QB Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons
|6-4, 228||Born: 5-17-1985||College: Boston College||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2008|
Week 11: vs Dallas Cowboys
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Matt Ryan should be squarely in the MVP discussion right now. After all, he's actually posting more yards and fewer interceptions per game than in his 2016 season, when he did win the honor. He hasn't been drawing an appropriate amount of league-wide attention, primarily because his Falcons are sputtering at 4-5. But on the whole, Ryan is stretching his typical capabilities and presiding over one of the league's most eruptive passing games (a career-best 335 yards a game). Julio Jones continues to dominate opposing secondaries - he's now topped 100 yards in 4 straight games, and 6 of 9 overall. Jones is fantastic, of course, but some of the credit goes to rookie Calvin Ridley, who's brought a dynamic, versatile presence to this offense. Mohamed Sanu is generally solid, but Ridley has both provided a new, fun target for Ryan (56 yards a game and 7 touchdowns) and helped to open things up for Jones down the field. With explosive check-down men in tight end Austin Hooper and speedy back Tevin Coleman, Ryan is no longer boxed-in or limited by his all-around weaponry. That's allowed him and Jones to open things up and chase that glorious 2016 finish. The 2018 Cowboys are showing some fairly clear tendencies in pass defense. When facing mobile, athletic quarterbacks, they're stingy, forcing them to abandon throws and take off running. But sharp downfield passers are piling up the yardage, as seen last week, with Carson Wentz completing 73% of his throws for 360. The problem certainly doesn't lie with cornerback Byron Jones, who's emerged as an All-Pro caliber cover man. He's played a big role in limiting Corey Davis (just 56 yards on 10 targets) and Alshon Jeffery (48 on 8) over the last 2 weeks. Rather, it's been the safeties getting roasted, frequently failing to provide help and being beaten down the seams. Still, this unit has tightened considerably this year and is no longer a pushover for fantasy purposes. In fact, between Jones' emergence and the pass rush's occasionally dominant play, this is actually a matchup that's capable of stymying quarterbacks from time to time.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Matt Ryan's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs CLE (38 / 52 / 330 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Atlanta reached mid-field with some misdirection runs and passes during the first series, but the drive stalled when Ryan overshot Calvin Ridley in the left flat on second and five and then threw the ball away when Myles Garrett put pressure on the quarterback on third and five. Ryan delivered a pair of completions during its third drive to reach midfield on a pair of play-action rolls and throws across his frame to tight ends Logan Paulsen and Austin Hooper. Ryan targeted his tight ends and backs six times before finally completing a pass to his first wide receiver during the game. The inability to connect with receivers early led to multi-play drives but only three points in three series. Ryan targeted Hooper and Paulsen twice more on roll outs crossing from the backside in the red zone midway through the second quarter and capped the drive with a quick receiver screen to Jones from the Cleveland one. Ryan hit Jones on a sail route during the two-minute drill after gaining a four-point lead on Atlanta late in the half. Ryan then overshot Ito Smith two plays later and took a sack to end the half. Jones began the second half with a 24-yard dino route with a great Ryan look-off. Denzel Ward nearly picked off Ryan on a third and seven out route where Ryan threw the ball behind Calvin Ridley's break during the third quarter and it forced another punt. The Browns defense dropped deep repeatedly and forced Ryan to create and it led to a 1-for-7 rate during the first 40 minutes of play for Atlanta. Ryan was stymied by the coverage on his outside receivers and timely pressure despite earning a career-high with 38 completed passes. Late in the game he, made a great throw off balance and under pressure to Hooper on 4th and goal for a touchdown to get Atlanta within 12 but he took a strip sack in the waning minutes and the Browns sealed the game.
2018 Week 9 vs WAS (26 / 38 / 350 / 4 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The quarterback converted a pair of third down passes to reach midfield and then found Tevin Coleman on a 39-yard screen at the left edge of the defense for a touchdown. Quentin Dunbar slipped inside Calvin Ridley for an interception in the red zone on a route where Ridley didn't break tight enough. Ryan converted seven consecutive third downs in this game with passes to Coleman, Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, and Austin Hooper. Ryan Kerrigan sacked Matt Ryan off the left edge with three minutes left in the first half, taking an inside move on Jake Matthews and meeting Ryan untouched to begin a drive after Washington cut the score to 14-7. Ryan took a second sack during the drive with Matt Leonidis working inside guard Ben Garland. Coleman scored again on a swing pass to the right side. Ryan dealt with pressure during this game and took sacks early in the second half but Atlanta's line play won this game handily for Atlanta.
2018 Week 7 vs NYG (31 / 39 / 379 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Pressure reached Matt Ryan repeatedly during the first two drives of the game, resulting in three sacks - two off the right guard and tackle and the third from an unblocked corner blitz off the left side. Atlanta punted to end both drives. Short gains and an offensive line penalty led to a third consecutive punt in as many series. Ryan delivered consecutive big plays in the fourth series, hitting Austin Hooper on an 36-yard corner route and then a play-action post to Marvin Hall for a 47-yard touchdown. After Brandon Fusco limped off the field late in the half, Ryan found Jones on a go route and pressure forced him to underthrow it but Jones worked back to the ball to generate a defensive pass interference call. On the next play, Ryan threw the ball behind Austin Hooper on a skinny post in the end zone and Hooper could only get one hand on the ball. Ryan took a fourth sack midway through the third quarter but a defensive holding penalty by Eli Apple on Julio Jones nullified the third-down sack and resulted in an automatic first down. Ryan found Ito Smith for 20 yards on a shallow cross versus a corner and safety blitz from the same side for a first down to reach the Atlanta 40. Ryan then earned a streak of 17 consecutive completions in the game with a mix of short and intermediate passes.
2018 Week 6 vs TB (31 / 41 / 354 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
The quarterback distributed the ball twice to Calvin Ridley, once to Julio Jones, and once to Austin Hooper with short passes before finding Mohamed Sanu on an over route in stride for a 35-yard score. Ryan threw the ball too deep in the second quarter on a play-action route to Julio Jones that was wide open but Jones read the safety correctly and Ryan didn't. Ryan delivered three passes of 17,17, and 16 yards to Hooper, Justin Hardy, and Jones within 30 seconds to drive the field and set up a half-ending field goal to extend its lead to 11 points. Ryan began the second half poorly. He tried to pitch a ball while falling and nearly pitched it behind Tevin Coleman. He misfired on a short pass and then delivered an ill-advised screen on third-down. Ryan took a sack from Jason Pierre-Paul on an inside rush on third down to force a second punt in as many drives during the third quarter. Ryan began the fourth quarter with a play action boot to the left for a big gain to Jones then unloaded a deep pass that he underthrew to the receiver on the next play.
2018 Week 5 vs PIT (26 / 38 / 285 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
After a few short passes, Ryan took a sack when a linebacker and defensive back overloaded the left side of the line on third down near midfield and left Tevin Coleman overwhelmed. This forced an Atlanta punt in lieu of 56-yard field goal attempt. The Steelers blitzed again and Coleman was late coming off play action and forced Ryan into the pocket for a second sack in the first half. Ryan's greatest success came when he could exploit the middle of the Steelers' defense with Austin Hooper and Mohamed Sanu. He found Sanu up the seam for a 43-yard touchdown; Sanu earning most of the yardage after the catch. T.J. Watt sacked Ryan a third down; this time in the red zone and then a fourth time during the same drive to force a 47-yard field goal attempt. Ryan took sack from J.T. Watt deep in Atlanta's territory that put the game away 41-17 when Ryan fumbled the ball in to the end zone and Pittsburgh recovered.
2018 Week 4 vs CIN (29 / 39 / 419 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Atlanta went empty on its second third down of the initial drive and Ryan found Julio Jones in the middle of the field while throwing on the move, squeezing the ball between the linebacker and safety to get the offense to the Bengals' 11. Ryan beat the blitz during the second drive with a quick slant to Julio Jones and followed with a crossing route check-down to Tevin Coleman that he made on the move to get Atlanta to midfield. Ryan overshot Mohamed Sanu on a crossing route in Bengals territory. Two plays later, Ryan climbed the pocket and found the receiver across the middle for a first down. Ryan later found Sanu on the same deep crossing route where they misconnected earlier, gaining 36 yards late in the half. Atlanta had a first and goal at the Cincinnati eight after a blocked punt to begin the second half but a false start, an Atkins tackle for a loss, and a third-down sack of Matt Ryan led to Atlanta settling for a 28-yard field goal. Ryan was lucky on a late hitch that should have been a pick-six if not for the cornerback dropping the ball with Atlanta up by two points in the middle of the fourth quarter. Ryan took three untimely sacks in this game, including two in the red zone in the second half of the game. Ryan also was too cautious on a wide-open post route and overshot a wide-open Austin Hooper in the red zone.
2018 Week 3 vs NO (26 / 35 / 374 / 5 / 0 pass, 4 / 12 / 0 rush)
The veteran felt pressure repeatedly during the first quarter and either had to throw the ball away or behind receivers. However, he also converted multiple third-down targets during his second drive, including a dig route to Calvin Ridley, which he followed with a stutter-go for a touchdown to tie the game. Ryan took a sack from rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport who bulled through Alex Mack on a third down during Atlanta's third drive. Ryan overshot Ridley on a deep post in the middle of the second quarter and two Saints defenders committed uncalled fouls on Ridley during the route. Ryan underthrew a deep post to Ridley that resulted in a 45-yard penalty on the defense and put Atlanta in the red zone to begin the second half. Ryan found Ridley along the end line for the third touchdown. Ryan re-took the lead with his fourth touchdown pass - this one to Tevin Coleman at the right sideline in the red zone. Ryan found Jones on a deep post and laid it up there to let Jones run under it and even slow down for it in the fourth quarter. However, pressure continued to hound Ryan. Cameron Jordan got his second sack of Ryan in the game--this time on a third down in the red zone that forced Atlanta to kick a field goal to take a two-point lead in the middle of the fourth quarter, but the Saints committed a personal foul and gave Atlanta a first and goal inside the Saints' three. Ryan found Sanu on the next play off a sprint right to the front pylon but the Saints forced overtime, won the toss, and scored a touchdown on the opening possession for the win.
2018 Week 2 vs CAR (23 / 28 / 272 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 18 / 2 rush)
The Falcons quarterback threw a lot of outs early in the game and ran twice for positive yards. He ignored a wide open Calvin Ridley on a crossing route on one of those runs. He overshot Julio Jones by 10 yards on a third and long during the second drive, forcing a punt. Carolina, especially Luke Kuechly seemed in-tune with the Atlanta offensive tendencies in the first half and forced a lot of short plays. However a pass interference foul against Atlanta and the ground game set up Atlanta's first touchdown pass to Calvin Ridley on a short slant. After throwing a sail route to Jones early in the third quarter with a lot of air under it, Ryan got hit and the ball sailed on an intended post route to Jones and Carolina intercepted the early third-quarter pass. Ryan put Atlanta up by 14 with a dive into three defenders on a red zone play and keeping his feet to spin for the score.
2018 Week 1 vs PHI (21 / 43 / 251 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Ryan found Julio Jones twice during the first drive with a quick out and a third-down sail route to reach the red zone. He overthrew Devonta Freeman on a shallow route to the right flat on third and one with a yard to go. Ryan extended the second drive with a third-down scramble to the right sideline after overthrowing Mohamed Sanu two plays before--earning field goal range. Ryan found Tevin Coleman on a throwback screen for 26 yards to reach the Eagles 10. Ryan was consistently wide or high on targets over the middle during the first quarter. His throw was well outside Sanu on a route up the left sideline. Ryan was a beat late to Calvin Ridley and nearly picked off late in the half. Ryan found Jones on a double move in the third quarter that could have flipped the field but the official said Jones failed to maintain possession of the ball. On the next play, Ryan committed an intentional grounding penalty. Ryan threw behind Jones on a third down late in the third quarter, forcing another punt. Ryan then threw a poor deep post to Jones that was nowhere near the target. He finished the drive with an interception that he airmailed without velocity to Jones at the left sideline inside the Eagles' five. Ryan took a third sack during the game and lost the ball in the middle of the fourth quarter after cycling through three progressions. He regained his accuracy inside the two-minute warning on a post to Julio Jones for 36 yards but took a fourth sack with less than two minutes left. He then found Jones for another 18 yards while taking a hit. He took the fifth sack in this game while in the red zone, which forced a third down with 30 seconds left.
Latest NewsFalcons | Matt Ryan better at home (Sun Nov 18, 12:55 PM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has thrown 14 of his 21 touchdown passes at home this season. link to story Falcons | Matt Ryan throws for 330 yards (Sun Nov 11, 03:58 PM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan went 38-for-52 for 330 yards and two touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns in Week 10. Our View: Ryan and the Falcons offense had some red zone woes and wasn't as effective as hoped at Cleveland. Ryan's fantasy line was still solid, but could have been better. The Falcons season is on life support with Dallas coming.
link to story Falcons | Four scores for Matt Ryan (Sun Nov 4, 08:11 PM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 26 of 38 passes for 350 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in a 38-14 win over the Washington Redskins in Week 9. Our View: Ryan had a poor game on the road in Pittsburgh, but he was masterful against a Washington defense that was highly rated coming into the game. He'll face a wilting Cleveland defense next week.
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