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By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Aug 18th 11:17am EDT

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.

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Sat, Aug 9th 9:00pm EDT

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.

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Aug 8th 10:48am EDT

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.

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Jul 28th 12:02pm EDT

"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.

By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Jul 23rd 2:43pm EDT

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.

The New York Times | Aug 22nd
Can only get better with new OC Joe Lombardi, a legitimate WR2 in Tate and new TE Ebron.
Legion Report | Aug 22nd
We like Stafford to take an even bigger step forward this year. With the acquisition of Golden Tate and Eric Ebron, Stafford adds more sizzle to an arsenal that already included Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. Reggie Bush stated that the Lions New Offensive Scheme is “exactly the same” as the one he learned with the Saints. With new OC Joe Lombardi aboard (Previously spending his last 7 seasons in New Orleans) look for him to bring an up-tempo look to the Detroit Offense in 2014. During Lombardi’s time in the NOLA, their offense ranked: 1st, 2nd, 6th, 1st, 1st & 4th in Total Offense. We’re buying the Detroit Offense and recommending Stafford as a no doubt QB for 2014.
The Football Girl | Aug 22nd
Numbers have been volume-dependent, but little reason to think volume will ebb.
Fantasy Sports LR | Aug 22nd
In the only three full seasons in his career, Stafford is averaging 4885 yards and sees a massive upgrade in context this season. Pass catching backs, improving TE/WR positions, Calvin Johnson presumed healthy... Detroit should still be in its share of shootouts, leaving lots of scoring for Stafford and co.
The Fake Football | Aug 22nd
The addition of Golden Tate is going to be a huge one for Stafford, but getting a more efficient offense from Joe Lombardi is going to help even more.
Fantasy Team Advice | Aug 21st
Stafford has all the weapons to be one of the top QB's in the game today, the only question is can he bring his ridiculous TO ratio down (52 total INT's the past 3 seasons). He should finish right around 5000 passing yards and 30 TD's this season, as new OC Joe Lombardi will ask him to throw just as often as years past.
Breaking Football | Aug 21st
There is another level for Stafford if he can refine sloppy mechanics. Until that happens, he will struggle with consistency. Still, he's easily a top-10 fantasy QB.
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru | Aug 21st
He can be a turnover machine, but he does put up over 4,000 yards and around 30 TDs a year.
FFLockerRoom | Aug 20th
We really believe that Stafford makes the jump this year into a prime-time fantasy football quarterback. We can't give him a top-tier rating just yet, but with Calvin Johnson and company to throw to and a backfield loaded with running backs who can catch the ball, Stafford should produce explosive numbers. He comes in at a positive 0.375 on the FFLockerRoom True Proficiency Game Average.
Fantasy Football Empire | Aug 20th
Draft with confidence, especially after Manning, Rodgers, and Brees are off the board.
Yahoo! Sports | Aug 19th
Can count on high pass volume, and has WR Tate, TE Ebron now to go w/ MegaTron
Fantasy Football Maniax | Aug 19th
He has been a train wreck as a NFL quarterback the last two years, but finished 11th in 2012 and 7th in 2013 among fantasy quarterbacks. He's a fantasy QB1 as long as he is paired with All-Pro WR Calvin Johnson. The addition of free agent WR Golden Tate and rookie TE Eric Ebron could help his value even more in 2014. Stafford has reportedly looked great early in training camp.
Breaking Football | Aug 11th
It’s the third round of your fantasy football draft, you already have a stud running back and wide receiver locked down and you’re looking for a quarterback. Andrew Luck and Matthew Stafford are both on the board. Both have great upside, but who’s going to carry you to the promised land? Keep reading to find out: The Case For Andrew Luck: A (hopefully) much improved receiving cor...