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Matthew Stafford QB - DET

Experience: 8 YRS   Height: 6'3"   Weight: 232  Bye: 7
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport had an interesting report on Lions QB Matthew Stafford this week. "There's a lot going on with Matthew Stafford now ... he was benched earlier in the year which, for a franchise quarterback, never happens," Rapaport said. "I'm also told that Joe Lombardi, the former offensive coordinator, was frustrated that he couldn't put enough on Stafford's plate, did not think he was able to handle it, was not taking as much control of the offense as the coaching staff wanted. In fact, new offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter actually had to simplify things for Stafford. All of which, in part, leads to the conclusion that Stafford's days in Detroit are very much numbered." Stafford's "benching" came in the 2nd half of a blowout loss to the Cardinals, so we're not reading much into that portion. And, frankly, this report probably doesn't impact Stafford's 2015 fantasy outlook at all. Detroit's not likely to turn to Dan Orlovsky at any point. (It's not like he's Blaine Gabbert, after all.) Rapoport also discussed the prospect of the Lions cutting Stafford in the spring. We wouldn't bet on that happening -- regardless of the cap hit -- without an encouraging replacement on the roster. But we'll be curious to see where this one goes.

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Injury Predictor

The Lions QB played a total of only 13 games in his first 2 NFL seasons (2009 and 2010) — due entirely to injuries to both his left and right shoulders. But he's appeared in all 16 games for 6 straight seasons. Last season, he played through a dislocated right middle finger over his final 4 games (including 1 postseason game). He’s now back to 100%, but we’ll see how the Lions protect him with LT Taylor Decker set to miss games following shoulder surgery.

Projected Missed Probability of injury per game ? Probablity of injury in the season ?
0.86 0.7% 10.4%
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Date Injury Analysis
Dec 9, 2016 Hand Finger Dislocation Stafford struggled with a dislocated finger on his throwing hand in week 14, but he played through it. He also had torn ligaments in his finger but he still played through it.
Sep 20, 2015 Chest Rib Bruise Stafford bruised a rib against the Vikings after taking a hard hit. He got X-Rays done but played through it.
Sep 13, 2015 Arm Against the Chargers, Stafford suffered from an upper arm injury on his right arm but didn't miss any game time because of it.
Oct 30, 2011 Hand Finger Fracture In week 8 against the Broncos, Stafford suffered a fractured index finger on his throwing hand but didn't miss any games.
Oct 23, 2011 Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 In week 7 against the Falcons, Stafford sprained his ankle but it was very minor and didn't force him to miss any games.
Nov 7, 2010 Shoulder A/C Joint Dislocation After taking a big hit against the Jets, Stafford suffered a dislocated shoulder requiring him to need surgery and miss the next 8 weeks.
Sep 12, 2010 Shoulder A/C Joint Dislocation In the game against he Bears, Stafford dislocated his shoulder. He did not need surgery but he did miss the following 5 games.
Dec 29, 2009 Knee Patella Dislocation Stafford dislocated his patella and was placed on the IR but it was the end of the season so he wasn't forced to miss any games.
Dec 6, 2009 Shoulder A/C Joint Dislocation Stafford missed 4 games due to a shoulder dislocation after a hard hit against the Bengals.
Nov 22, 2009 Shoulder A/C Joint Dislocation Stafford injured his shoulder but was not constrained from playing in any games.
Oct 4, 2009 Knee Patella Dislocation Stafford dislocated his patella against the bears and later reinjured his knee later in the season. He was forced to miss the next two games.

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