It doesn’t require much deductive, painstaking research to come to the conclusion that the Detroit Lions have had a very rough stretch of teams recently. Some teams in the 2010s evoked a glimmer of hope before losing in the Wild Card Round for every playoff appearance. In the Matt Patricia era, the team has only won nine games.
Making matters worse, there are highly speculative rumors circulating that longtime franchise signal caller Matthew Stafford has played his last down in Detroit and will end up a trade piece as the first sign of a potential rebuild. Granted, it’s hard to see a regime with nine wins in two seasons pull off such a move, but the fact that such rumors exist is unhelpful to say the least.
What is known is that Stafford is coming off one of the very best statistical seasons of his career, if not the best.
Back injuries prevented him from playing more than eight games in 2019, but he performed well on tape and on the stat sheet. In those eight games he threw for 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions along with a passer rating of 106.0 (a career high).
FantasyData’s fantasy metrics have Stafford with 166.56 fantasy points on the season, making him the site’s QB29. Obviously, playing half of the year was the only reason for this. He was on pace for approximately 333.12 fantasy points, which would’ve made him the QB3 on the season, just behind Lamar Jackson (415.68) and Dak Prescott (337.78). With 20.8 fantasy points per game, he was making sure dynasty/fantasy owners were eating and eating well.