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How to handle Matthew Stafford’s injury in Week 10 fantasy football [UPDATE]

Stafford is hurting.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford passes the football against the Oakland Raiders during the fourth quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Stafford is expected to be ruled OUT for Week 10.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was expected to be in uniform and under center when his team takes on the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon this week. However, Stafford is pretty banged up, dealing with hip and back injuries that have limited his ability to practice throughout the week. As of Saturday afternoon, he was a game-time decision. On Sunday morning, Adam Schefter reported some were telling Stafford not to play, “but he is hoping to try to play through the pain.” A decision will be made during pre-game warmups.

Stafford’s been one of the best quarterbacks in fantasy this season. Over this last three games, he has 10 touchdowns and more than 1,000 yards. He is currently fourth in the NFL for passing yards (2,499) and second for touchdowns (19). Those numbers have him on pace for a huge year, and he could possibly top 5,000 yards for the second time in his career. He threw for a career-best 41 touchdowns in 2011, a number he could also top this season, but what’s more impressive about his stats this year is that he’s only thrown five interceptions. He tossed 16 picks the year he had 41 touchdowns.

Fantasy football analysis, Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford

Stafford has not missed a game since 2010, so why start now. The injuries he’s dealing with this week could bother him somewhat on the playing field, however, but probably not enough to overlook him completely. And while the Bears stink this season, their defense still isn’t prone to giving up huge numbers.

This is a risky one because even if he does end up playing, his aches and pains could limit his effectiveness. Might be best to look elsewhere this week.