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Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
 
 
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ECR# 14# 16-
Best Rank# 9# 10-
Worst Rank# 24# 29-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total293.3319.2-
Avg Game18.320.0-
Avg Projection274.2275.2-
    
Schedule 
    
SOS Rank1620-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
2021 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. PHI at CIN
Week 2 at TB at ARI
Week 3 at NYG vs. SEA
Week 4 vs. WAS vs. CLE
Week 5 vs. NYJ vs. DET
Week 6BYE WEEK at CAR
Week 7 at MIABYE WEEK
Week 8 vs. CAR vs. DAL
Week 9 at NO at BAL
Week 10 at DAL at LAC
Week 11 vs. NE vs. GB
Week 12 at JAC at SF
Week 13 vs. TB at DET
Week 14 at CAR vs. PIT
Week 15 at SF at CHI
Week 16 vs. DET vs. LAR
Week 17 at BUF at GB
Week 18 vs. NO vs. CHI
Player Projections Comparison
 
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Passing
   
Pass Att613.8542.9
Pass Cmp401.3365.5
Pass Yards4,516.84,287.4
Pass TDs27.030.0
Ints13.013.0
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts33.235.3
Rush Yards119.3114.3
Rush TDs1.41.1
   
Misc
   
Fumbles4.34.1
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points274.2275.2
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
2020 Points 
Week 124.922.8
Week 228.51.5
Week 312.421.4
Week 412.414.9
Week 57.915.2
Week 631.626.7
Week 717.5
Week 818.910.4
Week 923.420.8
Week 1018.6
Week 117.323.0
Week 1214.926.2
Week 1312.922.4
Week 1410.317.1
Week 1527.820.3
Week 1619.923.6
Week 1722.734.3
Week 18
Total293.3319.2
Average18.320.0
Notes for Player Combination
 
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
QB - MIN
Expert 
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Ryan did have some appeal earlier on this off-season, but with Julio Jones now out of town, I'm staying completely away from the veteran QB. With a WR corps that lacks proven depth, it's difficult to find a path for how Ryan finishes as a top-12 QB. He might be able to provide you with a solid floor each week, but the path for upside simply isn't there. He's a fine QB2 for your Superflex formats, but I'm willing to look elsewhere at the position in my 1QB leagues. 
Mark Ringo
Sleepers and Busts
The Falcons defense is awful. They'll be trailing and forced to pass, which means a lot of garbage yards will be there for the taking in the 4th Qtr. Losing Julio Jones hurts. At least Atlanta drafted highly touted rookie TE Kyle Pitts. If the Falcons can protect Ryan he could put up some decent numbers. Ryan's lack of mobility limits his upside though. Seriously, if the city of Atlanta built a new statue I think the statue would gain more rushing yards haha!Justin Jefferson's emergence along with teammates Adam Thielan and Dalvin Cook give Cousins and the Vikings offense some hope. Captain Kirk's lack of mobility limits his upside. He's never been elite- either as a NFL QB or a fantasy QB. He throws too many untimely interceptions. Cousins is good for around 4,000 yards and 32 TDs. He's a backup QB or spot starter. Capt. Kirk, "Mr. Checkov, Red Zone Alert. Shields up. Mr. Sulu, lock phasers on target, WR Justin Jefferson, and await my command." Sulu, " Phasers locked Captain." Capt. Kirk, "Fire!!!"
Tim Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
Put a fork in Matt Ryan, he's done. Last season, he led the entire league in both pass attempts and completions yet only mustered the 15th most fantasy points per game while finishing 24th in True Throw Value (a BRoto Fantasy Exclusive Stat that measures a QB's fantasy efficiency through the air). If you can't count on a QB1 finish, at the very least, from an immobile QB in a year that he leads the league in completions, then what more is there really to consider? On top of that, in the last two years Ryan has average 5 less fantasy points per game without Julio Jones. This might be the last year that Matt Ryan is a full-year starter in the NFL.The perennially underrated Cousins is being underrated again. He has finished in the top-10 in True Throw Value (a BRoto Fantasy Exclusive Stat that measures a QB's fantasy efficiency through the air) in four of the last five seasons including 2nd overall last season. The problem with Cousins output is lack of opportunities.
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
Ryan had two elite wide receivers in Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, but Julio is now onto Tennessee. The addition of TE sensation Kyle Pitts in the draft could fill that void and running back Mike Davis in free agency gives Ryan a complete and balanced complement of weapons. Ryan is an annual threat to throw for 4.5K yards and close to 30 TDs. The Falcons still didn't make any real gains year over year defensively, so this offense will have plenty of opportunities to put up points. That's good for your fantasy team. Ryan is a "safe" consolation prize at QB if you miss out on the upper tier at the position. New HC Arthur Smith doesn't have Derrick Henry in Atlanta, so the strength of the offense will continue to be the passing game.Kirk Cousins is a better fantasy quarterback than you realize. He's just a slow starter. I will now elaborate. In September of 2019, Cousins threw for just 3 TDs and 2 INT with 183 passing YPG. For the next two months, Cousins threw for 18 TDs and 1 INT with 288 passing YPG. Through Cousins' first six games of 2020, 11 TD/10 INT/245 passing YPG. Over the next ten games, 24 TD/3 INT/279 passing YPG. One year is an anomaly. Two years is a trend. Cousins may never be a perfect QB in fantasy or reality, but when he's on a good run, he's a QB1. He finished as such in 6 of his eight last games to close out the season. Those runs make him very appealing in DFS at specific points, as he will be undervalued. As your second QB in Superflex, he is a strong option. As a QB1 in deeper leagues, you'd like a tad more consistency, but Cousins has an excellent complement of weapons and is still just 32 years old. Expect 4k yards and 30 TDs in 2021, just be prepared for a slow start.
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
Down a couple of spots with Julio gone. 
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
The Falcons are keeping Matt Ryan at least through this year and they have given him Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts as weapons. Pitts was a great addition, but losing Julio Jones makes Ryan more of a QB2 this year.Cousins was the 11th ranked fantasy QB in 2021 with 319.20 fantasy points in 16 games and he should continue to put up great numbers, especially with how good Justin Jefferson was in his rookie year.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
 Yes, I'm fully aware that Cousins has continually finished as a top-12 quarterback, but my rankings are based on how I'd draft quarterbacks and not where I project them to finish. Why? Well, Cousins has stayed healthy and played all 16 games, allowing him to finish higher than those right around him who missed a game or two. But on a week-to-week basis, you're never going to say Cousins is a top-12 quarterback. He's a rock-solid QB2 in Superflex formats, but he's just a streamer in 1QB leagues. I'd rather draft someone like Trevor Lawrence for upside.
Wolf of Roto Street
Roto Street Journal
Arthur Smith intriguing playcaller, though run-heavy past slight concern. Wonder how much of that was Vrabel directed, and now Kyle Pitts makes this team virtually indefe nsible