It is very rare that you can say your QB threw for 365 yards and disappointed for fantasy. Stafford did just that, finishing as the QB17 on the week. Stafford’s numbers on paper outside of TDs are still elite as his 365 yards on 9.9 yards per attempt were inside the top 10 on the week. Stafford’s day could have been a lot better as Van Jefferson dropped a potential TD which later in the drive turned into a Stafford INT.
Better days are ahead for Stafford as he continues to display elite deep passing ability. Stafford was the only QB in Week 5 to throw for over 100 yards on passes that traveled 20 + yards and not have a TD. This week the Rams travel to New York to face the Giants. The Giants might struggle to move the ball vs. the Rams, which could limit Stafford’s opportunities. This makes Stafford just a low-end QB1 this week.
This was Stafford’s worst game of the season. He was simply out of sync and inaccurate, especially when throwing to WR Cooper Kupp. That pair connected on just 5 of 13 targets. One of the misses was a Kupp drop, but Stafford missed him 3 times, including for a couple of TDs. Stafford also underthrew WR DeSean Jackson on a potential long TD that turned into an INT.
We’ll give Stafford a mulligan for this one considering how awesome he was over the season’s first 3 weeks. HC Sean McVay still has this passing game humming. The opportunity was there for Stafford to throw for something like 400 yards and 4 TDs in Week 4.
Expect a bounce-back this Thursday night in a plus matchup vs. the Seahawks. That’s followed by a meeting with the Giants, followed by a dreamy 3-week stretch: vs. Detroit, at Houston, vs. Tennessee.
Stafford is in the early lead for MVP as he has just beat up the Super Bowl Champs for 341 yards and 4 TDs. The biggest takeaway from Week 3 was the reemergence of DeSean Jackson. Jackson gives the Rams offense a vertical element they were lacking. And with Stafford’s big arm this could unlock a new ceiling for this offense. Now with Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods to go along with Tyler Higbee at TE, Stafford has everything at his disposal in LA to make him a solid fantasy asset rest of season.
This week the Rams will be in a potential shootout as they take on the Cardinals The Cardinals D has been solid this season but allowed 3 TDs to Kirk Cousins in Week 2. If you drafted Stafford, you are starting him in Week 4.
Stafford turned in his 2nd straight impressive outing in Sunday’s win over the Rams. It wasn’t quite the 321-3-0 passing line he posted in the opener, but 278 yards and a pair of scores will do.
Stafford again leaned on WR Cooper Kupp, who accounted for 163 yards and both TDs. Kupp lined up in the backfield on the 1st score, splitting zone coverage and finding himself wide open in the end zone. On the 2nd TD, Kupp ran a post route to find a soft spot in the middle of the Colts’ zone.
The only blemish on Stafford’s day came on an INT that appeared to be tipped at the line of scrimmage. But he was otherwise on point, completing 63% of his passes and averaging 9.3 yards per attempt.
Stafford sits 3rd among QBs in Pro Football Focus’ passing grades through 2 weeks. He ranks 11th at the position in fantasy points, despite ranking just 23rd in pass attempts.
And Stafford should be a QB1 for at least the next couple of months. His upcoming schedule looks tasty: Bucs, Cardinals, Seahawks, Giants, Lions, Texans and Titans.
A game on Sunday Night Football was just what Stafford needed to show the world what we have been missing during his time in Detroit. There didn’t appear to be any rust for Stafford in his first game with the Rams. He opened the game 5 for 5 for 97 yards and a TD on a long post to Van Jefferson that went for a 67-yard score. Stafford appears to have a great rapport early with Sean McVay and his talented group of skill guys. He finished the night 20 for 26 for 321 yards, 3 TDs and a win against the Bears.
Being able to see Stafford with a competent supporting cast and Sean McVay calling the plays is a gift to football fans and fantasy owners. The guy has moved up to 2nd in betting odds to win the NFL MVP this season. Stafford enters a Week 2 matchup in Indianapolis against a tough Colts defense as our QB11. We believe Stafford is going to have a huge year in this offense working with Kupp, Woods, Jackson, Jefferson and Higbee. We have him ranked at QB10 rest of the way.