QB Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions
|6-2, 225||Born: 2-7-1988||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2009|
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Week 14: at Minnesota Vikings
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Detroit Lions, now on their third starting quarterback of the season, enter week 14 with a long week of rest to build an offense around David Blough following a close Thanksgiving Day loss to the Chicago Bears. Detroit's impressive passing numbers this season are a product of Matthew Stafford's strong 2019 campaign, but without him, they mean very little moving forward. The Lions' passing attack should continue to be a high-volume unit, as they project to play from behind once again this weekend, which bodes well for the offense's raw totals, and Blough's overperformance (relative to expectation) in his debut could foster a surprisingly-strong fantasy environment for a select few Detroit pass-catchers. Blough, as many backup quarterbacks do, relied heavily upon his proverbial safety blankets through the air, peppering tight end T.J. Hockenson and slot receiver Danny Amendola with 11 and 8 targets, respectively. Both players run primarily short and intermediate routes. While Hockenson is out for the season, Danny Amendola may continue to see increased usage with the rookie under center. Logan Thomas should slot into the lineup for T.J. Hockenson, although he projects for very little usage through the air in this offense. Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, Jr. are the team's two most talented receivers, and while Golladay continued to command his high-value deep targets, Jones, Jr. saw little action with Blough at the helm. Exercise caution with this unit, as there is very little data about the receivers' usage with rookie David Blough at quarterback thus far. Minnesota's pass defense grades as a solid unit, ranking in the top third of the NFL in almost every meaningful category this season. As they have played with a lead for most of their 8-4 start to the year, the Vikings have defended the 9th-most pass attempts of any team in the league, allowing just 6.1 net yards per attempt, the 12th-best mark in the NFL. The Vikings field a deep unit of capable pass defenders, aside from one glaring weakness at cornerback. On the defensive line, Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter make up one of the strongest edge-rushing pairs in the league. Then, at the back-end of the defense, Anthony Harris and Harrison Smith, two of the league's best pass-defending safeties, do their best to mask the team's weakness at cornerback. Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes have been horrific in coverage this season, allowing 4 100-yard receivers over the team's last 4 games, and there is no reason to believe they'll right the ship anytime soon. This weekend, taking on one of the league's best wide receiver duos in Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, Jr., the Vikings' weak cornerbacks will be put to the test. With a backup quarterback at the helm, expectations for Detroit's passing attack should be tempered in Week 14, as they take on a generally-strong pass defense with the one glaring weakness.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Matthew Stafford's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 9 vs OAK (26 / 41 / 406 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford produced a strong fantasy day despite struggling with accuracy in a loss to the Raiders. Stafford benefitted form big plays, including long throws to Marvin Jones and a long touchdown to Kenny Golladay on a busted coverage. Stafford later added a touchdown to Marvin Jones on a red zone post route and a touchdown to J.D. McKissic on a corner route out of the backfield. While his stat line looked good, Stafford took two bad sacks including one on the final drive of the game, threw an interception intended for Golladay that was underthrown, and missed multiple receivers. This was one of Stafford's better fantasy games but he left throws and decisions on the field that could have helped Detroit get a road win. Stafford will face the Bears next week on the road.
2019 Week 8 vs NYG (25 / 32 / 342 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford had a good performance against the New York Giants on Sunday, throwing for three touchdowns. Stafford threw an ill-advised interception on the first drive of the game, where he severely underthrew Marvin Jones in double coverage. Stafford bounced back with an efficient game and showed a particularly good rhythm with Danny Amendola. Stafford's first touchdown was a deep ball to Marvin Hall, who has become a shot target for Stafford in recent weeks. Stafford added two touchdowns to Kenny Golladay, the first a contested catch along the sideline on a red zone throw and the second a trick play where the Giants busted a coverage. Stafford continues to get better protection from the offensive line than he has in prior years and will get a good matchup next week against the Raiders.
2019 Week 7 vs MIN (30 / 45 / 364 / 4 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford had the best game of his season against the Vikings in a shootout on Sunday. Stafford made good decisions, was accurate, and was well protected throughout the game. After suffering injuries early in the season, Stafford has looked fine physically and made mobile moves to extend plays. Stafford threw four touchdowns, all to Marvin Jones from the red zone. Jones and Stafford have a strong rapport and the Lions offense is at its most dangerous when Jones is getting heavy volume. Stafford also threw the ball well to Danny Amendola while Kenny Golladay had a quiet game. Stafford did throw an interception in garbage time. He will face the Giants next week at home.
2019 Week 6 vs GB (18 / 32 / 265 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford started off hot against the Packers with deep strikes to Kenny Golladay and Marvin Hall on the first two drives to set up scoring chances. The offense stagnated multiple times in the red zone, including once because of a Stafford fumble and another because of delay of game. Stafford had an opportunity for a touchdown, with multiple throws inside the ten-yard line, including a quick screen to T.J. Hockenson where Hockenson fell just short of the end zone. Stafford threw the ball well but failed to perform in critical situations where he could have had a multiple touchdown game. Stafford will face a good Minnesota team at home next week.
2019 Week 4 vs KC (21 / 34 / 291 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 18 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford started against the Chiefs after being questionable during the week with a hip injury. Stafford played well and looked mobile with no visual limitations from the injury. Stafford threw the ball particularly well throughout the game, including a throw that threaded defenders in the red zone to Kenny Golladay for a touchdown. The throw was one only a handful of quarterbacks have the arm to make. Stafford also threw an open touchdown to T.J. Hockenson out of a bunch set and a good throw to the perimeter to Golladay who dragged two feet in bounds for the third score. Stafford could have had an even bigger day, but for a weird sequence in the red zone. Stafford threw what looked like a touchdown to Golladay along the back of the end zone, but Golladay bobbled the ball and it was ruled an incomplete pass. On the next play, Stafford scrambled but fumbled just short of the endzone that was recovered by the Chiefs. Stafford also had a well-placed throw down the seam to Hockenson that was dropped. Stafford played without Danny Amendola and lost Hockenson to injury during the game, but neither hurt his fantasy performance. Stafford is off for a bye next week before facing the Green Bay Packers on Monday night in week six.
2019 Week 3 vs PHI (18 / 32 / 201 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 1 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford had a quiet statistical game against the Eagles. Stafford threw a well-placed touchdown pass to Marvin Jones on a crossing route for his only score but had multiple other opportunities that did not convert. He threw a pass to Kenny Golladay in the end zone that was well covered and completed a touchdown pass to T.J. Hockenson, but Hockenson had stepped out of the end zone before the catch. Stafford was not at his best during the game, nearly throwing an interception on a pass to Danny Amendola and missing Marvin Jones on a pair of inaccurate passes, but could have had a bigger day. Jones had the opportunity for a big play on a double move but fell after the catch and Golladay had multiple opportunities to make plays but could not make catches. Stafford will need Golladay to play better to help his fantasy prospects next week against the Chiefs.
2019 Week 2 vs LAC (22 / 30 / 245 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford played well in a win against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Detroit established the run early with a backfield led by Kerryon Johnson and a game plan that largely played close to the vest. Stafford threw a touchdown early on a terrifically designed screen to Kerryon Johnson, that Johnson initially bobbled, but secured and ran in for a long touchdown. Stafford closed out a comeback win with a big-time touchdown throw to Kenny Golladay on a post while covered by Casey Hayward. Stafford was sharp, exploiting the perimeter with well-placed throws to Marvin Jones and Golladay. Stafford threw two interceptions, one a deep ball to Golladay that Golladay got overpowered on, and a second on a throw into coverage to Jones. Stafford was otherwise efficient and made plays in critical spots, including a fourth down conversion to Jones in the fourth quarter. He also ran for a third down conversion where he took a big hit at the end of the play. With a history of injuries, his health is important to monitor during the week.
2019 Week 1 vs ARI (27 / 45 / 385 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 22 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford had a solid week one performance against the Cardinals building a big lead before the Cardinals forced a tie. Stafford's touchdowns were two easy throws to Danny Amendola and Kenny Golladay on schemes that created broken coverages, then a good scramble drill with T.J. Hockenson in the red zone. Stafford was not perfect, as he was stripped from the blind side sack. He found easy success on targets to Hockenson, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola, while he struggled to connected with Kenny Golladay, including a throw that could have sealed a Detroit win that Golladay did not break on. Stafford has the opportunity for another big game in a could be shoot out in week two at home against the Chargers.
Latest NewsLions | Matthew Stafford remains sidelined (Wed Dec 4, 04:11 PM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back, hip) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. link to story Lions | Matthew Stafford out again (Thu Nov 28, 11:32 AM) - Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) is inactive for the Week 13 game Thursday, Nov. 28. link to story Lions | Week 13 Detroit Lions inactives (Thu Nov 28, 11:30 AM) - The Detroit Lions have declared OG Beau Benzschawel, QB Matthew Stafford, CB Michael Jackson, DL Damon Harrison, CB Jamal Agnew, OT Oday Aboushi and CB Rashaan Melvin inactive for Week 13. Our View: Harrison was very disruptive in the first matchup between these teams and his impact will be missed in this game.
link to story Lions | Detroit's Week 13 injury report (Wed Nov 27, 03:23 PM) - Detroit Lions CB Jamal Agnew (ankle), WR Marvin Hall (foot), CB Rashaan Melvin (ribs) and QB Matthew Stafford (hip/back) didn't practice Wednesday, Nov. 27, and have been ruled out for the game Thursday, Nov. 28, against the Chicago Bears. DL Da'Shawn Hand (ankle), DT Damon Harrison (knee/calf) and DB Tracy Walker were limited and are considered questionable. DE Trey Flowers (concussion) practiced in full and is questionable. P Sam Martin (abdomen), OL Frank Ragnow (concussion) and G Kenny Wiggins (knee) practiced in full and were removed from the injury report. Participation designations are estimations based on Wednesday's walkthrough. link to story Lions | Detroit's Tuesday practice report (Tue Nov 26, 05:11 PM) - Detroit Lions CB Jamal Agnew (ankle), WR Marvin Hall (foot), CB Rashaan Melvin (ribs) and QB Matthew Stafford (hip, back) did not practice for a second straight day Tuesday, Nov. 26. DE Trey Flowers (concussion) was upgraded to a limited practice, while QB Jeff Driskel (hamstring), DL Da'Shawn Hand (ankle), DT Damon Harrison (knee), TE T.J. Hockenson (shoulder), P Sam Martin (abdomen) and DB Tracy Walker (knee) were limited for a second straight day. OL Frank Ragnow (concussion) was upgraded to full practice, while OG Kenny Wiggins (knee) again practiced in full. Detroit only participated in a walk-through Tuesday, so all designations are estimates. link to story More News
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