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Monday, August 21, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: MATTHEW STAFFORD QB DETROIT LIONS

If you take part in a single QB league, the tried-and-true method for success when addressing the position in the draft is to wait for value in the middle rounds given the depth here.  Names that quickly come to mind as potential values for 2017 fantasy football include Philip Rivers, Kirk Cousins, Eli Manning, and Matthew Stafford.  Stafford in fact looks like a classic value play going forward as his ADP is 115.5 which is dirt cheap for someone who always finds himself near the top of the league in passing yardage and with a solid array of scores.  Of course the reason Stafford falls into value mode is that he has also annoyed his fantasy football owners in the past with inconsistent play and for the fact he has thrown 30 or more TD's just twice in 8 NFL seasons and he comes off a 2016 when he tossed only 24.  However Stafford's performance a year ago was somewhat misleading as he was on fire the first two months of the year as he tossed 16 of his 24 scores but then struggled the rest of the way due to a finger injury that inhibited his throwing.  So in actuality Stafford should have done even better and that sets the stage for 2017 where he has a nice array of receivers in wideouts Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, rookie Kenny Golladay, and emerging tight end Eric Ebron.  Throw in pass-catching back Theo Riddick and Stafford has a good stable of weapons to yield nice fantasy football numbers for a 115.5 ADP.  Also don't overlook the fact that Stafford always seems to pick up a few rushing scores each season (7 in the last four years) and again is always a 4,200-plus yardage man.  So while everyone chases Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady in the early rounds, nabbing Stafford later on as you stock up on backs and receivers looks like a tremendous piece of strategy.

2017 PROJECTION:  4,425 yards 27 TD 175 rushing yards 2 TD  


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