Matthew Stafford Fantasy Outlook: QB Out Against Bears, Downgrading Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones

Dan Israeli
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Matthew Stafford will miss his first NFL game since 2010, as the Detroit Lions' quarterback is out for his Week 10 matchup against the Chicago Bears, due to fractured bones in his back

Stafford, who has been battling both hip and back injuries, was fully expected to play through the pain after getting in limited practice sessions throughout the week. On Saturday, however, reports emerged that the quarterback was being encouraged by some to not suit up, which will now put the 3-4-1 Lions in a tough spot against their division-rival Bears.

Jeff Driskel, Stafford's backup, draws the start against the Bears. Driskel started five games for the Cincinnati Bengals last season in place of an injured Andy Dalton. In total, Driskel threw for 1,003 yards in nine total games in 2018, tossing six touchdowns and two picks. He was also active on the ground, rushing 25 times for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

While Driskel could serve as an adequate backup, his 5.7 yards per attempt mark from last season does not bode well for the Lions' dynamic wide receiver duo of Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. Stafford is averaging a career-high 8.6 yards per attempt this season, as he has regularly connected deep with Golladay and Jones in the Lions' third-ranked passing offense.

As a result of Stafford's absence, all of Detroit's skill players are downgraded in this tough matchup against the Bears. It is uncertain how many games Stafford will now miss, as further details of his back injury continue to emerge.


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