Player Outlook
Despite scoring 20-plus in three of his final four outings last season, Goff struggled to maintain any consistency and finished with just the 22nd-most Fantasy points per game. The Lions return a very good offensive line and added all kinds of receiver talent, including veteran DJ Chark and rookie first-round pick Jameson Williams, but they still seem to be a run-preferred offense. That hurts the upside for Goff, who has been a disappointing Fantasy quarterback over the course of his career and would be tough to trust in lineups in 2022. Expect him to go undrafted in one-QB leagues and with a pick after Round 8 in Superflex/two-QB formats.

Fantasy Stats

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Year yds
Passing Yards
Touchdown Passes
Interceptions Thrown
Rushing Yards
Rushing Touchdowns
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2021 3245 19 8 87 23116.5
2020 3952 20 13 99 4 27918.6
3y Avg. 3945 20 12 75 2 26617.7
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: Unlikely to play

    Lions coach Dan Campbell suggested Goff and other key players won't play in Saturday's preseason game against Indianapolis,'s Christian Booher reports. Goff was sharp in the preseason opener, completing three of four passes for 47 yards to set up a rushing TD for D'Andre Swift. The Detroit offense appears improved this year, with Swift, TE T.J. Hockenson and WR Amon-Ra St. Brown joined by veteran wideout D.J. Chark and eventually rookie first-round pick Jameson Williams (knee). The team also has a solid offensive line, though things look less promising on defense, to say the least.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: Leads TD drive in preseason opener

    Goff completed three of four passes for 47 yards during Friday's preseason game against Atlanta. Detroit only let its starting offense play one series, but Goff largely made the most of it by leading a long scoring drive that ended with a D'Andre Swift touchdown. It wouldn't be a surprise if this was the last we see of him until the regular season since the Lions still need to figure out whether to trust Tim Boyle or David Blough with backup quarterback duties before Week 1.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: Suiting up Friday

    Goff will play in Friday's preseason game versus the Falcons, Bridget Condon of NFL Network reports. On Monday, coach Dan Campbell implied Goff and the rest of the Lions' healthy starters would log about one quarter of action, and that seemingly will come to pass in the team's first exhibition. He'll thus be working with running backs D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams, wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and DJ Chark and tight end T.J. Hockenson.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: Expected to play Friday night

    Lions coach Dan Campbell suggested Goff and other starters will play about one quarter in Friday's preseason game against Atlanta, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports. Campbell also said the Falcons will play their starters, perhaps making this one of the few preseason openers in which the first units take the field. It's not all that surprising, given that they're two of the younger teams in the NFC, led by second-year head coaches and retread, veteran QBs surrounded by mostly young receivers. The Lions did sign DJ Chark this offseason, and Goff also has a nice array of young pass catchers at this disposal, including WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, RB D'Andre Swift and TE T.J. Hockenson, with first-round pick WR Jameson Williams (torn ACL) potentially helping somewhere down the line. The Lions also appear solid up front, giving Goff a much better situation that he had last year, albeit with similar potential for the Detroit defense to be a huge liability. Playing at home Friday night, Goff and Co. should have the edge over a talent-deficient Atlanta defense.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: Facing make-or-break season

    Goff is facing a make-or-break season after Detroit spent its offseason improving his supporting cast without acquiring a potential successor at quarterback, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. The Lions' front office not only steered clear of the quarterback market in free agency, they did not spend a draft pick on a developmental prospect, either. Instead, they bolstered Goff's receiving options with DJ Chark, first-round rookie Jameson Williams (knee) and tight end James Mitchell (knee). Now, Goff has a fantastic receiving corps to complement a highly-pedigreed offensive line and a capable backfield. If Goff can't succeed within this talented offensive roster, it seems highly likely that Detroit will look for someone who can next offseason, when Goff could be cut with relatively minimal salary cap implications.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: No commitment from GM

    General manager Brad Holmes wouldn't firmly commit to Goff being the Lions' long-term solution at quarterback, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports. "Sure, I could see some advantage of there [being] a young quarterback that can learn under Jared," Holmes said Tuesday at the NFL's annual league meeting. Despite a number of signal-callers signing lucrative deals this offseason, the cap hits on Goff's contract remain in the top 10 among all quarterbacks for each of the next three seasons. However, no guaranteed money is owed to Goff after 2022, and the Lions own plenty of draft capital to potentially use on a developmental prospect this spring, including the Nos. 2, 32, and 34 selections. While Goff should continue as the team's starter for the upcoming campaign, he'll probably need to show dramatic improvement in order to stick around in Detroit any longer than that.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: Good showing in return

    Goff completed 21 of 30 pass attempts for 238 yards and two touchdowns against Green Bay on Sunday. It was a smooth return for Goff following a two-week absence, and he could have had a significantly bigger day if the Lions had called on Goff to throw a trick-play touchdown pass that was instead thrown by backup wideout Tom Kennedy, who hit Kalif Raymond for a 75-yard score. Although his first year with Detroit was difficult at times, the Lions scored 37 points in this game and Goff was never a hindrance to the offense. He finishes the year completing 332 of 494 pass attempts for 3,245 yards (67.2 percent completed, 6.6 yards per attempt), 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Although he'll never be much of a downfield passer and had some ugly moments in 2021, the Lions also struggled to assemble a decent wide receiver rotation until the second half, when rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown broke out and signed Josh Reynolds. There's a chance the Lions could actually build something with this group, and more importantly, Detroit might not be able to acquire an upgrade over Goff before the 2022 season.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: Returning to action Sunday

    Goff (knee) is listed as active Sunday against the Packers. Coming off a two-game absence in which he had a bout with COVID-19 and dealt with a knee injury that he sustained in his last appearance Week 15 versus the Cardinals, Goff logged three consecutive limited practices in advance of the season finale. It was enough to fulfill coach Dan Campbell's assertion that Goff was probable to play. Goff will look to put a cap on a modest first campaign in Detroit, which so far has included 3,007 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 67 percent passing in 13 appearances.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: On track to play Sunday

    Coach Dan Campbell said Goff (knee) is "probable" to play Sunday against the Packers and is expected to start, Kyle Meinke of reports. Goff was limited at practice Wednesday and Thursday but has apparently shown enough to put him on track to play in the season finale. The 27-year-old has missed the past two games with the bruised knee, which led to Tim Boyle receiving a pair of spot starts. Goff's status will receive another update Friday when the Lions release their official injury report.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: Limited in return to practice

    Goff (knee) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice. Goff has missed two straight games, first due to a bout with COVID-19 and then with a knee injury. On Wednesday, he labeled his injury as a bone bruise and said his availability for Week 18 will come down to pain management, according to Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site. Goff told Kyle Meinke of that his knee is "progressing," but he's also uncertain whether he'll gain clearance to play Sunday against the Packers. Wednesday's limited session is a step in the right direction, and Goff has two more chances to prove his health before the Lions either tab him with a designation or remove it entirely for Week 18. Tim Boyle is poised to start at quarterback again if Goff is unable to direct the offense.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: Uncertain to play in finale

    Lions head coach Dan Campbell said Tuesday that Goff (knee) has a "50-50" chance of playing in Sunday's game against the Packers, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports. Campbell noted that for the time being, the Lions will proceed as though Tim Boyle will be making a third consecutive start, but those plans could change if Goff checks out better than anticipated in practice over the next few days. After sitting out the Lions' Week 16 loss to the Falcons while on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Goff was activated last Monday, but he wasn't able to practice at any point last week due to a strained knee before he was ultimately inactive for this past Sunday's 51-29 loss to the Seahawks. The 2-13-1 Lions have little beyond an outside shot at the No. 1 pick in the 2022 draft on the line in the season finale, so the coaching and training staffs could be inclined to hold Goff out again if he's not close to 100 percent by the time Sunday arrives.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: Sitting out Sunday

    Goff (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game in Seattle. Goff wasn't eligible to play Week 16 due to residing on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and once he was activated last Monday he wasn't able to practice due to a knee injury. The Lions tabbed him as doubtful to play Sunday, and that assessment proved to be true, keeping him sidelined for a second contest in a row. Tim Boyle thus will earn another start in place of Goff, but the first one didn't go swimmingly last Sunday in Atlanta, as he completed 24 of 34 passes for 187 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: Doubtful on official report

    Goff (knee) didn't practice Friday and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game in Seattle. The Lions have been preparing Tim Boyle to start all week, with Goff missing every practice and now highly unlikely to play in Sunday's game. Boyle started last week's 20-16 loss at Atlanta with Goff on the COVID-19 list, completing 24 of 34 passes for 187 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: Not expected to play Sunday

    Coach Dan Campbell said Friday that Goff (knee) is "doubtful" to play Sunday against the Seahawks, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Goff has been unable to practice this week due to the knee issue after missing last week's loss to the Falcons while on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The 27-year-old's outlook will be updated later Friday when the Lions release their official injury report for Week 17, but it appears Tim Boyle is poised to make his second straight start under center this weekend.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: Activated from COVID list

    The Lions activated Goff (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday. Just as head coach Dan Campbell confirmed earlier Monday, Goff cleared the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocols after a week-long stint on the list. With Goff unable to clear the protocol ahead of Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Falcons, Tim Boyle stepped in as the starting quarterback. Boyle will return to backup duties Week 17 in Seattle now that Goff is back at the team facility and ready to resume practicing.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: Set to come off COVID list

    Lions head coach Dan Campbell said Monday that Goff (illness) will return from the reserve/COVID-19 list and be ready to start Week 17 in Seattle, Kyle Meinke of reports. Detroit has yet to officially activate Goff from the list, though that looks to be just a formality now that the quarterback has cleared the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol. Goff was able to test out of the protocol in one week, as he reportedly first contracted the virus last Monday. While Goff was sidelined for Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Falcons over the weekend, Tim Boyle stepped in for his second start of the season and completed 24 of 34 attempts for 187 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: Officially out Week 16

    Goff (illness) won't be available for Sunday's game against the Falcons after he wasn't activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. With Goff still in quarantine while he continues to test positive for the virus, Tim Boyle will pick up his second career start in Atlanta. The change from Goff to Boyle likely amounts to a significant downgrade for the Lions' skill-position players, as the latter signal-caller struggled mightily in his first start Week 10 against the Browns. He completed 15 of 23 attempts for 77 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions for a low-tempo Lions offense that ran only 46 plays in that game.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: Likely out Sunday

    Coach Dan Campbell said Friday's "it's highly unlikely" Goff (COVID-19) will play Sunday against the Falcons, Eric Woodyard of reports. Goff tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday and can technically still clear league protocols in time for Sunday's game, though the team doesn't expect him to be available. Barring a drastic change in Goff's outlook, Tim Boyle or David Blough will start for Detroit this weekend.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: Hits COVID-19 list after upset win

    The Lions placed Goff on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday. One day after completing 21 of 26 pass attempts for 216 yards and three touchdowns en route to guiding the Lions to an upset win over the Cardinals, Goff's status suddenly is in question heading into the team's Week 16 matchup with the Falcons. At this stage, it's unknown if Goff is vaccinated or if he's dealing with any symptoms of the virus, factors that ultimately will determine whether he gains clearance for Sunday's game in Atlanta. Tim Boyle would presumably be in line for his second start of the season if Goff is unable to play this weekend.
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  • Lions' Jared Goff: Leads surprising rout of Cardinals

    Goff completed 21 of 26 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns during Sunday's 30-12 win over Arizona. In what might be the most surprising upset of the season, Goff only needed to throw 26 passes to lead the short-handed Lions to a rout over the heavily favored Cardinals with Craig Reynolds, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds as his top weapons. While it's not clear if Detroit is turning a corner with head coach Dan Campbell now calling the plays, Goff has thrown three touchdowns in two of the past three games and the Lions are now 2-2-1 overall with Campbell at the helm of the offense. Although Goff won't be getting T.J. Hockenson (finger) back this year, D'Andre Swift (shoulder) and Jamaal Williams (illness) could return for a Week 16 matchup with an Atlanta defense that is 31st in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks.
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