Dave Reginek/Getty Images
Detroit's newly-proven star is an exciting pick-up for most fantasy owners this season.
Many players would avoid drafting a guy like Stafford, unless absolutely necessary, given his track record with injuries.
That being said, for those of you that did have faith in Stafford, I commend you on your lack of fantasy football common sense and incredible luck.
In all seriousness, Stafford is averaging 23.5 points per week and is ESPN's fourth ranked QB.
In Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Stafford threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns for a total of 22 fantasy points (in the average league). Tampa has a pretty decent defensive secondary, but given the way Donovan McNabb torched them in the first half of Week 2, I think there might be something wrong with that team that we might not know about yet.
Week 2 was even better for Stafford owners as the QB slung the ball for 294 yards and four touchdowns—a total of 25 fantasy points.
The Vikings defensive secondary is not really known for being strong against the pass (and that is the biggest understatement I will ever publish in an article), so Stafford is looking pretty good so far.
With the return of Kevin Williams to Minnesota's defensive line, Stafford will likely be forced out of the pocket a little bit more than he has been, feeling the pressure of a still dominant defensive front-four that includes two All-Pros.
Overall, I don't think Stafford will have a problem producing offensively. The Vikings haven't proved that they can play a solid four quarters of football. That being said, with a revitalized defensive front, Stafford might feel the Vikings pressure a little bit more than he has in weeks past. In reality, the Vikings are better than the two defenses Detroit has seen so far.
ESPN Projection: 18
Nick's Projection: 21
I don't think many fantasy owners were looking too seriously at Donovan McNabb as their starter—and if you did, I feel sorry for you.
Over two games, McNabb has only racked up 267 passing yards and a single touchdown. So much for Minnesota's veteran option, right?
McNabb has less than a third of the points that his Week 3 opponent has scored.
The Vikings have gotten off to good starts in both of their games so far, but because of no momentum whatsoever, they lose steam going into the second half and their offensive production is nearly non-existent.
Detroit's defensive secondary is nothing special, but because Minnesota's offensive line is so pitiful, Ndamukong Suh and the Lions scary front-four will likely limit McNabb a little bit (OK, a lot).
ESPN's Projection: 11
Nick's Projection: 10