TE Marcus Pollard - Atlanta Falcons

6-4, 257Born: 2-8-1972College: BradleyDrafted: ---

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Week 15: at San Francisco 49ers

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Win or lose, the Falcons always seem to set up Matt Ryan for big numbers. Ryan hasn't been the most efficient passer here in 2019, sitting just 16th in both yards per attempt and touchdown rate. But the Falcons throw with such strong volume - a league-high 42 attempts per game - that Ryan can win fantasy matchups even on his down weeks. He's topped 300 yards in 9 of his 11 full games, with 8 multi-touchdown games along the way. Still, it's certainly fair to wonder about his potential against a punishing 49ers defense. Ryan boasts strong weaponry in Julio Jones, Austin Hooper, and a supporting cast of reserves. (Last week, Olamide Zaccheaus won a go route last week for a 93-yard touchdown.) But he's also working behind a deteriorating front line, which has hindered his deep-ball connection with Jones of late. Jones remains a consistent producer, but he hasn't found the end zone since Week 3. It doesn't help matters, of course, that he'll be without the services of Calvin Ridley for the rest of the year. As has often been the case, Ryan enters the week as the underdog quarterback and should be expected to throw early and often. But his fantasy QB1 ceiling depends on that volume, and if he's put off his game Sunday, there's less of a floor in place than usual. The San Francisco pass defense has spent 2019 as arguably the league's premier unit. They're allowing just 5.8 yards per attempt and 176 per game - only 2 opponents have topped 250 yards thus far. It all starts up front, where their dominant pass rush sits sixth league-wide in pressures despite blitzing at the fourth-lowest rate. And the secondary has been stout, with a deep rotation of cover men that's smothered most opposing wideouts. Still, this unit faces a bit of uncertainty entering a likely shootout with Matt Ryan and the Falcons. They're fresh off a 349-yard, 5-touchdown drubbing from Drew Brees in last week's marathon win over the Saints. They had no answer for Michael Thomas, who went off for 134 yards, or Jared Cook, who caught a pair of early touchdowns. More concerningly, they'll be without top cornerback Richard Sherman for the near future. Sherman was instrumental in limiting No. 1 receivers Davante Adams (43 yards), D.J. Moore (38), and Marquise Brown (1) in recent matchups. There's good depth here, but a shutdown talent like Sherman will always be missed - especially with Julio Jones coming to town.

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Marcus Pollard's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

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Schedule

15@ San Francisco 49ers
16vs Jacksonville Jaguars
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers