This is it for many, the fantasy football championship. As is the case every week of the NFL season, several players carry questionable injury designations into the weekend. One such player on Saturday’s slate is Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. While he’ll be considered by some fantasy managers, his presence will also impact the projections for those around him. So, we ask, is Matthew Stafford playing in Week 16?
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Is Matthew Stafford Playing in Week 16?
Lions QB Matthew Stafford (rib/right thumb) is officially questionable for Week 16 against the Buccaneers.
Stafford has battled injuries all season and has found a way to start every single game. Fantasy managers should prepare a back-up plan in case Stafford cannot suit up but based on his toughness and injury history, it’s likely the veteran quarterback finds a way to start in Week 16. Continue monitoring Stafford’s status.
Matthew Stafford’s Week 16 Projections
What the Experts are Saying
It was miraculous that Stafford was able to play last week, as it seemed like he’d miss the game due to his rib cartilage injury. With the Lions mathematically eliminated from the playoff race, we should be prepared for the Lions to sit Stafford the remaining two games. There’s this misconception that the Bucs are a team you want to avoid with quarterbacks, but it’s quite the opposite. You’d have to go all the way back to Week 6 to find the last quarterback who’s finished outside the top-16 against them. You see, teams have had no success moving the ball on the ground, and it’s led to them scoring fantasy points on strictly volume. Teams have thrown the ball 64.9 percent of the time (2nd-most) and accumulating the third-most pass attempts per game (38.6) because of it. Quarterbacks have also been able to complete 69.4 percent of their passes against them, too, which ranks as the fifth-highest number in the league. The biggest strength with the Bucs defense is the pressure they bring (rank third in average pressure rate), but that hasn’t affected Stafford too much, as he’s posted a 95.7 QB Rating while under pressure this year, which ranks second behind only Justin Herbert (who crushed this defense for 290 yards and three touchdowns). The issue is Stafford himself, as he can be knocked out of the game with one big hit. Because of that, he must remain in the middling QB2 territory, but if he were healthy, he’d be a solid streaming option. If Stafford sits, Daniel is not someone you’d want to stream and it would downgrade all of the Lions offensive weapons.
– Mike Tagliere
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