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Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
vs. SEA, Sun 1pm EDT
Cam Newton
QB - NE
Cam Newton
Cam Newton
QB - NE
vs. MIA, Sun 1pm EDT
 
 
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 7# 12-
Best Rank# 2# 4-
Worst Rank# 20# 22-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. SEA vs. MIA-
Matchup RatingThis is a 3 star matchup. QBs perform close to their average vs SEAThis is a 5 star matchup. QBs perform better than their average vs MIA-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Pass Comp28.121.4
Pass Yds285251.5
Pass TD1.41.3
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total293.3269.3-
Avg Game18.318.0-
2019 Average18.318.0-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Cam Newton
QB - NE
Cam Newton
Cam Newton
QB - NE
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. SEA vs. MIA
Week 2 at DAL at SEA
Week 3 vs. CHI vs. LV
Week 4 at GB at KC
Week 5 vs. CARBYE WEEK
Week 6 at MIN vs. DEN
Week 7 vs. DET vs. SF
Week 8 at CAR at BUF
Week 9 vs. DEN at NYJ
Week 10BYE WEEK vs. BAL
Week 11 at NO at HOU
Week 12 vs. LV vs. ARI
Week 13 vs. NO at LAC
Week 14 at LAC at LAR
Week 15 vs. TB at MIA
Week 16 at KC vs. BUF
Week 17 at TB vs. NYJ
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Cam Newton
QB - NE
Cam Newton
Cam Newton
QB - NE
2020 Points 
Week 124.925.7
Week 228.535.6
Week 312.412.2
Week 412.4
Week 57.9
Week 631.619.5
Week 717.52.8
Week 818.918.4
Week 923.424.6
Week 1016.8
Week 117.319.2
Week 1214.96.0
Week 1312.923.6
Week 1410.35.4
Week 1527.812.2
Week 1619.99.8
Week 1722.737.5
Total293.3269.3
Average18.318.0
Notes for Player Combination
 
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
vs. SEA, Sun 1pm EDT
Cam Newton
QB - NE
Cam Newton
Cam Newton
QB - NE
vs. MIA, Sun 1pm EDT
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
There used to be a time where the Seahawks defense would make you back away and think twice about starting a quarterback. Not anymore. There were 10 quarterbacks who finished as top-18 options against the Seahawks last year and with at least 16.1 fantasy points. Ryan missed the game against the Seahawks last year, but Matt Schaub stepped in and threw for 460 yards and one touchdown, finishing as the QB9 that week. The Seahawks defense lost Quinton Jefferson, Al Woods, Jadeveon Clowney, Ezekiel Ansah, and Mychal Kendricks this offseason, all key members of the front seven. They aren't going to generate pressure on a consistent basis with the players they have, which should allow Ryan to put up some numbers with his group of pass catchers. It's worth noting that no quarterback finished with more than 24.7 fantasy points against the Seahawks last year, which is likely due to the fact that none of them threw for more than two touchdowns. That's a fickle stat that can vary, though it's noteworthy that this defense tightened up down in the red zone. They did, however, allow five different running backs to score multiple rushing touchdowns, so maybe that evens out in 2020. In what I'm projecting to be a high-scoring affair, Ryan should be a safe, high-floor QB1.There are a lot of question marks surrounding the former NFL MVP. Not only did he have multiple surgeries and is starting over in a new offense, but he's now 31 years old and might lose some of his mobility that made him so valuable in fantasy football. The Dolphins as his first opponent should be interesting, as they're a team with many changes on the defensive side of the ball. Oddly enough, most of those changes include former Patriots. On top of that, Brian Flores is their head coach, who knows Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels all too well. In two games against the Dolphins last year, Tom Brady threw for 485 yards and four touchdowns, so it wasn't like they couldn't gameplan efficiently against Flores' defense. Knowing the Patriots running back situation is questionable at best, they're likely going to lean on Newton a bit more than they'd like in Week 1. The Dolphins did allow a league-high 39 passing touchdowns last year, including at least two passing touchdowns to 14-of-16 quarterbacks, but their secondary has been overhauled and now has legitimate talent. The scheme also limited the rushing totals of quarterbacks, as they allowed just 128 rushing yards to quarterbacks all season long. Almost half of them were to Josh Allen, someone who's often compared to Cam Newton. For what that's worth, Allen crushed this defense for 256 passing yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 56 yards and a touchdown. Newton has many variables, but he should produce low-end QB1/high-end QB2 numbers. We know there's upside for more, though they're not likely to be a well-oiled machine out of the gate.
Zachary Hanshew
FantasyPros
Matty Ice shouldn't have a tough time dueling it out with Russell Wilson in the NFL's opening week. With Julio Jones, an emerging Calvin Ridley, Hayden Hurst and Todd Gurley at his disposal, the high-volume passer is a quality fantasy start in Week 1.Newton will get the start for New England in Week 1, and despite the lack of offensive firepower around him, he still possesses some quality fantasy value due to his rushing abilities. If Bill Belichick can get the most out of Newton and the quarterback's arm is at full strength, he can be a high-end QB2 with some QB1 weeks mixed in throughout the season. One of those weeks could be in Week 1 in a great matchup with Miami's generous defense.
Jacob Wayne
Lineups
The Seahawks' defense allowed the fourth-most passing yards last season and ranked middle-of-the-pack in fantasy points allowed to QBs. Sure, the addition of Jamal Adams should be monumental in helping to turn that around, but I still expect Matt Ryan to be able to work the ball to Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley early and often. Game script could be in Ryan's favor in this game if the Seahawks get up early, as well.The Patriots' new starting quarterback gets a juicy Week 1 matchup as he takes on a Dolphins' defense that allowed the 2nd-most fantasy points to QBs last year. Cam Newton hasn't been himself as of late, missing time due to injury and struggling to keep up his play when he has been on the field. While the Patriots don't have the most exciting skill position players, Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels are masterful at getting the most out a player's skillset. The Dolphins made plenty of offseason acquisitions, but it's going to take some time for them to gel and I see Newton having a strong, stream-worthy Week 1.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
The Seahawks defense is nowhere near the feared Legion of Boom from previous seasons, but it's still a pretty good unit. The addition of Jamal Adams certainly helps and they should give the Falcons a good fight. With that being said, the Seahawks do not have the CB talent to slow down Ryan's receiving duo. If you've got Ryan, plug him into your lineup. This game could quietly turn into a shootout with plenty of fantasy points to go around. 
Isaiah Sirois
FantasyPros
 The Dolphins' defense played terribly in 2019. Although I'm expecting some improvement from them with all of their new offseason acquisitions (looking at you, Byron Jones), it's not a hot take to say that they're beatable -- they had the league's worst DVOA against the pass last year. They're a great first opponent for quarterback Cam Newton, and you should expect big things from him through the air.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
The Seahawks were only 17th against fantasy quarterbacks last year, but their defense is in a bit of a flux with Jadeveon Clowney no longer with the team and the acquisition of Jamal Adams. Matt Ryan is established enough that I would trust him as a QB1, even if the moves improved the Hawks D from a year ago.Miami was 31st against fantasy quarterbacks last year and figures to be in a rebuild this year. Newton is hard to trust given that this is his first year in the offense, but his rushing ability is probably enough to keep him in the QB2 tier given the matchup.