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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

Stafford is a franchise quarterback entering his prime years at age 29. While he hasn't reached the elite status many expected when he was drafted first overall in 2009, he has established himself as an above-average starter. After being labeled as injury prone early in his career, Stafford has proven incredibly durable and started every game over the past six seasons. He has also been consistently productive, throwing for 4,250+ yards in every season since 2011. In 2016, he threw for 4,327 passing yards (a slight increase over his 2015 total) but saw his touchdown passes decrease from 32 in 2016 to just 24 last season. Stafford has evolved over the past two seasons into a much more cerebral quarterback and drastically cut down his turnovers. He has just 12 interceptions in 25 starts since Jim Bob Cooter took over as offensive coordinator midway through the 2015 season. Stafford has consistently thrown for 4,250 yards but his fantasy upside will hinge largely upon whether he can get back to throwing for 30+ touchdowns. His lack of top red zone options at receiver will make that a difficult task and could lead to Stafford again landing in the high-end QB2 range. (June 9)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 15, 8, 9, 10, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17, 17, 18
QB Dynasty - 11, 8, 11, 12, 12, 14, 14

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
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 DET 16 388 594 4327 24 10 37 207 2 2
2017 PROJ-Dodds 16 360 555 * * * 41 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 391 595 * * * 40 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 387 588 * * * 40 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 359 561 * * * 39 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 107
QB: 15

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