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Matthew Stafford a big question mark for Week 11 with hip and back injuries

Lions QB Matthew Stafford is questionable for Week 10, but his status might be a true game-time decision. We break down the fantasy football implications.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions runs the ball toward the end zone in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at RingCentral Coliseum on November 03, 2019 in Oakland, California. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions travel to face the Chicago Bears in Week 10, and they face a serious question mark less than 24 hours before the game. Quarterback Matthew Stafford is questionable with hip and back injuries, and might be a true game-time decision. He was listed as limited throughout the week of practice, and Ian Rapoport is hearing, “[t]here is concern about [his] status” the day before the game. Rapoport said it, “could be a real game-time decision.”

The Lions are currently a field goal underdog at DraftKings Sportsbook, but some sportsbooks have taken the game off the board. Ian Rapoport or Adam Schefter will likely have more information early Sunday morning for the 1:00 p.m. game.

Fantasy football, betting analysis: Lions QB Matthew Stafford

If Stafford does not play, Jeff Driskel would get the start. That would be a huge downgrade for both betting and fantasy purposes. Even with the Bears struggling, Detroit would likely lose at least four or five points in the spread and be looking at a touchdown or more underdog status.

From a fantasy perspective, wide receivers Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola all lose value. Running back Ty Johnson loses value as teams likely stack the box against him. JD McKissic could find some value as a check-down option for Driskel.

There is no need to swap out Stafford or your other Lions in fantasy quite yet. But keep an eye on things heading into Sunday morning. We’ll have more details as they arrive.