TE Tony Gonzalez - Atlanta Falcons
|6-4, 244||Born: 2-27-1976||College: California||Drafted: Round 1, pick 13|
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Week 7: vs San Diego Chargers
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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. After a slow first half in Seattle, Matt Ryan put the Falcons' offense on his back and almost carried them to victory with 27/42 for 335 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -25 yards. He spread the ball around to nine different receivers, but featured Mohamed Sanu (10 targets for 5/47/1 receiving) and Julio Jones (nine for 7/139/1). Also, the Seahawks kept ignoring #2 tight end Levine Toilolo, so he saw four passes for 3/69/1 while Jacob Tamme handled just three for 2/16/0. Justin Hardy chipped in three for 3/30/0, while Devonta Freeman (five for 3/10/0) and Tevin Coleman (two for 1/7/0) took a back seat in this game. Ryan continues to be one of the hottest quarterbacks in fantasy football this year.
The Chargers' pass defense isn't scary this year, currently ranking 24th in the NFL averaging 279.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with 10 passing scores balanced by seven interceptions (tied for seventh in the NFL) and 14 sacks (tied for tenth) generated so far. From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), San Diego has averaged 18.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (12-least in the NFL); and 24.2 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (15th-most); with 2.4 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (second-least in the league). Last weekend, Trevor Siemian slung 30/50 for 220 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions at San Diego, with two sacks taken for -10 yards, while two games ago Derek Carr hit this group for 25/40 for 300 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, while taking three sacks for -17 yards.
This is a good matchup for the high-flying Falcons' passing attack.
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