The high-powered Detroit Lions offense received the final piece of the puzzle when Reggie Bush arrived during the offseason. Matthew Stafford and his fantasy owners should continue to reap the rewards in Week 4 and beyond as a result.
Stafford throws the fade to Calvin to put the Lions up by 2 scores! Lions lead 23-10! #OnePride— Detroit Lions (@NFLDetroitLions) September 29, 2013
Stafford passed for 242 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the team's NFC North showdown with the Chicago Bears. He connected with his favorite target, Calvin Johnson, for a score and added another score when he recovered a fumble for a TD.
Bush put up big numbers on the ground, rushing for 139 yards and a touchdown.
The balance on offense is something Detroit didn't have in years past. Even though it means Stafford shouldn't have to pass as much as the season rolls on, the fact defense must respect the run will bode well for his fantasy numbers.
He was averaging over 19 fantasy points through the first three games, and he finished the game against the Bears with 15 points. It's the type of fantasy consistency owners have been waiting for from him since he become the starter in Detroit.
Looking ahead, most owners will likely keep Stafford and start him on a weekly basis. That's a perfectly acceptable and logical option, but it's important to keep in mind he should have built up some serious trade value.
What should fantasy owners do with Stafford?
Add in the fact quarterback is a deep position this season, and it's at least worth exploring what he could return in a trade. Teams with reliable backup options can float Stafford's name into the market and check out some offers.
There's a chance a team desperate to add an upper-echelon quarterback might be willing to part with a solid running back or wide receiver in return. So it all comes down to depth for teams with Stafford and elsewhere around the league.
All told, as a full-time starter or potential trade bait, Stafford's value continues to rise.