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Height/Weight: 6-3/234 | Birthdate: 2/7/1988 | Birthplace: Tampa, FL, USA | Team: Detroit | College: Georgia | NFL Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 100/73 | Average Draft Position: 22.22
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Matthew Stafford comes alive late in Week 7 victory


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Playing without wideout Calvin Johnson, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford struggled mightily for most of Sunday's game against the Saints. Stafford turned things around with just under four minutes left when he hit receiver Golden Tate, who broke a tackle and outraced two defenders for a 73-yard touchdown.

Stafford capped the 24-23 comeback win with a 5-yard scoring toss to wideout Corey Fuller with 1:48 remaining. Stafford finished 27 of 40 for 299 yards and the two touchdowns with two interceptions. Stafford made a horrible decision on one pick, but the other was a good throw that deflected off tight end Jordan Thompson's hands.

Stafford plays the Falcons in London in Week 8.


Matthew Stafford becoming a pain in the buns


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/14/2014) You drafted Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford expecting huge numbers, right?

Well, guess what? He's only the No. 12 quarterback in standard CBSSports.com leagues. Russell Wilson is one of the 11 ahead of him, and he has had his bye already.

The lack of touchdowns is most concerning for Stafford. He has had pretty good yardage so far, with Week 6 being the exception, but in four of his six games he has thrown for fewer than two scores. That's a surefire way to lose in Fantasy with all the pass-happy offenses in the league today.

Certainly, the loss of Calvin Johnson hasn't helped, but Stafford wasn't exactly lighting it up with his star wide receiver. And the latest reports have Johnson potentially sitting out until Week 10, so waiting around for him isn't the answer. The good news is the Lions face two of the league's worst pass defenses, New Orleans and Atlanta, over the next two weeks, so you can at least justify starting Stafford if you have to.

But the consistency just isn't going to be there for him. I'd be looking to add Joe Flacco or swing a deal for Cam Newton or Tony Romo if I owned Stafford.


Lions' Matthew Stafford tosses one Week 6


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford managed to toss one touchdown Week 6 against the Vikings.

Stafford finished 19 of 33, for 185 yards and a score. Stafford did not turn the ball over during the contest. Without Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush, Stafford was limited to dump-offs. He averaged just 5.6 yards per completion. Theo Riddick seemed to be Stafford's favorite target early. Riddick had a 41 yard reception on the team's first drive, and capped it off with a 9 yard receiving score from Stafford. He was constantly under pressure during the start, and was sacked four times. Stafford also picked up 1 rushing yard on one attempt.

Stafford will take on the Saints Week 7.


Lions QB Matthew Stafford holding onto the football a little too long


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) After being sacked 22 times in 2013, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been sacked 17 times through the first five games in 2014. Stafford and coach Jim Caldwell have said the offensive line needs to do a better job protecting the quarterback, but it seems Stafford deserves some of the blame as well, according to MLive.com.

Stafford is holding onto the football longer this season than last. Stafford is waiting at least 2.6 seconds to throw the ball on 47.1 percent of his dropbacks, which is up 9.1 percent from last year, according to ProFootballFocus. He's taken 16 of his 17 sacks when he's held the football at least 2.6 seconds.

"You get sacked as many times as I got sacked, you can find ways to get the ball out quicker," Stafford said. "Find open guys and just make sure I'm taking as few hits as I possibly can. And that's something I'll continue to work on."

Caldwell said Stafford has been slow on some of his reads, but also added some plays are slow-developing by design in coordinator Joe Lombardi's scheme.

"There may be a few more of play-action passes that require holding the ball a little bit longer, to make certain that we get the proper depth of the route for the timing," Caldwell said. "Some of those things are there and in place. But it's a variety of things, I think, so we're crossing the entire gamut in that regard."


Matthew Stafford a risk worth taking vs. Vikings


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) The expected absence of Calvin Johnson makes Matthew Stafford a somewhat risky play in Week 6, but he is facing a pretty good matchup as the Lions get set to take on the Vikings.

Stafford has been predictably unreliable with Johnson limited over the last two games, scoring 29 points In Week 4 and then following that up with a 12-point showing in Week 5. The main difference in the two games was the opponent, as the Bills feature a tougher defense than the Jets, his last two opponents. The good news is, the Vikings aren't a particularly tough passing defense, having allowed 71 combined Fantasy points over the last three games.

Stafford is going to be tough to rely on as long as he is playing without the game's best receiver, but Golden Tate is still around as a pretty solid first option if he needs to be. Stafford certainly is not a must-start quarterback, as he has shown recently, but he is good enough o play against this matchup. 


Matthew Stafford risky without Calvin Johnson


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) With Calvin Johnson a nonfactor for the Lions, Matthew Stafford struggled to move the ball through the air in Week 5.

Stafford finished Sunday's game against the Bills with just 12 Fantasy points, the second time in four games he has fallen below 15 Fantasy points. And, though it might be easy to chalk it up to Stafford not having Johnson to throw to, Stafford looked perfectly fine last week, when he racked up 23 Fantasy points while Johnson was used as a decoy.

Stafford's value is not tied entirely to Johnson's availability -- he's still capable of being plenty productive without him. However, Johnson's limitations or potential absence certainly makes Stafford a higher-variance player, which makes him harder to rely on every week.

Keep an eye on Johnson's status, for Week 6, but tentatively pencil him into your starting lineup against a Vikings defense that has surrendered 71 Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks over the last three games. 


Matthew Stafford sacked six times in Week 5 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 18 of his 31 passes for 221 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his team's 17-14 loss to the Bills in Week 5.

Stafford found himself under constant pressure despite enjoying a lead for most of the game, as the Bills managed six sacks against the Detroit signal caller. He also rushed for eight yards on three carries. Stafford's touchdown came in the first quarter as Golden Tate boxed out his receiver in the end zone for a leaping grap. It was the lowest passing output of the season for Stafford, who has racked up 1,397 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions in five games. The Lions face the Vikings in Minnesota in Week 6.


Lions QB Matthew Stafford dealing with normal bumps and bruises


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford received treatment on his throwing arm and was seen limping after Sunday's game against the Jets. However, coach Jim Caldwell said Monday those injuries were nothing out of the ordinary, according to The Detroit News.

"He's OK," Caldwell said of the quarterback. "The game is a physical game, a lot of contact and, as you well know, collisions out there. So guys are going to sometimes come out of those games pretty sore from time to time. I doubt that there's anybody in this building that has played 65 plays like he played that doesn't come out of there with some issues."


Matthew Stafford scores three times in Week 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford scored three times and nearly cracked the 300-yard mark in a win over the Jets in Week 4.

Stafford hooked up with Jeremy Ross for a 59-yard touchdown and also found rookie tight end Eric Ebron for a 16-yard strike -- all in the second quarter. He scored a rushing touchdown with 1-yard out in the fourth quarter.

Stafford compiled 293 yards through the air while completing 24 of 34 passes. He added two touchdowns and no interceptions, registering a 116.4 passer rating. He was sacked four times and finished with 8 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

The Lions will host the Bills in Week 5.


Matt Stafford fine after stranding due to bridge collapse


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Lions quarterback Matt Stafford is unhurt after getting standed on the road early Friday morning due to a collapsed bridge. The pedestrian bridge fell onto a freeway after being hit by a truck.

Good test for Matthew Stafford in Week 4


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/25/2014) So ... who's excited about starting Matthew Stafford this week?

Can't get all the way there, can you? He's been Fantasy Football's greatest enigma since his 5,000-yard, 40-touchdown season in 2011. Even this year, he started off with a bang before a couple of lackluster performances back-to-back.

Of course, those were against the Panthers and the Packers, who have fared well against the pass this season, regardless of the opponent, which is what makes his matchup Week 4 at the Jets so interesting.

These ain't your daddy's Jets. Darrelle Revis is long gone, and their secondary no longer dominates the way it used to. In terms of yardage, they rank ninth against the pass, but they've allowed seven touchdowns through the air without recording a single interception. They've also surrendered the fourth-most Fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. The Packers' Aaron Rodgers had his one good game against them in Week 2, throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns.

Yardage hasn't been the problem for Stafford this season. Touchdowns have. If he can't manage a couple in this game, then maybe you shouldn't be just lukewarm on starting him, but shy away from it altogether.


Matthew Stafford held without a score Week 3


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was held without a score Week 3 against the Packers.

Stafford completed 22 of 34 passes for 246 yards. He was held without a touchdown, but threw two interceptions. Stafford also had six rushes for 8 yards during the contest. The Packers DST turned in a pretty solid game. While Calvin Johnson still had a fair amount of yardage, they were able to take away the big play. Stafford also lost a fumble during the game.

Stafford will look for more Week 4 against the Jets. 


Matthew Stafford beat up by Panthers


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford struggled at Carolina in Week 2 in a 24-7 loss.

Stafford was 27-of-48 passing for 291 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also added one carry for 8 yards and was sacked four times for 38 yards.

Stafford will look to rebound in Week 3 at home against the Packers.


Matthew Stafford shows better judgment, technique


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) It's only one game, but early returns were promising for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. After making bad decisions and displaying poor fundamentals late last season, Stafford did nearly everything right in Monday's win over the Giants.

"I do think Matthew did a tremendous job of making good decisions," coach Jim Caldwell told the Detroit Free Press. "I think you saw him spread the ball around quite a bit. I thought he did a nice job of not forcing the ball. He did take some check-downs that ended up being pretty sizable plays for us."

Stafford threw for 346 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score without committing a turnover.


Matthew Stafford shines with three touchdowns in Week 1 win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford got off to a dream start, scoring three touchdowns Monday night against the Giants in Week 1.

Stafford scrambled and escaped the rush to keep the play alive before firing a 67-yard touchdown to Calvin Johnson, who was left all alone downfield on the opening drive of the game. Stafford found Johnson again, who made a leaping grab for a 16-yard touchdown on the ensuing drive. He showed his wheels in the third quarter, scoring from 5 yards out.

He compiled 346 yards through the air while completing 22 of 32 passes. He threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions, finishing with a 125.3 passer rating. 212 of his 346 yards came in the first half. He also had four carries for two yards and a touchdown.

Stafford will travel to Carolina to face the Panthers in Week 2. He hasn't faced Carolina since 2011. He carved them up for 335 yards through the air, with five touchdowns and two interceptions.

Starting Stafford Week 1 is about as safe of a bet as it gets


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford had a rough outing his last time out against the Giants in 2013. He'll look to rebound at home come Week 1.

Stafford completed 25 of 42 passes for 222 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. This time around, he'll have a few new weapons to target, most notably Golden Tate. Last season, Stafford averaged 290.6 yards per game. The Giants allowed 223.3 yards through the air in 2013, which ranked 10th best in the league.

Regardless of the matchup, Stafford was one of the most consistent signal callers in Fantasy last season, and that hasn't changed. Starting Stafford against New York is about as safe of a bet as it gets for Week 1.

Lions sit out several starters for preseason finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) The following starters will not suit up for the Lions Thursday night against the Bills: Quarterback Matthew Stafford, receivers Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, running back Reggie Bush, center Dominic Raiola, guard Rob Sims and tight end Brandon Pettigrew, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, cornerback Rashean Mathis, defensive end Jason Jones, safeties James Ihedigbo and Don Carey and linebacker Kyle Van Noy.

Matthew Stafford picked off once in dress rehearsal game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was picked off once in an up-an-down outing Friday night against the Jaguars in exhibition play.

Stafford was intercepted by Andre Branch in the first quarter. He was limited to only one half of work with the first unit. He compiled 98 yards through the air while completing 10 of 16 passes. He had one interception and no touchdowns, registering 53.6 passer rating.

Quarterback: I don't care if Calvin Johnson sits entire preseason


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Lions stud wideout Calvin Johnson has yet to play a down in the preseason - and quarterback Matthew Stafford claims he doesn't care if he remains nothing more than an interested viewer in the last two exhibition games.

"We've been practicing quite a bit," Stafford explained to the Detroit Free Press. "There's obviously a difference between practice and the game, there's no question. But Calvin and the decision makers need to do what's best for him and make sure that he's feeling as good as he can possibly feel come Game 1. ... We can talk and get a lot of things done verbally and on the practice field."

The Lions are wary of Johnson overworking in the preseason after injuries cost him two regular season games in 2013.


Matthew Stafford nearly perfect in second preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was nearly perfect as he struck paydirt twice in Friday's preseason game against the Raiders in Oakland.

Stafford hooked up with Golden Tate for a 28-yard strike on the opening drive of the game. On the ensuing series, he found Kris Durham for a 4-yard pass in the end zone. He was limited to three series with the first team and completed 9 of 10 pass attempts for 88 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Matthew Stafford makes brief appearance in preseason opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford made a brief appearance in Saturday's preseason opener against the Browns.

Stafford got the start and played just one series with the first stringers. He completed a short pass to Golden Tate for a gain of 14 yards and another short pass to Khris Durham for a gain of 4 yards in the opening drive. He completed 2 of 4 pass attempts for 18 yards, as his first drive resulted in a field goal.

Matthew Stafford displaying better mechanics -- so far


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he's impressed with quarterback Matthew Stafford's approach so far, especially the way he's been absorbing the playbook and paying attention to detail.

"He is getting better," Caldwell told the Detroit News. "His command of the offense has been good."

Caldwell said it was obvious how much work Stafford put in before coming to camp. "I was impressed when he came back that first of all he did not miss a beat," Caldwell said. "He’s a very, very smart guy. You could tell he’s worked at it even during the summer.

"In every facet when he came back, I could see improvement — footwork, accuracy, timing, command of the offense, all of those things. Now we get a chance to see if we can put it together a little bit more, add a few more things, keep progressing and then get some real challenges from our opposition as we start preseason."


'Precise' Matthew Stafford allowed to change plays


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/13/2014) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has "looked precise" and comfortable over the first two days of minicamp, says the Detroit News. The coaching staff has done a lot to help with his footwork, a problem for him over the past couple of seasons. As he's learning the details of a new playbook, Stafford will be allowed to change plays at the line of scrimmage. The idea behind it is if he sees a coverage that could make a route change to one of his receivers more favorable, he can take advantage. 

"He's done it before, he has a good understanding of it, and he even does some now," coach Jim Caldwell said. "That's kind of part of the package because he's got to have a little bit of autonomy from time to time to get you in the right play. You may be able to call a play, but he's out there on the field. He can see it happening. He can see the defense, so there's some times we have some overriding checks and things of that nature that we'll utilize."


Matthew Stafford absorbing new offense quickly


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said he's impressed with quarterback Matthew Stafford's ability to learn a new system, reports the Detroit Free Press.

"He’s really remarkably bright," Lombardi said. "I’ve heard that he was a smart player, but the speed and ease with which he picks things up he has even surprised me — and I had high expectations coming in. So I think he’s doing really well."


The Lions offense is going to be awesome


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) So it appeared for weeks the Lions wanted to move up to select receiver Sammy Watkins from Clemson. Maybe they didn't offer enough to jump up to No. 4 like the Bills, who drafted Watkins. Or maybe they were hoping if they stayed put at No. 10 that an elite player would land in their lap.

That's what happened on Thursday night when they drafted tight end Eric Ebron from North Carolina.

Think about this offense now. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and now Ebron. The only downside about this pick is Joseph Fauria loses all sleeper appeal, but we can live with that. He'll still score a few touchdowns, but Ebron could be a star.

You can't double cover him because of Johnson and Tate, and new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi comes from New Orleans, where Jimmy Graham was a dominant force. The Lions wanted an upgrade at tight end, and Ebron is the answer.

He should be considered a potential starter in all Fantasy leagues with a late-round pick, and he's a late first-round selection in rookie-only drafts. The Lions are going to be fun to watch in 2014.