QB Jeff Driskel - Detroit Lions

6-4, 234Born: 4-23-1993College: Louisiana TechDrafted: Round 6, pick 2016

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 18): Driskel is improving as a passer and has the legs to pad his fantasy stats and present a decent floor for an emergency play or QB2/Superflex. He has an outstanding matchup against Washington this week, and if Matthew Stafford is really out six weeks, he'll Minnesota and Tampa in Weeks 14 and 15.

Week 12: at Washington Redskins

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Detroit Lions' passing attack finished the first half of the 2019 campaign as one of the league's most efficient units in the NFL; however, after Matthew Stafford went down with a back injury, the passing attack has tailed off with Jeff Driskel under center. With Stafford at the helm, the Lions' passing game could sustain two top-end wide receivers, with both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, Jr. posting impressive numbers through the first eight games of the season. With Driskel leading the offense, both receivers have seen a significant decrease in weekly volume and production. Driskel prefers to spread the ball around the offense, including players like Danny Amendola and T.J. Hockenson in the game more frequently, which diminishes the value of all Detroit pass-catchers moving forward. Washington's run-heavy offense, regardless of game script, coupled with a lot of favorable run-heavy game scripts for their opposition, has led to the Redskins facing an extremely low number of pass attempts this season. However, when teams have elected to throw the ball on them, Washington's defense has provided little resistance, allowing 7.0 adjusted yards per attempt, the 8th-worst mark in the league. Washington's pass rush is an extremely weak unit, as Matt Ioannidis leads the way with only 4.5 sacks so far in 2019. Elsewhere, specifically in the secondary, the Redskins' defense is littered with underperforming or aging stars. Josh Norman, whose 32nd birthday is right around the corner, is in the midst of what is undoubtedly his worst professional season since 2013. At safety, Washington's record offseason signing, Landon Collins, has disappointed against the pass this season, providing little coverage behind a struggling Norman. Quinton Dunbar has been the lone bright spot on Washington's defense this season. Opposite Norman, Dunbar has locked down opposing offenses' left side on a weekly basis this year. Through his 8 games in 2019, Quinton Dunbar leads the Redskins with 3 interceptions, which ranks 5th in the entire NFL. In Week 12, the Redskins continue to face one of the league's weakest slates of passing attacks, as they play host to the Detroit Lions, who will be led by their backup quarterback, Jeff Driskel. In this battle between a weak passing attack and an equally weak pass defense, neither side holds a clear advantage over the other.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 at CHI 83 27 46 269 1 1 5 37 0 0 20.75
11 vs DAL 65 15 26 209 2 0 8 51 1 0 29.55
12 at WAS PROJ-Dodds * 21 34 * * * 3 * * * *
12 at WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 20 33 * * * 3 * * * *
12 at WAS PROJ-Bloom * 20 31 * * * 5 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Jeff Driskel's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 11 vs DAL (15 / 26 / 209 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 51 / 1 rush)

Jeff Driskel started in place of Matthew Stafford for the second consecutive game on Sunday. Driskel struggles with his progressions as a passer and is quick to pull the ball down and run. Driskel was an effective runner on Sunday, including a keeper on a zone read for a touchdown, which creates a strong weekly fantasy floor. Driskel was effective as a passer, throwing for two touchdowns, both to Marvin Jones. The first was a well-executed scramble drill where Driskel threw to Marvin Jones along the backline of the end zone. The second was a deep dig route where Jones was able to break tackles for a touchdown. Driskel will get a good matchup next week against Washington if Stafford misses another game. His passing is a liability to the offense, but he is tough and a good runner with plenty of fantasy viability in any week Stafford misses.

2019 Week 10 vs CHI (27 / 46 / 269 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 37 / 0 rush)

Jeff Driskel drew the start in replacement of an injured Matthew Stafford on the road against the Bears on Sunday. Driskel brought a mobile element to the offense and he was comfortable scrambling and throwing on the move. He had a good rhythm early in the game but struggled as the game went on and was hurt by untimely offensive penalties that kept him behind the chains, particularly in the second half. He also had multiple drops from his receivers. Driskel has not played this season, which showed as he struggled with game management including a delay of game and a short crossing route late in a comeback attempt that effectively ran out the clock on the game. Driskel threw a long touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay, but also added a bad interception on a telegraphed throw. If he gets another opportunity to start, Driskel will provide a running threat but is a clear downgrade in the passing game for the Detroit offense. He would face a tough Dallas defense next week.


Latest News

Lions | Jeff Driskel throws for 269 yards, TD (Sun Nov 10, 05:56 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Jeff Driskel completed 27-of-46 passes for 269 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Week 10 against the Chicago Bears in place of the injured QB Matthew Stafford (back).

Our View: Driskel had a good first drive and a nice improvisational throw late for a long score, but otherwise had trouble moving the offense. He'll at least support a pulse for Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, but the ceiling games won't be in play without Matthew Stafford.
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Lions | Jeff Driskel to start Week 10's game (Sun Nov 10, 09:24 AM) - Detroit Lions QB Jeff Driskel will start Week 10's game against the Chicago Bears, as a result of QB Matthew Stafford (back) being declared out due to fractured bones in his back.

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Lions | Matthew Stafford will not play in Week 10 (Sun Nov 10, 09:15 AM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) has fractured bones in his back and doctors will not clear him to play in Week 10's game against the Chicago Bears, according to a source. QB Jeff Driskel will start in Stafford's place.

Our View: Stafford could also miss next week against Dallas and maybe another week. Driskel is athletic and could be good enough in real football terms in what should be a low-scoring affair, but he makes Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones much riskier starts and the Bears defense a better play today.
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