Matthew Stafford is coming off a season where he only threw 12 interceptions while leading the Detroit Lions to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth. So, he should definitely be considered one of the top quarterbacks in the league, right?
NFL.com recently ranked their top 10 quarterbacks going into the 2015 season and Stafford was nowhere to be found. Even Alex Smith was ranked ahead of him.
Now, ESPN.com has released their first fantasy football rankings for the upcoming NFL season and Stafford is getting the shaft again.
According to ESPN, Stafford is the 14th ranked fantasy quarterback entering the 2015 season.
Could this be correct? After all, the Lions have Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Eric Ebron, Joique Bell, Ameer Abdullah, and a newly built offensive line, what else does it take?
Well, let’s think about this for a minute. In 2014, Stafford only threw 12 interceptions, but he also only threw 22 touchdowns. Now the Lions have gone out and made it a priority to improve their running game.
With that in mind, and considering he finished 15th in the league last season in fantasy points by a quarterback, maybe ranking Stafford 14th is right on the money.