Fantasy Football 2015: Previewing the Detroit Lions

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Matthew Stafford

May 27, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during OTA at Detroit Lions Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

In reality football, sure, Matt Stafford is a perfectly solid starting QB in the NFL.  He’s not a top-tier guy, but he’s in that next rung down and there’s no shame in that.  This is fantasy football though, and Stafford is right on the borderline of QB1/QB2.

If he’s your guy and you feel strongly about how he’ll produce, then I can see justifying taking him in front of QBs like Matt Ryan, Eli Manning, Tony Romo and possibly Ben Roethlisberger.  Most QBs not named Aaron Rodgers or Andrew Luck may slip a few rounds anyway depending on how your fellow owners handle the draft, which means Stafford can likely be had a little later on.

Stafford likes to sling it, evidenced by him averaging about 656 attempts per year in the last four seasons.  He has a stud WR in Johnson and a reception machine in Tate, and we’re not completely sure how the running game will pan out.  If Stafford is your starting QB in week one of fantasy, you could do a lot worse.  He would be extremely valuable, however, as your QB2 if you’re in a league where your can pull it off.

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