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Matthew Stafford | Quarterback | #9

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 226
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (1) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Matthew Stafford completed 30-of-42 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' 28-13, Week 13 win over the Saints.
It was a commanding performance from Stafford, who spent a good chunk of the first half with only one incompletion. Stafford methodically kept the chains moving, and the Saints off the field. Stafford's offense gobbled up 37 minutes of possession. It hasn't been fantasy friendly, but Stafford has been executing the Lions' ball-control offense to perfection. He'll be on the QB1/2 borderline for next week's matchup with the Bears' bombed-out defense. Dec 4 - 4:54 PM

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Matthew Stafford completed 23-of-40 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' 16-13, Thanksgiving win over the Vikings.

Trailing 13-10 in the fourth quarter, the Lions came back to win. Sound familiar? It was not a fun game to watch, as both teams were playing handball more than football. The passes were short, the run games, barely there. Stafford was the most impressive player, continually extending plays with his legs and mobility. He's managing games as good as possible right now. It's not making for fantasy fireworks, but the Lions will take it. Even with the non-fantasy friendly approach, Stafford will be in the QB1 mix against the Saints in Week 13.
Nov 24 - 3:45 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 24-of-33 passes for 278 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Lions' Week 11 win over the Jaguars.

Stafford struggled to move the offense most of the game. The Lions went three-and-out four drives in a row in the first half, and the offense only managed 277 yards and 13 points. The defense and special teams each kicked in a touchdown, however, and Stafford's 61-yard pass to Eric Ebron which set up a touchdown early in the fourth quarter was enough for the win. Stafford has an even tougher matchup Thanksgiving Day against the Vikings. He threw two touchdowns against Minnesota in a win Week 9, but he will be a QB2 on Thursday.
Nov 20 - 4:49 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 23-of-36 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Lions' Week 9 win over the Vikings.

Stafford took only one sack and five hits against what used to be a ferocious Vikings pass rush. Although he didn't get anything going downfield, Stafford stayed composed and mostly efficient, repeatedly hooking up with Eric Ebron for chunk-yardage plays and finding Golden Tate for a 28-yard touchdown in overtime. In the Lions' pass-centric offense which throws the football consistently in scoring position, Stafford has been able to overcome tough paper matchups with short touchdown tosses and volume. The Lions have a bye in Week 10. Stafford will be a mid-range to low-end QB1 against the Jaguars in Week 11.
Nov 6 - 4:31 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 27-of-41 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown in the Lions' Week 8 loss to the Texans.

The Lions did whatever they wanted against the Houston defense on their first couple possessions, but untimely penalties set them back, and the Texans' defensive unit stepped up its game in the second quarter. Stafford's lone touchdown was a one-yard hookup with Theo Riddick. Other than Riddick, Eric Ebron was the only other real source of offense for Detroit. He set a new career-best with seven catches for a team-high 79 yards and set up Riddick's score with a DPI in the end zone. Stafford will be hard to start in fantasy Week 9 at Minnesota.
Oct 30 - 4:39 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 18-of-29 passes for 266 yards and a touchdown in Detroit's 20-17, Week 7 win over the Redskins.

He added two rushes for 32 yards. With the Lions trailing 17-13 with 1:05 remaining, Stafford led the Lions on a six-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to steal the game. The score was Stafford's only of the afternoon, but he was delivering darts, and was once again hurt by a number of bad drops from his receivers. Stafford has just two 300-yard games in seven starts, but has been playing at a near MVP level. He'll be a mid-range QB1 for next week's trip to Houston.
Oct 23 - 4:13 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 23-of-31 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns Week 6 against the Rams.

Stafford was only sacked once and generally looked comfortable against a still banged-up Rams defensive front. He threw a great pass to Marvin Jones for the opening score of the game, and he did a great job extending the play on Andre Roberts' touchdown near the end of the first half. Most impressively, Stafford led the Lions on a 13-play touchdown drive and a nine-play field-goal drive to secure the win in the fourth quarter. Stafford has two dreadful games this season, but he has at least three touchdowns in his other four contests. He will look to make it five next week against the Redskins.
Oct 16 - 6:10 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 19-of-25 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns in the Lions' 24-23, Week 5 win over the Eagles.

The Lions jumped out to a two-touchdown lead by finding the end zone on each of their first three possessions, with Stafford finding Theo Riddick on one- and 17-yard touchdowns before then hooking up with Marvin Jones for another one-yard score. Detroit's offense was nonexistent after halftime, however, as Stafford threw for just 58 yards after the break and the Lions blew a two-touchdown lead. Ryan Mathews' late fumble gave the Lions the ball with 2:34 left, down by two, and Matt Prater kicked a 29-yard field goal to down the previously-unbeaten Eagles. Stafford will be a borderline QB1/2 next week at home against the Rams.
Oct 9 - 4:08 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 23-of-36 passes for 213 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Lions' Week 4 loss to the Bears.

Stafford legitimately looked like the worst quarterback in the league Sunday, and it's become far too common for Stafford to look incredible one week only to follow his ups with massive downs. The Lions got nothing going on offense all day. His first interception was a wrong route by Golden Tate just before halftime, and it got Tate benched most of the second half. But Stafford's second pick was a terrible throw in the fourth quarter. The last-place Lions will host the 3-0 Eagles in Week 5. Stafford will be a borderline QB1/2 against a tough defense.
Oct 2 - 4:40 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 28-of-41 passes for 385 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the Lions' Week 3 loss to the Packers.

Stafford played well in this game, but the Lions' defense was simply played off the field in the first half. Stafford's interception was actually a fumble by Eric Ebron, but the tight end provided a great target for Stafford across the middle all game. The real star was Marvin Jones, however, who found open space down the right side almost at will. Stafford connected with him late in the first half for a 73-yard touchdown, and he found him for a 35-yard touchdown to make it a one-score game late in the fourth quarter. The offense never saw the ball again. Stafford now has seven touchdowns through three games and gets the Bears' banged-up defense next week. He will be a solid QB1 in that matchup.
Sep 25 - 4:41 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 22-of-40 passes for 260 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Lions' Week 2 loss to Tennessee.

He did rush twice for 31 yards. The interception was just Stafford's third in the Jim Bob Cooter era. Stafford played well for the most part, but the Lions struggled mightily to convert in the red zone and he had multiple touchdowns negated by penalty, including would-be TDs to Anquan Boldin and Eric Ebron. Stafford gets a tougher Week 3 draw at Lambeau Field, where he will be more of a fringe QB1 play in fantasy.
Sep 18 - 5:43 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 31-of-39 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns in the Lions' Week 1 win over the Colts.

Things looked slightly bleak for Stafford when the Lions opened the game with back-to-back rushing scores, but he went to work as the Colts mounted a comeback in this 39-35 shootout. Stafford was extremely efficient, moving the offense at will against Indianapolis' injury-depleted defense and finding Theo Riddick, Ameer Abdullah, and Eric Ebron for red-zone touchdowns. Over the course of the season, Stafford has one of the NFL's softest pass-defense schedules and should be locked into lineups as an every-week QB1. He'll square off with a weak Titans pass defense next.
Sep 11 - 8:06 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 14-of-23 passes for 95 yards and an interception in Detroit's third preseason game.

Stafford was mostly in command outside of his interception. He's coming off a strong finish to 2015, but is a candidate to take a step back without Calvin Johnson. The Lions offensive line remains a concern despite their offseason additions. Stafford has completed 26-of-40 passes for 266 yards and no touchdowns through three preseason games.
Aug 27 - 9:14 PM

The Lions' offense has utilized a no-huddle look on 62 percent of their plays during the preseason.

Detroit used no-huddle on just 7.0 percent of plays last season, finishing 30th in situation-neutral pace according to Football Outsiders. Both numbers should be significantly higher this year. "The faster you can push the tempo, when you want to, really, it just makes it more stressful on the defense," Matthew Stafford said. "If you feel like you're playing at a normal speed, and they think you're playing really fast, it feels a whole lot better for us." Stafford shined with OC Jim Bob Cooter calling the shots late last season, and the coordinator is molding his system to Stafford's strengths again this year. Currently the 16th fantasy quarterback off the board, it is possible Stafford is being undervalued.
Aug 25 - 8:48 AM

Matthew Stafford said he hopes the offense is more balanced this season.

"Any time you can be balanced it’s going to help keep defenses off-balance," Stafford said. "For us, and really anybody in the NFL, you kind of throw the ball to score points, and you got to run the ball to win the game at the end. We started doing that the second half of the season last year." Lions running backs saw about five extra carries a game over the second half of the season, although Ameer Abdullah was the only runner who improved his efficiency. Abdullah is back atop the depth chart this year, and a big season from him would do nothing but help Stafford and the passing game.
Jul 30 - 8:46 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
RB1Theo Riddick
2Dwayne Washington
3Joique Bell
4Ameer Abdullah
GLB1Dwayne Washington
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Dwayne Washington
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Marvin Jones
2Anquan Boldin
3T.J. Jones
WR21Golden Tate
2Andre Roberts
WR31Anquan Boldin
TE1Eric Ebron
2Clay Harbor
3Matthew Mulligan
LT1Taylor Decker
2Cornelius Lucas
LG1Laken Tomlinson
2Joe Dahl
C1Travis Swanson
2Graham Glasgow
RG1Larry Warford
RT1Riley Reiff
K1Matt Prater