him the final eight games of the 2019 season, according to his wife via social media.
Fantasy Spin: There's been a ton of speculation this offseason that Stafford's days might be numbered in Detroit, but just about everyone with a say in the Lions' organization has denied that. Stafford was on track for one of the best years of his career prior to going down, and it is a reasonable bet he'll need to post QB1 numbers yet again in 2020 if Detroit doesn't add a significant amount of talent this offseason.
Several coaches and general managers around the National Football League believe that Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford wants to be traded to another team, according to Michael Silver of the NFL Network.
Fantasy Spin: Within the last few weeks, Lions head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn have both denied that Stafford will be traded this offseason. However, it is interesting to note that the rumors may continue to swirl due to the player's perceived dissatisfaction with the club rather than the team actively trying to move him. After missing half of the 2019 campaign due to back and hip injuries, Stafford should be viewed as a midrange QB1 option entering next season's fantasy drafts.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) has been the subject of offseason trade rumors, but head coach Matt Patricia shot down those reports Thursday, Feb. 27, in a NFL Network interview. 'It's comical,' Patricia said. 'Not interested in doing anything with that. It's not even a conversation. He's one of the reasons I came to Detroit.'
Fantasy Spin: Stafford just turned 32 and is coming off his first non-full season since 2010. He was playing some of his best football before the injury, averaging 312.3 passing yards and 2.4 TD passes over eight games. Barring a big surprise, he'll be back in Detroit and will deserve back-end QB1 fantasy consideration this offseason.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) has already resumed working out and will be ready to go for the start of the team's offseason program, according to general manager Bob Quinn Tuesday, Feb. 25.