• Matthew Stafford

  • QB
  • , Los Angeles Rams
  • 33
  • 225 lbs
  • 6' 2"
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Scouting report

by Jeff Hicks

LAR QB Matthew Stafford - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs Colts

The NFC Offensive Player of the Week gets to travel back to the midwest to face the Colts. Indianapolis entered 2021 eighth in 4for4’s schedule-adjusted defensive rankings against quarterbacks but allowed 254 passing yards and four touchdowns to Russell Wilson Week 1. Stafford can duplicate that with Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and Gerald Everett and behind a better offensive line. Stafford passed for 336 yards and three touchdowns last season against the Colts while with the Lions. The Colts' defense may not be the exact same as last season but it is similar enough to know Stafford can compile stats against them.

by Jeff Hicks

LAR QB Matthew Stafford - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs Bears

Nothing says welcome to the NFC West like playing the Chicago Bears. Matthew Stafford is very familiar with Chicago as a former Detroit Lion and gets one of the weaker versions of the defense that he has seen. The Bears rank 12 in schedule-adjusted positional defensive ranking against the quarterback but are already dealing with injuries to the defensive line and a much weaker secondary. Stafford will have four wide receivers deserving of targets, a useful tight end that should see one-on-one coverage often, and serviceable running backs. This offensive group is one of the best Stafford has worked with in his career and should handle Chicago. The Rams are seven-point home favorites.

by Jeff Hicks

LAR QB Matthew Stafford - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

When looking at the offensive weapons Matthew Stafford has at his disposal in Los Angeles compared to what is in Detroit, it is difficult to not get excited for Stafford’s fresh start out west. As good as Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. are/were, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp are a better tandem at receiver. Stafford also has a talented tight end to throw to in Tyler Higbee, who will get a chance to shine as the clear TE1 for the Rams. Stafford should be throwing plenty especially with the loss of RB Cam Akers for the season. Rams head coach Sean McVay will not admit it, but he was limited with Jared Goff under center. Stafford is an upgrade for the Rams offense, especially since Stafford has completed at least 65% of passes in each of the past six seasons. Stafford also attempted his fewest passes over a 16-game season in 2020, a product of Matt Patricia and the old Lions regime. Our John Paulsen projects Stafford to attempt 656 passes and accumulate 5,327 passing yards. If he hits the yardage mark, it would be a career high.

Fantasy Downside

The top year-to-year correlation for quarterbacks is rushing attempts along with yards per game. Stafford does not run, limiting his upside. His arm talent is elite but there is volatility attached to solely depending on one aspect. Stafford also will be playing behind a worse line than in Detroit according to 4for4’s Justin Edwards. Despite the continuity that is valued year-to-year on the offensive line, the Rams group has aging pieces and will have a former tackle-turned-guard playing center. It is also foolish to assume the Rams start six linemen as they did in 2020 (fewest in NFL). While Stafford’s passing options are deep, they will be tested. The Rams have five games versus top 10 defenses against quarterbacks according to 4for4’s Schedule-Adjusted Positional Defensive Rankings. Not awful, but each game is on the road with trips to Green Bay and Minnesota before and during the fantasy playoffs, respectively.

Another aspect lost in the Cam Akers injury news: Akers was going to be Stafford’s best running back teammate since Reggie Bush in 2013. Same as it ever was...

2021 Bottom Line

Stafford heads west with the chance to put up career numbers nearly a decade into his career. His throwing talent is unquestioned and his offensive weapons deep. As long as his offensive line remains in place and the running game steps up for the loss of Akers, Stafford will return value at his current 9th round ADP and be in the QB1 range throughout 2021.

by Scot Berggren

DET QB Matthew Stafford - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Minnesota Vikings
Before leaving last week’s loss to Tampa Bay early in the first quarter with an ankle injury, Matthew Stafford was 2-of-3 for 17 yards. In the November loss at Minnesota, he threw for 211 yards and a TD but is a risky fantasy start on Sunday due to how much he’s been beaten up over the past month.

by Scot Berggren

DET QB Matthew Stafford - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Despite battling sore ribs, Matthew Stafford played most of last week’s loss at Tennessee. He threw for 252 yards and a score, continuing his string of tossing for at least one TD in all but one contest this season. He is averaging 270 passing yards and needs just 226 more for his eighth 4,000-yard season. Tampa Bay is No. 25 against the pass but Stafford is more of a QB2 option.

by Scot Berggren

DET QB Matthew Stafford - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 at Tennessee Titans
Before leaving in the fourth quarter with a rib injury last week versus the Packers, Matthew Stafford threw for 244 yards and a score. Despite the Lions poor record, he is averaging over 270 yards through the air this season with 22 TDs. Tennessee is the fourth-worst in the league at stopping the pass, so as long as Stafford is cleared to play, he has a nice matchup.

by Scot Berggren

DET QB Matthew Stafford - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs. Green Bay Packers
What a comeback Matthew Stafford led at Chicago last week, even with WR Kenny Golladay still out. In the win he threw for a season-most 402 yards with three TDs – the fourth time in ’20 he tossed for three scores. There’s an outside chance Golladay can return on Sunday versus the No. 11 pass defense, otherwise, Marvin Jones and T.J. Hockenson will remain Stafford's top options. In the Week 2 loss at Green Bay, he threw for 244 yards and two scores.

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