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GSOFFL Est. 2010
FFL: Preseason | NFL: Week 1

QB ATL

College: Boston College | 13 years
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 217 lbs
Birth Date: 5/17/1985
2020 Bye Week: 10

Total Pts: 199
Avg Pts: 12.44
Rank: 11 QB

Free Agent

2020 RTSports Outlook

Ryan didn't follow his huge '18 season with similar numbers but had a solid year. He was 12th overall in fantasy quarterback scoring. He was consistent throughout the season in the Falcons pass-heavy offense but a lack of scores hurt his overall fantasy numbers. He had 11 300-yard games but just four games with three or more scores. Ryan has at least 26-passing touchdowns eight of 10 seasons and nine straight 4,000-yard seasons. 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. The Falcons throw often but have a balanced offense with a lot of talent.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Ryan didn't have quite the season most hoped last year but was still pretty good. It wouldn't surprise to see him improve his overall numbers, making him more of a top-10 fantasy quarterback. He can be a top-five option if all is going well for him. Ryan can get around 4,500 yards and 35 touchdowns with 10 or so interceptions.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was his usual, dependable self last season, despite missing a game for the first time since his sophomore-campaign back in 2009. Ryan may have "only" played 15 games, but he still ranked fifth in the NFL with 4,466 passing yards while averaging 297.7 yards per game. His 26 touchdowns did regress from the 35 he threw in 2018, but Ryan was still one of the most bankable quarterbacks in fantasy. Heading into 2020 Ryan may not be the flashiest option at a deep position, but should still put up big numbers in a Falcons offense that loves to throw the ball. Atlanta led the NFL in pass attempts last season and was fifth in 2018. The Falcons did sign running back Todd Gurley, but Ryan should still throw the ball a ton as he has 600+ pass attempts in six of the last eight seasons. Adding a threat in the run game will help Ryan as he was sacked a league-leading 48 times last season and threw 14 interceptions, his highest total since 2013.Ryan may not be the flashiest pick on draft day, but he still has arguably the best pair of receivers in the NFL on a pass-happy offense. He is currently the eighth passer off the board and is among the most reliable QBs in fantasy.

This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Fantasy Week
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Week 114Matt Ryan 2 interceptions thrown (-2 pts)
Matt Ryan 24 rushing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 24 rushing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 2 passing TDs (8 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 20 yd TD pass to Calvin Ridley
. . . Matt Ryan 2 yd TD pass to Julio Jones
Matt Ryan 304 passing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 304 passing yds (5 pts)
Week 217Matt Ryan 3 interceptions thrown (-3 pts)
Matt Ryan 3 rushing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 3 passing TDs (12 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 34 yd TD pass to Calvin Ridley
. . . Matt Ryan 4 yd TD pass to Julio Jones
. . . Matt Ryan 54 yd TD pass to Julio Jones
Matt Ryan 320 passing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 320 passing yds (5 pts)
Matt Ryan 54 yd TD pass (1 pts)
Week 318Matt Ryan 1 interception thrown (-1 pts)
Matt Ryan 3 rushing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 3 passing TDs (12 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 13 yd TD pass to Austin Hooper
. . . Matt Ryan 2 yd TD pass to Austin Hooper
. . . Matt Ryan 10 yd TD pass to Julio Jones
Matt Ryan 304 passing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 304 passing yds (5 pts)
Week 48Matt Ryan 18 rushing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 397 passing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 397 passing yds (6 pts)
Week 525Matt Ryan 1 interception thrown (-1 pts)
Matt Ryan 1 rushing TD (6 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 1 yd rushing TD
Matt Ryan 7 rushing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 3 passing TDs (12 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 14 yd TD pass to Mohamed Sanu
. . . Matt Ryan 9 yd TD pass to Devonta Freeman
. . . Matt Ryan 29 yd TD pass to Calvin Ridley
Matt Ryan 330 passing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 330 passing yds (5 pts)
Matt Ryan 1 passing 2XP (1 pts)
Week 623Matt Ryan 7 rushing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 4 passing TDs (16 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 9 yd TD pass to Calvin Ridley
. . . Matt Ryan 7 yd TD pass to Devonta Freeman
. . . Matt Ryan 6 yd TD pass to Austin Hooper
. . . Matt Ryan 12 yd TD pass to Devonta Freeman
Matt Ryan 356 passing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 356 passing yds (5 pts)
Week 73Matt Ryan 1 interception thrown (-1 pts)
Matt Ryan 2 rushing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 159 passing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 159 passing yds (2 pts)
Week 8
Week 9
Week 1012Matt Ryan 1 interception thrown (-1 pts)
Matt Ryan 13 rushing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 2 passing TDs (8 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 8 yd TD pass to Austin Hooper
. . . Matt Ryan 10 yd TD pass to Brian Hill
Matt Ryan 182 passing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 182 passing yds (3 pts)
Week 1110Matt Ryan 1 passing TD (4 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 6 yd TD pass to Calvin Ridley
Matt Ryan 311 passing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 311 passing yds (5 pts)
Week 125Matt Ryan 1 interception thrown (-1 pts)
Matt Ryan 8 rushing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 271 passing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 271 passing yds (4 pts)
Week 1314Matt Ryan 2 interceptions thrown (-2 pts)
Matt Ryan 21 rushing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 21 rushing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 2 passing TDs (8 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 18 yd TD pass to Jaeden Graham
. . . Matt Ryan 13 yd TD pass to Russell Gage
Matt Ryan 312 passing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 312 passing yds (5 pts)
Playoff Week 116Matt Ryan 8 rushing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 2 passing TDs (8 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 15 yd TD pass to Calvin Ridley
. . . Matt Ryan 93 yd TD pass to Olamide Zaccheaus
Matt Ryan 313 passing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 313 passing yds (5 pts)
Matt Ryan 93 yd TD pass (1 pts)
Playoff Week 214Matt Ryan 27 rushing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 27 rushing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 2 passing TDs (8 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 5 yd TD pass to Julio Jones
. . . Matt Ryan 5 yd TD pass to Julio Jones
Matt Ryan 210 passing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 210 passing yds (3 pts)
Playoff Week 310Matt Ryan 2 interceptions thrown (-2 pts)
Matt Ryan 6 rushing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 1 passing TD (4 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 8 yd TD pass to Devonta Freeman
Matt Ryan 384 passing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 384 passing yds (6 pts)
Playoff Week 410Matt Ryan 1 passing TD (4 pts)
. . . Matt Ryan 35 yd TD pass to Ty Sambrailo
Matt Ryan 313 passing yds (1 pts)
Matt Ryan 313 passing yds (5 pts)
No Playoff Match Up
Player Notes
Jun 26 1:10pm ET

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said that the skill players on the 2020 roster compare favorably with those from the 2012 unit, a team that came close to reaching the Super Bowl. The 2012 offense featured Michael Turner, Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, and an excellent duo of receivers on the outside in Roddy White and Julio Jones. Of this year's offense, Ryan said, "You're talking about Julio in his prime, Calvin Ridley going into year three coming into his own. You've got Todd Gurley, who is hungry, who wants to prove it this year. Hayden Hurst, another guy, first-round draft pick who just ended up in a spot where the way they were running the football, it was no fault of his own that he didn't have the stats." There's certainly potential for the unit as a whole to be as good as in 2012, though there will be several mouths to feed for fantasy purposes.

From RotoBaller

Jun 15 7:00pm ET

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who also dealt with a unique offseason in 2011 during the lockout, has organized player-run workouts during the coronavirus pandemic this offseason. Ryan and the offense were productive that year, going 10-6. The veteran QB tried to keep the training "as normal as possible" amid a public-health pandemic. Ryan has engaged his teammates for the last nine weeks in both Georgia and California, going three days a week, with sessions lasting between 90 and 105 minutes. Relationship building with some of the younger players has been huge for Ryan during this time. He's had a chance to talk about little nuances in route-running with guys like receiver Calvin Ridley and new tight end Hayden Hurst. Ryan also made it a point to work on individual mechanics more this offseason. Along with Ryan, veteran receiver Julio Jones has taken on an expanded leadership role with coaches not around. Ryan and the Falcons have a lot to prove after missing the playoffs the last two years, and the 35-year-old QB is as reliable and consistent as they come as a QB1 for fantasy owners.

From RotoBaller

Jun 5 2:20pm ET

Nobody in the NFL faced more pressures last season than Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan with 216. And despite all that pressure, he still managed to post a passer rating under pressure that was more than 12 points higher than the league average of 66.2. Ryan's passer rating under pressure of 87.9 is the highest among QBs in every season combined since 2016. Only Tom Brady has thrown more touchdown passes while under pressure (30) than Ryan (27) since 2016. His 104.9 passer rating from 2016 sits third in the top-five passer ratings under pressure since 2016. Ryan also tied for the third-most TD passes thrown under pressure in a single season with nine in 2018. If Atlanta's offensive line can actually give him more time to throw, the consistent 35-year-old should have top-five QB1 upside in 2020.

From RotoBaller

Jun 2 4:50pm ET

On the surface, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's 3:5 touchdown-to-interception ratio and 69.3 passer rating on deep passes looks very mediocre or even below-average. Atlanta's offense didn't live up to expectations in 2019, and Ryan threw into tight windows on 34.5 percent of his deep attempts. That partly helps explain his five picks. However, he still had a positive completion percentage of 41.8 and an expected completion percentage of 36.5 on deep attempts. It didn't help his cause that he faced pressure 32.7 percent of the time while going deep downfield. The 35-year-old may have had a down year in 2019, but he remains incredibly consistent and should remain a quality top-10 fantasy QB with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley as his top two targets.

From RotoBaller

May 18 10:03pm ET

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan led all quarterbacks with 440 on-target passes in 2019, according to Sports Info Solutions. Ryan finished third with 474 on-target passes in 2018, trailing only Ben Roethlisberger (489) and Andrew Luck (485).

From TheHuddle

Mar 23 1:53pm ET

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has agreed to restructure his contract, which will create salary cap space for the team.

Fantasy Spin: Ryan is coming a solid 2019 season and will have most of his pass catchers back next season. He can be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

Player Transactions
  • 03-May-2018: ATL - Re-signed - Five-year extension (through 2023)
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