By Justin Dade, Falcons Correspondent, Sun, Dec 21st 4:03pm EST
Matt Ryan finished 30/40 for 322 yards and a TD in the Falcons huge win over the division rival New Orleans Saints. Ryan delivered at the most important time of the season, torching the Saints defense all afternoon.
Fantasy Impact: The only thing a little disappointing about this performance is the 1 TD, but the yards and no turnovers really make up for it. Matt Ryan is a definite QB1 in a huge showdown in the Georgia Dome against the Panthers for the NFC South crown next week.
By Mike Bailey, Falcons Correspondent, Sat, Dec 20th 1:39pm EST
Falcons star WR Julio Jones (hip) will officially be a game time decision for this Sunday's critical divisional game vs. the Saints. He will attempt to run and cut today, and a decision on his status will be made based on how his hip recovers by Sunday morning. (Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Fantasy Impact: Although having Jones active is a definite plus for Matt Ryan owners, Jones' status should not deter from starting Ryan this weekend. With Jones out of the lineup last week, Ryan threw for 310 yds with 2 TDs and 1 INT. He also added 27 yds rushing for a total of 21.10 pts in standard leagues. Ryan has now posted 20+ pts in 3 straight weeks, and in his first game vs. the shoddy Saints defense this year Ryan had his best game of the season, totaling 448 pass yds, 3 TDs and 15 yds rushing. Start Matt Ryan with confidence this week, whether Julio Jones is active or not.
By Justin Dade, Falcons Correspondent, Sun, Dec 14th 3:59pm EST
Matt Ryan completed 26 of 37 passes for 310 yards, 2 TD's, and 1 INT. Ryan's interception was a bad throw picked off by William Gay that was returned for a touchdown. After the turnover, Ryan really turned it on, and kept his team in the game.
Fantasy Impact: Matt Ryan has been pretty consistent the last few weeks, throwing for at least 2 TD's and 300 yards in the last three games. Ryan and the Falcons take on the Saints next week, which is a very favorable match-up for him.
By Mike Bailey, Falcons Correspondent, Tue, Dec 9th 1:50am EST
Despite the 43-37 loss to the Packers, Falcons QB Matt Ryan had an impressive performance, throwing for 375 yards with 4 TDs and 1 INT, while also rushing for 23 yards. (Source: Atlanta Falcons
Fantasy Impact: Ryan is often criticized for his inability to play both in the cold and on the road. Tonight he did both quite well. His success is directly linked to that of WR Julio Jones, who left the game in the 4th quarter with a hip injury. With back to back impressive performances by Ryan, it'd be tough to sit him at home versus the Steelers next week if Jones is back on the field.
By Dan Lucia, Falcons Correspondent, Thu, Dec 4th 8:54pm EST
On the road this season, Matt Ryan has thrown just eight of his 21 touchdown passes and has thrown six of his 10 interceptions. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: The Packers defense at Lambeau Field has allowed just 14.17 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, which does not bode well for Matt Ryan in Week 14. Ryan on the road this season is averaging just 13.5 points per game compared to 19 at home. If you have a better option, Ryan should probably be on your bench this weekend.
By Justin Dade, Falcons Correspondent, Sun, Nov 30th 7:13pm EST
Matt Ryan had an impressive afternoon against a tough Cardinals defense finishing 30/41 for 361 yards, 2 TD's, and an INT.
Fantasy Impact: Matt Ryan was predicted to struggle against the stingy Cardinals defense, but he wasn't having any of it. Even with Roddy White inactive, Ryan had no problems moving the ball. Ryan will be a low end QB1 next Monday night in frigid Lambeau field.
By Justin Dade, Falcons Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 4:23pm EST
Ryan was 27/43 with 2 TD's, an INT, and a fumble in the loss to the Browns. Matt Ryan was missing open receivers and had many bad decisions throughout the day.
Fantasy Impact: It was a decent fantasy effort from Ryan even though he had quite a bad afternoon. As long as he keeps finding the endzone Matt Ryan can be a viable QB1 option.
By Justin Dade, Falcons Correspondent, Sun, Nov 16th 4:15pm EST
Ryan put the Falcons on his back and carried them to a close victory in Carolina. Ryan finished 31/45 for 268 yards, and a TD.
Fantasy Impact: Matt Ryan didn't have much going down the field, and the Falcons struggled in the red zone yet again. Ryan has been consistent the last few weeks, but that consistency is only good for a low QB1 play.
By Chris Zolli, Falcons Correspondent, Thu, Nov 13th 3:12pm EST
Matt Ryan has been a solid voice for the Falcons this year and his performance may key the Falcons for a late season run. (Source: USA Today
Fantasy Impact: Ryan has the second highest quarterback rating of his career, as he is on pace for well over 4,000 passing yards and 25 touchdowns. He is more than one point better in completion percentage as compared to his career mark and is also beneath his career interception percentage while maintaining an ability to throw the ball downfield. The Falcons do have strong defenses in Carolina, Cleveland, and Arizona upcoming, but each team has had issues defending the pass this year at times and Ryan is an upside play. At this time, Ryan is a low end QB1 and an outstanding option in a two quarterback league.
By Justin Dade, Falcons Correspondent, Sun, Nov 9th 4:26pm EST
Matt Ryan produced a solid day in the win over the Buccaneers completing 20 passes in 31 attempts for 219 yards and a TD. The Falcons WR's struggled with drops throughout the day, which didn't help Ryan's stat line much.
Fantasy Impact: Not exactly what owners were looking for here, but at least it wasn't awful. Ryan didn't get much help from his WR's on the day, and the offense really struggled in the red zone. Ryan will continue to be a low end QB1 going forward.
By Justin Dade, Falcons Correspondent, Sun, Oct 26th 2:14pm EDT
Matt Ryan finished 20/27 with 228 yards, 2 TD's, and an INT. It was a tale of two halves for Ryan as the Falcons moved the ball and dominated the Lions in the first half, only to then completely break down in the second. Once again, the offensive line really struggled for the Falcons as the game went on.
Fantasy Impact: Despite some of the mistakes Ryan made, he still produced a solid fantasy effort on Sunday. If the Falcons offensive line can keep Ryan upright, he is one of the better fantasy plays at the QB position. When he is not protected, it can get ugly. Matt Ryan is a safe low end QB1 at this point.
By Mike Wright, Falcons Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 3:41pm EDT
Matt Ryan completed 29 passes for 228 yards and 1 TD in Sunday's loss to Baltimore.
Fantasy Impact: Ryan has been crushing fantasy owners lately. It's not all his fault as the offensive line is in shambles. The line took another hit yesterday as they lost center Peter Konz. Ryan is going across the ocean with the Falcons to take on the Lions in an extremely early game. If there are better streaming options available, fantasy players may be wise to look elsewhere until Ryan shows he can get it done.
By Paul Chan, Falcons Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 9:34pm EDT
Matt Ryan had a dip in production in a 27-13 loss to the Chicago Bears. Ryan threw for 271 yards, completing 19 of 37 passes, 1 TD, and 1 interception. (Source: NFL
Fantasy Impact: Ryan and the Atlanta offense struggled against the Bears' defense. Ryan also struggled Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He will be facing another solid defense on the road next week as the Falcons take on the Ravens. Still, look for Matt Ryan to put up decent numbers, but if you've got another solid QB sitting on your bench you might consider starting him in Ryan's place.
By Paul Chan, Falcons Correspondent, Sun, Oct 5th 6:04pm EDT
Matt Ryan went on the road against a strong Giants team. He had 45 pass attempts, completing 29 for 316 yds, 1 TD, and an interception. (Source: NFL
Fantasy Impact: Matt Ryan was in a shootout against the New York Giants, but in the final minutes of the game he could not find the end zone. Ryan's offensive line did look better than last week against the Vikings. Up next Ryan and the Falcons will go against a Bears defense that allowed Carolina to put up 31 points. Matt Ryan is a solid starter for Week 6.
By Mike Bailey, Falcons Correspondent, Wed, Oct 1st 12:12am EDT
The Falcons announced Tuesday that center Joe Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes have been placed on injured reserve. (Source: Atlanta Falcons
Fantasy Impact: Subtract Hawley and Holmes from a depleted offensive line that is already missing left tackle Sam Baker, and Ryan could be in big trouble when it comes to pass protection. In a move of desperation, tight end Levine Toilolo (known for his ineptitude as a blocker) spent time at right tackle Sunday vs the Vikings. With the offensive line in shambles, Ryan threw two fourth quarter interceptions against a less than stellar Vikings secondary. Now may be the time to consider selling high on Ryan, or finding a respectable QB2 on waivers.
By Justin Dade, Falcons Correspondent, Tue, Sep 30th 11:54pm EDT
The Falcons have announced that starting C Joe Hawley, and RT Lamar Holmes are both out for the season with injuries. The Falcons were forced to play TE Levine Toilolo at RT for a good portion of the 4th quarter in the loss at MInnesota.
Fantasy Impact: Last season, the Falcons offensive line was one of the leagues worst which led to a disappointing fantasy season for Ryan (26 TD's, 17 INT's). Things have been much better this season, but now the Falcons are without two key parts to the unit. This could be a cause for concern for Matt Ryan owners, but let's wait a few weeks to see how the Falcons offense is affected by these injuries.
By Paul Chan, Falcons Correspondent, Fri, Sep 19th 3:17am EDT
Matt Ryan went nearly perfect, completing 21 of 24 passes for 286 yards and 3 TDs. (Source: NFL
Fantasy Impact: Matt Ryan posted another huge day, fantasy wise. I expect Ryan to continue to do so as long as: he has those weapons around him, and Atlanta's O-line continues to provide Matty Ice with time in the pocket. Ryan is a solid QB1 to start Week 4 against the Vikings.
By Paul Chan, Falcons Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 11:57am EDT
Matt Ryan had a rough day against the Bengals. Ryan threw for 231 yards, completing 24 out of 44 passes with 1 TD. Ryan also threw 3 interceptions. (Source: NFL
Fantasy Impact: I look for Ryan and Co. to get it together offensively. They are not in mid-season form yet. Still adjusting offensively, the Falcons have great potential to become one of the most feared offenses. The Falcons have the Thursday Night game this week against the Buccaneers; which should be a more favorable matchup for Matt Ryan and Co. Last season Matt Ryan had 5 TDs and 527 yards against the Buccaneers overall. With a healthy Julio Jones and an offense filled with weapons, I expect those numbers to increase this season. Ryan is an excellent start at QB for Week 3.
By Paul Chan, Falcons Correspondent, Sun, Sep 7th 5:07pm EDT
Matt Ryan had an excellent game against the New Orleans Saints. Ryan threw for 448 yards and 3 touchdowns, going 31 for 43. (Source: NFL
Fantasy Impact: Matt Ryan is an excellent QB to start in fantasy leagues. He's got excellent weapons to throw to in an offense that seems to be operating at a very high level.
By Justin Dade, Falcons Correspondent, Sun, Sep 7th 4:54pm EDT
Matt Ryan had one of his best statistical performances of his career as the Falcons edged the Saints in 37-34 in OT. Ryan was 31/43, 448 Yards, 3 TD's, and 0 INT's.
Fantasy Impact: Just an amazing performance by Matt Ryan who will likely be the top scorer for QB's this week. With healthy guys around him, Matt Ryan has top 5 potential this season.
By Paul Chan, Falcons Correspondent, Mon, Aug 25th 1:48am EDT
Matt Ryan looked fantastic Saturday night in Atlanta's preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. Throwing for two TDs, Matt Ryan connected with both Julio Jones and Devin Hester. Ryan left the game early in the third quarter, finishing the game 18 for 23 with 224 yds and 2 TDs. (Source: Albany Herald
Fantasy Impact: Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense is humming. Ryan seems to be gaining in popularity in many mock drafts. His fantasy potential only increases when he has offensive weapons like: Hester, Douglas, Toilolo, SJax, Roddy, and Julio. Matt Ryan is a solid QB1 with excellent upside potential.
By Paul Chan, Falcons Correspondent, Fri, Aug 22nd 4:24pm EDT
Matt Ryan is a top candidate to bounce back this season. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: In 2013 Matt Ryan threw for 4,515 yards, fourth most behind: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Matt Stafford. With an improved offensive line and both of Atlanta's top 2 WRs back, Ryan could be a steal in many fantasy drafts.
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