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 could help his value even more in 2014.
For the third straight season, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford started all sixteen games, literally quieting any remaining skeptics of his being an injury-prone quarterback. Tossing the pigskin 634 times, Stafford accumulated 4,650 yards through the air, passing for 29 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. While those are not #4 fantasy quarterback numbers, he did finish seventh overall in 2013 and has many things going for him in 2014. The first of which is replacing head coach Jim Schwartz with offensive minded Jim Caldwell and then luring Joe Lombardi from the New Orleans Saints to act as the Lions new offensive coordinator. Looking deeper into last season, Detroit experienced a ton of misfortune when it came to injuries to the receiving unit lead by the loss of Nate Burleson who broke his arm in a pizza traffic accident. That's right people, a pizza traffic accident in which the multi-millionaire tried saving his pizza from hitting the floor. While there looks to be a shakeup in Detroit with tight end Brandon Pettigrew possibly leaving and Burleson already having been given his walking papers, the Lions are said to be searching for plenty of receiving talent to give Stafford and Calvin Johnson some help. As with all of the Tier 2 quarterbacks, Stafford has some question marks. But if you don't grab the top-3, Stafford at this point looks to have the highest ceiling.