QB Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions
|6-2, 225||Born: 2-7-1988||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2009|
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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
2018 Week 17 vs GB (20 / 32 / 266 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford had a solid end to his season in a win against the Green Bay Packers. Stafford threw for two touchdowns, both to T.J. Jones. Stafford's first throw touchdown was a good progression throw to Jones along the back of the end zone. The second was a perfectly placed highpoint fade. Stafford has suffered from a struggling supporting cast throughout much of the season and Sunday was no different with Brandon Powell and Andy Jones dropping passes in the game. Stafford will look to get healthy after struggling with injuries late in the season and hope for a revamped offense in 2019.
2018 Week 16 vs MIN (18 / 32 / 116 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford struggled against the Minnesota Vikings before getting removed from the game late in the fourth quarter. Stafford is simply without weapons and running a terrible scheme. Stafford has no vertical threat in the offense and the lone time a receiver was open on a vertical route, was when Kenny Golladay dropped a ball along the sideline. The offense featured heavy use of LeGarrette Blount in the receiving game and a healthy dose of Theo Riddick screens on third and 10 or more. This season has been lost for Stafford since Marvin Jones was injured and Golden Tate was traded. Stafford has been nursing injuries recently, so the removal was more related to his health than poor play. Stafford's status is up in the air for next week's game at Green Bay. Either way, he can hope for a change in offensive coordinator and additional personnel in the offseason.
2018 Week 15 vs BUF (22 / 29 / 208 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford continued to be plagued by a lack of weapons in the passing game against Buffalo. Stafford leaned heavily on Kenny Golladay, throwing several balls his way in tight coverage along the perimeter where Golladay was able to make plays. Outside of Golladay, there are few passing game weapons to help Stafford, especially with Bruce Ellington missing the game. Stafford did manage a red zone touchdown, a beautifully threaded pass to the back of the end zone to Andy Jones. Stafford also missed T.J. Jones up the seam and benefitted from a dropped interception across the middle of the field. Stafford could benefit from the return of Ellington and Kerryon Johnson next week against Minnesota.
2018 Week 14 vs ARI (15 / 23 / 101 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford struggled to create any passing threat in a win against the Arizona Cardinals. Stafford has struggled without Marvin Jones, Kerryon Johnson, and Golden Tate, and Sunday was no different. His threats are limited to short targets to Theo Riddick, Bruce Ellington, and occasional schemed up targets to Kenny Golladay. There is little vertical eliminate in the passing game, with the only deep target a tightly covered throw to Golladay which drew a pass interference. Stafford was only sacked once on interior pressure from a coverage sack. Stafford has struggled with accuracy at times this season, but his recent struggles and Sunday can be attributed to a lack of offensive weapons. Stafford will look to improve next week in a tough matchup at Buffalo.
2018 Week 13 vs LAR (20 / 33 / 245 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford continued to struggle in a loss to the Rams. Detroit's offense lacks continuity without Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, and Kerryon Johnson, which severely hampers Stafford's upside. Stafford has little in terms of field stretchers in the offense. The only vertical option is Kenny Golladay, who drew a defensive pass interference, but did not help Stafford by getting too close to the sideline on a back-shoulder throw where he could not get two feet down and another pass in the end zone where he could not get his feet down along the end line. The offense also struggled with interior pass rush from Aaron Donald and was out of down and distance because of sacks and penalties. Stafford had the opportunity for another touchdown in the red zone, but he was hit as he threw to Theo Riddick and the ball was too low for Riddick to handle. Stafford's lone touchdown was a trick play to Taylor Decker where the Rams did not realize Decker was an eligible receiver. Stafford has struggled with turnovers recently and Sunday was no exception. He lost a fumble on a sack from Aaron Donald and later threw an ill-advised prayer into the end zone that was easily intercepted. Stafford will look to rebound against the Arizona Cardinals.
2018 Week 12 vs CHI (28 / 38 / 236 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford struggled to stretch the field against Chicago while missing Marvin Jones and still adjusting to losing Golden Tate to a trade. On the positive side, Stafford benefitted from improved offensive line play that protected him from Chicago's strong pass rush and was only sacked twice. On the bad side, Stafford threw two interceptions that were both intended for Michael Roberts. The first was clearly on Stafford as he threw the ball inside Roberts on a short flat route that was an easy pick-6. The second was less clear as Roberts looked to run an out in the end zone while Stafford threw the pass as if he anticipated a corner route. Stafford also threw a pass behind Riddick on a wheel route that should have been a touchdown. Stafford's throw took Riddick out of stride and he was tackled short of the goal line setting up a LeGarrette Blount rushing touchdown. Stafford will look to rebound against the Rams next week.
2018 Week 11 vs CAR (23 / 37 / 220 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford had a quiet day in a win against Chicago. Without Marvin Jones, Stafford had a hard time completing deep passes early and was limited to one deep completion, a 36-yard scramble drill throw to Kenny Golladay. Stafford attempted two other deep balls to Golladay that were well covered and drew a defensive pass interference on a deep target to Bruce Ellington. Stafford's lone touchdown was a well thrown ball to Golladay for a highlight high point catch. Stafford was the beneficiary of improved offensive line play that kept Stafford clean for most of the game, surrendering only one sack, after the two previous weeks of nearly continuous pressure. If Marvin Jones or Kerryon Johnson miss time, Stafford will continue to struggle with an offense that is suddenly hurting for difference making options in the passing game. Stafford faces a tough test on Thanksgiving against the Chicago Bears.
2018 Week 10 vs CHI (25 / 42 / 274 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Stafford struggled against Chicago after Detroit got behind early. He was sacked twice on the first drive and a total of six times, the second consecutive game he faced heavy pressure. Stafford was unable to connect on vertical throws, but managed chunk plays on out routes to Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. Stafford threw two interceptions on the game. The first was an out where Marvin Jones fell down and the second was a prayer down the field on fourth down. Stafford buoyed his fantasy day with an easy touchdown on an out to Kenny Golladay and a second on a well-run screen pass to Kerryon Johnson. Stafford has struggled at times this season with touch and accuracy and missed easy throws in the flat this week. Stafford will look to rebound next week at home against Carolina.
2018 Week 9 vs MIN (25 / 36 / 199 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 6 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford was under relentless pressure against Minnesota and sacked 10 times. The pressure made it difficult for the offense to establish rhythm and sacks stopped two red zone drives. Stafford had little ability to consistently move the offense and when the offense did move, sacks put a halt to the progress. Stafford did manage to scramble for two conversions but made an uncharacteristically bad decision that resulted in Minnesota returning a fumble for a touchdown. Stafford was under pressure and scrambling when he tried to flip the ball to Kerryon Johnson behind him. The ball hit the ground and Minnesota returned it for a touchdown that put that game out of reach. Stafford had opportunities for scores, including a red zone throw to Kerryon Johnson in tight coverage that Johnson could not come down with. Stafford also missed Kenny Golladay on the boundary when he was scrambling for what could have been a long gain. Stafford has another tough matchup next week at Chicago.
2018 Week 8 vs SEA (27 / 40 / 310 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford struggled with turnovers in a loss to Seattle. Stafford lost a fumble when he was scrambling and stripped from behind when he had lax ball security. He also threw a backbreaking interception at the goal line with Detroit driving in a late comeback attempt. Stafford threw an out to Golden Tate on the play, but Stafford did not see the underneath defender. Stafford had success along the perimeter targeting Marvin Jones throughout the game. Stafford frequently targets Jones along the deep perimeter to beat cover 2, and this game was no exception. Stafford made multiple throws on the perimeter to Jones, including a red zone touchdown. Stafford's other touchdown pass was a scramble drill where Jones got lost deep behind a corner and a safety. His yardage in the second half was largely in comeback mode as he frequently targeted Kerryon Johnson in the role normally filled by the injured Theo Riddick. Stafford will face the Vikings next week on the road.
2018 Week 7 vs MIA (18 / 22 / 217 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 9 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford threw only 22 times, his second fewest attempts in a victory in his career. Stafford was efficient but took a backseat to a running game that carved up the Miami defense. Stafford threw two red zone touchdowns to Michael Roberts and could have had more. He nearly missed a third when Marvin Jones was interfered with on a deep target and had a touchdown throw on a highpoint catch by Kenny Golladay called back by penalty. The passing game was highly efficient albeit low volume. The success of the running game may keep Stafford's volume lower than normal but provides the opportunity for expanded efficiency in the play action passing game.
2018 Week 5 vs GB (14 / 26 / 183 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford had a low volume game against Green Bay largely the result of an early lead set up by Green Bay turnovers. Stafford had two touchdown passes, a post to Kenny Golladay and a back of the end zone throw to Marvin Jones. Stafford could have had a bigger day, with Marvin Jones dropping a long touchdown and Kenny Golladay getting tackled inside the five on a long reception. Detroit benefits from LeGarrette Blount's red zone ability, but it put a cap on Stafford's red zone attempts. Stafford was only sacked three times and showed the ability to get out of the pocket and create when plays broke down.
2018 Week 4 vs DAL (24 / 30 / 307 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford had a good game against the Dallas Cowboys. Stafford threw for two touchdowns and 307 yards on only 30 attempts. While the number may look like he was successful down the field, it was big run after catches by Golden Tate for two long touchdowns that accounted for the high yards per attempt. Stafford was better than earlier in the season and was largely efficient outside of a couple missed throws. He also showed good ability to escape pressure throughout the game. Stafford has a strong arsenal of weapons and when kept upright this type of game is a floor for his production.
2018 Week 3 vs NE (27 / 36 / 262 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford was well protected against a New England defense that struggled to generate a pass rush. Stafford was more accurate, throwing with better touch than in recent weeks. Stafford's first touchdown was a well thrown side arm pass to Kenny Golladay at the goal line. His second was a deep over route to Marvin Jones that was likely a blown coverage. Stafford showed the ability to escape and throw when under pressure and was only sacked once. Stafford could have had a bigger day but overthrew Marvin Jones on a post in the end zone. Stafford's interception was a bad throw off his back foot on third down on a crossing route to Luke Willson.
2018 Week 2 vs SF (34 / 53 / 347 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
In a game that looked good on the stat sheet, Matthew Stafford had the opportunity for a historic performance but missed several throws he ordinarily makes. Stafford missed three deep throws to Marvin Jones and a fourth to Kenny Golladay that were opportunities for 50+ yard touchdown passes. Stafford was equally erratic in the underneath, missing short throws to Theo Riddick and Golden Tate multiple times. Stafford had an opportunity for a red zone touchdown pass but overthrew Marvin Jones on a post. Stafford also had a bad lost fumble on a roll out play. Stafford's day was strong from a fantasy perspective, throwing touchdown passes in the red zone to Michael Roberts and Marvin Jones. Stafford's other touchdown was a play action pass to Golladay that Golladay made a great effort along the sideline to get into the end zone. Stafford was inaccurate in week three of the preseason and that has spilled over to the first two games of the season. If he can get his accuracy on track, the Detroit offense has juggernaut potential.
2018 Week 1 vs NYJ (27 / 46 / 286 / 1 / 4 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Matthew Stafford had a terrible start to the season. He was inaccurate and made bad reads, which led to four interceptions. Stafford appeared injured twice. First, Stafford looked like he sustained a knee injury where his left tackle looked to clip his knee. Stafford hobbled for a few plays, but was able to remain in the game, and maintained his movement ability. The second injury was where he got hit while he was throwing by two defenders. He remained on the ground for a period but was able to return on the next series. The injury looked more like he had the wind knocked out of him than a risk for a head injury. Stafford was inaccurate and looked to be rusty after similar struggles in the third preseason game. Stafford could have saved his fantasy day in garbage time, but the team stalled out in the red zone including a T.J. Jones drop in the red zone. Several Jets defenders commented after the game Stafford was tipping his plays based off their knowledge of his hand signals and calls at the line, a trend that will likely require an adjustment.
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