Win. Your. League.

Receive 3 Free Downloads More Details

QB Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons

6-4, 228Born: 5-17-1985College: Boston CollegeDrafted: Round 1, pick 3

Main      Career stats      Game Logs      Game Recaps      Split Stats      Play-by-play      Latest News

Photo: Bob Rosato , US Presswire

Traditional view      FanDuel view      DraftKings view     

Preseason player page

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): Ryan went into Seattle and all but beat the Seahawks with a huge second half. He didn't rely on one matchup (Tevin Coleman) like he did against the Broncos, and if pass interference had been called correctly on the last Atlanta offensive play, he would have had a chance to set up a game-winning field goal attempt. Ryan is an elite QB1 heading into a matchup with San Diego.

Week 7: vs San Diego Chargers

All QB vs SD

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.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at NO 64 20 30 240 2 0 5 23 0 0 22.3
4 vs CAR 67 28 37 503 4 1 4 14 0 0 41.55
5 at DEN 67 15 28 267 1 0 3 3 0 0 17.65
6 at SEA 67 27 42 335 3 1 1 2 0 1 26.95
7 vs SD PROJ-Dodds * 25 37 * * * 2 * * * *
7 vs SD PROJ-Tremblay * 22 35 * * * 3 * * * *
7 vs SD PROJ-Bloom * 25 34 * * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs SEA (27 / 42 / 335 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Falcons began early with three play action passes with short routes in rhythm to reach midfield. Seattle responded with blitzes and hard hitting at the catch point from Earl Thomas. Ryan committed the first major mistake on a 3rd down slant from inside Atlanta's 15. Ryan waited too long on Julio Jones working against Richard Sherman and Cliff Avril sacked and stripped the Falcons quarterback, leading to a Christine Michael touchdown run on the next play. In the second half, Ryan found Julio Jones repeatedly on intermediate and deep dig routes behind the linebackers and under the safeties to tie the game after being down by 14. One of those plays was an easy score to Jones on a blown coverage where Richard Sherman was playing man and the safety on Jones was playing zone. The next series, Levine Toilolo gave Atlanta the lead on seam route of 46 yards thanks to Richard Sherman confusing his zone/man responsibilities. With less than four minutes left and up by a point, Atlanta continued throwing the ball and it led to Ryan leading Jones too far on a slant and the ball traveled through the receiver's hands, bounced off Richard Sherman's mitts, and into Earl Thomas' arms. Atlanta had one more drive after Seattle took the lead but pressure hindered Atlanta's passing game on the first three downs and led to a desperation heave up the middle to Julio Jones that should have resulted in defensive pass interference but the officials missed the call.

2016 Week 5 vs DEN (15 / 28 / 267 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)

Denver pressure got to Matt Ryan multiple times and Ryan missed a wide open Julio Jones twice on deep routes but these were the only significant negatives for Atlanta's quarterback. Thanks to great game planning from offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the Falcons repeatedly found ways to match Tevin Coleman in the slot against an inside linebacker for big plays. Ryan found Tevin Coleman on a third-down crossing route from the slot for a 48-yard gain on the first drive. He later found Coleman for an easy score of 19 yards after splitting the back from the shotgun to the inside trips side of the formation on the linebacker and hit the wide open Coleman at the five. Later, Ryan found Coleman up the right sideline on a fade from slot right against a Broncos linebacker for a 49-yard play.

2016 Week 4 vs CAR (28 / 37 / 503 / 4 / 1 pass, 4 / 14 / 0 rush)

The Falcons quarterback found Jones twice on the first two plays for a total of 35 yards. The first was a play-action pass with max protection. He followed up with a third throw to Jones for another 15 yards. Ryan and the Falcons maintained an up-tempo drive culminating in a three-yard flat route to Jacob Tamme to give Atlanta the early reach on an eight-play, 71-yard drive. The second series began with nearly 30 yards of passing on play action passes to backs Tevin Coleman and the fullback Patrick DiMarco on consecutive plays. Ryan started the day 7-for-7. He made it 8-for-8 with a perfect deep fade to Jones for 44 yards. His worst mistake came when Ryan through a pass to the left flat that linebacker Thomas Davis tipped at the line of scrimmage and resulted in a pick-six by safety Kurt Coleman. Ryan underthrew Jones on a go route in the subsequent drive, forcing Jones to slow down and give the trailing CB Berne Benwikere a chance to recover and defend the pass. Two plays later, Ryan found Jones again against Benwikere for 53 yards on 3rd and 17. The Panthers amped up the pressure with blitzes on Ryan but the combination of excellent play-calling and big plays by Jones, Austin Hooper, Aldrick Robinson, and Taylor Gabriel buried the Carolina defense. Jones and Robinson burned Benwikere for two of Ryan's four touchdowns.

2016 Week 3 vs NO (20 / 30 / 240 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 23 / 0 rush)

The Falcons quarterback threw two touchdowns in this game, including a 13-yard pass to Devonta Freeman on a well-designed swing pass to the left flat that had left tackle Jake Matthews work past the line of scrimmage and cutoff the Saints' outside linebacker well before the defender could pursue Freeman--his man on the play. Ryan also delivered a shovel pass off to Justin Hardy for a score late in the half. The play included a ghosted end around before Ryan delivered the pass. New Orleans couldn't stop the run all night and it included Ryan when he broke the pocket or bought time outside the pocket against pressure. Although Ryan got sacked twice, the Falcons' offense was in total control for most of this game and Ryan completed at least two passes to six receivers and found eight receivers total.

2016 Week 2 vs OAK (26 / 34 / 396 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

When the Falcons can run, Matt Ryan doesn't see a lot of pressure. Other than Ryan Schraeder allowing a bull rush by defensive tackle Stacy McGhee that resulted in a sack and a hit from Khalil Mack on a short drop where Jake Matthews had a brain fart with his set up, the Falcons' line kept the quarterback clean. It helped that cornerback Sean Smith was so concerned about Julio Jones getting outside that he gave up easy plays on the inside, including a 21-yard score on a slant and and a 48-yard gain on a deep crossing route off play action. Ryan also completed 10 passes to three tight ends, including a seam route for a score to Jacob Tamme that was set up by a 34-yard throwback to Austin Hooper. Atlanta also added a slant to its arsenal for Tevin Coleman, shifting him outside when it recognized the defense would cover the RB with an LB and it resulted in a 24-yard gain. Ryan had a lucky score late in the game when he targeted Coleman in the red area on the same type of route and the LB hit Coleman, forced the ball into the air and Justin Hardy was the man on the spot with the rebound just ahead of the unfortunate Sean Smith. Ryan's worst play was also a red zone throw where he placed a throw on Jacob Tamme's inside shoulder and gave the trailing David Amerson the room to undercut for an interception in the end zone. If Atlanta can remain inventive with Coleman but continue to allow Freeman room to run up the middle, the rest of this offense opens up and becomes dangerous.

2016 Week 1 vs TB (27 / 39 / 334 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)

Atlanta had three red zone penalties in the first quarter that limited them to two field goals and left tackle Jake Matthews gave up two of them, including a sack of Ryan on third down in the red area. The team as a whole earned five penalties in the first half alone, which is a continuation of last year's effort as one of the most penalized teams of 2015. Ryan's biggest plays came off a read option play fake from the shotgun. He found Mohamad Sanu wide open in a busted zone coverage for a 59-yard catch and run that set up the first field goal. He also hit A.J. Green a quick dig route off the same play in the middle of the third quarter. But Atlanta went to the well too often on the same drive and Gerald McCoy didn't bite on the same play fake two plays later, sacking Ryan and ending a drive near mid-field that could have cut Tampa's lead to four. Ryan did a good job of finding Sanu early in this game, hitting the receiver three times in the first quarter, including a post route from a bunch trips alignment behind Brent Grimes for a leaping catch near the end line. He had a perfect play action throw to Julio Jones in a deep cross in the early fourth quarter but Jones dropped the pass when hit int he back. Ryan and Kyle Shanahan once again went to the well too often on the read-option play-action pass and it resulted in the Buccaneer's second sack of this play alone--it's third of the day. Ryan threw consecutive passes behind open receivers due to pressure on the final drive and set up a 4th and 10 with 1:18 left and Gerald McCoy tipped the pass and sealed the victory. Ryan's overall output was positive but at least half of his total was accumulated during garbage time.


Latest News

Falcons | Matt Ryan has strong third quarter (Mon Oct 17, 02:52 AM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan wound up 27-for-42 for 335 yards and three touchdowns in a 26-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Ryan threw all three TDs in the third quarter, when he was 13-for-17 for 220 yards.

link to story   

Falcons | Matt Ryan takes big step back (Sun Oct 9, 11:25 PM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 15 of his 28 pass attempts for 267 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos. He also ran three times for three yards.

link to story   

Atlanta Falcons Team Links

Depth Chart      Season Stats      Targets      Red Zone      Game Logs

Footballguys Articles

NFL Schedule: Way Too Early Quest For Fantasy Gold
  Chris Feery - May 6
Player Spotlight: Julio Jones
  Justin Howe - July 1
Deep Sleepers: Tight Ends
  FBG Staff - July 8
Deep Sleepers: Wide Receivers
  FBG Staff - July 6
Overvalued Players: Quarterbacks
  FBG Staff - July 7
Overvalued Players: Running Backs
  FBG Staff - July 5
Most Significant Rookie Addition: TE
  FBG Staff - June 28
Pre-Camp QB Tiers
  Sigmund Bloom - June 8
Buy Low, Sell High: Pre-Free Agency QBs
  Sigmund Bloom - February 9
This Week in NFL News - 4/14
  Sigmund Bloom - April 14

Articles from around the web

Wally’s World - Post-NFL Draft Edition
  Wally Spurlin - May 18
NFL's Best QB Situations 2016
  Patrick Daugherty - May 23
  Sam Monson - June 13
2015 Passing Plus-Minus
  Scott Kacsmar - June 13
Falcons Fantasy Preview
  Evan Silva - June 14
Fantasy Fallout of Chip Kelly
  Rich Hribar - June 14
Touchdown Rates Can Really Help Fantasy Football Owners Find Quarterback Value
  JJ Zachariason - June 15
Fantasy football 2016 backfield situations by team
  Matt Franciscovich - June 16
Bengals Fantasy Preview
  Evan Silva - June 19
Adjusted Interceptions 2015
  Vince Verhei - June 20


7vs San Diego Chargers
8vs Green Bay Packers
9@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10@ Philadelphia Eagles
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12vs Arizona Cardinals
13vs Kansas City Chiefs
14@ Los Angeles Rams
15vs San Francisco 49ers
16@ Carolina Panthers
17vs New Orleans Saints