Fantasy Football Player News
Matthew Stafford | QB | Detroit Lions
Posted: 11/21/2014 9:13pm et
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.
Huddle Up: Stafford was predicted by many to have a huge a season but it's been just the opposite. Despite the addition of Golden Tate and rookie TE Eric Ebron, Stafford has been a fantasy disappointment in 2014. That's not likely to change over the final six weeks.

Posted: 11/6/2014 2:43pm et
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.
Huddle Up: The absences, however -- particularly Johnson's -- have hurt Stafford's fantasy numbers as he's currently ranked 14th among QBs with 171 points. Look for him to climb back into QB1 range, though, if Megatron returns, as expected, this Sunday and remains healthy down the stretch.

Posted: 9/9/2014 2:35pm et
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford showed improved footwork in his ability to climb the pocket when he was pressured in Week 1 against the New York Giants Monday, Sept. 8, his first start in the Jim Caldwell era. Sloppy footwork has been part of Stafford's problems in the past. He also seemed to make a conscious effort not to force passes to receivers that weren't open. Stafford finished the victory going 22-for-32 for 346 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a rushing touchdown.
Huddle Up: Stafford came through in a big way for his fantasy owners Monday night, and his mobility shouldn't be a total surprise given that he's rushed for 7 TDs since the start of the 2012 season. With Stafford's apparent improved decision making and the weapons added to his offensive arsenal, though, don't be surprised if he enjoys his best fantasy season since 2011, when he threw for 41 TDs and finished fifth among fantasy QBs.

Posted: 4/23/2014 12:08am et
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said Tuesday, April 22, that he can already see a rapport between QB Matthew Stafford and new target WR Golden Tate. 'Matthew is certainly getting a good feel for Golden,' Caldwell said. 'Those two I think are going to function well.'
Huddle Up: Tate, who established career highs with 64 catches and 898 yards last season in Seattle, should eclipse those numbers in 2014 -- even going from a No. 1 to No. 2 wideout. That's what playing opposite Calvin Johnson can do for a WR who can stay healthy and take advantage of the opportunity.

Posted: 2/27/2014 1:07pm et
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is owed the remaining $17.5 million of his $27.5 million signing bonus Friday, March 1.
Huddle Up: Stafford this past season topped 4,500 passing yards (4,650) and increased his TD throws from 20 to 29, but did have a career-high 23 turnovers (19 interceptions, 4 fumbles) in the Lions' second- straight sub-.500 campaign (7-9). Those latter two numbers are going to need to change if Stafford expects to keep cashing the big-$$$ checks.

Posted: 2/9/2014 10:59pm et
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said QB Matthew Stafford needs to improve but also does not believe all of the interceptions Stafford threw are his fault. 'There are interceptions that happen because a receiver breaks his route off too early, or goes through a receivers hands or gets tipped at the line of scrimmage. So, I was a little encouraged after watching that. This was not an interception machine,' Lombardi said.
Huddle Up: Stafford's 19 picks were his most since tossing 20 in his rookie season of 2009 and combined with his 4 fumbles lost gave him a career-high 23 turnovers. Juxtaposed with his 29 TD passes, Stafford's TD-to-turnover ratio is far from ideal and certainly needs some work.

Posted: 1/22/2014 6:49pm et
New Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is excited to work with QB Matthew Stafford, and Lombardi insists that Stafford 'isn't broken.' 'The good news is that he's not broken, that much is clear' Lombardi said. 'There's an awful amount of talent there. His arm is something to behold. We used to sit in the Saints quarterback room and just marvel at his passes -- all the depths, the whole field in play. He really can sling it. That's a great thing to have.'
Huddle Up: Every OC in the NFL would love to work with a quarterback as talented as Stafford. It's a nice place to start when building an offense.

Posted: 12/17/2013 12:49am et
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford finished 18-of-34 for 235 yards, 1 TD and 3 interceptions Monday. Dec. 16 in an 18-16 loss to the visiting Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Stafford's fantasy owners needing a big night from the QB saw him total fewer than 250 passing yards for the 4th time this season and negate his only TD with the 3 picks. He now has 21 turnovers on the season, with only the N.Y. QBs -- Eli Manning (27) and Geno Smith (25) -- having more.