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QB Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions

6-2, 225Born: 2-7-1988College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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Summary

Matthew Stafford probably had the best overall season of his seven-year career in 2015. His 32 touchdown passes were just four shy of leading the league and his 67% completion percentage was easily a career-high. Stafford was especially impressive in the second-half of the season; he threw 19 touchdown passes against just two interceptions and completed 71% of his passes in the final eight games. The Lions offense really took off when Jim Bob Cooter was promoted to offensive coordinator mid-season. Stafford enters 2016 without superstar receiver Calvin Johnson to lean on and will have to hope that free-agent addition Marvin Jones can credibly fill that void. The steadying presence of Golden Tate will help. The continued emergence of third-year tight end Eric Ebron will be another key in the team effort to replace Johnson's passing game contributions. The Lions also have a tremendous receiving back in Theo Riddick to boost the passing game. At 28-years old, Stafford is just entering into his prime years and may actually benefit from a more balanced approach of spreading the ball around to a number of dangerous receivers instead of feeling pressured to force-feed the ball to Johnson. Stafford is a high-end QB2 and has QB1 upside if he can continue his torrid pace from the second-half of 2015. (May 20)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 19, 10, 11, 11, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 23, 26
QB Dynasty - 15, 11, 11, 19, 22

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2013 DET 16 371 634 4650 29 19 36 74 2 4
2014 DET 16 363 602 4247 22 12 43 93 2 3
2015 DET 16 398 592 4262 32 13 44 159 1 2
2016 PROJ-Dodds 16 355 541 * * * 40 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 386 590 * * * 42 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 371 612 * * * 40 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 15 366 557 * * * 40 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 123
QB: 17

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Latest News

Lions | Detroit offense tougher for defenses? (Tue Jun 21, 08:50 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford believes his offense will be tougher to defend without former WR Calvin Johnson. Stafford said defenses won't know who the Lions will go to on offense, whereas most of the time in previous years Johnson was their go-to guy.

Our View: Yeah, we'll believe it when we see it. How can you lose a top WR in the game and be BETTER on offense? We'll be skeptical about this, but at least Stafford is showing confidence as he moves forward without Johnson. Golden Tate and Marvin Jones will be the top two wideouts for the Lions in 2016. We see Tate as a low-end WR2 while Jones is more of a low-end WR3 for fantasy owners. The current ADP for Tate is WR22 (4.04) while Jones is at WR41 (9.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2016 Schedule

1@ Indianapolis Colts
2vs Tennessee Titans
3@ Green Bay Packers
4@ Chicago Bears
5vs Philadelphia Eagles
6vs Los Angeles Rams
7vs Washington Redskins
8@ Houston Texans
9@ Minnesota Vikings
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Jacksonville Jaguars
12vs Minnesota Vikings
13@ New Orleans Saints
14vs Chicago Bears
15@ New York Giants
16@ Dallas Cowboys
17vs Green Bay Packers