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QB Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons

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

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Matt Ryan wound up the third-best fantasy quarterback in 2016 as he threw for 4,944 yards with 38 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions. Ryan set career-best marks in passing yardage, touchdowns and interceptions thrown. In his second season in the Kyle Shanahan system, Ryan bounced back from a sub-par 2015 campaign (he was the 18th-ranked fantasy quarterback). However, Shanahan has since departed to become the head coach in San Francisco, and the Falcons turned to University of Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to take over their offense. Head coach Dan Quinn is on the record stating after hiring Sarkisian: "We love the way that we attack, and it took a lot of work to put that system in place. We have a real emphasis now on how we can fit guys into that system. It's very important that we stay consistent with that." Running back Devonta Freeman also commented on Sarkisian May 18, saying that the offense will stay "pretty much the same... A few tweaks here and there, but the majority of the same play calls, the same offense." We saw Ryan take a step back in his first season under coordinator Shanahan, so some slippage from his career-highs during 2016 would appear to be a reasonable expectation in the first year of this new coordinator's regime as the team learns the nuances of Sarkisian's approach - but a regression to 2015 levels doesn't appear to be in the cards. There are reasons for optimism about the Atlanta passing game to counter the shift from Shanahan to Sarkisian - Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel are entering their second seasons as Falcons and should be more comfortable with their teammates/in the offensive system during 2017. Gabriel, who arrived to the Falcons at the end of training camps after the Browns cut him, will benefit from his first full preseason/training camp with the team. Also, the offense returns essentially intact from 2016. Given all the above, the probability of another strong season from Ryan seem high entering 2017. (June 6)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 6, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 11, 12, 12, 16
Overall Redraft - 67, 31, 42, 42
QB Dynasty - 8, 4, 6, 7, 9, 9, 9
Overall Dynasty - 76, 46, 64, 71

Stats and Projections

2014 ATL 16 415 628 4694 28 14 29 145 0 2
2015 ATL 16 407 614 4591 21 16 37 63 0 5
2016 ATL 16 373 534 4944 38 7 35 117 0 2
2017 PROJ-Dodds 16 364 540 * * * 33 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 386 570 * * * 32 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 390 590 * * * 30 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 361 545 * * * 36 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 46
QB: 5

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Latest News

Falcons | Matt Ryan has not started extension talks (Wed Jul 19, 02:02 PM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan said he has not started contract extension talks with the Falcons at this point. He said he is not concerned about his next contract but is happy that owner Arthur Blank said Ryan will be compensated for his play.

Our View: Ryan is a franchise quarterback coming off the best year of his career. He's under contract with the Falcons through the 2018 season, but we could see them extend him early just to lock him up for a longer period of time. At 32-years old, Ryan is at the top of his game.
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Falcons | Matt Ryan was dominant downfield (Fri Jul 14, 02:49 AM) - Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw 13 touchdowns against zero interceptions on passes of 20 yards or more for a 133.9 QB Rating last season, according to Pro Football Focus.

Our View: Ryan is an aggressive downfield passer and when you've got Julio Jones at receiver you can have that boldness. Even though former OC Kyle Shanahan is now gone, we're expecting Ryan to pass for 30 touchdowns or more again this year. The new offense under OC Steve Sarkisian is still pretty much the same according to reports.
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2017 Schedule

1@ Chicago Bears
2vs Green Bay Packers
3@ Detroit Lions
4vs Buffalo Bills
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Miami Dolphins
7@ New England Patriots
8@ New York Jets
9@ Carolina Panthers
10vs Dallas Cowboys
11@ Seattle Seahawks
12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13vs Minnesota Vikings
14vs New Orleans Saints
15@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Carolina Panthers