Matthew Stafford Injury Update Hurts Entire Lions Offense's Week 11 Fantasy Outlook Against Cowboys

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - NOVEMBER 10:  Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions speaks with Jeff Driskel #2 during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
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Quarterback Matthew Stafford suffered broken bones in his back, which kept him out of action in Week 10 against the Chicago Bears. He has been ruled out yet again versus the Dallas Cowboys, which hurts the rest of the Lions offense for fantasy football purposes.

In for the veteran quarterback is Jeff Driskel, a sixth-round selection in the 2016 draft. He played admirably for a backup in last week's start, passing for 269 yards with a touchdown and an interception, also leading the team in rushing, with 37 yards on the ground.

Going from Stafford to Driskel is certainly a downgrade for the Lions and the other fantasy-relevant players, but the way Driskel played last week means it's not a death sentence.

Marvin Jones Jr. finished five catches for 77 yards last week, while Kenny Golladay has three catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. Golladay is likely the most affected, with Stafford often looking deep down the sidelines for Golladay, while Driskel has a significantly lower average depth of target over his career than Stafford.

Driskel at quarterback may actually help the fantasy value of T.J. Hockenson, who will be a safer, easier throw for Driskel to make. He found the rookie tight end three times for 47 yards last week. This was his third-highest yardage output of the season.

So while this Lions offense likely takes a step back under Driskel, Lions players are by no means ones you must avoid. However, Golladay is the only one to find his way into our Week 11 PPR rankings, at WR22.

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