By Brian Ruiz, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Apr 30th 11:01pm EDT
With the 28th pick in the draft the Lions selected the big Guard out of Duke. The Lions traded down with the Broncos to acquire two fifth round picks and OL Manny Ramirez.
Fantasy Impact: Matt Stafford gets a big add in to his OL, with two possible starters coming in. Stafford spent most of the season being chased after playing behind a makeshift line this pick can only bring value to the entire Lions offense.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Tue, Mar 31st 3:06pm EDT
Detroit Lions' head coach Jim Caldwell is confident quarterback Matthew Stafford will continue to "grow and develop." (Source: detroitlions.com
Fantasy Impact: "He has all those things in abundance," said Caldwell. "I just think you’ll continue to see him grow and develop." Now 27, Stafford has proven to be a quarterback the Lions can win with, but his progress has been frustratingly incremental.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Mar 27th 1:29pm EDT
Detroit Lions' head coach Jim Caldwell expressed a desire to run a more balanced offense next season. "When I tell you that we're not going to throw the ball any more than we threw it (last year), that's a fact," Caldwell said. "If we do throw it more, that means we're behind, we're struggling, we're not winning, we're not a very good football team, plain and simple." (Source: Detroit Free Press
Fantasy Impact: Stafford owners shouldn't worry. Stafford's career low 602 attempts last year were still good for the fifth most attempts in the league. Plus, the Lions have done nothing this off-season but lose key members of its defense. Something that will surely increase the odds of garbage time, come-from-behind drives for the Lions' offense.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Mar 13th 5:00pm EDT
The Detroit Lions have officially lost both Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley to free agency, which could actually bold well for Matthew Stafford's 2015 fantasy statistics. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Having a bad defense has helped Stafford pad his fantasy stats in the past. Last season the Lions' defense finished second in total defense while Stafford attempted a career-low 602 pass attempts throughout a full season. In 2011 and 2012, when the Lions defense finished 22 and 27 respectively, Stafford attempted 663 and 727 passes. Whether or not the loss of Suh and Fairley will drop Detroit into the back half of the league's defenses remains to be seen. But with the lack of positive news to report so far this off-season, at least Stafford owners might have something to look forward to.
By Drew Bradley, Lions Correspondent, Tue, Feb 24th 2:37am EST
In 2014, Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford increased his wins and completion percentage while throwing less interceptions, but it was hard to ignore that the Lions' offense was less potent than in recent years. Detroit Lions' GM Martin Mayhew admits that the transition into the new offensive system was slower than he had expected, but he believes that the entire offense will take a huge step forward next year. Specifically, he believes that Matthew Stafford and OC Joe Lombardi are on the same page now, and we can expect the return of his prolific offensive statistics in 2015. (Source: mLive.com
Fantasy Impact: It would be surprising to hear anything else from Mayhew at this point, but it is definitely encouraging to hear that he doesn't think that we are seeing a "new" Matt Stafford that puts up pedestrian numbers. The Lions have a lot of question marks this offseason, but there should be very little shuffling among his key offensive weapons. Don't be surprised if Stafford has a big year.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Jan 4th 7:56pm EST
Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford finished Sunday's Wild Card match-up against the Dallas Cowboys going 28 for 42 with 323 yards, one touchdown and one interception. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Stafford was sacked three times in the game, with the last one being a strip sack to end it. The performance was a familiar one for Stafford owners as the promising quarterback failed to take his game to the next level once again. However, Stafford's supporting cast should keep him in the top 5 quarterback conversation heading into 2015 drafts, but past owners might be a bit too gun-shy to pull the trigger on him next year.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Dec 29th 9:41am EST
Detroit Lions' quarterback did enough to help his fantasy owners in a Week 17 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Stafford completed only 20 of his 41 pass attempts for 217 yards, but he did manage to complete three of those passes for touchdowns. He also added 29 yards on four carries in the game. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: In reality, it wasn't a very good game for Stafford. However, daily gamers and fantasy owners still competing for a league title will take the three touchdowns any way you look at it. Regardless, this has to be seen as a disappointing year for anyone who draft Stafford hoping to get a top 5 fantasy season. Instead, Stafford finishes 15th amongst fantasy quarterbacks in standard league scoring with only 229.4 total fantasy points to his name. The games he was without Calvin Johnson no doubt hurt his production, but anything short of a top 10 season seems inexcusable. Hopefully Stafford will be able to put together a consistently better 2015 season.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Dec 22nd 10:01pm EST
Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford was a disappointment for fantasy owners in Week 16, throwing no touchdowns, two interceptions and only 243 yards against the terrible Chicago Bear defense. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners counting on Stafford were left holding the bag, as Stafford pulled a disappearing act at the most inconvenient time. Stafford was up and down all season long, but he should have had a better game than this. Teams still competing in Week 17 probably don't have a better option than to start Stafford against the Green Bay Packers.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 10:41am EST
Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford disappointed fantasy owners against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, going 17 of 28 for 153 yards and one touchdown. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: The Lions' offense really struggled against the Vikings' solid defense in Week 15. Stafford in particular just could not seem to get things going, and when he did manage to ignite a drive, he just couldn't finish them the way he has in recent weeks. If owners advanced despite Stafford's performance, they should give him one last shot (it will be championship week after all) against the Chicago Bears' leaky defense.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Tue, Dec 9th 4:19pm EST
Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford was seen as a top 5 fantasy option heading into the 2014 season. However, things didn't work out that way as injuries to key offensive weapons Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and, to a lesser extent Joseph Fauria, as well as the slow development of rookie tight end Eric Ebron, led to several sub-par performances. However, the recent friendly schedule is helping Stafford make it up to fantasy owners who stuck by him and still make the playoffs, or those smart enough to take him off a frustrated owner's hands. (Source: detroitlions.com
Fantasy Impact: In the last two games Matthew Stafford has completed 75.6 percent of his passes against the Chicago Bears and 76.5 percent against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has 701 yards passing, five TDs and no interceptions. In fact, Stafford's only thrown one interception in his last 134 pass attempts. The good times should continue to roll with match-ups against the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears to close the season. Leaving Stafford an easy QB 1 play, even in 8-team fantasy leagues.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 11:16pm EST
Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 26 of 34 passes for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Stafford has now rewarded his owners with back-to-back terrific outings. Things should continue to look up as the Lions host the Vikings in Week 15, who just allowed Geno Smith to hang 254 yards on them. Stafford should be a top 5 QB play the rest of the fantasy season.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Dec 4th 10:45am EST
Detroit Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford is coming off his best performance of the year against Chicago. He completed over 75 percent of his passes for 390 yards and a couple touchdowns. He also didn’t throw an interception. That last part will be key for Stafford down the stretch as last year Stafford turned the ball over six times in the Lions’ final four games last season. Dooming both his real team and, more importantly, fantasy teams around the world. (Source: detroitlions.com
Fantasy Impact: Stafford has disappointed fantasy owners hoping to have a top 5 performer on their squad. But entering the final 3 weeks of the fantasy season, Stafford has a chance to redeem himself against one of the friendliest remaining schedules of all quarterbacks with games against Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Chicago. And unlike last season, not only does Stafford find himself surrounded by an improved supporting cast on offense, but the Lions are remarkably better on the other side of the ball too. The fact that they have the top scoring defense in the league this season should take the pressure off Stafford feeling like he has to win games all on his own. With all the above in mind, Stafford should be locked into fantasy lineups for the remainder of the season.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Nov 27th 6:18pm EST
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.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Thu, Nov 27th 11:27am EST
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.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Nov 26th 8:19am EST
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.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Nov 24th 12:29pm EST
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.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Nov 19th 10:40am EST
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.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Nov 17th 7:07am EST
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.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Nov 10th 7:34am EST
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.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Wed, Nov 5th 1:39pm EST
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.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Oct 26th 8:13am EDT
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.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Oct 19th 5:04pm EDT
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.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Oct 19th 11:50am EDT
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.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Oct 13th 2:50pm EDT
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.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Oct 5th 9:47pm EDT
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.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Sep 29th 7:59am EDT
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.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Fri, Sep 26th 11:56am EDT
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.
By Dale Redman, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 11:31am EDT
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.
By Steve Myette, Lions Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 4:23pm EDT
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.
By Dan Catterson, Lions Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 10:31pm EDT
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.
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.
EDSFootball | May 16th
Last weekend, we began a new and "slow" 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft. We are drafting 12 rounds with no kickers or team defenses so we are now halfway through the mock as Round 6 is in the books. View image | gettyimages.com Here are the Round 6 results of our 2015 Fantasy Football Mock Draft: 6.01 - Dan Yanotchko (Team 3): Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions No quarterback underachi...