Matt Ryan QB ATL 9 Months
Matt Ryan completed 29-of-38 passes for 210 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in Week 15 against the Redskins.
Ryan averaged a lousy 5.5 YPA as he was under pressure all day, just as he has been all year long behind one of the league's worst offensive lines. Ryan spread the ball around, targeting each of Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White, and Harry Douglas a team-high seven times. Matty Ice hooked up with Gonzo for a 13-yard score in the first quarter. The two came one yard short of another touchdown strike in the second half. Ryan will be a mid-to-low QB2 next week in San Fran.
Matt Ryan QB ATL 10 Months
Matt Ryan completed 20-of-35 passes for 206 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the Falcons' Week 14 loss to Green Bay.
Ryan played a better game than the stats and result indicate; he wasn't helped by six drops from his receivers, headlined by slot man Harry Douglas' most glaring mistakes. Ryan will be a better fantasy bet and quality low-end QB1 option when the Falcons face the left-for-dead Redskins defense in Week 15.
Matt Ryan QB ATL 10 Months
Matt Ryan completed 28-of-47 passes for 311 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's Week 13 win over the Bills.
Ryan didn't push the ball downfield much (his longest completion went for 29 yards), but he finally got Roddy White into the mix for a 10/143/0 line. It's big for his rest-of-season value. With White getting attention on the outside, Tony Gonzalez and Harry Douglas will have more room to work the middle. Despite all the Falcons issues, Ryan is still on pace to throw for 4,628 yards with 25 touchdowns. He'll be a borderline QB1 against the Packers in Week 14, but note that the game is at Lambeau. Ryan and the Falcons traditionally fare much better in domes, where Sunday's Toronto game was.
Matt Ryan QB ATL 10 Months6 Comments
Matt Ryan completed 30-of-39 passes for 297 yards in Atlanta's Week 12 loss to the Saints.
Ryan was a checkdown machine in a game that lulled its viewers to sleep, dumping the ball off to anyone willing to take it. Harry Douglas finished with a zero-calorie nine catches, while Darius Johnson caught six passes for 67 yards. Ryan never threatened deep, necessitating long drives to score. Most of them bogged down in field-goal range. Ryan also drew the ire of in-game attendee Samuel L. Jackson when he opted to slide rather than try for a touchdown on a 3rd-and-10 from the Saints' 10-yard line late in the second quarter. It wasn't a terrible game from a quarterback playing without his top weapon, but hardly an inspiring one. Ryan gets the Bills on the road in Week 13.
Matt Ryan QB ATL 10 Months
Matt Ryan completed 17-of-32 throws for 238 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Falcons' Week 11 loss to Tampa Bay.
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy dominated the Falcons' offensive line to the extent that C Peter Konz had to be benched in the game. Atlanta's offense simply never got off the ground, and has been struggling ever since it lost Julio Jones to a year-ending foot injury early in the season. Now entrenched as a QB2 -- not a fantasy starter -- Ryan will only be worth two-quarterback-league consideration when the Falcons face the Saints on Thursday Night Football in Week 12.
Matt Ryan QB ATL 10 Months16 Comments
Matt Ryan completed 23-of-36 passes for 172 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's Week 10 loss to the Seahawks.
Matt Ryan QB ATL 11 Months40 Comments
Matt Ryan has completed 55 of his last 89 pass attempts for 511 yards (5.74 YPA) and a 2:7 TD-to-INT ratio.
In Week 10, Ryan takes on a Seattle defense that ranks second versus the pass and has limited opposing signal callers to a 9:13 TD-to-INT ratio through nine games. The Seahawks are tied for third in the NFL in sacks. For more in-depth matchup analysis like this on every player in the league relevant to fantasy football, consult Evan Silva's Week 10 Matchups column at the link below.
Matt Ryan QB ATL 11 Months
Matt Ryan completed 20-of-26 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's Week 7 win over the Bucs.
Ryan was highly efficient despite playing without both Julio Jones and Roddy White. He relied mostly on the short-to-intermediate passing game, but hooked up with Harry Douglas for a 34-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Both of Ryan's other touchdowns came on check downs to Jacquizz Rodgers inside the red-zone. Even if White doesn't return next week, Ryans remains locked in as a QB1 option. He's thrown at least two touchdowns in all six of his starts this season.
Matt Ryan QB ATL 12 Months2 Comments
Matt Ryan completed 36-of-45 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 30-28, Week 5 loss to the Jets.
The Falcons are now 1-4 and are four games behind the 5-0 Saints in the NFC South. Ryan was in love with the short-to-intermediate passes for much of the night. The Atlanta offensive line can't block anyone. Jets DL Muhammad Wilkerson wrecked whoever he lined up over the top of. This Falcons team badly needs its Week 6 bye to regroup. Adding injury to insult, Roddy White suffered a hamstring injury in the loss and Julio Jones was seen leaving the X-ray room following the game. Ryan is putting up fine fantasy numbers, but the real-life issues are mounting. He needs LT Sam Baker (knee) back. The Falcons host the Bucs in Week 7.
Matt Ryan QB ATL 12 Months
Matt Ryan completed 34-of-54 passes for 421 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in Sunday night's Week 4 loss to the Patriots.
Ryan struggled for the first three quarters and was forced to constantly check down to Tony Gonzalez and Jacquizz Rodgers. He faced heavy pressure with starting LT Sam Baker sidelined, and Julio Jones was shut down for most of the night by Aqib Talib. Through four weeks, Ryan is on pace for 5,320 yards, 32 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. The Falcons host the Jets in Week 5.