Matthew Stafford is Overvalued in Fantasy Football Drafts

By Wola Odeniran
Matthew Stafford
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Earlier in the offseason, I said Detroit Lions‘ quarterback Matthew Stafford is overrated. I still stand by that, and I believe some are overvaluing him in the first round in Fantasy Football. It’s not normal to take quarterbacks really high in drafts, but those who do go high are Tom BradyAaron RodgersDrew Brees and Peyton Manning. Stafford is not in that class, but I have been hearing some talks in the water-cooler about taking him high. Don’t do it.

Stafford, from a physical standpoint, is elite. Not many quarterbacks have the arm-strength, and the build that Stafford has. But at the same time, he is very inconsistent. In 2011, Stafford had 41 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions. In 2012, Stafford had 20 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. Not to mention the injury history he has had in his career, even though he has stayed relatively healthy over the last two years.

I will admit, having Stafford is enticing due to the fact that he is throwing to the best wide receiver in football in Calvin Johnson. But that is also what makes him a dangerous pick as well as he seems to rely on Johnson’s talent to come up with every ball by throwing it into double or triple coverage at times. If you are a player in Fantasy Football who really likes quarterbacks with deep-threat wide receivers, I would look at Matt Ryan way before I would even look at Stafford. Ryan is a much more stable commodity at this point.

Some are expecting a deadly offense with the Lions, and I can see why they would. I just don’t think it is wise for some to even consider taking Stafford in the first round. If anyone does, I want to be in their league.

Wola Odeniran is a writer for Follow him on twitter at WolaOdeniran52, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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