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News: 5 days agoStafford completed 34 of 55 pass attempts for 307 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the 49ers.
Spin: Stafford appeared to be on his way to another strong performance and potential upset against a favored opponent, but two untimely interceptions in the second half derailed any hopes for a win Sunday. On a positive note, the veteran signal-caller eclipsed 300 passing yards for the second week in a row, which is a testament to his improved arm health following last year's elbow issues. Stafford has overcome fantasy expectations early on despite missing his best weapon in Cooper Kupp (hamstring) for a minimum of four games to start the season. He will look to clean up the turnovers in a road matchup against the Bengals next Monday.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Stafford is looking for a rebound season after a rough, injury-plagued 2022 campaign in which he was limited to 11 TDs and eight INTs in nine games. Stafford contributed zero top-10 fantasy outings and -- believe it or not -- has finished only one of the past five seasons as a top-15 fantasy QB. The exception was, of course, during the team's Super Bowl run in 2021 -- a season in which Stafford threw 41 TDs and finished sixth in fantasy points. Perhaps Stafford rebounds in a big way in his age-35 season, but -- QB aside -- the Rams are suddenly in rebuild mode and he's also a nonfactor with his legs (9 rushing yards in 2022). Stafford figures to max out as a fringe QB1/streamer this season.