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QB Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Stafford was slowed down for most of the game against the Saints, but a long catch and run by Golden Tate and a last-second comeback drive after an interception fueled a solid fantasy day without Calvin Johnson. Johnson should be back by Week 10 at the latest, returning Stafford to a strong QB1 level of value for the fantasy stretch run.

Week 8: at Atlanta Falcons

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at NYJ 24 34 293 2 0 6 8 1 0
5 vs BUF 18 31 221 1 1 3 8 0 0
6 at MIN 19 33 185 1 0 1 1 0 0
7 vs NO 27 40 299 2 2 2 1 0 0
8 at ATL PROJ-Dodds 25 36 * * * 2 * * *
8 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay 23 36 * * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs BUF (18 / 31 / 221 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)

Through consistent pocket pressure, three missed field goals, and Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson leaving the game due to injury, the Lions squandered an early 14-0 lead against Buffalo. Stafford never found rhythm in the pocket and relied on random big plays from Golden Tate and backup running back George Winn to sustain any offensive drive. The Bills pass rush consistently moved Stafford off his spot in the pocket and while Stafford moved well, he was tracked down for sacks or minimal gains on the perimeter. All three missed field goals were long-range, leaving an interception return for a touchdown, and a lone scoring drive by the offense as their only sustained possession of the game. Despite just 95 total yards, 58 through the air, at the half Detroit had a 14-3 lead. With three minutes to play and one minute left in the game, Stafford and the offense had the ball with the score tied. A low throw by Stafford and a subsequent sack led to a punt, then a long missed field goal in the final minute gave Buffalo advantageous field position to ultimately win it. Stafford was without three of his main passing game weapons this week (Bush, Johnson, and Joique Bell) and Buffalo's pass rush was clearly a factor throughout the game.

2014 Week 6 vs MIN (19 / 33 / 185 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Despite the comfortable win in Minnesota, Stafford and the passing offense struggled without Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush in the lineup. Stafford was regularly harassed in the pocket and rarely completed passes on time and within the construct of the designed play. Without a feared deep threat, the Vikings pass defense crowded the typically-open intermediate and short passing lanes. Despite Minnesota doing absolutely nothing on offense outside of a drive or two, Detroit led only 10-0 deep into the second half. Even with a new kicker, Matt Prater, added this week, Detroit missed another two kicks against the Vikings keeping the game close. Detroit escaped with a road win despite a ball-control offense that will need to expand against a higher-quality opponent, like New Orleans and Atlanta over the next two weeks.

2014 Week 7 vs NO (27 / 40 / 299 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)

Once again the Lions offense struggled without Calvin Johnson for most of the game against the Saints. Detroit trailed 17-3 when getting the ball for the first time in the third quarter. Stafford contributed to the slow start in the first half against a pressuring Saints defensive front. Stafford also forced the ball to Golden Tate against double and triple coverage at times and missed an open target or two. Stafford's second interception was a tipped pass by lightly-involved reserve tight end Jordan Thompson in the red zone, which potentially ended the game down 10 points with nine minutes to play. In the comeback effort, Stafford made stick throws in key moments, including three third down conversions to Tate. The last of those third down throws, Tate turned up the field for a long touchdown and only a six-point deficit with three minutes to play. The exclamation point of the comeback came with Stafford firing a touchdown to Corey Fuller in the back of the end zone with less than two minutes remaining. Stafford had more bad than good in the game as the running game was not consistent and the non-Golden Tate targets were replacement level at best. Better days are ahead with Calvin Johnson, Eric Ebron, and even Joseph Fauria back in the lineup.


Latest News

Lions | Matthew Stafford provides late heroics (Sun Oct 19, 07:32 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 27 of 40 pass attempts for 299 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 7 game against the New Orleans Saints. Both touchdown strikes came in the final 3:38 of the game, after the Lions had trailed 23-10.

Our View: Stafford had one of his best games of the season without Calvin Johnson. One of the interceptions was a backbreaker in the red zone and it wasn't his fault. He should have another good day in store against the Falcons next week with or without Johnson.
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Lions | Matthew Stafford under 200 yards (Mon Oct 13, 01:41 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was 19-for-33 for a season-low 185 yards in the team's Week 6 win without WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), and it's only the seventh time in Stafford's career that he's thrown for under 200 yards in a game, with the last coming in December of last year in a blizzard.

Our View: He's just not the same without Calvin Johnson in the lineup. Remember that when setting your fantasy lineup.
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Lions | Matthew Stafford to face rival (Sat Oct 11, 12:39 AM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will meet the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6, and it will be his ninth career start against the Vikings. He has thrown for 319 or more yards in three of his past four starts against Minnesota, and four of the past six. He also has two or more touchdown passes in four of the past six games against the NFC North rivals.

Our View: This is a good matchup, but without Calvin Johnson, Matt Stafford struggled against what should have been a decent matchup against Buffalo. We like that Golden Tate allows the team some extra power at receiver but like him better when Megatron was healthy. We don't quite trust Stafford without him and see him as no more than a QB2 this week.
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