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QB Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions

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

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Yet again, Matthew Stafford stands at a crossroads in his career. Is he really an elite NFL quarterback or just a guy who throws the ball to Calvin Johnson all the time. Can his competitive nature really take his team to the next level or is he just a guy who piles up the stats with nothing to show for it. This could be the season that he finally silences the critics. No matter what the outcome though, fantasy owners will be happy with the results. Stafford is a guy who likes to throw and throw and throw. With a stud like Calvin Johnson catching the ball and Reggie Bush finally getting the running game on track, Stafford will definitely put up solid numbers. But the addition of Golden Tate finally gives Stafford another weapon with some real experience. And rookie tight end Eric Ebron will make a nice complement to Brandon Pettigrew. Look for Stafford to mentally make a shift this season, setting him up for the next several seasons as the captain of Detroit's offense. (June 5)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 4, 2, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7
Overall Redraft - 48, 19, 28, 33, 43, 43, 44, 44, 47, 49, 54, 55, 55
QB Dynasty - 4, 3, 3, 5, 8
Overall Dynasty - 39, 33, 34, 52, 52

Stats and Projections

2011 DET 16 421 663 5038 41 16 22 78 0
2012 DET 16 435 727 4965 20 17 35 128 4
2013 DET 16 371 634 4650 29 19 36 74 2 4
2014 PROJ-Dodds 16 375 640 * * * 34 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 16 374 630 * * * 30 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 382 640 * * * 30 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 402 667 * * * 30 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 39
QB: 4

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Latest News

Lions | Matthew Stafford shows off leadership (Wed Jul 30, 10:20 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford looked sharp at training camp practice Wednesday, July 30. Stafford also pulled TE Eric Ebron aside, clearly providing feedback to the rookie, showing off some leadership.

Our View: Stafford needs to start winning if he wants to stick around in Detroit. He can put up monster stats (even if it takes 700+ passing attempts), but the Lions need more than just numbers. We'll see if Stafford can start taking that next step this season.
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Lions | Matthew Stafford improving (Mon Jul 28, 10:44 AM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has improved his command of the offense and his knowledge of the new offense has been impressive, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

Our View: That's nice, but Stafford turned into a terrible QB late last year when Calvin Johnson was limited. Stafford is going in the top 5 QBs in most drafts, but the depth at QB means that you're taking him assuming he'll hit his ceiling if you pay that price. Certainly the possibility of Stafford becoming more like Drew Brees now that the offense is run by a former member of the Saints staff (Joe Lombardi) and the upgrade in weapons will help, but Stafford is the still the key to unlocking his extra value potential.
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2014 Schedule

1vs New York Giants
2@ Carolina Panthers
3vs Green Bay Packers
4@ New York Jets
5vs Buffalo Bills
6@ Minnesota Vikings
7vs New Orleans Saints
8@ Atlanta Falcons
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10vs Miami Dolphins
11@ Arizona Cardinals
12@ New England Patriots
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15vs Minnesota Vikings
16@ Chicago Bears
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