Matthew Stafford Fantasy Football News 2017

Lions QB Matt Stafford (hand) is active and will start today’s game against the Bucs. He’s been trending in a good direction all week and was reportedly uncorking bombs in pregame warmups. There’s obviously still some risk with a QB with an injured throwing hand, but Stafford also boasts plenty of fantasy upside vs. Tampa's 21st-ranked QB defense.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Lions QB Matt Stafford (hand) is expected to start against the Bucs today. That throwing hand improved "by the day" this week, and Stafford will be able to "fully function" today, Rapoport adds. There's still some added risk here, but Stafford also boasts an intriguing ceiling against a defense sitting 21st in fantasy points allowed to QBs and 31st in Football Outsiders' pass defense rankings.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (hand) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bucs after a limited week of practice. Observers thought he looked good throwing on both Thursday and Friday. We’re expecting Stafford to start vs. Tampa’s leaky pass defense, but we’ll continue looking for updates on his status leading up to the 1 pm ET kickoff.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (hand) was listed as limited in practice again on Thursday. But Tim Twentyman of the team's official website notes that Stafford did "much more" in the portion of practice open to the media today than he did yesterday. "Spun the ball pretty well, too. I expect him to play Sunday," Twentyman added. We'll get another update on Stafford tomorrow, but he's trending in a good direction.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (hand) was limited in Wednesday's practice. The fact that he was out there at all so early in the week is encouraging. We'll continue to track Stafford's progress over the next few days.

Lions HC Jim Caldwell on Monday described QB Matt Stafford's hand as "badly bruised." He avoided a broken bone but is "really sore," per Caldwell. Considering it's his throwing hand, we'd consider Stafford genuinely questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Bucs. We'll keep a close eye on him throughout the week. Detroit would turn to QB Jake Rudock if Stafford is unable to go.

Lions QB Matt Stafford injured his right (throwing) hand late in Sunday's loss to the Ravens. He went for X-rays at the stadium. We'll update his status when we learn more.

Update: X-rays came back clean, according to insider Tim Twentyman. Stafford is dealing with a bruise. We'll keep an eye on him this coming week.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (ankle, hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Saints. He put in a full week of practice but will be “playing through pain,” according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. There’s obviously risk here that Stafford’s play will be impacted and/or he won’t make it through the game. But there’s also lots of upside in a plus spot in the Superdome.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (ankle, hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Saints. He put in a full week of practice, though, and is fully expected to play. The injuries obviously add some risk, but there’s also big upside in the Superdome, where the Saints have allowed multiple TDs to 13 of the last 17 visiting QBs.

Lions QB Matt Stafford (hamstring, ankle) practiced on Wednesday. He said afterward that he's "feeling ok," according to Tim Twentyman of the team's official website. Stafford is on track to play against the Saints this weekend. How big a factor those leg injuries will be remains to be seen.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the Lions are "optimistic" that QB Matt Stafford will be able to play against the Saints this weekend. He suffered quad and ankle injuries in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. We'll keep an eye on him throughout the week. Stafford will have plenty of upside as long as he's able to play in New Orleans.

Update: ESPN's Dan Graziano reports that Stafford suffered a sprained ankle and a hamstring injury and that his practice week will determine his status for Sunday.

Lions QB Matt Stafford played through 1 or more leg injuries in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. He had his knee, ankle and foot taped up on the sidelines and was hobbling around in the 2nd half. Stafford didn't miss any snaps but was clearly bothered. He's now been sacked 6 times in back-to-back games. Neither Stafford nor HC Jim Caldwell had an injury update after the game, so we'll need to monitor him throughout the week.

QB Matt Stafford and the Lions have agreed to a 5-year, $135 million extension. It locks him up in Detroit through the 2022 season -- and makes him the highest-paid player in the league. Stafford is still only 29 and already sits 44th on the all-time passing list. He should climb into the top 30 by the end of this season. Stafford has finished as a top 10 fantasy QB in 2 straight seasons and 5 of the last 6.

The forecast for today's Lions-Giants game calls for a 65% chance of rain with winds of 10-20 mph. Not ideal. It's especially concerning for Lions QB Matt Stafford, who will be playing with an injured middle finger on his throwing hand. He's no better than a mid-range QB2 for Week 15.

Lions QB Matt Stafford dislocated and tore ligaments in the middle finger of his right (throwing) hand during Sunday's game against the Bears. He didn't miss any snaps but played the rest of the game with a glove and admitted that the finger was an issue. "I haven't thrown with [a glove] in a long time," he said. "Trying to get the feel back was a little difficult." Stafford has no control over the top part of the finger, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein, and will need to wear the glove the rest of the season. We'll keep an eye on him throughout the coming week, but the issue will certainly add risk to his fantasy profile.

Lions QB Matt Stafford finished with 223 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs vs. the Bears. Both of Stafford’s INTs surfaced in the 4th quarter — one was a pick-6 — but he salvaged his fantasy day with a 7-yard rushing score. He’ll have the look of a low-end QB1 for upcoming road tilts with the Giants and Cowboys.

Lions WR Marvin Jones is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Bears, according to multiple reports. He's officially questionable with the thigh injury that kept him out of last week's win over the Saints but should be available to fantasy football owners. Getting Jones back could also only help the fantasy outlook for QB Matthew Stafford.

ESPN reports that Lions TE Eric Ebron is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Eagles with the knee and ankle injuries that he suffered in the Week 4 loss at Chicago. Ebron initially returned to action in that game, but he reportedly did so through "visible pain" and spent significant time in the training room after the game. Losing Ebron will further weaken QB Matthew Stafford in an already unattractive matchup.

Pro Football Talk cites "multiple reporters" as saying that the Lions will have WR Marvin Jones (hamstring) and TE Eric Ebron (ankle) active for today's game against the Bears. Both look like good options for your fantasy lineup. Their presence will also keep QB Matthew Stafford a high-upside fantasy play in Week 4. Of course, we'll confirm their status when the game inactives come out.

The Lions plan on speeding up their offensive tempo and running more no-huddle this season. "The faster you can push the tempo when you want to, makes it more stressful on the defense," QB Matt Stafford said. "If you feel like you’re playing at normal speed and they think you’re playing really fast you know it feels a whole lot better for us." Per Pro Football Focus, Detroit has gone no-huddle on 62% of their offensive snaps. That's up from 7% last year. “The biggest reason we’re going to do so well this year is this is something Matt is very comfortable with," WR Golden Tate said. "This is something he’s wanted, he’s thriving in this right now, he’s (balling), he’s comfortable." A quicker pace means more offensive plays and more fantasy opportunity for all the Lions.


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