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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, 9, 10, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 17
QB Dynasty - 11, 8, 10, 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 16 361 555 * * * 41 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 390 595 * * * 40 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 387 588 * * * 40 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 359 561 * * * 39 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 97
QB: 14

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Latest News

Lions | Matthew Stafford to receive extension soon? (Wed Jul 19, 07:16 PM) - The Detroit Lions are talking with QB Matthew Stafford about a contract extension, and there is internal optimism at the team's headquarters that an agreement could be reached within the next two weeks.

Our View: That's the latest buzz around Stafford...and this was to be expected. Once Derek Carr got his big contract from the Raiders, the design was set for Stafford's deal. Most expect a deal done for Stafford around the start of training camp.
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Lions | Internal optimism for Matthew Stafford deal (Wed Jul 19, 09:18 AM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford could sign a new deal in the next two weeks as there is internal optimism a deal gets done, according to sources.

Our View: Now that Derek Carr got his deal done, the Lions should have no problem putting together Stafford's deal. He's set to earn around $25 million annually, and most reports indicate a deal could get done around the start of training camp.
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Lions | Golden Tate supports Matthew Stafford (Sun Jul 16, 09:30 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford needs a contract extension as soon as possible, according to WR Golden Tate. 'They gotta get that done,' Tate said 'He deserves it. He does everything right. You don't have to worry about him getting in trouble. He balls-out. He's tough as nails. He's what you want in a quarterback.'

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2017 Schedule

1vs Arizona Cardinals
2@ New York Giants
3vs Atlanta Falcons
4@ Minnesota Vikings
5vs Carolina Panthers
6@ New Orleans Saints
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8vs Pittsburgh Steelers
9@ Green Bay Packers
10vs Cleveland Browns
11@ Chicago Bears
12vs Minnesota Vikings
13@ Baltimore Ravens
14@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15vs Chicago Bears
16@ Cincinnati Bengals
17vs Green Bay Packers