One thing that is for sure is that Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford proved his worth in the NFL fantasy world last season. In his first full 16 game campaign in the league Stafford shocked many in the NFL with the ridiculous numbers he put up.
He is now considered to be a solid early round pick and a strong alternative to some of the other top tier NFL quarterbacks that would be drafted ahead of him. That is what a 41 touchdowns and 5,038 yards in the air will do for a guy. Pencil Stafford in for 20 plus points a week.
Talent has never been an issue for Stafford, but his health or lack of it in his first two seasons was a major question mark. Enter his 2011 NFL season and now there are not nearly as many questions about him being injury plagued.
2012 Fantasy Football players would drool at the stats Stafford put up in 2011 and if he can replicate that he propels himself among the early round picks in every fantasy draft. Expect him to go as the fourth or fifth quarterback in many drafts and he could be a great second round pickup, maybe even a first round choice in some drafts.
Chances are that he does not throw up quite as high of numbers as defenses will adjust and try to eliminate the deep ball to Calvin Johnson. With that being said though, it is still likely that Matthew Stafford will put up big numbers again for the 2012 season.
His health and “mr. glass” nickname will continue to stick until he gets a few more injury free seasons under his belt. Detroit’s “New Orleans North” offensive attack will more than likely produce big numbers that will put the unit among the top of the NFL stat leader boards.
Many early projections have Stafford going in the early rounds with only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, New England’s Tom Brady and New Orleans’ Drew Brees as the quarterbacks that are being consistently drafted ahead of him. His projections for fantasy points range from 320-340 in many mock drafts.
If Stafford can stay healthy and as long as Calvin Johnson does not suffer from the “madden curse” it should be a big fantasy year for the Detroit QB.