Matthew Stafford is going to remain with the Detroit Lions into the foreseeable future, as the veteran quarterback has reportedly agreed to an extension with the team that will take him through 2017. While NFL experts might question the decision to lock in a signal-caller who has a career losing record, we in the fantasy football world have to like this move.
Considered a disappointment last season, Stafford failed to meet expectations both on the field and in the stat sheets. While he did record an impressive 4,967 passing yards, he also put up 21 fewer touchdown passes and scored nearly 70 fewer fantasy points compared to his breakout campaign of 2011. With that being said, I think owners should use this to their advantage.
Stafford still has a rocket right arm, and we know he’s going to throw the ball a ton –- in fact, he’s thrown the pigskin 1,390 times over the last two years -– that’s an average of over 43 pass attempts per game and more attempts than any other quarterback in the league. The veteran also has the best wideout in the land in Calvin Johnson at his disposal and an offense that should be even more explosive with the addition of pass-catching running back Reggie Bush.
With an average draft position of Round 9 on NFL.com, Stafford could turn into one of the better fantasy draft bargains for owners who wait to take a quarterback.
Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!