Detroit Lions's quarterback finally came through for fantasy owners, carving up the lifeless Bears' defense 390 yards and two scores. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Stafford has had a couple of tough outings, but the cure for a struggling offense is the Chicao Bears defense. Stafford looked comfortable in the pocket and delivered strikes all afternoon. His schedule is great down the stretch, so hopefully this game will mark the beginning of a strong finish to the fantasy season.
Detroit Lions' starting left tackle Riley Reiff is inactive for Week 13 against the Bears. Undrafted rookie Cornelius Lucas, who started 26 games at left tackle for Kansas State, will be protecting Matthew Stafford's blind side.
Fantasy Impact: Stafford has been sacked the second most times in the NFL this season (33) and losing his starting LT won't help reverse that trend. Still, the Bears have been torched by opposing quarterbacks on the road this year, so owners should still be starting Stafford with confidence. Hopefully this will be the game the Lions' offense starts to turn things around.
Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford has been sacked a total of 33 times already this season. Only Colin Kaepernick (34) has been sacked more times this season as Stafford finds himself just three sacks shy of his career-worst mark of 36 that was set in 2011. (Source: MLive.com)
Fantasy Impact: Stafford is getting taken down once every 12.6 dropbacks, a preposterous number that's helped contribute to his recent anemic play. Things may not get any better in Week 13, as there's a good chance the Lions will be missing LT Riley Reiff (knee) on a short week.
Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford struggled again in Week 12 against the New England Patriots, going 18 for 46 for 264, no scores and one pick. He also ran the ball 3 times for 18 yards. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Stafford posted a terrible 49.5 quarterback rating against the Patriots, failing to get anything going all afternoon. The Patriots did a good job of taking Stafford's favorite target Calvin Johnson out of the game, limiting him to only 4 receptions for 58 yards despite being targeted 10 times in the game. Not even garbage time could save Stafford's numbers in this one. However, the good news for fantasy owners is that the Lions play Chicago, Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Chicago again to close out the season. Which is clearly much more favorable than the previous two opponents Arizona and New England. Owners can hope Stafford has been saving his best for last.
Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford struggled in Week 11 when the Cardinals shadowed Stafford's main target Calvin Johnson with their best cover corner Patrick Peterson. Heading into a Week 12 match-up against the New England Patriots, Boston Herald's Jeff Howe believes the Patriots will take a similar approach by putting the larger, more physical Brandon Browner on Calvin Johnson and have Darrelle Revis man Golden Tate in Week 12. (Source: Jeff Howe on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Matthew Stafford owners need to proceed with caution once again as we've all see what happens to the quarterback's numbers when he can't get the ball in Calvin Johnson's hands. With New England being the favorite in this contest, one can hold out hope for some garbage time stats from Stafford, but this might be a good week to role with other options if available.
Detroit Lions' quarterback had a game to forget Sunday against Arizona, going 18 for 30 for 183 yards, one interception and no touchdowns. He was also sacked four times in the loss. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners did not want to see Stafford have a game like this. Despite becoming the youngest quarterback in NFL history to reach 20,000 passing yards, Stafford could barely move the chains against the smothering Arizona defense. On the bright side, the Lions' face a middle of the pack New England defense next, followed by two of their next four games being against a Chicago defense that's giving up the most points to opposing quarterbacks. Hopefully Stafford can right the ship next week.
Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford looked like more the quarterback most people expected when drafting him, despite the relatively tough match-up against Miami. Stafford completed 25 of 40 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns - including a 54-yard bomb to his favorite wide receiver Calvin Johnson. He also threw one pick. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Stafford played well with his top target back in action after being either "Out" or playing as a decoy the past four weeks. He looked Johnson's way a game-high 15 times but didn't forget about his other weapons either, targeting Golden Tate 13 times while also hitting Theo Riddick for the game-winning score late in the forth. Fantasy owners should be happy with the outcome and optimistic about Stafford remaining fantasy production.
Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford can look forward to the return of an "almost 100%" Calvin Johnson as the Lions come out of their Week 9 bye. (Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Stafford struggled with his top target limited or out in Weeks 6, 7 and 8. However, Stafford owners may finally be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as the return of Johnson, as well as a healthy Reggie Bush, should return Stafford to a weekly top 5 quarterback option. The Lions also close out the year against mediocre to just plain bad defenses including Chicago twice, Arizona's torch-able secondary, Minnesota and Tampa Bay.
Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford will be taking on the Atlanta Falcons in London, England, without several of his usual and reliable offense weapons. (Source: detroitlions.com)
Fantasy Impact: Despite the terrible Atlanta defense, Stafford is shaping up to be a tricky start once again. For the third straight game an ankle injury will keep Calvin Johnson out. Running back Reggie Bush, best used in the passing game, has been ruled inactive. While all three of Stafford's usual tight ends Joseph Fauria, Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew will all miss Week 8 with various injuries as well. Fortunately for the Lions, Atlanta's defense has been missing most of the season, so they may still have enough with Golden Tate, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick to put points on the board in this one. The Lions head into a bye-week in Week 9. Giving Stafford's missing weapons two full weeks to heal up.
Detroit Lions' quarterback led the Lions to a come from behind victory in Week 7 against the Saints. Despite being without Calvin Johnson, Stafford finished 27 of 40 for 299 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Matthew Stafford came alive in the fourth quarter, hooking up with Golden Tate on a 73 yard scoring play and later tossing the game winning touchdown to Corey Fuller. Saving what was shaping up to be another abysmal fantasy day.
The Detroit Lions' officially announced that wide receiver Calvin Johnson would not be active for Sunday's game against the Saints. Leaving quarterback Matthew Stafford without his main target once again. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Stafford has not been at his best without his favorite target. Meaning owners may be better off going with more promising quarterback options such as Carson Palmer, Kirk Cousins, Brian Hoyer and even Derek Carr.
Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford produced an underwhelming 185 yards and a score on 19 of 33 passing in the Week 6 win over Minnesota. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Instead of playing decoy as he did the previous two weeks, Calvin Johnson sat out Sunday's game - resulting in another sub-par performance from Stafford. Since Johnson's ankle injury, Stafford has seen his production decrease each week. In fact, he's averaged only 236 yards the last three weeks as opposed to over 294 yards his first three weeks with Johnson healthy. Currently there's talk of Johnson sitting out until the Lions' bye in Week 9, meaning Stafford owners may want to look elsewhere the next two weeks. Kirk Cousins, Derek Carr, Carson Palmer and even Brian Hoyer (at JAX Week 7) are potential replacements.
Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford went 18-of-31 for 221 yards and a touchdown. He was also picked off once in the game. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Stafford's struggles can be directly tied to Calvin Johnson's nagging ankle injury. Johnson aggravated the injury in Week 5 against the Bills, leaving Stafford unable to get things going. He did have an eight-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ebron reversed after replay, but that's little consolation to fantasy owners. Hopefully he and the rest of the Lions can get back on track in Week 6 against Minnesota.
Detroit Lions' quarterback went 24 of 34 for 293 and two passing touchdowns against the Jets in Week 4. He also added a rushing touchdown - his second of the season. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Despite his favorite target Calvin Johnson being severely limited by an ankle injury, Stafford managed to hook up with wide receiver Jeremy Ross for a long bomb in the second quarter. He was in clock-management mode for most of the fourth quarter. Stafford should remain a QB1 against the Bills in Week 5. Hopefully he'll have his number one target back to full health by then too.
Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford was not injured when a pedestrian bridge collapsed over the freeway as Stafford was driving to practice. (Source: MLive.com)
Fantasy Impact: The bridge collapsed around 6am Friday morning, stranding Stafford and other motorists on the freeway. The incident forced Stafford to abandon his car and get a ride into work from a Lions' employee. It's a strange story, but it shouldn't affect your plans to start Stafford this weekend against the Jets.
In what many expected to be a shootout, Matt Stafford and the Lions offense couldn't get much going against the Packers on Sunday. Stafford struggled to sustain drives, going 22 for 34 with 246 yards and 2 interceptions.
Fantasy Impact: After totaling 3 TDs in Week 1, Stafford has only 1 TD pass to his name in the following 2 games. The QB also threw his first interceptions of the year, giving fantasy owners very few fantasy points in Week 3. While he was extremely disappointing this week, Stafford remains one of the best fantasy QBs options week to week. Look for the former Bulldog to bounce back next week against the Jets.
Matthew Stafford finished his day against the Panthers going 27 of 48 passing for 291 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Fantasy Impact: This one was pretty much a 180 from the dominant display Stafford and the Lions put on last Monday against the Giants. Stafford couldn't sustain any drives all afternoon against a Panthers defense missing star Greg Hardy, leading the team to just 7 points. The Panthers D is still one of the better units in the NFL though, and Stafford is still a good bet to put up top 5 numbers at his position the rest of the way. Look for him to bounce back against an average Green Bay defense at home next Sunday.
Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford did a little bit of everything against the New York Giants in the season opener, completing 22 of 32 passes for 346 yards and 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for a score in the third quarter. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Stafford started the night going 8-for-8 while leading the Lions two touchdowns on each of their first two possessions. He continued to show great chemistry with his top target Calvin Johnson, but did manage to get both Reggie Bush and his new toy Golden Tate involved in the passing game as well. If Stafford can lower his interceptions and not force too many throws, he has the potential to finish as a top 3 fantasy QB this season.
Matthew Stafford completed 9-of-10 passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns in Friday night's preseason game against the Raiders. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Stafford is on the verge of having his best season as the Lions' starting quarterback. Not only does he have a new coaching staff that's been dedicated to fixing is occasionally questionable mechanics, but he's finally been provided with the playmakers he's been missing outside of Calvin Johnson. Stafford is currently being drafted as the fourth quarterback off the board in most leagues. He offers weekly top five consideration - especially given his division's relatively weak secondaries.
Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford played just one series of the Lions' first preseason game. He finished 2-for-3 for 16 yards. (Source: Paula Pasche on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Stafford hooked up with Golden Tate on a 14 yard bullet on the Lions' opening drive. Something we could see a lot of this season as Tate gives Stafford a legit number two receiver for once. With teams double teaming Calvin Johnson, Tate could be in line for a lot more targets than he saw in Seattle's run-centric offense.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has looked impressive in camp, and he's yet to throw even one interception. (Source: Detroit Free Press)
Fantasy Impact: After tossing a four-year high 19 picks last season, with 11 of them across the final six games, Lombardi has made it a point to get Stafford under control. If he can remain under control, Stafford is practically a lock for a top five finish in fantasy.
"His command of the offense is getting better," said Caldwell, who also told reporters that Stafford arrived at training camp looking like he spent the break learning and studying. (Source: Detroit News)
Fantasy Impact: The Lions made it a priority to stop Stafford's two year regression by adding a quarterback-friendly head coach as well as several new offensive weapons in WR Golden Tate and rookie TE Eric Ebron. If Stafford continues to progress in the new offense, and develop chemistry with his new teammates, he should be a weekly top-5 fantasy QB play.
Stafford enters his sixth training camp with a new head coach in Jim Caldwell, who's often been credited with improving the play of the great Peyton Manning, plus the sure-handed Golden Tate (ONLY FIVE dropped passes since 2011 according to ProFootballFocus) and rookie TE Eric Ebron.
Fantasy Impact: Stafford will have plenty of opportunities to increase his passing efficiency and show off his big play ability this season. Even if he doesn't repeat last season's 649 pass attempts, Stafford has never been surrounded with more offensive firepower. Which makes him arguably the fourth best QB option in drafts behind only Manning, Rodgers and Brees.
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