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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 Nov 20): Stafford started slow at Chicago but came on by the end of the first half. The improved play of Eric Ebron and return of Kenny Golladay will keep him in the QB1 ranks, even in a tough matchup against the Vikings on Thanksgiving.

Week 12: vs Minnesota Vikings

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Matthew Stafford was just one-yard shy of what could have been his fourth 300-yard game in the last five weeks. Stafford is putting together a very impressive season as he is averaging 278 passing yards per game with 19 touchdowns to just five interceptions. Since his Week 7 bye, Stafford ranks as the second highest-scoring fantasy quarterback as he has racked up seven touchdowns to just one interception while averaging 333 passing yards per game over that span. Golden Tate had been one of the most consistent receivers in football over the last five games leading up to Week 11, but he saw that consistency evaporate as he was targeted just four times with three receptions for 32 yards as Marvin Jones was much more heavily involved last week. Jones led the team in receiving yards while hauling in a touchdown to bounce back nicely from the dud of a game he put up in Week 10. Kenny Golladay saw more than double the snaps last week from Week 10, but he was targeted just three times with a couple receptions as his usage continues to disappoint. Eric Ebron had another decent game here though, hauling in four receptions for 49 yards as he tied to lead the team in targets with seven. The Lions will draw a tough one against the Vikings this week. Minnesota has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game against opposing quarterbacks and has limited offenses to just 17.2 points per game--also fourth-fewest in the league. They are allowing just over 210 passing yards per game and have allowed only two 300+ yard games this season. Matthew Stafford had one of his worst outings of the season against the Vikings earlier this year, passing for just 209 yards with no touchdowns. Expect Xavier Rhodes to lock down Marvin Jones Jr. for most of this game while Golden Tate's matchup does not get much better against Terrance Newman out of the slot.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs PIT 71 27 45 423 0 0 1 11 0 0 22.25
9 at GB 68 26 33 361 2 0 1 0 0 0 26.05
10 vs CLE 52 17 26 249 3 1 4 17 0 0 25.15
11 at CHI 63 21 31 299 2 0 3 3 0 1 22.25
12 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds * 23 37 * * * 2 * * * *
12 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 24 38 * * * 2 * * * *
12 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom * 23 36 * * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs CHI (21 / 31 / 299 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)

In a mature and controlled performance, Matthew Stafford kept the offense on schedule and in rhythm. After linking up well with Marvin Jones on some rhythm throws to begin the game, Stafford soon made a crucial error as he lost a fumble. Stafford appeared to be pumping the football, but was contacted simultaneously and let it fly loose. The turnover seemed to inject a new sense of urgency into his play, and he soon settled down with a hurry-up offense. Stafford connected well with all of his targets, but especially Marvin Jones, who consistently ran excellent routes and gave Bears defenders fits. Stafford was a little high on a couple of passes that he tried to squeeze between zones, but in general played an accurate game. His most impressive throw came with the Lions backed up against their own goal line. With pressure in his face, Stafford threw a flat-footed pass to T.J. Jones on the right sideline to get a first down. He would follow that up with his first touchdown pass of the game to Jones. The route by Jones a double move left the defender in no man's land, giving Stafford a straightforward throw. His second touchdown pass came on a simple pitch and catch to Ameer Abdullah, who had escaped the attentions of the defender assigned to him in man coverage. Both passes came with the Lions set up in the high red zone. The second half saw Stafford lead the offense with patience as they matriculated the ball down the field to secure the victory.

2017 Week 10 vs CLE (17 / 26 / 249 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 17 / 0 rush)

Matthew Stafford rebounded for a solid game after a poor start. On the second series, Stafford threw a bad interception when he threw the ball across the middle into traffic off his back foot with pressure in his face. The throw had little chance of success even if Jamie Collins was not standing in the line of the pass, and the throw was easily intercepted. The ball was amongst the worse throws Stafford has made this season. The interception set up a Cleveland touchdown which created a 10-0 Cleveland lead. Detroit leaned on the run game and a defensive touchdown to take a 17-10 lead while Stafford struggled to find his groove. Detroit went up tempo in the second half, which allowed Stafford to find a rhythm and throw three touchdown passes. The first was a red zone throw to Theo Riddick for an 8-yard touchdown. The second was a well thrown ball to Eric Ebron on a double move down the sideline, and the third was a screen pass to Golden Tate. Stafford threw the ball well in the game, including a pass he dropped into Golladay over a Cleveland cornerback that set up a 50-yard gain. Detroit found success relying on Stafford in the red zone after struggling in recent weeks, including his touchdown pass to Riddick. Stafford continued to show solid mobility with two runs for third down conversions, and shows no ill effects of his earlier season ankle injury.

2017 Week 9 vs GB (26 / 33 / 361 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Matthew Stafford had another outstanding performance against the Green Bay Packers. Stafford had time to throw as improved offensive line play handled Green Bay's pass rush throughout most of the game. Stafford took advantage with accurate deep passes to Marvin Jones and T.J. Jones in the deep perimeter of the field. Stafford threw an excellent pass to the back of the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown to Marvin Jones and connected again to Jones in a contested catch situation for his second touchdown. Stafford has shown good chemistry with Jones in the past two weeks, and as a result, has been able to stretch the field better than he was earlier in the season. Stafford's day could have been even better, but he was stuffed on a quarterback sneak at the goal line. Detroit also had two drives where they stalled out on 1st and goal situations from inside the two-yard line, by relying on Abdullah, Washington and Riddick to carry the ball, instead of relying on Stafford in the end zone. The Detroit offense has struggled in short yardage situations this season by relying on the running game when Stafford has been so efficient.

2017 Week 8 vs PIT (27 / 45 / 423 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)

Matthew Stafford returned from Detroit's week 7 bye with noticeably better health. In week 6, Stafford was nursing an ankle injury, which confined him to the shotgun for almost the entire game. With the benefit of a week off, Stafford moved well in the pocket, scrambled and took snaps under center. Stafford threw for a season high 423 yards, while exploiting the deep perimeter of Pittsburgh's defense. Stafford targeted Marvin Jones and T.J. Jones extensively on the outside, and showed good accuracy and velocity to make difficult throws against Pittsburgh's zone coverage. When it came to scoring, Stafford broke down in the red zone. He threw off target passes to Eric Ebron, Darren Fells, T.J. Jones, and Marvin Jones on end zone targets. Not all of the scoring deficiencies were Stafford's fault. Both Fells and Marvin Jones had the opportunity to make catches in the end zone, but the target to Fells was broken up and Jones had a ball go through his hands. He also had the opportunity to rush for a touchdown on a scramble inside the two-yard line but hesitated and was tackled short of the end zone forcing a turnover on downs. Stafford benefited from the improved play of the offensive line, but did not capitalize on four trips in the red zone.

2017 Week 6 vs NO (25 / 52 / 312 / 3 / 3 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)

Matthew Stafford had his worst day of the season against the Saints defense. He was sacked 5 times, lost 2 fumbles, threw 3 interceptions, and had 16 passes deflected, a majority of which were at the line of scrimmage. Detroit's screen game was disrupted by the deflections, including a pass intended for Marvin Jones that was deflected and then turned into a pick-6 by CB Marshawn Lattimore. Stafford's second interception was a throw to Theo Riddick that bounced of Riddick's hands before it was intercepted by S Kenny Vaccaro. The third interception was on a pass from Detroit's own end zone. DE Cameron Jordan deflected the ball at the line of scrimmage then caught the ball for a second pick-6. One of Stafford's fumbles was in his own end zone where he held the ball too long. The blocking was good on the play, but no receivers were open down the field. Earlier in the season, a healthy Matthew Stafford in would have scrambled on the play. However, with his ankle sprain, Stafford's mobility was limited, and he fumbled while being sacked for a score. The other fumble was on a blown blitz pick up where he was stripped in his throwing motion by LB Craig Robertson. Stafford threw three touchdowns in the game. The first was a comeback to Golden Tate who broke three tackles on the play for a 45-yard touchdown. The second was well thrown back shoulder throw to Marvin Jones, and the third was a seam route by Darren Fells. Stafford has looked more to Jones in the vertical passing game in recent weeks, and has shown a trusting rapport with Fells in the red zone. Stafford also targeted Fells in the red zone on a flat route that was stopped just short of the end zone on another attempt. Stafford took punishment in the game, and appeared in rib pain after a hit in the third quarter, but finished the game.

2017 Week 5 vs CAR (23 / 35 / 229 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

For the second week in a row, Matthew Stafford was under pressure throughout the game. Like last week, Stafford was sacked 6 times. Stafford also fumbled twice, losing one. The pressure Stafford faced during the game caused his accuracy to suffer, particularly on throws to the boundary. Stafford made several nice throws earlier in the season with touch, which was an area he struggled in this game. Stafford missed T.J. Jones on a throw along the right sideline between corner and safety coverage, on a throw where he tried to line it to Jones. Stafford made a similar throw to T.J. Jones in the red zone on a fade. Jones worked behind man coverage on the route, but Stafford's throw gave Jones no room to work for the ball. He likewise overthrew Golden Tate on a corner route. Stafford manufactured two late touchdown drives to salvage his fantasy day. Stafford connected with Darren Fells for two touchdowns, the first a scramble drill play where Fells worked himself open and the second an out from the slot where Fells ran after the catch for a touchdown. While Stafford was not sharp, he was not helped by his supporting cast. Stafford showed little trust in Eric Ebron, which is for good reason after Ebron dropped what should have been a touchdown pass. Stafford also targeted T.J. Jones in the end zone on Detroit's first scoring drive where T.J. Jones was interfered with, which set up a goal line touchdown by Zach Zenner.

2017 Week 4 vs MIN (19 / 31 / 209 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)

Matthew Stafford struggled against Minnesota's defense in a game where he was sacked six times. Stafford was under pressure most of the game, and his accuracy suffered. He struggled with ball placement throwing multiple balls behind receivers, which hurt the ability of his receivers to create after the catch. He also nearly threw three interceptions, including one was bobbled by CB Mackensie Alexander. Alexander was unable to secure the catch prior to stepping out of bounds on the play. Stafford also fumbled on a play where he tried pump fake, but the ball slipped out of his hand. The ball was recovered by Detroit but resulted in a huge loss. In previous games, Stafford created with his feet when pressured, but Minnesota produced more pressure than Stafford has faced this season.

2017 Week 3 vs ATL (25 / 45 / 264 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 19 / 0 rush)

Matthew Stafford showed good command on a day where he threw 45 times. Stafford was comfortable in the pocket throughout the game and displayed several well-placed touch passes. He also managed to use his feet to buy time, including a scramble drill throw to T.J. Jones for a first down in the two-minute drill at the end of the game. Stafford's one touchdown was to Golden Tate. Tate ran a drag route underneath zone coverage and beat a linebacker into the end zone for the touchdown. Stafford could have had a bigger day as he led Detroit from their own 11-yard line to Atlanta's one-yard line in a late comeback attempt. Stafford had big plays of 14 and 29 yards to T.J. Jones, and 15 yards to Golden Tate on the drive. A defensive pass interference in the end zone against CB Desmond Trufant set Detroit up on the one-yard line with 19 seconds remaining in the game. Stafford threw two incomplete passes to Theo Riddick and Kenny Golladay before throwing a slant to Golden Tate on third down for what was initially ruled a touchdown. On review, Tate was rule down just before the goal line. Detroit was without any timeouts, and a ten second runoff was enforced which ended the game. Overall, the Detroit passing offense remained focused on getting the ball to Golden Tate and Theo Riddick underneath, while targeting Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay deeper down the field.

2017 Week 2 vs NYG (15 / 21 / 122 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 23 / 0 rush)

Matthew Stafford was in command of Detroit's offense in a game where Detroit had positive game script and ran the ball 32 times to only 21 throws. Stafford was efficient throwing two touchdown passes and completing 15 of his 21 attempts, despite only managed 122 yards on the game. Stafford's first touchdown was a go route to Marvin Jones against CB Eli Apple. Stafford read the single coverage on Jones, and threw the ball at the back of Apple's helmet. The throw allowed Jones to break back inside on the ball for the catch in the end zone. The throw showed great trust in Jones to make a play in coverage, and Jones rewarded Stafford on the catch. The second touchdown was in the red zone to Eric Ebron on a crossing route, where Stafford stepped away from pressure in the pocket to allow Ebron to break open on his route. Stafford hit Ebron with nice touch in the end zone for the touchdown. Stafford showed solid command of the game and on multiple occasions bought time with his feet on throws, while also picking up 23 yards on the ground on three carries, including a 13-yard run on 3rd and 9 to convert a first down. Stafford also showed great awareness, running a hurry up play when the Giants had 12 men on the field. Outside of the touchdown to Marvin Jones, there was little separation down the field, as the Giants spent most of the game with coverage deep while rushing only their down linemen. Stafford was sacked three times in the game, including one by Jason Pierre-Paul on a bull rush against RT Rick Wagner. Pierre-Paul stripped Stafford on the play as he attempted to throw, and the Giants recovered. Stafford appeared to be poked in the eye on the play, but returned the next series, without any apparent limitations.

2017 Week 1 vs ARI (29 / 41 / 292 / 4 / 1 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)

Matthew Stafford was efficient completing 29 of his 41 passes. He targeted Golden Tate 12 times primarily in the short and intermediate area of the field. Stafford moved well in the pocket and avoided pressure to extend plays, including a scramble drill in the red zone to Marvin Jones Jr. for a touchdown. Stafford also threw a touchdown to Kenny Golladay for a corner route in the red zone that was well placed and capitalized on Golladay's size. Stafford was content early in the game to work the short and intermediate area of the field. Stafford showed comfort with Theo Riddick repeatedly on third downs and targeted him on an option route in the red zone that Riddick ran for a touchdown after the catch. Stafford's deep ball was rare, but he made it count. With Detroit up 21 to 17 with less than five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Stafford hit WR Kenny Golladay on a go route for a touchdown. Arizona had packed the box with eight defenders, leaving Golladay with single coverage on the play. Stafford led Golladay a little too far, forcing Golladay to dive and catch the ball and then slide into the endzone. Stafford had an interception on his first throw of the game which Justin Bethel returned for a touchdown. The throw was to Tate on a shallow cross where Tate got bumped running through a zone. Stafford tried to anticipate his route and throw Tate open, but Tate did not make the spot because of the contact, and Bethel stepped in for an easy interception.


Latest News

Lions | Matthew Stafford underwhelms in loss (Thu Nov 23, 04:35 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford gutted out a 250-yard, two-touchdown performance in a loss to the Detroit Lions Thursday, Nov. 23. Unfortunately, he also committed two turnovers (one fumble and one interception).

Our View: Stafford just looked off at times. We'll see if he rights the ship next week, but he made some odd decisions and bad throws on Thursday.
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Lions | Matthew Stafford stays in game (Thu Nov 23, 03:45 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (ankle) remained in the game Thursday, Nov. 23, after suffering an ankle injury on a touchdown pass to WR Marvin Jones.

Our View: Stafford was 20 of 35 for 250 yards, with a pair of touchdowns and an interception, and at times just looked off. There were a few decisions that were strange, and more than one throw that was off target. Not one of his better games, we expect Stafford to bounce back next week.
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Lions | Matthew Stafford throwing deep ball better (Tue Nov 21, 09:49 AM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is the NFL's highest-rated deep passer at 128.6, according to Pro Football Focus. Stafford was 7-for-22 on throws of more than 20 yards during the first six games. Over the last four games, he's 11-for-21 with a touchdown in three of the four contests. WR Marvin Jones has caught nine of 18 such passes thrown his way, and Stafford has a 133.5 passer rating when throwing deep to Jones.

Our View: As Stafford stretches the field better, it opens things up underneath for guys like WR Golden Tate or RB Theo Riddick. The Lions are winners of three in a row, and they have a huge game against the Vikings on Thanksgiving. They'll need Stafford at his best.
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Lions | Matthew Stafford posts 299 yards, two TDs (Sun Nov 19, 05:33 PM) - Detroit Lions WR Matthew Stafford completed 21 of his 31 pass attempts for 299 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 11 game against the Chicago Bears.

Our View: Stafford started quietly but warmed up as the game went along. He was able to make use of a wide range of receivers for the second straight week. He'll be a low QB1 in a tough matchup against the Vikings on Thanksgiving.
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Lions | Matthew Stafford tosses three TDs (Sun Nov 12, 04:55 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 17 of his 26 pass attempts for 249 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Week 10 game against the Cleveland Browns. He also rushed four times for 17 yards.

Our View: Stafford struggled early with the Browns pass rush and terrible interception, but recovered in the second half to make the necessary plays to put the Lions over the top against a poor Browns pass defense. He has a tough matchup against the Bears next week but is still a QB1.
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