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QB Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions

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

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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 - 18, 7, 11, 11, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 17, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26
QB Dynasty - 14, 10, 11, 19, 22

Stats and Projections

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 16 385 590 * * * 42 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 371 612 * * * 40 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 130
QB: 19

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Latest News

Lions | Film different for Matthew Stafford (Mon May 30, 02:30 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is approaching film study in a more traditional fashion this year. Stafford believes defensive looks will be more standard with former WR Calvin Johnson now retired. 'Some things are going to look differently to us because of the fact that there was always the Calvin factor,' head coach Jim Caldwell said, 'just in terms of what kind of coverage he was going to get.'

Our View: The coverage is going to be much different without Johnson on the field. Teams won't have to commit two or three defenders to slowing down the superstar receiver. This is something Stafford has a small bit of experience with during the few times Johnson was out with an injury. Expect a lot of WR Golden Tate and WR Marvin Jones in this new-look Lions offense.
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Lions | T.J. Jones on the verge of a breakout? (Sat May 28, 03:38 PM) - Detroit Lions WR T.J. Jones was 'one of the obvious stars' in a recent organized team activity on Thursday, May 26, and has earned praised from head coach Jim Caldwell and QB Matthew Stafford for his offseason work.

Our View: A sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft out of Notre Dame, Jones hasn't done much as a pro. He missed all of his rookie season due to a shoulder injury, and in 2015 he was targeted 18 times catching 10 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown. We'll be watching him in our super-deep dynasty 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