2009 Fantasy Football Rookie Scouting Report on Matthew Stafford – QB – Detroit Lions. Includes player profile, fantasy football outlook, keeper league incentives, draft rankings, and 2009 expectations and stat projections.
Player Profile – Matthew Stafford:
Born: February 7, 1988
Draft: 2009 – 1st Round (1st pick) Detroit Lions
Fantasy Football Outlook:
Like many other quarterbacks who have been drafted #1 overall in the NFL draft over the years, Matthew Stafford enters the 2009 season with a very high billing. Coming off of a junior season at Georgia in 2008 that included 3,459 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, there was little to prove for Matthew Stafford at he college level.
Entering the 2009 NFL season, Matthew Stafford is firmly entrenched as the Lions quarterback of the future. Yet at just age 21 for the 2009 season, Matthew Stafford will likely ride the bench for at least the first half of his rookie year in 2009. Unless of course Matthew Stafford pulls a Matt Ryan and has an exceptional training camp and preseason, which would in turn catapult him into the starting QB job by week 1.
In terms of a future fantasy football outlook, Matthew Stafford encompasses the talent to be a Pro-Bowl quarterback, likely by the 2012 season. However combining Stafford’s enormous talent and golden arm with Calvin Johnson and up and coming running back Kevin Smith and tight end Brandon Pettigrew, Matthew Stafford does have a slight chance to become a very good NFL quarterback sooner than many expect. So a late 2009 emergence is possible for Matthew Stafford in his rookie season. During the prime of his career, Matthew Stafford has the potential to by a 30 touchdown QB.
Keeper League Incentive:
In fantasy football keeper leagues, Matthew Stafford is an elite fantasy football quarterback waiting to happen. When compared to fellow 2009 first round picks Mark Sanchez and Josh Freeman, Matthew Stafford no doubt has the better overall talent and long term potential. However if you want an earlier return on your rookie QB investment, Mark Sanchez will likely receive more playing time in 2009 than Matthew Stafford.
With Daunte Culpepper his only real competition for the starting QB job in Detroit for the 2009 season, Matthew Stafford could very easily earn playing time in his rookie year. At just age 21, Stafford’s fantasy football stat expectations are extremely low, as he will likely need at least one season of just sitting back and learning the Lions offense and the intricacies of the NFL game. However if Matthew Stafford has an exceptional training camp and preseason, he could potentially reach stats resembling 3,000 passing yards and 14 touchdown passes.
2009 Stat Projections:
Low End: 500-1,000 passing yards, 1-3 touchdown passes, 2-6 interceptions, 50 rushing yards
High End: 2,000-3,000 passing yards, 12-16 touchdown passes, 12-16 interceptions, 100 rushing yards
2009 Fantasy Football Draft Ranking:
Entering the 2009 season, Matthew Stafford is worthy of being ranked as a top 30 overall fantasy football quarterback in traditional one year re-draft leagues.
In fantasy football keeper leagues, Matthew Stafford can be ranked as high as a top 20 overall fantasy football quarterback, with a ranking around #25 being ideal.