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|Week 16 (@CHI) - Dave Richard||25-35||228||2||0||0||0||21|
|Week 16 (@CHI) - Jamey Eisenberg||26-36||285||2||0||0||0||23|
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|2014 Season - Dave Richard||408-637||5207||38||19||70||0||388|
|2014 Season - Jamey Eisenberg||388-651||4843||35||14||101||2||381|
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Lions passing game goes missing again
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
|(12/15/14) Though the Vikings hadn't been so great against the pass recently, allowing an average of 246.8 passing yards to the last four quarterbacks they faced, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford made sure their No. 6 ranking against the pass this year held up Week 15 in Detroit, failing to reach even the 185 yards he had against them back in Week 6. He finished with a season-low 153 yards on 17-of-28 passing, throwing for just one touchdown.
This after back-to-back games with 300-plus passing yards in which he threw for a combined five touchdowns. Not even the great Calvin Johnson, who was absent for the previous meeting with the Vikings, could redeem Stafford in this one. He had 53 yards after averaging 152.0 yards the previous two weeks.
Of course, the Lions faced the Bears and Buccaneers in those two weeks, or the league's 24th- and 30th-ranked pass defenses heading into Week 15. The Vikings are certainly better than them. Still, for as few yards as they had allowed through the air, the touchdown-to-interception ratio against them was nothing foreboding. It didn't seem like an unfavorable matchup.
But with Stafford, if the numbers say it's an unfavorable matchup, it's an unfavorable matchup. He's been the most predictable quarterback in Fantasy this season; we just keep making it harder than it needs to be. The good news is that in Week 16 he'll be facing those same Bears that he torched in Week 13, so you'll want to keep him active if you're still alive in Fantasy.
Lions' Matthew Stafford tosses one score Week 15
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(12/14/14) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford tossed one touchdown Week 15 against the Vikings.
Stafford completed 17 of 28 passes for 153 yards and a score during the contest. For the most part, Stafford had no issues with the Minnesota pass rush. He did not take any sacks or turn the ball over during the game. The Vikings defense did give him some problems, particularly with the big-play. Stafford averaged just 5.5 yards per completion, with his longest catch going for 23 yards. He had one rushing attempt, picking up 2 yards.
Stafford will look for more Week 16 against the Bears.
Matthew Stafford looks like a changed quarterback
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
|(12/7/14) For the second straight week, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford took advantage of a favorable matchup, following up 390-yard performance Week 13 against Chicago with a three-touchdown performance Week 14 against Tampa Bay. It was his first game with three passing touchdowns all season and just his fourth with more than 300 passing yards. He finished with 311.
Some will credit the return of star wide receiver Calvin Johnson from an ankle injury for Stafford's turnaround, and certainly, that's played a part. He was responsible for 158 of Stafford's yards in Week 14 and 146 in Week 13. But he returned in Week 10. Stafford was only productive in one of his first three games back.
At least just as responsible for the turnaround is the matchups. Stafford faced the Cardinals and Patriots in Weeks 11 and 12, two teams with some star power in their secondaries, and they were two of his worst games of the season. The Bears and Buccaneers have allowed bunches of touchdowns through the air this season, and Stafford, with help from Johnson, has added to those numbers.
Of course, whether Johnson or the matchups are more responsible is mostly irrelevant. Johnson isn't going anywhere, and Stafford has two more favorable matchups against the Vikings and Bears the next two weeks. He's finally the quarterback you drafted him to be, so keep him active.
Lions' Matthew Stafford reaches 300 yards passing for 4th time this year
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(12/7/14) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 34-17 win over the Bucs.
Stafford found wide receiver Calvin Johnson for a 6-yard touchdown to get things going in the first quarter. Then, up 20-10, Stafford connected with tight end Joseph Fauria for a 10-yard touchdown. He sealed the win for Detroit he hit running back Joique Bell for a 5-yard score.
Stafford and the Lions host the Vikings in Week 15.
Another good one in store for Matthew Stafford?
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
|(12/4/14) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford seemed to hit the lowest of lows Week 12 at New England, his second straight game without a touchdown pass. At the time, he had yet to throw for three touchdowns in a game and had thrown for more than 300 yards just twice.
Well, he still has yet to throw for three touchdowns in a game, but after throwing for a season-high 390 yards Week 13 against Chicago, his prospects are suddenly looking up.
It wasn't the most unpredictable turnaround. The Patriots have a tough secondary while the Bears rank 30th against the pass. Stafford's Week 14 matchup against Tampa Bay comes closer to the latter than the former. Not only do the Buccaneers rank 21st against the pass, allowing 245.3 yards per game, but they've given up 22 touchdowns through the air, tied for seventh-most in the league.
Granted, at 2-10, they may not pose much of a challenge for the Lions, but after getting back in sync last week, Stafford and Calvin Johnson should be able to do some real damage against them before the Lions resort to running out the clock.
If you look back through Stafford's game log, he's been especially susceptible to matchups this season, so you can trust him for this one.
The Daily Dose for Week 16
Ben Roethlisberger seems to be money when he's at home. Is he a must for your lineup? Our Jamey Eisenberg takes a look at good and bad values on FanDuel for Week 16 in his Daily Dose.
Weekly Lineup Winners for Week 16
While the quarterback crop in Week 16 isn't very pretty, the running backs and receivers are as exciting as ever. Dave Richard breaks down his lineup in his latest Weekly Lineup Winners.
Week 16 Fantasy Cheat Sheet
Is Peyton Manning headed for another bad week? What's the deal with the Falcons receivers? Dave Richard sets you up for success in Week 16 with his Fantasy Cheat Sheet.
Agent's Take: Seven NFL teams with cash to burn in free agency
The Jaguars, Raiders, Browns, Jets, Titans, Bengals and Seahawks are going to have a lot of money to spend this free agency.
Week 16 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em
Who will help you win a Fantasy title in Week 16? Who should you be avoiding at all costs? Our Jamey Eisenberg shares his outlook in his latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.
|While Matthew Stafford finished as a Top 12 quarterback each of the last two seasons, it's really been three seasons since he met expectations Fantasy owners had for him. He's been fine, but he could have (should have?) been much better. Last year his completion percentage hit its worst level since his rookie season, his passing yardage hit a three-year low and while he posted 31 total touchdowns he also had 23 turnovers. Stafford still managed to finish with the third-highest amount of 20-plus-point Fantasy outings with 10, though they all came before he swooned in Week 14. High expectations remain for Stafford after the Lions upgraded their receiving corps with Golden Tate signing and Eric Ebron coming aboard as a rookie. The Lions also rebooted their offense with ex-Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi calling plays. New head coach Jim Caldwell is optimistic that he'll help turn Stafford around, but he also is interested in making the run game more effective. We might see Stafford throw just over 600 passes, which means he'll need to complete more of them and be just as aggressive going downfield as before. Given Tate and Ebron joining Calvin Johnson as the top receiving options in Motown along with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell pitching in, we think Stafford can be strong again. We're drafting him as a Top 4 Fantasy quarterback worth a pick in Round 4 or so -- a bargain compared to the Top 3 passers.
(Updated 4/30/14) |