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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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Quick fantasy outlook: Matt Ryan has improved (significantly) as a passer in each of the last three years, going from 3,705 yards passing with 28 TDs and just nine interceptions thrown three years ago to 4,177 yards passing, 29 TDs and 12 interceptions thrown two years ago and finishing 2012 with 4,719 yards passing, with 32 TDs and 14 interceptions thrown. Ryan finished as the fifth-best fantasy quarterback in the league last year. He's been among the top-ten fantasy quarterbacks for three straight seasons, playing in all 16 games for the past three years. Ryan is just now entering the prime years of his career at 28 years of age. He is the linchpin of the Atlanta offense - Ryan handled every one of the 615 regular-season passes thrown for Atlanta during the 2012 season. Ryan's 2012 backup Luke McCown recorded two rushes for negative three yards over two appearances for the Falcons last year. The addition of running back Steven Jackson in free agency gives Ryan a good three-down running back with outstanding pass catching skills (40-50 receptions per season are a norm for Jackson) which should help Ryan continue his strong showings as a fantasy quarterback. Under Ryan's leadership, the Falcons finished first in the NFC South last year with a 13-3 regular season record, earning a first-round bye, and won a playoff game vs. the Seahawks during the divisional round before losing to San Francisco in the NFC conference championship game - Ryan threw three TDs in each playoff game, with 24/35 for 250 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions against Seattle and then 30/42 for 396 yards, three TDs ad one interception vs. San Francisco. Ryan wound up the 2012-13 post-season with a bang, not a whimper.

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