Matthew Stafford delivers for fantasy owners on Sunday

Leon Halip

Stafford led the Lions to a victory over the Vikings with 357 yards and two touchdowns. We take a look at the fantasy implications.

Even with Calvin Johnson accumulating only 37 receiving yards, quarterback Matthew Stafford ended Sunday's game with 357 yards, an interception, but two touchdowns. Stafford's production was largely due to the 101 receiving yards by running back Reggie Bush, and 78 yards by wide receiver Nate Burleson. Running back Joique Bell also ended with a respectable 67 receiving yards.

Stafford targeted nine different players and connected with eight of them during Sunday's victory over the Vikings.

Fantasy impact: Stafford plummeted in fantasy drafts after managing only 20 passing touchdowns in 2012. He led the league in pass attempts that season, averaging 45 attempts per game. Stafford continued his 2012 trends into his 2013 regular season debut with 43 attempts.

Calvin Johnson owners may be a bit disappointed with only four receptions for 37 yards, but Stafford's ability to spread the ball around should ultimately add value to Detroit's offense in fantasy football. Minnesota's defense was blanketing Johnson as much as possible, and Stafford had no trouble finding other options in the passing game. He'll head into Week 2 facing the Arizona Cardinals and remains a strong QB1 option.

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