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QB Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions

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

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Matthew Stafford probably had the best overall season of his seven-year career in 2015. His 32 touchdown passes were just four shy of leading the league and his 67% completion percentage was easily a career-high. Stafford was especially impressive in the second-half of the season; he threw 19 touchdown passes against just two interceptions and completed 71% of his passes in the final eight games. The Lions offense really took off when Jim Bob Cooter was promoted to offensive coordinator mid-season. Stafford enters 2016 without superstar receiver Calvin Johnson to lean on and will have to hope that free-agent addition Marvin Jones can credibly fill that void. The steadying presence of Golden Tate will help. The continued emergence of third-year tight end Eric Ebron will be another key in the team effort to replace Johnson's passing game contributions. The Lions also have a tremendous receiving back in Theo Riddick to boost the passing game. At 28-years old, Stafford is just entering into his prime years and may actually benefit from a more balanced approach of spreading the ball around to a number of dangerous receivers instead of feeling pressured to force-feed the ball to Johnson. Stafford is a high-end QB2 and has QB1 upside if he can continue his torrid pace from the second-half of 2015. (August 8)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 13, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 20, 21, 22, 24
QB Dynasty - 17, 12, 20, 22

Stats and Projections

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 DET 16 398 592 4262 32 13 44 159 1 2
2016 PROJ-Dodds 16 373 550 * * * 40 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 392 600 * * * 42 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 390 608 * * * 40 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 15 365 557 * * * 40 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 110
QB: 15

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Latest News

Lions | Detroit going no-huddle often (Thu Aug 25, 09:12 AM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford and the other Lions quarterbacks have run a no-huddle offense 62% of the time this preseason. The Lions ran a no-huddle offense just 7% of the time last season. According to ProFootballFocus, Stafford has completed all six of his passes for 108 yards when targeting WRs Golden Tate and Marvin Jones out of the no-huddle. He's 6-for-11 passing for 63 yards on the rest of his throws combined. Overall, Stafford has completed 70.6% of his passes this preseason.

Our View: We like the sound of this as it keeps Stafford moving and avoids letting him sit in the pocket too long while he waits for a downfield option to get open. Of course, you have to execute or your defense gets back on the field too quickly and can't rest. Stafford is a rock-solid QB2 but you can add in a dash of upside this year if the high-tempo offense works.
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Lions | Matthew Stafford wants quicker pace (Fri Aug 19, 05:08 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford said he hopes the offense plays at a quicker pace this season. He has gone 12-for-17 for 171 yards in two preseason games when the team has used an up-tempo offense.

Our View: Stafford has a chance to be in the top 3-5 in the league in attempts. That alone makes him worth a pick at his current ADP outside of the top 15 quarterbacks.
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Lions | Taylor Decker struggles in debut (Fri Aug 12, 10:49 PM) - Detroit Lions OT Taylor Decker was flagged for a holding penalty and allowed a sack, which resulted in a fumble by QB Matthew Stafford, in a 30-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the preseason Friday, Aug. 12.

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2016 Schedule

1@ Indianapolis Colts
2vs Tennessee Titans
3@ Green Bay Packers
4@ Chicago Bears
5vs Philadelphia Eagles
6vs Los Angeles Rams
7vs Washington Redskins
8@ Houston Texans
9@ Minnesota Vikings
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Jacksonville Jaguars
12vs Minnesota Vikings
13@ New Orleans Saints
14vs Chicago Bears
15@ New York Giants
16@ Dallas Cowboys
17vs Green Bay Packers