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Matthew Stafford | Quarterback | #9

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (1) / DET
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Matthew Stafford completed 14-of-26 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' Week 5 win over the Packers.
Detroit shocked Green Bay and jumped out to a big 24-0 halftime lead, so Stafford didn't have to do much of anything in the second half despite the Packers threatening a comeback before losing by eight. Stafford threw just 11 second-half passes and watched LeGarrette Blount score a pair of short touchdowns before the break. Kenny Golladay also had a 47-yard touchdown called back on a penalty, while Marvin Jones was unable to complete a diving catch on a 42-yard score. The day could have been a lot bigger for Stafford. The Lions are now on their bye week. Oct 7 - 4:58 PM

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Matthew Stafford completed 24-of-30 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns while adding five yards on two carries Sunday in the Lions’ Week 4 loss to Dallas.

Stafford was dropped three times for a loss of 21 yards. Playing in his hometown of Dallas, the former first overall pick impressed by going over the 300-yard barrier for the second time this season. Stafford made use of all his receivers but had his most success throwing to Golden Tate, who absorbed all eight of his targets for 132 yards and two touchdowns. His second score gave Detroit a one-point lead with a little over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, though the Cowboys wound up winning on a walk-off field goal by Brett Maher. Stafford and the Lions will hope to avoid falling to 1-4 when they face the Packers next week at Ford Field.
Sep 30 - 5:11 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 27-of-36 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in Detroit's Week 3 win over the Patriots.

Stafford was sharp in this one, completing 12 of his first 13 passes. He played keep-away from the Patriots with clock killing drives. Stafford made a sidearm throw to Kenny Golladay in the red-zone for his first TD before hitting a wide open Marvin Jones from 33 yards out on his second. His only blunder was an interception on the opening drive of the second half. Stafford has rebounded from his rough Week 1 to post consecutive multi-TD games. He'll get a matchup with the Cowboys in Week 4.
Sep 23 - 11:20 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 34-of-53 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns while adding one rush for eight yards Sunday in the Lions’ Week 2 loss to the 49ers.

He was sacked twice for a loss of 18 yards and also lost a fumble. For Stafford, this was a much better game than his previous outing, a four-interception nightmare against the Jets on Monday Night Football. Though the numbers don’t really reflect it, Stafford still looked a tad off, continually airmailing deep balls downfield including one to a wide-open Marvin Jones that should have gone for an easy touchdown. Stafford did throw a touchdown to Jones later in the game, finding him for a five-yard score with 8:36 remaining in the fourth quarter. Stafford added another touchdown later in the fourth on a 15-yard end-zone heave to tight end Michael Roberts. The Lions made a valiant comeback in the second half but fell just short with Stafford’s fourth-down incompletion sealing the game with 14 seconds remaining. Stafford and the Lions will try to avoid falling to 0-3 next week against New England.
Sep 16 - 8:09 PM

Matthew Stafford (shin) is practicing in full for Week 2 against the 49ers.

He injured his shin after colliding with teammate Taylor Decker in Monday night's loss to the Jets. Stafford was noticeably hobbled but kept playing until the fourth quarter when the game was out of hand. The former No. 1 pick hasn't missed a start since 2010. That streak should continue against the Niners in Week 2.
Sep 12 - 5:29 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 27-of-46 passes for 286 yards, one touchdown, and four interceptions in the Lions' Week 1 loss to the Jets on Monday night.

The Lions ended Stafford's suffering with 8:15 left in the fourth quarter with the team trailing 48-17. Stafford did not play well at all, but he didn't get a lot of help, with his offensive line whiffing on blocks, receivers dropping passes, and the running game again doing nothing. Two of Stafford's picks went to ILB Darron Lee, and one of them was returned for a touchdown. Stafford put together one impressive drive, marching 80 yards right down the field in 1:50 on four passes on the first drive of the third quarter, finishing it with a 24-yard touchdown to Golden Tate. Stafford appeared to injure his left knee at one point, limping badly, and then also got the wind knocked out of him. He missed one play. Stafford will look to bounce back next week at the 49ers.
Sep 10 - 10:13 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 9-of-18 passes for 113 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Friday's preseason game versus the Bucs.

Stafford had thrown just five passes in the preseason entering tonight, so Detroit wanted to give him some work, letting him play into the third quarter on Friday. Stafford was pressured often, taking three sacks and was the victim of drops from both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones for solid yardage. Despite the lackluster output, we know what we're getting from Stafford for fantasy purposes. Stafford has now finished six of the past seven seasons as a fantasy QB1 at the season’s end and has thrown for over 4,000-passing yards in all seven of those seasons. Stafford opens the regular season at home against the Jets.
Aug 24 - 11:14 PM

Matthew Stafford completed just 2-of-5 passes for 51 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and ran once for no gain Friday in the Lions’ second preseason game against the Giants.

He was sacked twice for a loss of 17 yards. Stafford also committed a fumble on a bad handoff to Ameer Abdullah, though the Lions recovered it. It was a quiet night for the former first overall pick as three of Stafford’s four drives resulted in three-and-outs. His longest completion came when he connected with Theo Riddick on a 42-yard catch-and-run on the Lions' second series. Stafford ceded signal-calling duties to backup Jake Rudock about midway through the second quarter.
Aug 17 - 9:13 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 20-of-29 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns in the Lions' Week 17 win over the Packers.

He also caught -- yes, caught -- a two-point conversion from Golden Tate. Stafford had one of his best seasons to date, completing 371-of-565 passes (65.7%) for 4,446 yards (7.9 YPA) and a 29:10 TD:INT mark. The YPA average set a new career high, while the 10 picks matched a season-best that Stafford set last year. He's cut down on the turnovers in recent years and was playing at an MVP level part of this season before the Lions fell out of the playoff picture. Stafford just signed a massive extension in August and is inked through 2022. With coach Jim Caldwell expected to be fired, it's possible Stafford will have to learn a new offense in 2018, unless the new coach keeps OC Jim Bob Cooter, who has done wonders with Stafford the past two years.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:13:00 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he has given no consideration to resting his starters.

The Lions are out of the playoff race, which gives them the option to get Matthew Stafford out of harm's way. Caldwell, who might be coaching for his job at this point, does not plan to do so, however, leaving Stafford, Marvin Jones, and Golden Tate as good fantasy options for the season finale against the Packers.
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 12:33:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 19-of-35 passes for 203 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Lions' Week 16 loss to the Bengals.

Stafford had a forgettable day in a must-win situation for the Lions. His interception came while he was under pressure and tried to force a pass over the middle. It ended up going directly to the Bengals. The Lions were missing three of their starting offensive lineman in this one and it made a noticeable difference in Stafford's play as he was under pressure often. His touchdown was to a wide-open Eric Ebron. Stafford has a good matchup against the Packers in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 04:40:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 25-of-33 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s Week 15 win over the Bears.

Stafford wasn’t asked to do much on Saturday as the Bears hardly put up a fight on the offensive end. 21 of Stafford’s pass attempts came in the first half. Stafford’s first touchdown was a 3-yard score to T.J. Jones set up by a 58-yard completion to Marvin Jones where Jones bullied the ball away from a defender. Stafford then connected with Eric Ebron for an 8-yard touchdown to put the game away in the third quarter. Stafford has turned in four consecutive QB2 lines for fantasy, but will get a favorable draw against the Bengals in Week 16 that will have him as a QB1 option.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 07:38:00 PM

Matthew Stafford (hand) is practicing in full for Week 15 against the Bears.

Stafford injured his hand in Week 13 but played through the injury last week and threw for almost 400 yards. He registered 299 yards and two touchdowns when he faced Chicago in Week 11.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 04:15:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 36-of-44 passes for 381 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Lions' 24-21, Week 14 win over the Bucs.

The Lions were the last men standing in a game that featured eight turnovers. The Lions should have blown the Bucs out behind Stafford's second-highest yardage total of the season, but committed just enough giveaways to keep things interesting. Stafford has now completed 60-of-73 passes over his past two games (82.1 percent). Naturally, in true Stafford fashion, he has just two touchdowns to show for it. Stafford has another rippable Week 15 matchup in the Bears.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 04:25:00 PM

Matthew Stafford (hand) is active for Week 14 against the Bucs.

Coach Jim Caldwell tried to pretend Stafford's status wasn't for certain, but it has been clear since early in the week that he would give it a go. Although the hand is a mild concern — it could affect his accuracy — the Bucs are a golden matchup. Stafford is a legit QB1 for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 11:31:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Matt Cassel
RB1Kerryon Johnson
2Theo Riddick
3LeGarrette Blount
4Ameer Abdullah
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Kerryon Johnson
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Kerryon Johnson
FB1Nick Bellore
WR11Marvin Jones
2Kenny Golladay
3Andy Jones
WR21Golden Tate
2T.J. Jones
3Brandon Powell
WR31Kenny Golladay
TE1Luke Willson
2Michael Roberts
3Levine Toilolo
LT1Taylor Decker
2Tyrell Crosby
LG1Frank Ragnow
2Joe Dahl
C1Graham Glasgow
RG1T.J. Lang
2Kenny Wiggins
RT1Rick Wagner
2Andrew Donnal
K1Matt Prater