• Matthew Stafford

  • QB
  • , Los Angeles Rams
  • 34
  • 220 lbs
  • 6' 3"
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Scouting report

by Mike Randle

LAR QB Matthew Stafford - 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook

2022 Fantasy Upside
Matthew Stafford’s first season in Los Angeles was incredible. He ranked third among all quarterbacks in passing yards (4,886) and second in touchdown passes (41), en route to a Super Bowl Championship. The Rams even upgraded the wide receiver position by adding veteran Allen Robinson to play alongside reigning Offensive Player of the Year Cooper Kupp. Our own Justin Edwards still ranks the Rams offensive line as eighth-best, after only allowing Stafford to be sacked 1.8 times per game, the fourth-best mark last season.

The 34-year-old Stafford only provided 43 total rushing yards, placing his per-game fantasy finish only at QB11. Consecutive QB24 and QB14 finishes during the fantasy playoffs took a little bit of shine off a spectacular overall season. Given his offensive weapons, solid o-line, and brilliant head coach in Sean McVay, Stafford is still a solid fantasy option at quarterback.

2022 Fantasy Downside
If Stafford can’t finish inside the positional Top 10 with 41 touchdown passes, when can he? There is such a multitude of running quarterbacks, Stafford’s overall fantasy upside is suppressed. With only 10 rushing touchdowns in 2021, the Rams scoring balance is likely to see an increase on the ground.

2022 Bottom Line
Stafford is a solid fantasy quarterback, but lacks true Top-5 upside because of his lack of rushing production. His QB24 finish in Week 16 was a championship killer, and highlights the benefit of more versatile signal-callers. Still, his likely output of 4,800 passing yards and 30-plus touchdown passes is tough to overlook.

by Jeff Hicks

LAR QB Matthew Stafford - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens defense is injured and was just torched for one of the best passing performances in recent vintage. Matthew Stafford is three-deep at receiver and has two battering rams for running backs. Stafford to the moon Week 17!

by Jeff Hicks

LAR QB Matthew Stafford - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Minnesota Vikings

A shorter than normal week is never welcomed, but at least Stafford’s opponent, the Vikings, will have one more day of rest and are not very good on defense. Minnesota is 31st in schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks despite a strong performance against Chicago Week 15. The Vikings will need a perfect effort to stymy Stafford and his passing options.

by Jeff Hicks

LAR QB Matthew Stafford - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 versus Seattle Seahawks

Stafford has a three-game, 20-plus fantasy point streak on the line as the Seahawks come to town. He threw for 365 yards in Seattle Week 5, but only one touchdown, and was picked off as well. Stafford’s biggest concern is COVID-19. Tyler Higbee should be back in time for Week 15, but the Rams have had the virus take multiple players out of practice since Monday. Stafford is a QB1 unless COVID-19 continues to cause issues.

by Jeff Hicks

LAR QB Matthew Stafford - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at Arizona Cardinals

Elbow, schmelbow. Stafford continued his strong season with another three touchdowns against the Jaguars Week 13 and gets to face Arizona for the second time this season Week 14. He had a good day against them in Week 4 with 280 yards, two touchdowns, one pick, and 21 (!) yards rushing. Do not expect Stafford to show off his wheels again, but look for another good, if unspectacular performance with the chance to close the gap in the standings with the Cards.

by Jeff Hicks

LAR QB Matthew Stafford - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 versus Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars mean no sweat for Stafford this week, right? Maybe. The Jags are 6th in schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed to opposing QBs and have held three straight signal callers under 200 yards passing. Jacksonville has also allowed only two more multi-touchdown games (6) than zero touchdown games (4). The Jags have yet to allow a QB to throw three TDs in one game. Part of that has to do with Jacksonville’s improved pass rush, something the Rams have had issues with in recent weeks. The loss of Robert Woods has affected Stafford’s numbers, too; Stafford’s completion rate is just below 60% and he has a 3-3 TD/INT ratio in two games without Woods. Stafford remains a top 10 option Week 13, but his opponent is not a walk in the park.

by Jeff Hicks

LAR QB Matthew Stafford - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 at Green Bay Packers

A bye week will help Stafford and the Rams as they travel to Green Bay. Despite a myriad of injuries, the Packers defense is 8th in schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Kirk Cousins was the first QB to surpass the 300-yard mark in Week 11, and had the first multi-pass TD effort against Green Bay since Week 5. The loss of Robert Woods may show more this week than Week 10 so look for Stafford to target his favorite target – Cooper Kupp - a lot.

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