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WR Nick Williams - Atlanta Falcons

5-10, 184Born: 11-23-1990College: ConnecticutDrafted: ---

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Week 15: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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FBG says: Good matchup. Try as he might, Matt Ryan cannot seem to break through as an upper-tier fantasy producer here in 2017. His dazzling 2016 is firmly in the rearview; Ryan has regressed from last year in completion rate, touchdown rate, and all of his adjusted yardage numbers. They've fallen in line with his career rates, which have typically kept him a low-end fantasy QB1, but the Falcons' drop-off in passing volume has left him with his lowest yards-per-game (252.2) since 2010. Ryan has topped 221 yards just once over the past 5 games, and he's thrown just 2 touchdowns over his last 3. Lacking in both volume and touchdown upside, he's a tough sell as a Week 15 play, even in a tasty matchup. The only piece of this passing game to prioritize remains Julio Jones, who's always a real threat to chase 150 yards, but who remains allergic to the red zone. And Ryan's ceiling doesn't realistically extend far beyond Jones, so he's not a major priority, even against this Buccaneers secondary. This has been one of the league's more targetable units at various points throughout the season. They've allowed more yardage on the year than anyone (280 per game), a number that's been amplified by an exceptionally rough 4-game stretch that's still going. The Buccaneers shut down Brett Hundley 2 weeks ago, but were torn to shreds by Matt Moore/Jay Cutler (365 yards), Matt Ryan/Mohamed Sanu (368), and Matthew Stafford (381). The cornerbacks have been inconsistent at best (and often atrocious); aside from Brent Grimes, there's not a single dependable cover man in the secondary. Since Week 9 they've allowed 85+ yards and 1+ touchdowns each to Robby Anderson, Kenny Stills, Julio Jones (a whopping 253 and 2), and Golden Tate.

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Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 4 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)

The reserve earned 14 yards as the inside trips man late in the half, picking up the first down inside the Bills' 25. He earned a first down on a short out in the third quarter against off coverage. Then, Ryan led Williams too far on a deep slant and Williams tipped the ball into the air while diving for it. Safety Micah Hyde made a diving interception of the ball and returned it to Atlanta territory. Williams caught a hook in the left flat on third down for a first down with a little more than two minutes left against physical coverage at the catch point.


Latest News

Falcons | Week 14 inactives for Falcons (Thu Dec 7, 07:16 PM) - The Atlanta Falcons have declared OG Andy Levitre, CB C.J. Goodwin, TE Eric Saubert, CB Leon McFadden, WR Nick Williams, OG Sean Harlow, LB Sean Weatherspoon inactive for Week 14.

Falcons | Week 13 inactives for Atlanta (Sun Dec 3, 11:42 AM) - The Atlanta Falcons have declared OG Sean Harlow, RB Terrence Magee, OT Austin Pasztor, CB Brian Poole, CB Desmond Trufant, LB Sean Weatherspoon, WR Nick Williams inactive for Week 13.

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