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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford apparently suffered a "broken back" late last season, which could help explain the down year for the perennial fantasy football QB1. Stafford ended last season ranked as QB19, after three top-10 outputs from 2015-17.
The injury, described as tiny fractures in his back, is said to have occurred during the Lions' Week 13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. While that's a ways into the season, playing four-plus games with broken bones in your back could point to a big-time bounce back year for the Pro Bowl QB.
While Stafford didn't play up to expectations last season, his performance clearly dropped off post-injury. During those four games, Stafford averaged 172.75 yards and 0.75 touchdowns per game. In terms of fantasy, he averaged around 10 points per game over that stretch.
Beyond the back issue, the Lions added WR Danny Amendola and TE T.J. Hockenson this offseason, while also getting Marvin Jones and Kerryon Johnson back from injuries of their own. Now healthy, Stafford is likely to bounce back from the worst season he's had since 2010.
The Lions' signal-caller currently has an ADP of QB21, which makes him a bargain with massive upside at the position. Remember, Stafford finished both the 2016 and 2017 fantasy seasons as QB7 and was QB9 in 2015.
Prior to last season, Stafford only finished outside the top-12 at his position in fantasy once since 2012. Needless to say, Stafford is a prime bounce-back candidate in fantasy, making him a great deep sleeper in both one-QB and two-QB leagues in 2019.
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