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Matthew Stafford


#11 Quarterback

381 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 11
Experience: 12 Yr(s)
Age: 33
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 232
40 Time: 4.81

Injury Predictor Injury Predictor

Medium Risk

Chance of Injury in 2021


% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game


1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2021




Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

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Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Sep 12, 2010 NFL Shoulder A/C Joint Separation Stafford missed 5 games.
Nov 7, 2010 NFL Shoulder A/C Joint Separation Stafford re-injured his shoulder and eventually underwent surgery in January of 2011.
Nov 22, 2009 NFL Shoulder A/C Joint Separation Stafford played the next 2 games before sitting out the final 4 with a separated shoulder.
Dec 9, 2016 NFL Hand Finger Dislocation Stafford also suffered torn ligaments in his finger, although it didn't cost him any games.
Oct 4, 2009 NFL Knee Patella Dislocation Stafford dislocated his patella against the Bears, costing him 2 games. He had minor surgery in December of 2009.
Dec 6, 2009 NFL Shoulder A/C Joint Separation Stafford missed 4 games with a shoulder dislocation after a hard hit against the Bengals.
Oct 30, 2011 NFL Hand Finger Fracture Stafford played through a fractured right index finger.
Oct 23, 2011 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Stafford didn't miss any games with his ankle ailment.
Nov 3, 2019 NFL Back Tailbone Fracture Matthew Stafford ended his season due to the fractured bones in his back in Week 9 game vs. the Raiders
Nov 15, 2020 NFL Hand Thumb Torn Ligament Stafford suffered a partial tear in a ligament in his right thumb during the win vs. Washington. He played through the injury in the next games
Dec 13, 2020 NFL Chest Rib Sprain/Pull Unspecified Stafford injured his ribs during the team’s Week 14 loss to the Packers. He didn't miss any game
Dec 26, 2020 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Stafford suffers ankle injury in Lions' loss to Bucs. He was available for the season finale.
Aug 2, 2021 NFL Hand Thumb Sprain Stafford hit his right thumb on a teammate's helmet during practice and was shut down from throwing for the rest of the day.

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What You Need to Know:

  • The Rams swung a deal for Stafford in January, sending QB Jared Goff, a 2021 3rd-round pick and 1st-rounders in 2022 and 2023 to the Lions.
  • Stafford joins a Rams offense that is heading into year 5 under HC Sean McVay. In McVay’s first 4 seasons, the Rams ranked …
    • 19th, 4th, 8th and 3rd in offensive snaps
    • 1st, 2nd, 11th and 22nd in points
    • 10th, 2nd, 7th and 11th in total yards
    • 6th, 2nd, 16th and 10th in Football Outsiders’ offensive DVOA
    • 10th, 5th, 4th and 13th in passing yards
    • 6th, 8th, 19th and 26th in passing TDs
  • Jared Goff’s fantasy finishes those seasons: 12th, 6th, 12th, 16th
  • Stafford looks like an upgrade over Goff.
    • Stafford has earned a higher Pro Football Focus passing grade than Goff in 2 straight seasons and 3 of the last 4.
    • Goff beat Stafford in Football Outsiders’ DVOA in 2017 and 2018 -- but Stafford has finished significantly higher the past 2 years.
  • Stafford is more willing and able to throw downfield than Goff. Last year, 12.7% of Stafford’s throws traveled 20+ yards downfield vs. just 7.8% for Goff. And Stafford earned a 93.0 PFF passing grade on those throws vs. Goff’s 61.7.
  • Stafford was also better on play-action passes last year, averaging 8.9 yards per attempt and earning an 81.3 PFF grade vs. Goff’s 7.9 yards per attempt and 77.6 PFF grade. That’s especially noteworthy because the Rams ranked 2nd in play-action passes last year.
  • The Rams return 3 of last year’s top 5 target getters in WR Robert Woods, WR Cooper Kupp and TE Tyler Higbee.
  • They lost WR Josh Reynolds and TE Gerald Everett.
  • The Rams were clearly looking to add more speed at WR, signing free-agent DeSean Jackson and drafting Tutu Atwell. They also return 2020 2nd-rounder Van Jefferson. Overall, the team could very well get better play from its #3 WR spot this year than last.
  • L.A. only added 4th-round rookie Jacob Harris at TE. But more Higbee is probably a good thing considering he’s finished 3rd and 7th at his position in yards per route run the last 2 years.
  • The offensive line is the biggest concern for Stafford. The Rams are expected to have 4 of the same 5 starters from last year’s unit that ranked 29th in Pro Football Focus’ pass-blocking grades. The good news is that the Rams finished 2nd in adjusted sack rate last year -- largely a testament to McVay’s scheme.
  • Stafford missed 8 games in 2019 with fractured bones in his back. He played all 16 last year but dealt with injuries to his right thumb, left elbow, ribs, knee and ankle. He had what was reportedly “minor” and “elective” surgery on the thumb in March but is expected to be back to 100% for training camp.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Let’s not make this complicated. The eye test and the numbers say Stafford should be an upgrade over Jared Goff for the Rams. And Goff finished as a top 12 fantasy QB in 3 of the last 4 seasons.

Barring injury or serious decline, Stafford is a good bet for lower-end QB1 numbers in 2021. His lack of rushing production will make it tough for him to climb into the top half of QB1 territory.


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Rams QB Matt Stafford injured his right index finger in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night's win over the Seahawks but was able to play through it after getting a tape job. “I don’t know (what happened),” Stafford said afterward. “I looked down at a certain point on a drive in the second quarter, I think the one we kicked a field goal on, and I just looked down and felt a little pressure (in the finger). I maybe got it on a handoff or a snap or something. Not 100 percent sure. I looked down, felt a little bit of pressure in there and it was just a little bit out of place. Was able to put it back in and keep going, it didn’t affect me too much, to be honest with you.” Stafford missed a few throws in the win, although it's unclear if the misfires were caused by the finger injury. We'll keep an eye on the situation when the Rams get back to work next week, but Stafford should be fine for Week 6's matchup with the Giants.

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Rams QB Matt Stafford practiced on Tuesday, running the 1st-team offense in the team's 1st padded session of training camp. The thumb injury he suffered on Monday clearly isn't a concern. Consider Stafford's fantasy stock unaffected.

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X-rays on Rams QB Matt Stafford's right thumb came back clean, The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue reports. "I don’t think anybody is panicking, although I would not be surprised if he were to be held out for a day at least as an extra precaution," Rodrigue added. We'll keep an eye on Stafford, but this doesn't sound like something that'll impact his 2021 season.

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Rams QB Matt Stafford injured his right (throwing) thumb during Monday's practice. He reportedly slammed it into a defender's helmet on his follow-through. “We’ll see,” HC Sean McVay said after practice. “We’ll see what they say and take it one day at a time.” Stafford had surgery to repair a partially torn ligament in that thumb in early March, right after he was traded to the Rams. We'll update his status as soon as we know more.

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Rams QB Matt Stafford had surgery on his right (throwing) thumb in March, The Athletic reports. The procedure was "minor" and "elective," according to a source. Stafford revealed back in February that he played through a partially torn UCL in that thumb last season -- in addition to elbow, rib, knee and ankle injuries. The 33-year-old is expected to be available for the offseason program and at 100% by training camp. He's played all 16 games in 9 of the last 10 seasons.

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