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What to do with Matthew Stafford in Week 8 fantasy football

We go over Matthew Stafford’s fantasy football outlook ahead of the Lions Week 8 matchup against the Colts.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions followed a similar path that Atlanta Falcons opponents have walked this season as they pulled out a time-expiring touchdown to win the Week 7 game. Matthew Stafford’s sole passing touchdown came at the perfect moment, though his fantasy output was nothing to write home about. How will Stafford fare in Week 8?

Fantasy Football analysis: Lions QB Matthew Stafford

Here’s something to consider: Stafford has only finished in a top-12 fantasy quarterback position once this season. Things don’t look like they will get any better heading into Week 8 against the slow-paced Colts. The total is currently set at 50, but the under is the more likely outcome as Indy will aim to attack Detroit on the ground where it’s most susceptible. With fewer projected offensive snaps for the Lions and a matchup against a defense that’s allowing the fewest passing yards in the league, Stafford’s path to fantasy success is very narrow.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Sit Stafford in single-QB formats.