Detroit Lions: Fantasy Football Preview

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There are a number of reasons to be excited as July comes to a close. First of all, the Detroit Lions will report to training camp this week, giving fans in the Motor City their first true look at their team for the 2015 season.

Also, with the first of August comes the start of Fantasy Football draft season.

As competitive and deep as the competition has become in fantasy football, it’s truly safe to say that it’s never to early to start preparing.

Power rankings, mock drafts and podcasts willing to lend advice are all the norm this time of year.

Plus, it’s really fun to prep too.

That’s why we here at SideLion Report have already been hard at work for months, putting together our own power rankings and advice columns to help you prepare to take your league championship this season.

Today, we’re going to break down the team that we cover on a daily basis, the Detroit Lions, showing you who to target, who not to, and so much more.

So join us, as we take a look at the team we all love, from the fantasy owners angle!

Let’s go!

Quarterback, Matthew Stafford

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ADP: 78

  • Consensus: QB#12
  • Yahoo!: QB#12
  • ESPN: QB#12

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been sort of a fantasy anomaly over the last few years. He possess a big, strong-arm with a quick release and is able to make most throws including the touch-timing passes.

The problem is, he can be erratic at times.

He is also notably shaky on the road, sporting a 74.9 rating and an 82.0 in the red zone. Additionally, he also takes more sacks than most, (45 last year) but has managed to stay fairly healthy.

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In his first season under offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, Stafford was more efficient and calculating, resulting in the second-highest completion percentage (60.3%) of his career and a full-season low of 12 interceptions. Throwing merely 22 touchdown passes was a disappointment, but becoming even more systematic could actually increase that figure.

When it comes to Stafford in 2015, he can be a good option to consider if you miss on an Andrew Luck or Aaron Rodgers in the first few rounds. He has a high upside this season, and the Lions offense always has the potential to put up big numbers.

Next: RB Joique Bell