Matthew Stafford throws late TD to salvage fantasy value

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

If not for a garbage-time touchdown, Stafford would have had a worthless fantasy day. We break down the fantasy implications.

Other than the final outcome of the game, little was different about the fantasy days of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Both threw for one touchdown, no interceptions, and similar yardage, though Rodgers' Packers beat Stafford's Lions 22-9.

Stafford completed 25 of his 40 pass attempts for 262 yards, with his 13-yard pass to wide receiver Kris Durham not coming until just before the game's two-minute warning.

Fantasy impact: Like Rodgers, Stafford had a miserable first half. The game was 6-3 Packers at halftime with Stafford under 100 passing yards. He improved in the second half, but until the late touchdown to Durham was a complete fantasy disappointment Sunday.

Stafford was without stud wide receiver Calvin Johnson in the game, and Nate Burleson, the team's No. 2 receiver, has been out after breaking his arm in a car accident. Running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell didn't provide much help with the passing game, either.

Sunday was Stafford's first game this season without two all-purpose touchdowns. He's a low-end starting quarterback, but a starter nonetheless.

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