Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
QB - #6 45.73 DET Active 6 years 26 6'3 232 @Staff_9

2014 Outlook: Stud (low risk)

Last updated on Jul-09-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith

PASS HAPPY Matthew Stafford is a fantasy stud. One thing we know is he is going to throw the ball and he's going to throw it a lot. Last year Stafford threw 93 fewer passes than in 2012, and his attempts were down to 634 (his lowest in any full season of his career). No, that is not a typo. For a bit of context, 634 attempts ranks as the 17th-most pass attempts in a season ever. Needless to say, this guy likes to air it out. He has maybe one of the greatest targets of all time to throw it to in Calvin Johnson. The Lions also brought in Golden Tate and rookie Eric Ebron and their running backs are glorified receivers. With more weapons than ever, expect Stafford to carry this offense even more. He does throw a high amount of interceptions, but that comes with all the attempts. Stafford is ranked around the Top 5 fantasy quarterbacks and should be drafted and started in all leagues. He has been on the doorstep of elite for a couple seasons now and he has the potential to muscle his way into the Big three (Manning, Rodgers and Brees).

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2013 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
7.12 FFToolbox - Ian Ritchie 
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
7.08 Draft TV - Drafting a QB is like walking a fine tight rope. Get too aggressive and you lose value elsewhere. Dilly dally and you'll be left with someone unimpressive. I've found the 7th to 8th round is just right. Stafford was the bottom of a massive QB tier for me with his high load of passes and every bit as good as QBs who went before him
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
7.12 Bruno Boys - I started getting a little nervous after seeing a few QBs come off the board and decided to grab Stafford here. I could have waited until the 9th but with everyone picking twice before me it was tough to hold off. The scoring settings are yardage and interception friendly so I really wanted a QB that could threaten to throw for 5000 yards and his share of multi TD games. Stafford easily meets those requirements and should destroy his 2012 numbers. He adds Reggie Bush as a safety valve and gets a healthy receiving corps to throw to. Titus Young is gone and Ryan Broyles is poised to breakout alongside Burleson and Megatron. Top 5 seems to be a probable finish if everything holds together.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
10.03 FootballDiehards - Despite ending up 33 yards short of becoming the first player to pass for 5,000 yards in successive seasons, and leading the league in completions, his overall efficiency ranked 22nd. He had some things working against him -- a depleted receiver corps, slumping TEs and a spotty run game. He also still gets happy feet at times and rushes throws. His accuracy decreased. His game management needs work, too. But does anybody doubt the totals will be there? And in the 10th round? I'm good with that.
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