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Matthew Stafford

Detroit Lions

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Lions | Matthew Stafford struggling on deep ball

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:21:44 -0800

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford, who is currently on pace to finish with the fewest passing yards in a single season for his career, has struggled on deep-ball connections, especially in the last two weeks with WR Calvin Johnson returning. Stafford has completed only 14 percent of his passes at least 20 yards downfield to Johnson the last two weeks, and he's thrown an interception on deep targets in each of the pair's four full games together. Stafford is also struggling in the face of pressure this year, with his completion percentage under pressure dropping from 42 percent last year to 34 percent in 2014, his lowest since 2010.

Fantasy Tip: Stafford and Johnson haven't been able to connect like years past, and Johnson's nagging ankle injury is likely the biggest culprit. With a smaller playbook against the New England Patriots this weekend, this could be the week that Stafford starts to turn things around, though; New England has allowed 21.33 fantasy points per game to QBs in the last four weeks.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: - Zach Rodgers

Lions | Matthew Stafford breaks record

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:47:09 -0800

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford passes 20,000 career passing yards in Week 11, to become the faster quarterback in NFL history to reach that mark. Sunday's game was just Stafford's 71st career game. Dan Marino previously held the mark in 74 games.

Fantasy Tip: The record is great, but Stafford was just 18-for-30 for 183 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in the loss to the Arizona Cardinals. It doesn't get any easier next week as Detroit faces the New England Patriots.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: - Michael Rothstein

Lions | Matthew Stafford has become more patient

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:02:53 -0800

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford said he's more comfortable than ever with his secondary options after playing a big chunk of this season without WR Calvin Johnson (ankle). "The more experience and the better everybody else plays, the less you feel like you have to get 81 the ball, but it's still conducive to playing good offense to get the best receiver on the planet the ball as much as you can," Stafford said. The Lions have also been without RBs Reggie Bush, Theo Riddick and Joique Bell and TEs Brandon Pettigrew, Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria and OT LaAdrian Waddle. The result is a more patient Stafford. Johnson's return in Week 10 should allow for more of the secondary options like WR Golden Tate to see single coverage.

Fantasy Tip: Stafford ($7,500) has had a tough go of it without Johnson, even with Tate putting up excellent numbers in Megatron's absence. However, temper your expectations this weekend against a stout Miami Dolphins defense. Plus, Johnson may be eased back in.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: - Michael Rothstein

Lions | Matthew Stafford provides late heroics

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:32:08 -0700

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 27 of 40 pass attempts for 299 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 7 game against the New Orleans Saints. Both touchdown strikes came in the final 3:38 of the game, after the Lions had trailed 23-10.

Fantasy Tip: Stafford went under 200 yards passing last week without Calvin Johnson on the field, but he had a strong game against the leaky New Orleans pass defense. He remains a fantasy stud with or without Megatron when facing a poor pass defense.

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Lions | Matthew Stafford under 200 yards

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:41:09 -0700

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was 19-for-33 for a season-low 185 yards in the team's Week 6 win without WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), and it's only the seventh time in Stafford's career that he's thrown for under 200 yards in a game, with the last coming in December of last year in a blizzard.

Fantasy Tip: This trend could continue if Johnson is forced to miss the next two games before the team's Week 9 bye. Temper your expectations, although the New Orleans Saints this weekend should go easy on Stafford.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: - Michael Rothstein

Lions | Matthew Stafford to face rival

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:39:18 -0700

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will meet the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6, and it will be his ninth career start against the Vikings. He has thrown for 319 or more yards in three of his past four starts against Minnesota, and four of the past six. He also has two or more touchdown passes in four of the past six games against the NFC North rivals.

Fantasy Tip: The Vikings rank 11th in the NFL against the pass, allowing just 225.6 yards per game, so he is a risky play at $7800 (or 15.6 percent of the cap). Plus, Stafford might be without his biggest weapon, WR Calvin Johnson.

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Lions | Matthew Stafford eating turf often

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 08:26:46 -0700

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has been sacked 17 times in five games this season. He was sacked 23 times in 16 games in 2013.

Fantasy Tip: Stafford needs to avoid some of these hits to remain effective for the long haul. He has a decent matchup against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6 and is a mid-rate option on FantasyScore.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Oakland Press - Paula Pasche

Lions | More time for Matthew Stafford?

Sat, 04 Oct 2014 19:46:42 -0700

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will have OT LaAdrian Waddle (calf) back in Week 5, and with Waddle healthy in Week 1, Stafford was sacked once and hit once. In three games without Waddle at right tackle, he was sacked 10 times and hit 23 times, and head coach Jim Caldwell said a majority of the sacks were a result of a breakdown at right tackle.

Fantasy Tip: Stafford's lone 300-yard game this year came with a healthy Waddle in Week 1, and his return should solidify the right side of the line. A little extra time in the pocket could lead to a big performance for Stafford in Week 5 against a Buffalo defense ranked 25th against the pass. He will take up 17% of the cap ($8,500) at FantasyScore and could be worth a look given the favorable matchup.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Lions | Matthew Stafford receives treatment

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:10:41 -0700

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (hand, leg) had the back of his throwing hand or wrist bandaged by the training staff after the Week 4 game against the New York Jets, and the training staff also appeared to be looking at his left leg in the locker room.

Fantasy Tip: Stafford made it through the entire game, finishing with 293 passing yards and two touchdowns while also running for another score. That was an impressive stat line considering he was playing with his favorite target, Calvin Johnson, very limited due to an ankle injury.

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Lions | Matthew Stafford avoids injury

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:25:24 -0700

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford avoided injury when he was driving on a bridge that collapsed Friday, Sept. 26. Stafford was on his way to practice when a bridge was hit by a car hauler. Stafford was one of the first motorists stopped by crumbling debris.

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