The Falcons success on offense will highly depend on how well the offensive line plays, and this move shows how thin the team may be at tackle. First round pick LT Jake Matthews is coming off a lisfranc injury, Lamar Holmes is recovering from a broken foot, and free agent Tyler Polumbus has reportedly done nothing to impress so far this off-season. The Falcons need to find a way to bolster this offensive line, or the offense could continue to be very inconsistent. (Source: Chris Mortenson - Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: There is no doubt Matt Ryan is one of the better QB's in the league, but his success really depends on his protection. Even if Jake Long signs with Atlanta, don't expect too much from a 30 year old tackle who is coming off his second ACL surgery.
"Matt is such a great quarterback, you're tempted to throw it every down," Shanahan told ESPN.com. "He's the type of guy any coordinator would want." (Source: Jason Reid, ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: So far this offseason, we've only heard rave reviews from Shanahan regarding his star QB. Despite the second most attempts (628) in 2014, Ryan was as efficient (66.1%) as ever and is still being overlooked in drafts. Sifting through the OTA smoke screens, however, it is clear that Shanahan will try to improve the 24th ranked rushing attack in the league to balance out the offense. He current ADP is the eighth QB off the board, making him vastly undervalued.
Ryan is expected to have at least 600 pass attempts in 2015 despite the introduction of some zone-blocking schemes in the run game. He will easily be the best QB to ever run Shanahan's system. (Source: RotoViz.com)
Fantasy Impact: Ryan is being vastly underrated coming into 2015. With a new offense that will use more balance in the running game, expect Ryan to have an efficient season at the helm. He is currently being taken in the 6th and 7th Rounds of mock drafts and has the opportunity to finish the season as a top 3 QB.
According to ESPN's Vaughn McClure, the Atlanta Falcons signed former Redskins guard Chris Chester. (Source: Vaughn McClure on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: He will immediately be the favorite to be Atlanta's starting left guard. He's familiar with Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme, and is also very good at pass blocking. The 32-year-old has played at both guard spots and center during his NFL career and started all of the Redskins' games for the last four years.
With the official hire of Dan Quinn to the Falcons, we are now certain that Kyle Shanahan will be Ryan's Offensive Coordinator in 2015. This will be quite the change for Ryan, and Shanahan will likely bring the West Coast offense with him to Atlanta.
Fantasy Impact: Shanahan has a resume of wanting to run the ball often, which is a good thing to bring balance back to the Falcons, but it may put a hinder on the stats of Ryan. With less opportunities to throw, and less opportunities to run the no huddle offense in the West Coast scheme, Ryan's fantasy outlook for 2015 looks iffy at this point.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Falcons had trouble scoring touchdowns last season, but were able to put up plenty of yards as Ryan threw for the fifth most yards in the league. Julio Jones is why it's hard to move Ryan too far down the ranks, but the Falcons as a team are lacking in some key areas, especially the offensive line. But since they also have a weak defense Ryan will need to keep throwing the ball. His ADP is probably a bit high for me this season, but if it drops we know he's going to throw the ball.
The biggest issue with Matt Ryan is the total number of TD's he throws as he gets enough yardage, but this should be the year he has healthy WR's and can throw over 35+ TDs with nearly 4,000 yards. Matt Ryan is always a value pick.
Ryan was very solid with 4,694 yards passing and 28 passing touchdowns, but the Falcons have a new coaching staff. They have to proven running backs, they released WR Harry Douglas and WR Roddy White is on the wrong side of 30-years old. They need WR Julio Jones to stay healthy, as this offense would be a disaster without him.
Matt Ryan closed out 2014 so well for fantasy owners that they may forget the lulls in his scoring. I was hopeful the Falcons could upgrade their O-Line int he draft and free agency, but instead they focused on D. With running game guru Kyle Shanahan calling the shots and an O-Line that's shaky I need Ryan to slip in drafts to take him.