The Lion King (BEAST DOME QB)


By Muntradamus



In 2012, Tom Brady was the QB everyone in the BEAST DOME NATION went after as #1 on the board. 34 TDs, 4,827 yards.

In 2013, Peyton Manning was the QB everyone in the BEAST DOME NATION went after as #1 on the board. Peyton Manning led the NFL in TD passes and set an NFL Record for most in a season.

In 2014, RGIII was the sleeper QB I had everyone go after in round 4-6. Injuries + bad coaching led to a horrible season.1555319_588390924631091_3553229658862358606_n

This year, we are jumping on a new chapter in the BEAST DOME NATION and sticking to the more traditional pass first Quarterback that has brought success in the past. With a cannon for an arm, and a Dome to hold the weather in check. For the first time in his NFL Career, I am promoting Matthew Stafford as the BEAST DOME QB to have for the 2015 season.




There are many reasons Matthew Stafford will


#1 – Megatron

The #1 and obvious reason to love Stafford is because of Calvin Johnson. Last season Megatron was injured, and played injured. The result of Megatron in 2014 was 13 games played, 4 of them as a decoy. Yet he still managed to score 8 TDs with 1,077 yards.

You would think with Megatron having such a lousy season where he only managed to break 20+ Fantasy Points three times in non PPR leagues. Matt Stafford would have a horrible season in return. While Stafford did not put up vintage numbers, he still managed 22 TDs to go with 4,267 Yards. Lions also made the Playoffs which will bring confidence in 2015.

With Megatron healthy and Golden Tate now very familiar with Matt Stafford who had 99 receptions and 131 targets. The Detroit Lions offense is ready to be as vintage as ever.

#2 – Joe Lombardi

The Lions will be as vintage as ever mainly because of Joe Lombardi as the Offensive Coordinator finally working with a healtyh Megatron. Lombardi comes from the Saints system where he was the QB coach for Drew Brees during the years of where throwing 5,000 yards was routine for Breezy. Lombardi has already said he wants Stafford to take more chances and use his weapons to their fullest. With the maturity of big body TE Eric Ebron and a slew of others with Brandon Pettigrew and, “TD Dancing Machine” Joesph Fauria. The Lions offense is ready to rumble with too many weapons to guard if teams decide to double team Calvin Johnson.

While Calvin Johnson will be double teamed often, Lombardi had to deal with the same issue watching Jimmy Graham see the same task in New Orleans. Obviously working with Drew Brees, Lombardi made sure defenses paid for doubling his BEAST and for the first time, maybe the Lions can figure it out as well. Calvin Johnson is still the most dominant WR in the game, and Golden Tate is still almost unguardable in single coverage. The combo of the two, with the TE’s, and Theo Riddick (3rd down RB) who is the clone of Reggie Bush should give defenses fits when trying to stop the Lions Aerial attack.

Lombardi is also the grandson of Vince Lombardi, and this is the best opportunity for Joe to lead himself to a head coaching job. Working with Sean Payton, Pete Carmichael Jr. (Saints OC), and Drew Brees as the QB Coach through the Saints glory days. Lombardi is ready to write his own legacy and a healthy Calvin Johnson will make it happen.


#3 – Pass Attempts

One thing you never have to worry about with Matt Stafford is the amount of pass attempts. Even without the real Calvin Johnson in 2014, Matt Stafford still launched the ball over 600 times. This is a QB who threw the ball 727 times in 2012, and 42 TDs in 2011. It is not too late to relive the past as Calvin Johnson is still in his Prime, and Golden Tate just reached his last season. The Lions Offense can easily relive the glory days and worrying about Stafford not throwing the ball 30+ times/per game is no longer an issue for Fantasy owners as he will easily pass 40+ times often.

With Joe Lombardi on board and watching Drew Brees set records and consecutive 5,000 Yard Passing seasons. It is easy to see Lombardi bring Stafford back to his prime.

#4 – Schedule

The most underrated Fantasy Football Factor is playing in a Dome towards the end of the season when the weather will kill your Fantasy players, and your playoffs. The Detroit Lions schedule is as beautiful as ever as they do not have one game outdoors from Week 11-Week 16 which is huge for Fantasy Football Playoffs/Championship. To make the situation even better, none of the teams Week 11-Week 16 can even come close to stopping a healthy Calvin Johnson. While Week 3-Week 5 will bring some challenges into the picture, Matt Stafford will coast your team to the Championship.

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#3 FANTASY QB in 2015

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  1. I agree with a lot of this…my only hesitation is Stafford killed me 2 seasons ago in fantasy playoffs… but I think you convinced me due to having Lombardi, Riddick, and Tate on the team, much better weapons than what he had 2 years ago.

    Its either going to be him, The Book of Eli who started to show signs of life 2nd half of season, or Matty Ice… but I think Ill follow your lead and pick Stafford, dudes been getting drafted REALLY late.

  2. What round you think we will be taking him in guys? I’m thinking 6th or 7th… After we knock out 3 RB’s and 2 to 3 WR. Saving ASJ for late in the rounds. Also I think a strategy would be to get Joique Bell as your 2nd/3rd RB and Golden Tate as one of your receivers.

  3. Depends on what size league you are in. Im in a 14 team, and qbs who throw tds get 6 pts instead of 4, makes them a lil more valueable…I think I will try to get Stafford in rd 5-6 in that size, since he didnt do so hot last year. As far as Jacque Bell…I am a little worried about Riddick and Abdullah taking value away from him, and with G.Tate, he has shown to do well with, and without Megatron.

  4. I trust all of your picks for the past years, but Stafford killed me last fantasy season, i have high doubts on this one

  5. A healthy Calvin Johnson and Lombardi now being on the same page as his players as well as watching them grow as a unit last season will bring more success in 2015.

    Always takes time to get in tune with everything going. Megatron going down shutdown all plans for how explosive this offense can be. Caldwell will also have less responsibilities this season with play calling.

  6. Out freaking standing! I have been getting Stafford in rounds 10-12 in all mock drafts thus far.

  7. I see merit in Stafford….But he’s still scary.

    The good thing though is that you can wait on him and still draft a pretty solid guy as backup insurance…Guys like Dalton, Kaep, Winston, etc.

  8. Uhhhh. I love Beastdome. Munt is the reason I took Arian Foster in the second round last year. Helped me win two leagues last year. BUT I have always thought RG3 sucks and said no way to him last year when you said draft him. I have to also say no way to Stafford. I drafted him and Calvin Johnson the year after his 42 TDs and they killed me. Worst season I ever had! I have watched Stafford stink it up since…he’s just not very good. Very inaccurate cannot hit the open man with consistency since that 42 TD year which is a while back now! I would rather wait and grab Eli.

  9. Last season was a new offense with Lombardi coming in town. Tate and Stafford just getting to know each other, and the whole gameplan from day 1 went out the window with Calvin getting injured early and then coming back at less than 100%.

    We shall see. I appreciate you starting with something good and ending with your thoughts. Wish everyone took your approach, thanks Big Mac


  10. This Stafford article is probably the #1 thing i’m going to take away from all I’ve read this preseason…I’m sure hoping you are right on this one.

    Never owned Stafford before but wound up with him in my 14 team auction. Honestly, I didn’t have him targeted but I did have this article in the back of my head…I just wanted to take a QB cheaply and was prepared to take whoever I could get. Turns out, got Stafford for just $1 as I was the very last guy to take his starting QB….Think it was pretty good considering Romo, Ryan and S Bradford all went for $15. Even R Tannehill & Eli Manning both went for $9. The only other starting QB to go for single digits was C Newton at $6. I feel like Stafford for just $1 was a pretty good deal.

    II also followed the beast dome montra and took Prater :)

    I took some risks spending big cash on Lacy and Demaryius so hoping Stafford can be a steal and just be serviceable. I’ll be happy if he can just squeeze out a top 10 season.

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