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Matthew Stafford | Quarterback | #9

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 220
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (1) / DET
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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

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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

Matthew Stafford (hand) remains on track to start Sunday at Tampa Bay.

The Lions tried to play coy about bruising on Stafford's throwing hand, but beat writers revealed he practiced as normal and looked good throwing the ball on Friday. He'll be an upside QB1 play against a weak Buccaneers pass defense.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 12:18:00 AM

Matthew Stafford (hand) is questionable for Week 14 against the Buccaneers.

Coach Jim Caldwell was somewhat noncommittal when grilled about Stafford's status, though he should be able to suit up after getting in a limited week of practice. Assuming Stafford is close to his normal self, he'll be in play as a back-end QB1 in a plush matchup against Tampa Bay's non-existent secondary.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 03:18:00 PM

Coach Jim Caldwell said Matthew Stafford (hand) is "progressing well" and "we'll see" if he's able to play Week 14 against the Bucs.

Stafford ramped up his practice level Thursday, and it would be a real shock if he wasn't out there. Stafford is one of the toughest dudes in the game; it would take a lot to keep him off the field. If he starts, Stafford will be a QB1, and both Golden Tate and Marvin Jones will be high-end WR1/2 plays.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 10:46:00 AM

Matthew Stafford (hand) practiced again on Thursday.

According to team reporter Tim Twentyman, Stafford did "much more" Thursday than he did at Wednesday's practice and "spun the ball pretty well." All signs point to Stafford playing this week despite sustaining a painful bruise in last week's loss to Baltimore. He'll be a QB1 in a favorable matchup with Tampa Bay.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 01:04:00 PM

Matthew Stafford (hand) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Stafford suffered a bruised hand in last week's loss to Baltimore. Coach Jim Caldwell admitted he's not "out of the woods yet," though with every game now a must-win for the 6-6 Lions, we'd expect Stafford to grind it out Sunday at Tampa Bay. He hasn't missed a game since 2010.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 04:50:00 PM

Coach Jim Caldwell said Matthew Stafford's (hand) injury is "not insignificant," and he's "not out of the woods, yet."

Stafford didn't break his hand when he got it stepped on last week against the Ravens, but there's likely plenty of swelling that is probably affecting his grip. Caldwell said the team will handle Stafford "delicately," and backup QB Jake Rudock will receive practice reps. Stafford is legitimately questionable.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 10:54:00 AM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell confirmed Matthew Stafford did not break his hand.

The coach added the hand is sore and badly bruised, however, and did not know if the injury would affect Stafford's ability to throw this week. With the Lions barely hanging on in the playoff race, Stafford likely will give it a go on Sunday against the Bucs, but it sounds like the injury could be an issue.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 12:34:00 PM

Matthew Stafford has been diagnosed with a bruise after X-rays came back negative on his throwing hand.

Stafford had his hand stepped on by Terrell Suggs on his final pass of the game, which was also an interception that iced the game for the Ravens. Prior to that interception, Stafford had set a franchise record with 20 straight pass completions. He finished the game completing 24-of-29 passes for 292 yards and a touchdown to go along with the interception. Stafford played through a broken finger on his throwing hand to close the season a year ago, so we would expect him to take the field next week when the Lions head to Tampa Bay. Barring any setbacks, Stafford will be a QB1 for that game.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 04:48:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Jake Rudock
3Alek Torgersen
RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
3Tion Green
4Zach Zenner
5Dwayne Washington
GLB1Tion Green
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
WR11Marvin Jones
2Kenny Golladay
3Andy Jones
4Dontez Ford
WR21Golden Tate
2T.J. Jones
3Jace Billingsley
4Bradley Marquez
WR31Kenny Golladay
TE1Eric Ebron
2Michael Roberts
3Hakeem Valles
4Brandon Barnes
LT1Taylor Decker
2Brian Mihalik
LG1Joe Dahl
2Zac Kerin
C1Graham Glasgow
2Leo Koloamatangi
RG1T.J. Lang
2Emmett Cleary
RT1Rick Wagner
2Corey Robinson
3Dan Skipper
K1Matt Prater