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Matthew Stafford

Detroit Lions

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Lions | Up-tempo offense helps Detroit

Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:31:12 -0800

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford and the offense operated at quicker pace in their Week 13 win over the Chicago Bears Thursday, Nov. 27, and they were able 474 yards of total offense. Stafford went 34-for-45 for 390 yards and two touchdowns, and he appeared much more comfortable in the offense. His 75.6 completion percentage was the fourth best of his career. Stafford was also at his best against the blitz, completing a career-high 14 passes for a career-high 200 yards.

Fantasy Tip: Stafford had a great matchup against the Bears, and he could have the momentum he needs to finish out the year strong, especially since he'll be facing some more weak secondaries in the weeks to come.

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

Lions | Detroit's offense inconsistent

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:10:31 -0800

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford had the worst completion percentage in his career in Week 12 against the New England Patriots at 39.1 percent), and the Lions haven't rushed for a touchdown since Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints. They are tied for 21st in the league with six rushing TDs all year. The Lions have been held without an offensive touchdown in the last two weeks for the first time since 2000. Detroit is fifth in the league in time of possession (32:11), 10th in passing yards per game (257.73) and 12th in yard margin per game (plus-29), but they are outside the top 15 in all other major offensive categories.

Fantasy Tip: It can't get much worse for Stafford and the Lions. Luckily, they face a Chicago Bears squad that has been generous to opposing QBs for much of the season. Stafford ($6,800) is a good sleeper option to break out in Week 13.

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

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.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Associated Press

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.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports

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

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