NEWS: The Rams have traded for QB Matthew Stafford in a deal with the Lions; The Lions received a 2021 third-round pick, a 2022 first-round pick, a 2023 first-round pick, and QB Jared Goff.
FANTASY TAKE: This could be a huge move for the Rams offense, although, one could argue that the Lions won the deal for the long-term (since the Lions were not positioned to win playoff games and would struggle to for the remainder of Stafford’s reign. So, getting a ton for Stafford and moving on to rebuild isn’t a bad move from a football perspective. The Rams believe they can win now, and who is to say that they can’t? Stafford will have some good weapons and a similarly-good running back in Akers (after finally getting a solid runner in place in Detroit in D’Andre Swift). With Kenny Golladay’s status with the Lions uncertain (he wants to test free agency, but could get tagged), Stafford gets an upgrade for sure in terms of weapons and fantasy upside with this move over to the Rams.
Let’s Talk Dynasty: Stafford is only 32, which is no spring chicken, but he could easily play until 36, which was the age of Aaron Rodgers entering this past 2020 fantasy football season. So, while his dynasty value is capped a bit, 3-4 years is a long-time, and the dude could flirt with 6-10 fantasy QB numbers in 2021 – At least at times. Upgrade Woods, Kupp and Akers (climbing even my board fast as the Rams surround him with a good QB and more reps)… Swift maybe takes a tiny hit because a lesser passing attack will me less room to run… Golladay is a hold until we know more on whether he gets tagged or not, but the good news here is that his value is so low, he is still a buy-low in many situations and will likely be worth the price you pay in the worst of scenarios. TJ Hockenson takes a small hit, although, he still should get fed enough to be top 5 worthy in a very weak fantasy TE pool here in 2021 (but this news is not good for him, let’s put it that way).