Who Should I Start? - Week 15

Matt Ryan or Tom Brady

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Tom Brady
QB - NE
Tom Brady
at PIT, Sun 4pm EST
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
vs. ARI, Sun 1pm EST
 
 
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 9# 14-
Best Rank# 5# 4-
Worst Rank# 13# 21-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent at PIT vs. ARI-
Matchup Rank1129-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Pass Comp18.618.1
Pass Yds190.1171.3
Pass TD1.61.1
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total236.2281.2-
Avg Game18.221.6-
Avg Projection20.119.3-
Week 1426.620.5-
    
Misc 
    
Injury Alert-
Weather43 F, OvercastIndoor-
    
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  Tom Brady
QB - NE
Tom Brady
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
2018 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. HOU
26/39, 277 pass yds, 3 td, 1 int
1 rush, 2 yds, 0 td
at PHI
21/43, 251 pass yds, 0 td, 1 int
2 rush, 8 yds, 0 td
Week 2 at JAC
24/35, 234 pass yds, 2 td, 0 int
3 rush, 10 yds, 0 td
vs. CAR
23/28, 272 pass yds, 2 td, 1 int
4 rush, 18 yds, 2 td
Week 3 at DET
14/26, 133 pass yds, 1 td, 1 int
1 rush, 2 yds, 0 td
vs. NO
26/35, 374 pass yds, 5 td, 0 int
4 rush, 12 yds, 0 td
Week 4 vs. MIA
23/35, 274 pass yds, 3 td, 2 int
vs. CIN
29/39, 419 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
2 rush, 5 yds, 0 td
Week 5 vs. IND
34/44, 341 pass yds, 3 td, 2 int
3 rush, -1 yds, 1 td
at PIT
26/38, 285 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
1 rush, 10 yds, 0 td
Week 6 vs. KC
24/35, 340 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
3 rush, 2 yds, 1 td
vs. TB
31/41, 355 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
1 rush, 13 yds, 0 td
Week 7 at CHI
25/36, 277 pass yds, 3 td, 1 int
1 rush, 6 yds, 0 td
vs. NYG
31/39, 379 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
2 rush, 1 yds, 0 td
Week 8 at BUF
29/45, 324 pass yds, 0 td, 0 int
1 rush, 8 yds, 0 td
BYE WEEK
Week 9 vs. GB
22/35, 294 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
5 rush, -1 yds, 0 td
at WAS
26/38, 350 pass yds, 4 td, 1 int
Week 10 at TEN
21/41, 254 pass yds, 0 td, 0 int
1 rush, 0 yds, 0 td
at CLE
38/52, 330 pass yds, 2 td, 0 int
3 rush, 13 yds, 0 td
Week 11BYE WEEK vs. DAL
24/34, 291 pass yds, 1 td, 1 int
1 rush, 1 yds, 0 td
Week 12 at NYJ
20/31, 283 pass yds, 2 td, 0 int
1 rush, -1 yds, 0 td
at NO
35/47, 377 pass yds, 2 td, 1 int
2 rush, 16 yds, 0 td
Week 13 vs. MIN
24/32, 311 pass yds, 1 td, 1 int
2 rush, 5 yds, 0 td
vs. BAL
16/26, 131 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
2 rush, 4 yds, 0 td
Week 14 at MIA
27/43, 358 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
1 rush, 3 yds, 0 td
at GB
28/42, 262 pass yds, 3 td, 1 int
1 rush, 0 yds, 0 td
Week 15 at PIT vs. ARI
Week 16 vs. BUF at CAR
Week 17 vs. NYJ at TB
  Tom Brady
QB - NE
Tom Brady
at PIT, Sun 4pm EST
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
vs. ARI, Sun 1pm EST
Passing
   
Pass Att38.037.8
Pass Cmp25.526.0
Pass Yards289.4294.0
Pass TDs2.22.0
Ints0.50.5
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts1.61.9
Rush Yards4.96.8
Rush TDs0.10.1
   
Misc
   
Fumbles0.10.3
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points20.119.3
   
  Tom Brady
QB - NE
Tom Brady
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
2018 Points 
Week 121.38.8
Week 216.430.7
Week 37.540.2
Week 419.029.3
Week 527.514.4
Week 621.827.5
Week 721.719.3
Week 813.8
Week 915.728.0
Week 1010.820.5
Week 1113.7
Week 1219.220.7
Week 1314.97.6
Week 1426.620.5
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
  Tom Brady
QB - NE
Tom Brady
at PIT, Sun 4pm EST
Matt Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
vs. ARI, Sun 1pm EST
Expert 
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
Brady had his best game of the season last week and is finally throwing more passes than earlier in the season. We can expect that to keep up in a likely shootout versus a Steelers team he has torched many times in the past.Matt Ryan has been a stud again this season but has also crushed fantasy owners with a few stinkers. You can expect another one this week in a terrible matchup versus a Cardinals secondary that hasn't allowed a top 10 fantasy QB one single week this year.
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
Brady had his best fantasy performance of the season last week in Miami, throwing for 358 yards and three scores. It was just Brady's second multi-touchdown game since way back in Week 7, something that had become a major drain on his fantasy value. It is still fair to worry that the Patriots could revert to leaning on the running game in the red zone at any time, but this is not the week to sit Brady. He should be throwing early and often in what projects to be a high-scoring showdown with Pittsburgh.  
Scott Engel
RotoExperts
Looked renewed last week and PIT has allowed multiple TD passes in 3 straight and 4 of 5 Cards actually 3rd best vs. Fantasy QBs. Only once have they allowed more than two TD passes
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
 An offensive juggernaut midway through the season, the Falcons have not cleared 20 points during their five-game losing streak. Ryan has still issued a 70.2 completion percentage, 8.1 yards per attempt, and the NFL's third-most passing yards (4,076), so the real question is how worried managers should be about the matchup. The Cardinals rank fourth in passing defense and fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. This is mostly because teams would rather run it, but Atlanta has attempted the fourth-most passes (510) and second-fewest rushes (273). Ryan should air it out enough at home, where he has averaged 317.3 passing yards per game despite getting bottled up for 131 against Baltimore's third-ranked passing defense in Week 13. Start him as a mid-to-low level QB1.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
He had what might have been his best game of the year last week and the Patriots lost. Now going on the road to Pittsburgh should be quite the test, as they're coming off an embarrassing loss to the Raiders. The Steelers have had to pick their poison all year, as they've either been dominated by the pass and shut-down the run, or they get dominated by the run and shut-down the pass. After starting out the year allowing 3-of-4 quarterbacks to throw for 320-plus yards, the Steelers had held six of the next seven quarterbacks to less than 230 yards. Over the last two weeks, they've seemingly regressed and have allowed Derek Carr and Philip Rivers combine for 51-of-70 passing for 621 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. The Patriots will likely need to get their ground-game going on the road to slow down the potent Steelers offense, which could limit Brady's pass attempts, though there's also a chance that this game is a shootout between Brady and Roethlisberger. Knowing how Jekyll and Hyde the Steelers defense has been (six quarterbacks over 20 fantasy points, five of them with 15 or less), it's not a clear-cut situation, but there's no way Brady will walk into this matchup and completely disappear. He should be considered a low-end QB1 who has a solid floor. Is there a team out there who's done less with great quarterback play than the Falcons have this year? He's completed 70.5 percent of his passes, has averaged 8.1 yards per attempt, and has thrown 26 touchdowns to just six interceptions. He has a tough matchup on his hands here, though, as the Cardinals have still yet to allow a quarterback finish better than the No. 10 quarterback during any given week. Keep in mind they've played Philip Rivers, Patrick Mahomes, Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff, Aaron Rodgers, and Russell Wilson. It's not as tough as the matchup against the Ravens a few weeks ago when Ryan posted just 131 yards and one touchdown, but the Cardinals have allowed just two quarterbacks to throw for 260 yards and have allowed just one quarterback to throw for more than two touchdowns. It helps to see the Falcons as big favorites, but it's tough to see him post elite numbers in this game. He should be considered a high-end QB2 this week and not someone who absolutely needs to be played knowing how well the Cardinals have limited quarterbacks this year.
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
It is hard to bet against Brady when he has Arizona is 2nd against fantasy quarterbacks, Ryan is a low-end QB2, even at home.