|11/27/2014||Ryan Mathews, RB SD||Lions , TQB DET|
|11/26/2014||Bengals , TQB CIN|
Roy Helu, RB WAS
|Lions , TQB DET|
Tre Mason, RB STL
|11/25/2014||Fred Jackson, RB BUF|
Lions , TQB DET
Golden Tate, WR DET
|Percy Harvin, WR NYJ|
Broncos , TQB DEN
Trent Richardson, RB IND
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Last straw for Matthew Stafford?
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
|(11/23/14) Here's the thing: If you've been starting Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in Fantasy all this time, your season is probably just about over anyway. He's contributed multiple scores in only five of 11 games this season, and he just had his second straight with no scores at all Week 12 at New England. At a position where the minimum expectation is two scores in a standard 12-team league -- and some of the best are liable to have three or four -- that's a backbreaker.
Of course, Stafford himself has been one of the best of the best before. In 2011, he threw for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns. But that was three years ago. Any hope of a coaching change helping him recapture that form is long gone now.
To some degree, you could have seen his last two games coming given the matchups. The Patriots and Cardinals have two of the more opportunistic pass defenses in football. But interceptions weren't as much the problem for Stafford in those games as a lack of touchdown passes. Zero over a two-game stretch is unacceptable for a presumed top-12 quarterback, regardless of the competition.
But all that being said ... he's going against a Bears defense in Week 13 that has been absolutely dreadful against the pass, he has two of probably the NFL's best 25 wide receivers in Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, and he had his best three-game stretch of the season prior to these last two games. If you've stuck it out this long with him, might as well go down with the ship, right?
Lions' Matthew Stafford held to lowest completion percentage of career
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(11/23/14) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford endured another lackluster performance on Sunday, completing a career-low 39.1 percent of his pass attempts in a 34-9 defeat to New England in Week 12.
Stafford was held out of the end zone for the second straight game and was picked off once by Logan Ryan late in the game. Stafford was unable to convert a 4th-and-10 play early in the fourth quarter, sliding feet-first for a gain of 9 yards to force a turnover on downs. Stafford compiled 264 yards through the air while completing 18 of 46 pass attempts. He was sacked twice, picked off once and finished with a 49.5 passer rating.
He'll look to bounce back on short rest against the Bears on Thanksgiving.
Matthew Stafford is fastest to 20,000 yards
|by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com|
|(11/16/14) With a 30-yard completion to Golden Tate in the second quarter Sunday, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford surpassed 20,000 passing yards for his career. He did it in his 71st game, faster than any other quarterback.
Dan Marino did it in 74 games, Kurt Warner in 76 and Peyton Manning in 78.
Lions' Stafford tosses game-winner in final seconds vs. Miami
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(11/9/14) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford led his team to another come-from-behind drive to lead his team past the Dolphins in Week 10, 20-16, on Sunday.
Stafford didn't waste any time hooking up with his top receiver, connecting with Calvin Johnson for a 5-yard pass to a convert a third down on the opening drive, which led to a field goal. On the first play of the ensuing drive, Stafford hooked up with Calvin Johnson on a playaction for a 49-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He nearly found Johnson in the end zone again, but his pass was picked off by Brent Grimes late in the second quarter.
He got back on track and led his team to an 11-play, 74-yard drive which was capped off by a game-winning touchdown pass to Theo Riddick. Down three points, Stafford scrambled out of the pocket and fired a sidearmed swing pass to Riddick at the back of the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown with 29 seconds remaining in the game.
Stafford compiled 280 yards through the air while completing 25 of 40 pass attempts. He added two touchdowns and one interception, registering a 89.6 passer rating. He was sacked three times and finished with minus-1 yards on the ground.
Stafford has 2,496 passing yards with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. The Lions will travel to Phoenix to face the Cardinals in Week 11.
Megatron's return could overcome tough matchup for Stafford
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
|(11/5/14) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford gets his best weapon back and a good test for his abilities in Week 10, with Calvin Johnson returning from an ankle injury in time for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
Stafford has struggled at times this season, even when Johnson was healthy, but that was also just a three-game sample size. He had 33 Fantasy points in dismantling the Giants, and then fell on his face in a 3-point effort against the Packers. Still, the longer track record indicates Stafford can easily put up big numbers when he has Johnson available.
However, that will be tested against the Dolphins, who have been stingy against opposing passing attacks. The Dolphins have allowed just two quarterbacks to record 20-plus Fantasy points this season, and rank as the second-best defense at slowing down quarterbacks, allowing just 14.3 Fantasy points per game.
Stafford is still a high-upside option, especially with the development of Golden Tate's game. Even though the matchup makes him somewhat risky, he should be worth rolling the dice on in Week 10.