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Matthew Stafford remains week-to-week heading into Week 12

Lions QB Matthew Stafford isn’t likely to return anytime soon. We break down the fantasy football implications of Matt Patricia’s comments heading into Week 12.

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford talks to quarterback Jeff Driskel and quarterback David Blough before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field. Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions are likely going to be starting quarterback Jeff Driskel this weekend when they travel to face Washington. Head coach Matt Patricia told the media on Monday that quarterback Matthew Stafford remains week-to-week with his back injury, according to Kyle Meinke.

Stafford suffered a fracture in his back in Week 9 and did not play in Weeks 10 or 11. Prior to Sunday’s game, Adam Schefter reported doctors believed the injury to be a six-week type of recovery. It did not mean he would miss the full six weeks, but it offered a bit of a timeline.

Regardless of the full timeline, week-to-week suggests it is unlikely Stafford plays in Week 12. We get at least one more game of Jeff Driskel, and probably multiple weeks of him starting for the Lions. In two starts, Driskel has thrown for 478 yards with three touchdowns and one interception and run for 88 yards and a touchdown.

The Lions have lost both games to drop to 3-6-1. Considering the two wild card teams are the 8-2 Seattle Seahawks and 8-3 Minnesota Vikings, the playoffs are a long shot at best for Detroit. The Lions likely won’t rush Stafford back.

The bigger concern for fans is fantasy football performances. Against the Lions, Danny Amendola led pass catchers with four receptions 47 yards and Marvin Jones had four receptions for 43 yards and two touchdowns. The week before, Jones led the team with five receptions for 77 yards and Kenny Golladay had three receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown. There’s production there, but it’s hard to bet on it week in and week out. You’ll want to consider other options where you can while Driskel is running things.