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Matt Ryan

QB ATL

College: Boston College | 14 years
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 217 lbs
Birth Date: 5/17/1985
2022 Bye Week: 14

Total Pts: 278.8
Avg Pts: 16.40
Rank: 19 QB

Free Agent

2022 RTSports Outlook

A lack of scores led to down fantasy numbers for Ryan. He was just 17th overall in fantasy quarterback scoring. He had only 21 total touchdowns on the season. He was 11th in yardage, though, throwing for just fewer than 4,000 yards. It did break as streak of 10 straight seasons with 4,000-plus yards. Ryan had a good start to his season, but finished with fewer than 18 fantasy points nine straight games. He was without his top option in the passing game, Calvin Ridley, during that time. Ryan is 37 yards old and showing some signs of decline. The good news is he remains accurate and makes good throws, having the fifth best bad percentage throws in all of football (14.5 percent). Ryan has at least 26-passing touchdowns nine of 12 seasons. And a move to Indianapolis should be a positive for Ryan. He gets to play behind a great offensive line with a top running game. This should take a lot of pressure off of him to carry the offense. Ryan is an accurate, intelligent quarterback with a strong arm and the ability to fit the ball in tight spaces. If there is a knock on him, he can flop in the big game and doesn't do well under intense pressure.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Ryan is trending the wrong way but could bounce back some this season and be a good spot starter for fantasy teams. He has produced big in the past and is more than capable of the big game. Consider him around a top-15 fantasy quarterback. Ryan can get around 4,300 yards and 30 touchdowns with 10 or so interceptions.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

After 14 glorious seasons as the cornerstone of the Atlanta Falcons franchise, Ryan was traded to the Indianapolis Colts this offseason. The change of scenery provides an exciting new chapter for the 37-year-old Ryan as the lowly Falcons were weighing down his fantasy worth. He failed to break the 4,000-yard barrier for the first time since 2010 last season, and his 20 touchdown tosses were the second-lowest output of his storied career. His below-par numbers had more to do with Julio Jones being traded to Tennessee and Calvin Ridley missing most of the season than it did with poor play on his part. Ryan should be buoyed by the chance to quarterback a playoff contender. He will also get protected by one of the best offensive lines in the NFL and have rushing champion Jonathan Taylor keeping defenses from keying on receivers while providing perfect play-action pass opportunities. Ryan has 1,000-yard breakout star Michael Pittman as his No. 1 WR, but it is anybody's guess who the No. 2 or No. 3 receivers on the Colts will be in 2022, so that is disconcerting. Ryan's numbers will go up with the improved cast around him, but because he is in a run-first offense with a receiving corps that lacks depth he appears to be a QB2 who could give fantasy managers 4,200 passing yards and 25 touchdowns, but probably not much more.

After 14 glorious seasons as the cornerstone of the Atlanta Falcons franchise, Ryan was traded to the Indianapolis Colts this offseason. The change of scenery provides an exciting new chapter for the 37-year-old Ryan as the lowly Falcons were weighing down his fantasy worth. He failed to break the 4,000-yard barrier for the first time since 2010 last season, and his 20 touchdown tosses were the second-lowest output of his storied career. His below-par numbers had more to do with Julio Jones being traded to Tennessee and Calvin Ridley missing most of the season than it did with poor play on his part. Ryan should be buoyed by the chance to quarterback a playoff contender. He will also get protected by one of the best offensive lines in the NFL and have rushing champion Jonathan Taylor keeping defenses from keying on receivers while providing perfect play-action pass opportunities. Ryan has 1,000-yard breakout star Michael Pittman as his No. 1 WR, but it is anybody's guess who the No. 2 or No. 3 receivers on the Colts will be in 2022, so that is disconcerting. Ryan's numbers will go up with the improved cast around him, but because he is in a run-first offense with a receiving corps that lacks depth he appears to be a QB2 who could give fantasy managers 4,200 passing yards and 25 touchdowns, but probably not much more.

Fantasy WeekPts
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Week 19.00Matt Ryan 8 rushing yds (0.80 pts)
Matt Ryan 164 passing yds (8.20 pts)
Week 222.30Matt Ryan 3 rushing yds (0.30 pts)
Matt Ryan 300 passing yds (15.00 pts)
Matt Ryan 2 passing TDs (8.00 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 3 yd TD pass to Calvin Ridley
. . . Matt Ryan 7 yd TD pass to Cordarrelle Patterson
Matt Ryan 3 interceptions thrown (-3.00 pts)
Matt Ryan 1 rushing 2XP (2.00 pts)
Week 319.15Matt Ryan 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Matt Ryan 243 passing yds (12.15 pts)
Matt Ryan 2 passing TDs (8.00 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 4 yd TD pass to Olamide Zaccheaus
. . . Matt Ryan 1 yd TD pass to Lee Smith
Week 431.85Matt Ryan 17 rushing yds (1.70 pts)
Matt Ryan 283 passing yds (14.15 pts)
Matt Ryan 4 passing TDs (16.00 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 42 yd TD pass to Cordarrelle Patterson
. . . Matt Ryan 12 yd TD pass to Cordarrelle Patterson
. . . Matt Ryan 14 yd TD pass to Cordarrelle Patterson
. . . Matt Ryan 7 yd TD pass to Mike Davis
Week 525.10Matt Ryan 342 passing yds (17.10 pts)
Matt Ryan 2 passing TDs (8.00 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 2 yd TD pass to Kyle Pitts
. . . Matt Ryan 17 yd TD pass to Hayden Hurst
Week 6
Week 722.80Matt Ryan 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Matt Ryan 336 passing yds (16.80 pts)
Matt Ryan 2 passing TDs (8.00 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 5 yd TD pass to Calvin Ridley
. . . Matt Ryan 49 yd TD pass to Russell Gage
Matt Ryan 1 interception thrown (-1.00 pts)
Week 89.60Matt Ryan 3 rushing yds (0.30 pts)
Matt Ryan 146 passing yds (7.30 pts)
Matt Ryan 1 passing TD (4.00 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 15 yd TD pass to Cordarrelle Patterson
Matt Ryan 2 interceptions thrown (-2.00 pts)
Week 931.95Matt Ryan 8 rushing yds (0.80 pts)
Matt Ryan 1 rushing TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 1 yd rushing TD
Matt Ryan 343 passing yds (17.15 pts)
Matt Ryan 2 passing TDs (8.00 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 3 yd TD pass to Olamide Zaccheaus
. . . Matt Ryan 6 yd TD pass to Olamide Zaccheaus
Week 103.85Matt Ryan 117 passing yds (5.85 pts)
Matt Ryan 2 interceptions thrown (-2.00 pts)
Week 115.65Matt Ryan 153 passing yds (7.65 pts)
Matt Ryan 2 interceptions thrown (-2.00 pts)
Week 1213.10Matt Ryan 6 rushing yds (0.60 pts)
Matt Ryan 190 passing yds (9.50 pts)
Matt Ryan 1 passing TD (4.00 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 12 yd TD pass to Russell Gage
Matt Ryan 1 interception thrown (-1.00 pts)
Week 1315.05Matt Ryan 2 rushing yds (0.20 pts)
Matt Ryan 297 passing yds (14.85 pts)
Week 1413.80Matt Ryan 3 rushing yds (0.30 pts)
Matt Ryan 190 passing yds (9.50 pts)
Matt Ryan 1 passing TD (4.00 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 3 yd TD pass to Hayden Hurst
Playoff Week 116.80Matt Ryan 20 rushing yds (2.00 pts)
Matt Ryan 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Matt Ryan 236 passing yds (11.80 pts)
Matt Ryan 1 passing TD (4.00 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 20 yd TD pass to Russell Gage
Playoff Week 215.25Matt Ryan 5 rushing yds (0.50 pts)
Matt Ryan 215 passing yds (10.75 pts)
Matt Ryan 1 passing TD (4.00 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 12 yd TD pass to Hayden Hurst
Player Notes
Aug 11 12:30pm ET

Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich said that quarterback Matt Ryan will play the first quarter of the team's preseason opener on Saturday against the Buffalo Bills. A lot of NFL teams are resting their starters in the first week of preseason action, but the Colts want to see Ryan operate the offense heading into his first season with the team. The 37-year-old has been impressive and decisive so far in training camp practices, and he should be an upgrade over what Carson Wentz gave them in 2021. It's good news for all of the Colts offensive weapons, perhaps most notably running back Nyheim Hines, who the Colts want to get more involved in the short passing game. The Colts will remain a run-first squad with running back Jonathan Taylor around, but Ryan should be a steady QB2 presence for fantasy managers.

From RotoBaller

Aug 10 7:50pm ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan will start during Saturday's preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills. The veteran, who was traded by the Atlanta Falcons in March, could see up to a quarter of action, according to head coach Frank Reich, giving him more than enough upside in DFS formats. It will also offer fantasy managers a glimpse at how Ryan captains the Colts' offense.

From RotoBaller

Aug 10 6:40pm ET

Indianapolis Colts offensive tackles Matt Pryor and Bernhard Raimann are battling for the starting left tackle job this summer after the team moved on from veteran Eric Fisher. Neither player is an ideal candidate for the left tackle spot, as Pryor has never been a full-time left tackle and Raimann is a rookie. Pryor is getting the first-team repetitions and has held up fine, while Raimann is off to a slow start in training camp. Pror isn't as agile as Raimann, but at 6-foot-7, 332 pounds, he has power. The offensive line has been a strength of the Colts in recent years, but the left tackle spot could be an issue for this offense and quarterback Matt Ryan.

From RotoBaller

Aug 10 2:03pm ET

Indianapolis Colts QB Matt Ryan will play in the preseason opener on Saturday, Aug. 13, head coach Frank Reich revealed on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Ryan is expected to play up to a full quarter.

Fantasy Spin: With a new team and in a new offense, Ryan getting as many reps as possible in live-game action ahead of the 2022 season seems like the smart move. He's a QB2 entering 2022.

From TheHuddle

Jul 29 12:50pm ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan has followed through on his vow to raise the intensity of training camp in his first summer with the Colts, and he's done it by demanding a greater tempo between snaps. "It's unbelievable," head coach Frank Reich said. "We've never practiced that fast. It's a mentality. It's a confidence. He told me at the start, 'I'm gonna push the tempo.' And I said, 'We'll follow your lead. Go.'" After a one-year experiment with Carson Wentz, the Colts scrapped it in favor of the veteran Ryan, who has looked really impressive in the early going in training camp. The 37-year-old may not be an every-week QB1 in fantasy in a run-first offense, but he should be more decisive and efficient than Wentz was last year, which is great news for all of the team's offensive skill players.

From RotoBaller

Jul 29 10:53am ET

Indianapolis Colts QB Matt Ryan has focused on pushing a fast-paced tempo in practice, and the sessions have ended 10 minutes early each day.

Fantasy Spin: Ryan looks to be taking charge and could be a solid value as a QB2 worthy of plays in good matchups in fantasy.

From TheHuddle

Jul 27 7:40pm ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan was nearly flawless in 11-on-11 work in training camp practice on Wednesday, and he went 7-for-8 in full-team work while completing passes to Michael Pittman Jr., Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines, Alec Pierce and Mo Alie-Cox. The timing of the Colts passing game was impressive, and Ryan will bring more decisiveness to the QB position. A lot of folks are writing the 37-year-old veteran off after a forgettable 2021 season in his final year in Atlanta. Although the Colts should remain a run-first offense, Ryan now has one of the best running backs in the game and a much better offensive line. His ceiling isn't as high as the elite names at the position because he can't run the ball, but Ryan should at least be a very serviceable fantasy backup.

From RotoBaller

Jul 22 10:13am ET

Dynasty | Receiver Parris Campbell is the top offensive sleeper for the Colts Dynasty Analysis: Dynasty players have been waiting for Campbell to emerge since entering the league as a second-round selection during the 2019 NFL Draft. We continue to wait but could 2022 finally be the year? Campbell has played a total of 15 games over his injury-marred three years and is entering a contract season so it's now or never for the receiver who turns 26 next month. There's no questioning the opportunity in front of the dynamic specialist who is now fully healthy and should see plenty of snaps from the slot and, with veteran Matt Ryan under-center, there's every reason to believe that Campbell could have a runway for production well above his current WR106 ranking on DLF. He's an end-of-roster stash in deep-roster dynasty leagues on the chance 2022 is his breakout year.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

Jul 16 1:13pm ET

Dynasty | SI again linked the possibility of free agent Julio Jones signing with Indianapolis. Dynasty Analysis: Part of this is likely wishful thinking, but it does make some sense. Jones had virtually all of his success with new Colts quarterback Matt Ryan and Indianapolis is starving for pass catchers. Still, Jones has only played in 19 games the past two seasons and hasn't come close to looking like his old self in either of them. If he's willing to take a massive pay cut on a "prove-it" deal, this could make some sense. However, his days of being a fantasy stud are likely all but over. Jones comes in as our WR98 for the season, a precipitous fall from grace.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

Jul 4 12:20am ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan has made a favorable impression on his new teammates since being acquired from the Falcons this offseason. While the veteran certainly has a lot of positive attributes, his leadership ability has made him stand out the most, which was missing when Carson Wentz was under center last season. The 37-year-old finished 2021-22 by throwing for 3,968 yards, failing to amass at least 4,000 yards in a season since 2010. However, with a change of scenery and confidence from his squadmates, Ryan has an excellent opportunity to turn things around, especially with the amount of talent on the offensive end in Indy. He likely won't be in the league much longer. But managers shouldn't look past him when searching for a fantasy backup. He is also a solid option for those in Superflex formats.

From RotoBaller

Jun 10 1:13pm ET

Dynasty | Colts head coach Frank Reich said rookie receiver Alec Pierce "has looked really good, I mean really good." Dynasty Analysis: Pierce, DLF's WR57, has been put on the fast-track to get on the field and he has, apparently, risen to the occasion. Praised for his work ethic, intelligence and instincts, Pierce also has the benefit of coming in as a rookie with veteran Matt Ryan under-center, potentially a significant catalyst for rookie-year impact. He continues to rise in rookie rankings based upon his drafted situation and can continue to rise should he build on established momentum when training camp opens.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

Jun 6 5:40pm ET

Dynasty | Colts head coach Frank Reich said the team is pushing rookie receiver Alec Pierce to start Dynasty Analysis: Pierce won't be handed the starting role but it's a friendly depth chart and Pierce's size (6'3/211) would be a welcome addition across from fellow big-body receiver Michael Pittman. Pierce has been a riser following the NFL Draft when the team selected him in the second round, 53rd overall. Additionally, the team's acquisition of Matt Ryan this off-season should provide a veteran presence to help speed Pierce's assimilation into the NFL. Alec Pierce is listed as DLF's WR58 and rookie WR14.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

Jun 2 9:50am ET

Indianapolis Colts Matt Ryan has been consistently receiving praise from coaches and teammates since the team began offseason workouts. Tight end Mo-Alie Cox stated, "With Matt, the ball is out. You come out of your break and you better be ready cuz it's not a slow, turn your head (and wait) ... like you turn your head and the ball is gonna be on point." Alie-Cox also referenced Ryan's leadership and ability to command the offense, suggesting it reminded him of former Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Even at age 37, Ryan could provide a substantial upgrade to his predecessor, Carson Wentz. Ryan was only the QB19 last year (Wentz was QB13), but the weapons and protection are much better in Indianapolis than in Atlanta. While Ryan himself is unlikely to have tremendous fantasy value outside of 2QB and Best Ball formats, he gives the skill position players intriguing upside, led by third-year wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr.

From RotoBaller

May 26 9:50am ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan has been off to a hot start in his first on-field workouts with his new team. Frank Reich offered his praise regarding what he has seen from his starter the last few weeks: "I always knew he was a great passer, but his accuracy is insane. It's insane." It's only May, but for a veteran quarterback joining a playoff-caliber new team and system, it is certainly encouraging for his prospects moving forward. The 37-year-old Ryan has the skill set and pedigree to be a substantial improvement over last year's starter, Carson Wentz. This could offer a boost for the other weapons on the team, including wide receivers Michael Pittman Jr. and rookie Alec Pierce, as well as tight end Mo Alie-Cox. All-world running back Jonathan Taylor should produce regardless of who is behind center but increased scoring opportunities and sustained drives can only help him repeat his elite performance as well.

From RotoBaller

May 10 8:10pm ET

Free-agent offensive tackle Dennis Kelly has agreed to a deal with the Indianapolis Colts. The 32-year-old is expected to compete with Bernhard Raimann for the starting left tackle spot in training camp. The nine-year tackle has been a bit of a swing man throughout his career. He started 16 games with the Tennessee Titans in 2020, but played a backup role with the Green Bay Packers last season. A decent signing to help bulk up the offensive line for quarterback Matt Ryan.

From RotoBaller

May 1 5:33pm ET

Indianapolis Colts QB Matt Ryan is in the team's long-term plans, owner Jim Irsay said. 'We hope Matt can be here for four years, maybe,' Irsay said. 'We certainly have our radar out for a young guy that can be the long-term future.'

Fantasy Spin: The Colts hoped for the same out of Carson Wentz. Color us skeptical that Ryan will last another four years. He'll be 37 in May and is coming off arguably his worst season since 2017. Until the Colts put better weapons around him in the passing game, Ryan is a midrange QB2.

From TheHuddle

Apr 29 10:30pm ET

The Colts took Cincinnati wide receiver Alec Pierce with the 53rd overall selection of the 2022 NFL Draft. The wideout finished the 2021 collegiate season by hauling in 52 catches for 884 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging an impressive 17 yards per reception. At 6'3'', the wideout has the size and strength to go up for tough grabs. However, he'll need to improve with his route running. Nevertheless, Pierce won't have much competition for a spot high on the depth chart, and he could see his development accelerate under the guidance of new signal-caller Matt Ryan, which will unquestionably improve his fantasy outlook.

From RotoBaller

Mar 24 1:00pm ET

The Indianapolis Colts converted $12 million of new quarterback Matt Ryan's 2022 compensation into a signing bonus, creating $6 million in salary cap space for this year, according to a source. Ryan's salary cap number drops to $18,705,882 for this year, giving the Colts more cap space to make more moves this offseason. Indianapolis' yearly QB carousel continues this year after they gave up on Carson Wentz, traded him to the Washington Commanders and acquired Ryan from the Atlanta Falcons. Matty Ice should be an upgrade over Wentz, although he's heading into his age-37 season in a run-first offense in Indy. He could certainly improve on his 2021 campaign, but fantasy managers considering him as a QB1 should temper expectations.

From RotoBaller

Mar 24 12:43pm ET

Indianapolis Colts QB Matt Ryan converted $12 million of his base salary into a signing bonus to free up $6 million in salary cap space Thursday, March 24. His cap number drops to $18,705,882.

Fantasy Spin: Ryan is a low-end QB1 with some upside to sneak into the midrange if they can shore up the receiving corps a little bit.

From TheHuddle

Mar 22 8:13am ET

Indianapolis Colts QB Matt Ryan's $7.5 million roster bonus was exercised, and guarantees were added to his deal that has nearly $54 million left over two years.

Fantasy Spin: It won't receive a lot of fanfare, but this was probably the best place Ryan could have landed. He's behind a great offensive line and has fantasy MVP Jonathan Taylor behind him. Ryan is a low-end QB1 that has the potential to be an every-week starter.

From TheHuddle

Player Transactions
  • 21-Mar-2022: IND Matt Ryan - Traded - for 2022 third-round draft pick
  • 03-May-2018: ATL - Re-signed - Five-year extension (through 2023)
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Week 2@TB22.303546300203003
Week 3@NYG19.15273624320-1010
Week 4WAS31.8525422834017000
Week 5NYJ25.10334534220-1000
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Week 7@MIA22.802540336200011
Week 8CAR9.602027146103002
Week 9@NO31.952330343208100
Week 10@DAL3.85921117000002
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Week 12@JAX13.101929190106001
Week 13TB15.053041297002000
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Week 15@SF16.8019322361020010
Week 16DET15.251824215105000
Week 17@BUF9.551323197007010
Week 18NO14.002033216102001