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Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Date of Birth:  02/07/1988
Age:  32
Height  6'3"
Weight:   226
College:  Georgia
Drafted:  2009 | Round 1 | Pick 1
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

The Lions have placed Matthew Stafford on the Reserve/COVID list.

Stafford joins Marvin Jones and T.J. Hockenson as notable weapons on the list for Detroit. Hopefully the league is able to keep everyone healthy as August rolls forward, especially based on the recent issues for the MLB.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

The Lions are placing Matthew Stafford (back) on injured reserve.

Stafford has been out since the first week of November, and his season will now officially end as Detroit keeps him healthy for 2020. In eight games, the strong-armed quarterback was on a scorching season-long pace of 4,998 yards with a 38:10 touchdown-interception ratio, and the Lions are 0-6 since he was sidelined. The coaching staff will remain in place next season, so Stafford—surrounding by good weapons in the same system—will likely be a bargain QB1 option in fantasy drafts over the summer. The former No. 1 overall pick will turn 32 in February.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (back) will not play in Week 12.

This was fully expected. Stafford is now missing his third consecutive game with his back injury, but he says he definitely wants to play again this season. The veteran quarterback remains week-to-week and needs to get the "OK" from doctors before he's cleared to return to the field. Given his rushing potential, Jeff Driskel isn't a bad fantasy option against the Redskins this week.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (hip/back) will not play in Week 11.

Stafford did not practice all week, and things were trending in this direction. This is Stafford's second consecutive missed game, and it's probably really tough for him not to be out there with his teammates, but everyone is making the smart move for the long-term health of the player. Jeff Driskel is in the QB2 mix because of his rushing potential.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (hip/back) officially remains out of practice.

Maybe Stafford can get on the practice field tomorrow, but he's looking unlikely for Sunday against the Cowboys. The Lions are smartly playing things safe with their franchise quarterback.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (hip/back) officially did not practice today.

It’s only Wednesday, and the next two days should five a better indication of where Stafford is at for Week 11. For now, the veteran quarterback’s status is up in the air for Sunday against the Cowboys.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (hip, back) will not play in Week 10, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport said on NFL Network that Stafford had an MRI on Friday, and the results of the tests led to the team not clearing him in time for today against the Bears. It sounds like Stafford is dealing with a serious issue that could keep him out for longer than today, and today's missed start ends an ironman streak of 136 consecutive starts (the fifth longest for a quarterback in NFL history). Jeff Driskel will now step into a very difficult situation versus Chicago's defense, and Stafford being out is an obvious downgrade for the skill position players of the Lions and the team overall. Stafford has basically been carrying the Lions offense this season.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

There is "concern" about Matthew Stafford's Week 10 status, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Stafford is officially listed as questionable for tomorrow's game against the Bears with hip and back injuries, but Detroit's quarterback was not expected to be in serious danger of missing a critical NFC North game. But Rapoport says Stafford "could be a real game-time decision." We would think the ultra-durable Stafford, who has played through serious issues in the past, will suit up tomorrow, but be sure to check back in tomorrow. The good news is the Lions kickoff in the early games, so Stafford's status will be known by 11:30 AM ET.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford stays hot in Week 9.

Stafford was 26/41 for 406 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the Lions' Week 9 loss to the Raiders. Stafford hit big plays throughout the game, including Kenny Golladay for a 4/132/1 line and Marvin Jones for a 8/126/1 line. While the Lions probably preferred to attack Oakland's defense through the air rather than on the ground, this pass-happy approach has led to some huge performances by the Georgia product, who has fantasy point totals of 28.6, 23.4, and 24.8 over the past three games. Next week against the Bears will get tougher, but Stafford might have the volume to still put up QB1 numbers.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford stays hot in Lions' Week 8 loss.

Stafford was 25/32 for 342 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception, leading the Lions to a 31-26 victory over the Giants. He hit Marvin Hall for a 49-yard score on a deep ball and hit Kenny Golladay for his other two touchdowns. This performance gives Stafford 706 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns, and two interceptions over the past two games, and he's averaging 20.2 fantasy points per game this season. With Kerryon Johnson (knee) currently on injured reserve, the Lions might stick with a pass-heavy approach (and Stafford has at least 30 passing attempts in every game this season). He'll be a strong fantasy option next week against the Raiders.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (hip) is officially active against the Chiefs.

Stafford is said to to be in a lot of pain after his hip flared up on Friday, but he’s become an ironman and was not going to miss this game. Stafford has started 134 consecutive games including playoffs, and he’s one of the better streaming quarterback options this week in a game the Lions will likely have to score a lot of points.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (hip) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday.

It’s worth keeping in mind that Stafford might not be 100%, but it’d be a major shock if he doesn’t start against the Chiefs in Week 4. Stafford has become one of the NFL’s top ironmen that plays through injuries.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford reportedly had a broken back last season.

According to MLive, DetroitLions.com writer Mike O'Hara said on his weekly podcast that Stafford "had a broken back last year. Broken bones in his back." Last season, Stafford threw for a career-low 3,777 yards (when he plays a full season), but he battled through serious back issues to start all 16 games—it was known that he dealt with a back injury, but it sounds like the issues were worse than he or the team let on. The 31-year-old Stafford will hopefully remain a lot healthier in 2019, but he'll have to adjust to a new offense under new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell—and it's expected to be a run-heavy attack under a defensive-minded head coach in Matt Patricia.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford throws two touchdowns in Week 17.

Stafford was 20/32 for 266 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' season-finale win against the Packers. Stafford hit T.J. Jones on both of his scores. In what's been a disappointing season for Stafford and the Lions, this was a promising sign heading into the offseason, especially considering the offense was without Kenny Golladay (in addition to missing Marvin Jones Jr. and Kerryon Johnson). Stafford's 2018 campaign ends with 3,777 yards, 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and a completion percentage of 66.1%. This was Stafford's first season without 4,000+ passing yards since 2010, and his 21 touchdowns were his lowest since 2012. It'll be interesting to see what the Lions do around Stafford this offseason, but he should be due to put up bigger numbers in 2019. He'll likely go undrafted in most fantasy drafts in standard-sized leagues, though.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford, Lions drop to 5-10 with 27-9 loss to Minnesota.

Stafford was 18/32 for 116 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Detroit was able to get a 9-0 lead at home with three field goals to start the game, so it would have been interesting to see how things would have played out if they could have a) converted in Minnesota territory, and b) not allow a Hail Mary to end the first half. Stafford, who has averaged just 141.7 yards per game over the past three weeks, won't be a recommended fantasy option next Sunday against the Packers.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (back) is officially active for Week 16.

Stafford will officially extend his consecutive start streak to 127 games (sixth longest streak for a quarterback in NFL history). Against the Vikings, the veteran quarterback is obviously very difficult to trust with fantasy titles on the line.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (back) is officially questionable for Week 16.

As has been the case the last couple of weeks, Stafford should certainly be out there as he keeps up his consecutive start streak. Expect Stafford to be active when the actives and inactives are released at 11:30 AM on Sunday.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford, Lions lose to the Bills, 14-13.

Stafford was 22/29 for 208 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions. All 13 points for the Lions came in the first half, but Buffalo was able to win a defensive battle with a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Almost all of Stafford's damage came to Kenny Golladay (146 yards), and Detroit's franchise quarterback shouldn't be in lineups next week against Minnesota.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (back) is officially active for the Lions.

There wasn’t much doubt, but Stafford will officially be making his 126th consecutive start at quarterback. The veteran quarterback isn’t a highly-recommended fantasy option against a tough Buffalo defense in the second week of the fantasy playoffs.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (back) is listed as questionable for Week 15.

This will probably be the same situation as last week, with Stafford being listed as questionable before ultimately playing. He has a 125-start streak on the line (sixth-longest all-time streak for a quarterback, so don't expect him to miss this Sunday against the Bills.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford, Lions pickup road win against the Cardinals, 17-3.

Stafford was 15/23 for 101 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions, also adding a seven-yard rush. The ineptitude of Arizona's offense allowed Detroit to have a very conservative offensive day, but that's basically been the case all year for the Lions. Stafford won't be a recommended option—even in two-quarterback leagues—for Week 15 against the Bills in Buffalo.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (back) is officially active against the Cardinals.

Stafford probably isn’t 100%, but he’s making his 125th consecutive start for the Lions. The veteran quarterback isn’t a highly-recommended fantasy option for the first week of fantasy playoffs.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (back) is listed as questionable for Week 14.

Stafford, who has made 124 consecutive starts, is likely to play on Sunday against the Cardinals, but his questionable destination is worth noting. The game isn’t until late afternoon on Sunday so his status might not be 100% until after 1:00 PM ET games have kicked off, but ideally you’ll have a stronger fantasy option in the fantasy playoffs.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford, Lions battle in 30-16 loss to the Rams.

Stafford was 20/33 for 245 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, also adding a two-yard rush and losing a fumble. Despite dropping to 4-8, Detroit was competitive throughout, entering the fourth quarter down 16-13. That said, Stafford is unlikely to be a recommended QB2 in the fantasy playoffs with a difficult schedule (@ ARI, @ BUF, v MIN, @ GB) and weakened supporting cast down the stretch.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford throws two interceptions in Lions' Thanksgiving loss.

Stafford was 28/38 for 236 yards and two interceptions in Detroit's close 23-16 loss. To attempt to neutralize the pass rush of the Bears, the Lions mostly used underneath passes; Stafford was accurate and complimented LeGarrette Blount (two touchdowns), but the two turnovers came in the fourth quarter. The first was a pick-six on a pass to the flat, which tremendous Bears safety Eddie Jackson deserves credit for making a great play on to undercut the rout. The second interception came when Stafford drove his offense down the field and into the red zone with under two minutes remaining, but a corner route to Michael Roberts was intercepted after Roberts stopped running on his route (and was arguably interfered with). Stafford hasn't been a reliable QB1 option in fantasy this season, and that's unlikely to change next week against the Rams.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford throws one touchdown in Lions' win.

Stafford was 23/37 for 220 yards and one touchdown along with three carries for six yards against the Panthers. It was a solid mistake-free game for Stafford all game, and his best throw was a 19-yard dime to Kenny Golladay, who made a great leaping catch in very tight coverage. Stafford hasn't been a QB1 this season, and he has a tough matchup on Thanksgiving against the Bears. However, he's had strong showings on Thanksgiving, so Week 12 might be a week to use him if you need a fill-in for your lineup.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford, Lions fall to 3-6 with 34-22 loss to the Bears.

Stafford was 25/42 for 274 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions, also adding two carries for nine yards. Detroit faced a 26-7 halftime deficit, and it could have been even worse if Chicago didn't miss four kicks. Now, Matt Patricia's squad is three games back in the NFC North heading into a matchup with the sure-to-bounce-back Panthers, and then they'll have a rematch with the Bears on Thanksgiving. Stafford is probably nothing more than a decent QB2 the rest of the way.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Vikings shut down the Lions in Week 9.

Matthew Stafford couldn't get anything going against Minnesota, as the Viking defense put a ton of pressure on him throughout the game, recording a franchise-record ten sacks. Stafford was 25/36 for 199 yards in the loss, and he also had a fumble lost on a pitch attempt to Kerryon Johnson on a scramble, though there's a chance a stat correction changes the fumble and gives it to Johnson. Stafford and the 3-5 Lions will look to bounce back next week against the Bears, but the veteran quarterback isn't a highly-recommended QB1 option for the matchup. Through eight games, Stafford is on pace for 4,222 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford throws two touchdowns in loss to the Seahawks.

Stafford was 27/40 for 310 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and one fumble lost along with one carry for six yards. Seattle played another excellent game defensively, and the Lions went to a pass-happy approach for much of the game. Both of Stafford's touchdowns went to Marvin Jones Jr.—one for 39 yards after great movement in the pocket and one for 19 yards. Next week, Stafford faces the Vikings, and fantasy owners with Stafford in their lineup will have to hope it turns into a shootout.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford throws two touchdowns in Lions' win.

Stafford had an efficient game against the Dolphins, going 18/22 for 217 yards and two touchdowns along with four carries for nine yards. Both touchdowns were to tight end Michael Roberts on corner routes. The Lions dominated on the ground with 248 rushing yards, which led to just 22 pass attempts for Stafford. He's a good bet to throw the ball more against Seattle in Week 8.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford throws two touchdowns in Lions' win.

It was a balanced offensive approach from the Lions, who got two goal line touchdowns from LeGarrette Blount, so Stafford wasn't asked to carry the team, but he played well. Stafford was 14/26 for 183 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 6 victory over Green Bay, connecting with Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay on a couple of scores inside the ten. The Lions now enter their bye week at 2-3.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford goes over 300 yards with two touchdowns in Lions' loss.

Stafford led the Lions to two fourth-quarter scoring drives before the Cowboys won on a field goal as time expired. Overall, Stafford was 24/30 for 307 yards and two touchdowns along with five carries for two yards. Both scores were to Golden Tate, with one coming on a comeback where Tate broke a couple of tackles on his way to the end zone for 45 yards; and the second coming on a deep pass down the right sideline to a wide-open Tate for 38 yards. Through four games, Stafford is on pace for 4,808 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions, but he's thrown seven touchdowns and one interception since his four-interception Week 1. Stafford and the Lions face the Packers in Week 5.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford plays well and leads the Lions to their first win of the season.

Stafford operated a balanced offensive attack that kept the Patriots off the field for much of the game, and he went 27/36 for 262 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception along with one carry for ten yards. The first score was to Kenny Golladay on a drag route in which Stafford slinged it sidearm past a defender putting his arms up; and the second was to Marvin Jones on a deep ball for 33 yards. The interception was on a pass intended for Luke Willson that he fired right to Ja'Whaun Bentley, but it might have been a big gain if Stafford lofted the pass. Overall, it was a solid game to help Matt Patricia get his first win as a head coach. Stafford faces his home-state Cowboys team next weekend and will be in the QB1 mix.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford, Lions come up short in comeback attempt.

Stafford completed 34/53 passes for 347 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions in a 30-27 loss to the 49ers. He also added an eight-yard rush and lost a fumble. Stafford hit Kenny Golladay on a 30-yard score in the first quarter, but Detroit couldn't find the end zone until he connected with Marvin Jones and Michael Roberts in the fourth quarter. Overall, fantasy owners will take the numbers, but the Lions need to right the ship soon, and it won't be easy against the Patriots on Sunday Night Football. That said, Stafford will probably need to put up points and is on the QB1 map for Week 3.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford throws four interceptions in Lions’ blowout loss.

This was about as bad of a start as possible for Stafford, as he got banged up and just didn’t have it tonight. Stafford was 27/46 for 286 passing yards, one passing touchdown, four interceptions, and one carry for six rushing yards against the Jets. In the first half, Stafford appeared to suffer a potentially-serious knee injury, but it looks like it was just a hyperextension; then in the second half, he missed a play after taking a big shot to the midsection from Leonard Williams. This simply wasn’t a good game for Stafford or the Lions in general, and they’ll look to bounce back in Week 2 against the Niners.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford is returning to the game for the Lions.

Stafford is getting beat up a bit tonight, but it's good to see him back in the game. The Lions are down by 21 with seven minutes to go in the third quarter, so Stafford will look to lead a comeback.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford leaves game after big hit to the midsection.

Stafford was just sandwiched by a couple of defenders, including tacking a direct shot from Leonard Williams while he was trying to make a throw down the field. Trainers were checking Stafford's chest/rib area, and he then went to the sideline under his own power. Hopefully Stafford is OK and can return to the game soon.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford torches the Packers in Week 17.

Stafford was 20/29 for 323 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. His regular season ends with 4,446 passing yards, 29 passing touchdowns, ten interceptions, and a 65.7% completion percentage. For what it's worth, Stafford's 99.3 quarterback rating was the best of his nine-year career. It's looking like the Lions will have a new coaching staff for 2018, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of coach the franchise brings in for the league's highest player. As of now, it looks like Stafford is likely to be at least a backend QB1 in 2018.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford, Lions eliminated from playoff contention with 26-17 loss to Cincinnati.

Stafford was 19/35 for 203 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also added a seven-yard rush, but it wasn't enough to avoid a road upset that ends their season. The lone score for Detroit through the air came on a 33-yard catch by Eric Ebron, but the passing game struggled outside of that. Despite being eliminated from playoff contention, we'd expect a banged-up Stafford to be out there in Week 17, but he probably won't be on the QB1 map against Green Bay.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford plays well as Lions improve to 8-6.

The Lions needed a win over their NFC North rival Bears, and they got it, as the offense played well and avoided mistakes. Stafford was 25/33 for 237 yards and two touchdowns in the Saturday win, though he was sacked four times by Chicago. The first touchdown was to T.J. Jones on a short pass to the flat. And the second was on a dime to the goal post that tight end Eric Ebron went up and got over the defender. This is Stafford’s third-straight game with a completion percentage of over 75%, which is quite the feat. Stafford will be in the QB1 conversation next week against the Bengals.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford, Lions hold off the Bucs to improve to 7-6.

Playing with an injured hand, Stafford was 36/44 for 381 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Detroit was able to get a 21-7 lead after three quarters, but Tampa Bay climbed back with 14-straight points before Stafford led the Lions to a game-wining field goal by Matt Prater. The Bears come to town on Saturday night as Detroit tries to keep pace in the NFC wild-card race, and Stafford should be a low-end QB1 option for that matchup.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (hand) is active for the Lions.

Though head coach Jim Caldwell was coy about Stafford's status throughout the week, there wasn't much doubt the gunslinger would be out there versus Tampa Bay. Even at less than 100%, Stafford is in QB1 consideration for this week against a Bucs team that struggles against the pass—though there might be safer options in lineups.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (hand) is officially questionable for Week 14.

Stafford was limited in practice all week, and head coach Jim Caldwell has indicated that Stafford is no lock to play on Sunday. However, we fully expect Stafford to be out there, and he's a good be to be fighting hard to be out there with his playoff-contending team. The Lions play at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday, so we'll know by 11:30 AM ET if Stafford is active or not.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (hand) was limited in practice.

Per reporters on the scene at the portion of Lions practice open to the media, Stafford looked pretty good throwing the ball. Expect him to be out there on Sunday against the Buccaneers, but check back in tomorrow to see how he's listed on the team's official injury report when it's released.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (hand) was limited in practice today.

Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said Stafford's status for this week wasn't certain, but a limited practice is probably a good sign. Of course, it's possible Stafford was limited and had trouble throwing the ball during his reps, but we'll get more clarity over the next couple of days.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford does not have a fractured hand.

Lions head coach Jim Caldwell announced that X-rays on Stafford were negative, which is a major positive. However, it's still possible there's other damage that makes the injury serve enough that he'll miss some time. For now, consider him questionable for Week 14 against the Buccaneers.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford leaves game with hand injury.

It appears Stafford might have a broken hand, but even if he doesn't his day is almost certainly done. Stafford was 24/29 for 292 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and one fumble lost versus Baltimore, and now we just have to hope that his hand injury isn't so bad that it knocks him out for the final four games of the season. We should know more within the next day or so.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford throws two touchdowns in Thanksgiving loss.

Stafford was 20/35 for 250 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and one lost fumble against the Vikings. Both touchdowns were to Marvin Jones, with one coming on an in route in the red zone and the other coming on a go route for 43 yards. It wasn't the greatest game for Stafford, who was uncharacteristically inaccurate with a number of his throws. But the main concern for Stafford right now is his ankle, which he injured in the fourth quarter. Stafford did return to the game after getting taped up, but it's possible the injury gets worse over the coming days. His status for Week 13 shouldn't be in much question, though.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (ankle) returns to game.

The injury looked bad based off his reaction and limping when it first occurred, and he's still limping pretty badly, but he's been taped up and is back out there in the big NFC matchup versus Minnesota. The Lions are currently down four points with under nine minutes to go in the game.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford leaves game with apparent leg injury.

On a touchdown throw in the beginning of the fourth quarter against the Vikings, Stafford appeared to have his right ankle rolled up on pretty badly. Stafford was on the ground in a lot of pain, and he limped badly toward the sideline before getting looked at by trainers. The good news is it looks like an ankle injury rather than a knee, but he might not be able to return to this close one-possession game against the Vikings. We'll update you with Stafford's status as more information becomes available.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford, Lions win third straight with 27-24 win over the Bears.

Stafford was 21/31 for 299 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions, but he did lose a fumble. A big second quarter was responsible for most of Stafford's production, as he connected with Marvin Jones and Ameer Abdullah for both of his scores. The 6-4 Lions have a quick turnaround for a huge Thanksgiving day game against the 8-2 Minnesota in Week 12. Even at home, Stafford is probably not a recommended QB1 option.

 

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford, Lions come alive late in win over the Browns.

Stafford was 17/26 for 249 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. He also rushed four times for 17 yards. Stafford was held in check until Detroit was down 24-17 in the third quarter, but he was able to get hot and hit Theo Riddick, Eric Ebron, and Golden Tate for scores in a 38-24 victory. The league's highest-paid player will look to pickup a road win in Chicago next Sunday. Consider him a solid QB1.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford plays lights out as Lions get to .500.

The Lions didn't punt in this Monday nighter against the Packers, so that tells you how well they played offensively (throwing the ball, at least). Stafford was 26/33 for 361 yards and two touchdowns in the game, with both scores to Marvin Jones on throw to the right side of the end zone on deep/fade routes. Through eight games, the 29-year-old gunslinger is on pace for 4,424 yards, 28 passing touchdowns, and eight interceptions while completing 60.4% of his passes. Detroit faces Cleveland in Week 10.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford throws for over 400 yards in Lions' loss.

The Lions put up a historic performance, but not in the way they'd like, as they had the third-most yards in an NFL game without scoring a touchdown. Stafford and the Lions moved the ball with ease against a Steelers defense that came in with the number one pass defense in the NFL, but they couldn't convert into touchdowns. Stafford was 27/45 for 423 yards, along with an 11-yard carry, in the game. Detroit should be able to get it in the end zone against the Packers next Monday night, and Stafford will be in the QB1 conversation.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford throws 52 times in loss to the Saints.

The Lions dropped to 3-3 in one of the wildest games imaginable, as the game was 52-38 with eight total turnovers and a near-comeback by the Lions after they were down early. Stafford had five turnovers in the game, as he was 25/52 for 312 yards, three touchdowns, three interceptions, and two lost fumbles. New Orleans' defense sacked Stafford five times and got constant pressure, which included a sack (where Stafford probably held the ball too long) and a wild interception in the end zone by Cameron Jordan, who just put his arms up and picked it off while standing in the end zone. The Lions would probably like to get back out there after a game like that, but they have a Week 7 bye before facing Pittsburgh in Week 8.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford (ankle) is officially questionable for Sunday.

He was a full participant in practice all week and it'd be a major shock if he wasn't out there against New Orleans. Though he was limping a bit on the field after the injury against Carolina last Sunday, don't be afraid to fire him up as a QB1 in a potential shootout with Drew Brees and the Saints.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Stafford struggles early, can't do enough late to bring Detroit back against the Panthers.

Held scoreless for three quarters, Stafford turned it on in the fourth with two touchdown passes, but the Panthers held on to win 27-24. He finished 23/35 for 229 yards and two touchdowns, and fumbled twice (one lost). Carolina mostly controlled the clock and tempo of the game, and Stafford was really quiet until the fourth quarter. The tempo should be a lot better next week against the Saints in a potential shootout.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Lions improve to 3-1 with win over the Vikings.

Matthew Stafford played mistake-free as the defense played well and limited Minnesota to seven points in the victory. Stafford was 19/31 for 209 yards in the game, and he also was sacked six times by the Vikings. Through four games, Stafford is on pace for 3,548 yards, 28 touchdowns, and four interceptions as he's playing very well—just not with a high fantasy floor each week. Stafford and the Lions return home to face the Panthers next week.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford and the Lions come up inches short against the Falcons.

Stafford was 25/45 for 264 yards and one touchdown, with another would-be game-winner being overturned on review to end the game, as Golden Tate was down just short of the goal line. It was a tough way to end the game, but Detroit showed they are a real threat in the NFC by playing the Falcons the way they did. Stafford also rushed twice for 19 yards in the loss.  He and the Lions now head to Minnesota, and despite going 2-0 against them last season, it's an imposing matchup. We wouldn't recommend starting Stafford in Week 4.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford plays well and leads the Lions to 2-0 start.

Stafford had a a difficult matchup in New Jersey against the Giants, but he had a very good game, going 15/21 for 122 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing three times for 23 yards. Jon Gruden raved about Stafford during the broadcast, and rightfully so. His touchdown tosses were to Marvin Jones on a 27-yarder and to Eric Ebron on a play-action pass to the flat by the goal line. Stafford and the Lions will likely need to score some points in Week 3 against the Falcons to improve to 3-0.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford leads Lions to Week 1 victory over the Cardinals.

Stafford was 29/41 for 292 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception, also adding 14 yards and two rushes. The NFL's highest-paid player really got hot in the second half, including a couple fourth-quarter scores to rookie Kenny Golladay. It was a great showing by Stafford, but one September game doesn't suddenly put him in the upper echelon of quarterbacks. He faces a much tougher test in New York against the Giants on MNF for Week 2.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Lions and Matthew Stafford agree to five-year extension, according to Adam Schefter.

Schefter reports the deal is expected to make Stafford the highest paid player in NFL history, which would surpass Derek Carr's record-breaking five-year $125 million deal earlier this year. Look for Stafford to be just above $25 million, or perhaps at $26 million, per year as he'll now be locked in with Detroit into his mid 30's. This is the going rate for top quarterbacks, but the Lions are going to expect big things for Stafford after paying him this much before the season. Likely to have more balance on offense this season with a healthy Ameer Abdullah, Stafford and the Lions are looking to have a big season in 2017.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford throws two touchdowns in Lions' third preseason game.

Stafford and the starters played the entire first half and the start of the third quarter, and Stafford was 15/22 for 190 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The first touchdown came on a dime to Marvin Jones Jr. in the end zone for 23 yards, and the second touchdown was an 18-yarder on a check down to Dwayne Washington. Stafford's interception was on a tipped ball that Patriots corner Eric Rowe picked off. It'd be a surprise if Stafford played in Week 4 of the preseason, so we'll see him in Week 1 against the Cardinals.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford plays well in Week 2 of the preseason against the Jets.

The Lions gunslinger was 8/10 for 84 yards and a touchdown. Stafford made accurate throws all over the field, capping it off with a beautiful throw on a fade to Marvin Jones for a touchdown. He looks to be clicking on all cylinders and hopefully he can keep it going as we near the regular season.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford plays one series in preseason opener.

He went 2/3 for 36 yards and an interception. His best play was a 22-yard completion where he navigated and stepped up in the pocket before delivering a pass to T.J. Jones down the field. The interception came on a slant route he threw to a tightly-covered Marvin Jones. Stafford will almost certainly get more work in Week 2 of the preseason this Saturday against the Jets.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Stacey Dales reports there is "internal optimism" an extension gets done for Matthew Stafford in the next two weeks.

Stafford is entering the final year of his contract and the two sides have been talking about an extension. The Lions' franchise quarterback would probably like to get a deal done soon so he can focus on the season and not worry about contract negotiations with the team. Detroit has a lot of cap space in 2018 and Stafford is only 29-years-old, so he could get a deal at around the same amount as Derek Carr did with the Raiders, which at $25 million/year is the highest contract in NFL history.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Lions GM: "Hopefully" will have an extension for Stafford later this summer.

Bob Quinn was on SiriusXM NFL and said they are "working towards" an extension for their quarterback. Stafford is currently in the final year of his contract, and the Lions would obviously like to keep him around. A deal should be able to get done before the season. Detroit could always franchise tag Stafford if they can't come to an agreement by next March. It'd be surprising if Stafford wasn't quarterbacking the Lions over the next few seasons, at least. He'll probably be a borderline QB1 in 2017.

Stafford, Lions eliminated from the playoffs.

The Seahawks shut down the Lions in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs, 26-6. Matthew Stafford was 19/32 for 205 yards in the game. His receivers struggled with drops (at least five in the game) and the offense couldn't get anything going. Stafford struggled after his injury to his middle throwing finger late in the season, but he will be 100% by OTAs. It'd be really helpful if the Lions could get a better running game going in 2017. Stafford can be drafted as a QB1, albeit a backend one, in fantasy drafts next season.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford was 26/41 for 347 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in Sunday night's loss to the Packers.

Fortunately for Detroit, the Redskins lost to the Giants to get both NFC North foes in the playoffs. Unfortunately for Detroit, they now have to head to Seattle as the six-seed rather than host the Giants as the four-seed. Stafford played well in his first season without Calvin Johnson, completing 65.3% of his passes for 4,262 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. However, he pulled back his gunslinger ways a bit, which hurt his fantasy production. He might need to sling it around to make a playoff run against some high-powered NFC offenses.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford was 26/46 for 260 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception in Monday night's 41-21 loss to the Cowboys.

He also rushed for a one-yard touchdown. Detroit had a chance to lock up a playoff spot with a win, but they failed to score in the second half after being tied 21-21 at halftime. Now, Stafford and the Lions host Aaron Rodgers and the Packers next Sunday night for the NFC North crown and the final playoff spot if the Redskins lose to the Giants. Stafford will be a QB1 with the recent injuries at the position and guys potentially resting.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford was 24/39 for 273 yards and one interceptions in the Lions' 17-6 loss to the Giants.

Stafford wore a glove on his throwing hand that had all the fingers cut out expect for the injured middle one, but playing a tough defense on the road caused him more issues than the finger. New York shut down the running game and ran the ball to keep it out of Stafford's hands. Unfortunately for Stafford, the same thing could happen next week against the keep-away Cowboys. He's not a QB1 for Week 16 on Monday Night Football.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford leads game-winning drive; Lions now 9-4.

Stafford was 21/35 for 223 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the 20-17 win over the Bears. He also rushed four times for 15 yards, including the game-winning touchdown, and set a career-high for glove-changes (four), as he injured his finger and had to wear a glove. The injury could be impacting his play down the stretch, so we'll have to keep an eye on that. He's probably off the QB1 map for Week 15 against the Giants.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford, Lions improve to 8-4 in 28-13 win in New Orleans.

Stafford was 30/42 for 341 yards and two touchdowns, adding three rushes for 22 yards. Detroit is now two games ahead of the Packers and Vikings in the NFC North with four games to play. Stafford will be on the QB1 map as the Lions take on the Bears next week in Detroit.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Stafford plays well against Vikings to help get Lions to 7-4 atop the NFC North.

Stafford was 23/40 for 232 yards and a touchdown. He actually may have done more damage with his legs than his arm in the game, including a key conversion on 3rd-and-15 when he escaped the pocket and got the first down. Stafford should be a solid QB1 next week against the Saints in a potential shootout, but the Saints' defense has improved over the last few games.

Matthew Stafford | Lions QB

Matthew Stafford fails to score in Lions’ Week 11 win over the Jaguars.

Stafford was 24/33 for 278 yards. His fantasy owners won’t be happy, but Stafford played well and Detroit got the win. Stafford is a QB1, but he’s an inconsistent option. The Lions play the Vikings on Thanksgiving. Stafford has had some good Thanksgiving Day games, but the Vikings are not an easy matchup. He’s a backend QB1.

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