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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
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Matthew Stafford completed 18-of-32 passes for 205 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Lions' Wild Card loss to the Seahawks.
Despite the defense getting run over all night and his receivers apparently leaving their hands in Detroit, Stafford was in position to lead yet another fourth-quarter comeback, but he could not get anything going as the Seahawks pulled away with two late touchdowns. Stafford once again seemed to struggle with the injured finger which appears to have derailed both his and the Lions' season. Luckily, Stafford said after the game he does not think he will need surgery, meaning he should be ready for the offseason program. Despite the disappointing end, Stafford finished the regular season with 4,327 yards and 24 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions. He was also squarely in the MVP discussion for much of the season. With Stafford set to hit free agency after 2017, the Lions will likely try to work out a long-term extension with their franchise quarterback this offseason. Jan 7 - 11:51 PM

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Matthew Stafford completed 26-of-41 passes for 347 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in Week 17 against the Packers.

Stafford had some bad overthrows and threw a late game-sealing interception. He led Detroit to a first half lead, but couldn’t keep pace with Aaron Rodgers. Stafford cut back on his turnovers this season, finishing with 4,327 yards and a 24:10 TD/INT ratio. The Lions advanced to the playoffs despite the loss. Stafford has a shy away matchup against Seattle in the Wild Card Round.
Jan 1 - 11:56 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 26-of-46 passes for 260 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception in the Lions' Week 16 loss to the Cowboys.

He was able to save his fantasy day a bit with a one-yard rushing touchdown on a fourth-and-goal sneak in the second quarter. The Lions and Cowboys were trading punches the entire first half, heading to break tied 21-21. But a bad Stafford interception as he was running left and tried to throw right set the Cowboys up with great field position in the third quarter. Ezekiel Elliott scored a one-yard touchdown, and the Cowboys ran away with the game. Stafford has now thrown one or zero touchdowns in seven of his past nine games and has topped 300 yards just once since Week 3. He's been more of a QB2 for the past couple months. The Lions play the Packers for the division title next Sunday night. The game is in Detroit.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 11:55:00 PM

Matthew Stafford (finger) is practicing in full for Week 16.

Stafford's finger didn't appear to be an issue last Sunday, though he may change gloves for Monday Night Football. The quarterback of a slow-it-down offense vs. the Keepaway Cowboys, Stafford is a QB2 for the fantasy finals.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 04:16:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 24-of-39 passes for 273 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception in the Lions' Week 15 loss to the Giants.

Stafford's dislocated middle finger on his throwing hand didn't give him any trouble, as he was throwing tight spirals and sticking some deep balls in this one, but the Lions simply couldn't find the end zone against a tough defense. Golden Tate was his main target, with the two hooking up eight times for 122 yards on 13 targets, but Stafford just missed Tate on what could have been a pair of long touchdowns. Both were a bit under-thrown. CB Eli Apple got back to break one up, and Tate had to wait on another that turned into a 67-yard catch-and-run where Zach Zenner fumbled inside the five-yard line on the next play. Stafford's pick was a fourth-quarter heartbreaker in the end zone that essentially was the final nail in the coffin with Detroit down by 11. Stafford will be nothing more than a QB2 next week on the road at the Cowboys.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 04:30:00 PM

Matthew Stafford (finger) does not expect the Lions' gameplan to change because of his injury.

Stafford dislocated the middle finger on his throwing hand against the Bears, but he says the injury did not affect how OC Jim Bob Cooter called the game. "I said 'Just call the game. Don't worry about me. I'll figure it out,'" Stafford said. "So plan on being the same way, you know, this week." Stafford is still exploring whether he will need a glove and how the injury affects his accuracy and velocity, but there is no question about his availability. Stafford will suit up against the Giants, but he will be no better than a QB2 in a tough matchup on the road.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 09:45:00 AM

Matthew Stafford (finger) is practicing in full for Week 15.

The Lions have already said Stafford will play through the finger injury on his throwing hand, and Stafford was sporting a glove with just one finger on it, covering his index finger. He'll be a QB2 against the Giants.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 04:02:00 PM

Matthew Stafford said the finger injury he suffered Sunday against the Bears is not as bad as the one he dealt with in 2011.

"I’ve had the broken index before and played with that, and that’s no fun," Stafford said of the 2011 injury. "But this one will be a little bit different. I don’t think it’s going to be as bad as that one was." Stafford admitted he needed a glove to be able to grip the ball through all of the tape on Sunday, but he is not sure he will have to wear the glove the rest of the season. There is still reason for concern about Stafford's ability to consistently locate the ball, especially in adverse weather conditions, but it is clear he will play through the injury. In a tough matchup on the road against the Giants, Stafford will be nothing more than a QB2 this week.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 09:45:00 AM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell confirmed Matthew Stafford will play through his finger injury.

There was never much concern, but it is nice to get confirmation. Stafford suffered a "PIP joint dislocation" with torn ligaments to the middle finger of his throwing hand against the Bears. He played with a glove for the final three quarters of that contest, and he will wear something over the finger for the rest of the season. Even though he will play, Stafford's accuracy likely will be compromised by the injury, especially in adverse weather conditions. He will nothing more than a QB2 in a tough trip to face the Giants in Week 15.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Matthew Stafford suffered a "PIP joint dislocation" with torn ligaments to the middle finger of his right (throwing) hand in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Bears.

He played with a glove for the final three quarters, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Stafford will have to play in a glove for the rest of the season. In elements outside the Lions' Ford Field dome, it's fair to wonder if the injury will eventually affect Stafford's accuracy in a similar way to Derek Carr's was in Thursday night's chilly loss to Kansas City. Stafford's playing availability isn't in doubt. He didn't even miss a snap against the Bears.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 06:28:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 21-of-35 passes for 223 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Lions' Week 14 win over the Bears.

He added 15 yards and a touchdown on four scrambles. Stafford threw one pick six on a pass intended for Anquan Boldin and was picked in the end zone on a deflected ball intended for Golden Tate, but he stayed battling and engineered a game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter capped by Stafford's own seven-yard rushing score. It should be noted that Stafford played the final three quarters with a glove on his hand nursing an apparent finger injury. The streaking Lions will head to MetLife Stadium next for a Week 15 meeting with the Giants.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 04:00:00 PM

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.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 04:54:00 PM

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.
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 03:45:00 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.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 04:49:00 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.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 04:31:00 PM