College: Georgia | 12 years
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 220 lbs
Birth Date: 2/7/1988
Depth Chart: QB.1
2020 Bye Week: 5
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 QB
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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford could surprise in fantasy heading into the team's Week 3 matchup against the Cardinals. It has been a brutal start for the Lions combined with mediocre production from the Lions offense. Stafford, through two games, has passed for three touchdowns, two interceptions and is completing only 58.7% of his passes. He will go up against a Cardinals Defense that is allowing the seventh fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. But Arizona has lined up against Jimmy Garoppolo and Dwayne Haskins Jr., two quarterbacks that do not enjoy the talent that Stafford possesses. With star receiver Kenny Golladay returning to practice and on course to play in Week 3, Stafford could finally fulfill the fantasy buzz he garnered in the offseason.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 20-of-33 passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers.
Fantasy Spin: Stafford flirted with 300 yards last week and he did a decent job in this one, but his numbers have been more of the QB2 variety to date. He'll look for better results in Week 3 against the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 20-of-33 passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the Lions 42-21 loss to the Packers. Green Bay's offense was simply too much as the Lions were playing from two-scores behind for most of the second half. Stafford was able to lead the offense on some solid drives early but Detroit's banged-up defense was no match for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Stafford's numbers are fairly decent but the offense will have to do a lot better if they hope to avoid falling to 0-3 next week.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will face another NFC North rival in Week 2 against the Packers. Stafford passed for 297 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the team's loss to the Bears in Week 1 but completed only 57.1% of his passes. The veteran passer got off to a strong start but completely disappeared in the second half and now will face a Packers Defense that was really tough on quarterbacks in 2019. Green Bay's defense allowed the fourth fewest fantasy points last season to opposing passers, including 17 interceptions. Stafford may also be without top wide receiver Kenny Golladay, further sending Stafford outside of the top-12 among quarterbacks for Week 2.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 24-of-42 passes for 297 yards, one touchdowns and one interception in the Week 1 game against the Chicago Bears. He also ran five times for 23 yards.
Fantasy Spin: Stafford is healthy again and that's great news, even though the fourth quarter was forgettable for he and the offense. He remains a low-end QB1 in most fantasy leagues heading into Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 24-of-42 passes for 297 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Lions 27-23 loss to the Bears in Week 1. Stafford executed some exceptionally clean drives but not having star receiver Kenny Golladay was not ideal. The Lions took a 17-point lead and began running the football but really struggled once the Bears began to mount a comeback. Stafford's interception wasn't his fault but hurts the final fantasy box score and will look to bounce back in Week 2.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford enters the 2020 season with plenty of bounce-back buzz but could underwhelm in Week 1. Stafford was en route to a career season in 2019 but a fractured back ended his season. The veteran passer is garnering plenty of top-10 quarterback buzz but will go up against a Bears Defense that allowed the second fewest fantasy points to opposing passers last season. Chicago's defense held opponents to only 16 passing touchdowns in 2019 and, in 18 career games against the Bears, Stafford has thrown 21 interceptions. The arrow is certainly pointing up for Stafford's season as a whole, but fantasy teams may need to temper expectations for Week 1.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford's ceiling will be one of the harder to read determinations heading into fantasy drafts. The 32-year-old was on pace for 38 touchdowns and 4,000+ yards last season until a fractured back ended his season. When healthy, Stafford can easily be a top-10 fantasy talent among quarterbacks. But his health status undoubtedly muddies the waters despite Stafford throwing for 4,000 yards or more in seven different seasons throughout his career. The veteran currently sits at 13 among quarterbacks in our Rotoballer.com rankings but a case could be made that Stafford has the talent to put up QB1 numbers this season.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford in 2019 had a deep-pass percentage of 20 percent -- double his 2018 percentage of 10 -- according to Pro Football Focus data.
Fantasy Spin: Stafford played in only half of the season and finished with a career-high 8.6 yards per attempt. More importantly, he finished third among fantasy QBs who started at least eight games with an average of 25.9 fantasy points per outing. If you decide to wait on quarterback in your draft, Stafford is a prime target.
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.