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Lions QB Matt Stafford stayed hot this preseason on Friday night.  He completed 11 of 15 passes for 173 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs.  Through 3 exhibitions, he's sitting on a 76% completion rate with 3 TDs and 0 picks.  And he's done it all without WR Calvin Johnson.  Stafford looks completely comfortable in his 2nd season in OC Joe Lombardi's offense.  He's certainly in the QB1 mix, but his mid-7th-round ADP is a tad rich for us.

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Lions HC Jim Caldwell has noticed that QB Matt Stafford has a "better feel" for the offensive scheme now than he did at this time last year.  That's not a surprise considering it's Year 2 under OC Joe Lombardi.  "You can see our timing's better, receivers have a better sense of the routes that they're running," Caldwell added.  "All around I think we've made some improvement."  Stafford completed 60.3% of his passes last year -- his 2nd-best mark as a pro -- but averaged just 7.1 yards per attempt with 22 TDs.  He finished 15th among QBs in fantasy points despite ranking 5th in attempts.  We're expecting Stafford's volume to dip in 2015 with the Lions looking to run more.  So even if he's more efficient, he might struggle to crack QB1 territory.

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Lions QB Matt Stafford chucked it 602 times last year.  That ranked 5th league-wide but was his lowest total in 4 full NFL seasons.  HC Jim Caldwell doesn't want Stafford's volume to climb in 2015.  "We're probably not going to throw it (more)," Caldwell said. "If we do throw it more, that means we're behind, we're struggling, we're not winning, we're not a very good football team, plain and simple."  Detroit is looking to establish a more balanced offense after being among the pass-heaviest teams in the league from 2011-2013.  That's good news for RB Joique Bell, although we wouldn't be surprised if the Lions add to the backfield in next month's draft.  As for Stafford, he's just a borderline QB1 without the huge volume.

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11 months ago

Panthers DE Greg Hardy has been deactivated for today's game against the Lions as he deals with his domestic abuse situation.  It's a significant loss for fantasy owners and the Carolina defense.  Upgrade QB Matt Stafford and the Lions passing game.

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Lions HC Jim Caldwell has been impressed by QB Matt Stafford early in 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.”  Fantasy owners are counting on Stafford bouncing back in a big way from his ugly finish to 2013.  He's currently coming off the board in the 4th-round of 12-team drafts as QB5.  Stafford certainly carries top-5 upside but isn't a great value at that price.

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1 year ago

The Lions selected TE Eric Ebron with the 10th overall pick of the draft.  It certainly wasn't a major position of need for Detroit, but Brandon Pettigrew is better suited as a blocker, and Joseph Fauria remains unproven outside the red zone.  The Lions were looking for pass-catching weapons, and Ebron was the best left on the board.  The 6'4, 250-pounder has drawn Vernon Davis comparisons thanks to his speed, athleticism and fluidity.  His long-term upside in pass-happy Detroit is huge.  Targets might be tough to come by in 2014, though.

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WR Golden Tate has agreed to a 5-year deal with the Lions.  It's an ideal landing spot for 1 of our favorite free agents.  Tate will line up opposite the best WR in the game, ensuring plenty of single coverage.  And he'll be playing for an offense that will remain pass-heavy under new OC Joe Lombardi.  Tate has increased his catch and yardage totals in each of his first 4 NFL seasons, topping out at 64 and 898 last year.  And he's done it while playing on 1 of the run-heaviest offenses in the league.  Seattle has attempted 405 and 420 passes, respectively, the past 2 seasons.  The Lions finished with 740 and 634.  The higher-volume passing game will unleash Tate's fantasy upside.  He's capable of WR2 production in 2014.  The addition is also excellent news for QB Matt Stafford, who now has 1 of the more explosive WR duos in the league.

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Lions OC Joe Lombardi confirmed that his offense will resemble the one he worked with in New Orleans.  "There will be a lot of similarities (to the Saints' playbook)," Lombardi said. "You are going to see some difference, but the playbook that we are starting from is the Saints' playbook, so it will certainly be very similar."  That's obviously good news for QB Matt Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson.  Detroit might have a poor man's Jimmy Graham in TE Joseph Fauria.  We'll see if Lombardi deploys a backfield-by-committee like the Saints.  RB Reggie Bush is obviously familiar with the scheme after starting his pro career in New Orleans.

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Drew Brees spoke glowingly of former QB coach and current Lions OC Joe Lombardi.  Brees believes Lombardi will be especially effective improving QB Matt Stafford's mental approach to the game.  "I think in regards to thought process," Brees explained. "We have countless conversations throughout the week on protection. Thought process on certain concepts, on timing of when certain things get called. It allows you to maybe see things from a different perspective and also maybe to add certain elements into your thought process that maybe weren't there before that help you be more efficient."  We like Stafford's odds of emerging as a better real-life QB under Lombardi.  We'll see about his fantasy prospects, though.  Detroit figures to run more under new HC Jim Caldwell.

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Lions new OC Joe Lombardi likes what he's working with in QB Matt Stafford. "The good news is that he's not broken, that much is clear" Lombardi said. "There's an awful amount of talent there. His arm is something to behold. We used to sit in the Saints quarterback room and just marvel at his passes — all the depths, the whole field in play. He really can sling it. That's a great thing to have.  I am not worried about Matthew. I am excited to be working with him, and we'll get started soon. I can't wait."  Lombardi comes from a good lineage after working with Sean Payton and Drew Brees in New Orleans the past 7 years.  We like his arrival for Stafford's fantasy prospects in 2014 and beyond.  He has plenty to work on, but note that Stafford is still only 25.

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The Lions have hired Joe Lombardi as their new OC.  He's the grandson of Hall-of-Fame coach Vince Lombardi.  Joe spent the past 7 seasons in New Orleans under HC Sean Payton -- 2 as offensive assistant and 5 as QBs coach.  Hopefully Lombardi brings some of Payton's offensive acumen to Detroit.  It's unclear if Lombardi or HC Jim Caldwell will call plays for the Lions.

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