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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

After struggling through injuries early in his career, Stafford has been able to stay healthy each of the past four seasons and has posted at least 4,200 passing yards each of those years. He has all of the physical attributes of a franchise QB with good size, decent athleticism and a huge arm. Stafford has struggled with some inconsistency and bad decision making at times though some of that can be blamed on the talent surrounding him. Stafford had a breakout season in 2011 as he posted 5,038 passing yards and 41 touchdowns and looked to be on his way to fantasy superstardom but his passing yards have decreased each of the past three season. The reasons for his declining stats are varied. First, his stable of passing game weapons has not been very deep in recent years as reliable targets beyond Calvin Johnson have been tough to find. That changed in 2014 with the addition of a legitimate 2nd option in Golden Tate though that was offset by Johnson struggling through an injury-riddled season. For the Lions offense to reach the next level, Johnson and Tate will have to stay healthy and 2nd-year TE Eric Ebron must emerge as a strong 3rd option. Second, the Lions OL has struggled to protect Stafford and gave up 45 sacks in 2014. 2015 may see that change as well with the addition of 1st round LG Laken Tomlinson and added depth likely to give the whole line a boost. Lastly, the Lions defense has steadily improved and finally emerged as a real force in 2014. That allowed the Lions offense to play more conservatively but did not help Stafford's fantasy owners. With Ndamukong Suh off to Miami, the Lions may need to again lean more heavily on Stafford's arm to lead them to victory. Add it all up and Stafford looks poised to possibly re-emerge as a bona fide fantasy QB1. (May 16)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 12, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14, 14
Overall Redraft - 76, 42, 42
QB Dynasty - 6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10
Overall Dynasty - 75, 51, 68

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2012 DET 16 435 727 4965 20 17 35 128 4
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 PROJ-Dodds 16 359 575 * * * 38 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 370 615 * * * 34 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 358 590 * * * 40 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 386 627 * * * 39 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 80
QB: 10

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