The Detroit Lions are one of the toughest teams to figure out in recent years. One season they look like a playoff contender but the next year they finish with a below-.500 record. One of the biggest reasons why they have been somewhat all over the map is due to the inconsistent play of their quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Stafford has by far the most gifted receiver in the game, Calvin Johnson, and a heck of an arm on him — with mechanical flaws, still, mind you. In 2013, he will have an incredibly versatile running back in Reggie Bush to use at his disposal. I personally believe the Bush signing was one of the best in all of the NFL this offseason.
So, with Johnson and Bush to go along with second year pro wideout Ryan Broyles — when he is finally healthy — the Lions could have quite a formidable offense. Tight ends Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler will also see plenty of passes thrown their way and are more than capable of playing the position well.
Stafford has plenty of weapons and is set up for success this year. Coming off of a $53 million extension this year, he’s got plenty to prove as there are tons of people out there that didn’t believe he deserved the money he was given. I think he will live up to it, especially because of all the talent he is surrounded with.
For these reasons, Stafford will be an interesting guy to watch in fantasy football this year. In a game where running backs rule the world, not everybody needs a Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers on their squad. Stafford may wind up producing good enough numbers worthy of being a consistent starter in your league this year. Keep him in mind if he’s currently your backup, or even if he’s your starter — feel good about him. Just wait and see.