WR Justin Hardy - Atlanta Falcons
|5-10, 192||Born: 12-18-1991||College: East Carolina||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2015|
Week 11: at Carolina Panthers
FBG says: Tough matchup. Matt Ryan has been one of football's most prolific passers here in 2019, topping 300 yards in 6 of his 7 full games. He hasn't been particularly efficient of late, though, posting just 5.5 yards per attempt over his last 2 games. Overall, it's fair to lower the Falcons' ceiling projections a bit, especially with injuries at the skill positions. Ryan always projects to strong volume, but his dynamic receiving corps takes a hit with Austin Hooper's multi-week injury. Hooper would make for a great mismatch against the Panthers, who struggle mightily with tight ends. Julio Jones has averaged 88 yards per game on the year, and he's topped 75 in 4 straight. Yet he hasn't found the end zone since Week 3 - he's just not much of a red-zone dominator - and will face tough outside coverage from James Bradberry and Donte Jackson. Perhaps Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage will have easier times in the slot. With both Hooper and running back Devonta Freeman on the shelf and Mohamed Sanu gone, Gage should be especially busy on quick-hitting throws and check-downs underneath. The Carolina pass defense has gelled beautifully here in 2019 as a borderline-shutdown unit. They've harassed and all but stifled more than their share of strong quarterbacks, including Jared Goff, Jameis Winston, Deshaun Watson, and Aaron Rodgers (a combined 6.2 yards per attempt and 2 touchdowns). They've allowed a handful of high-volume, high-yardage lines, but those numbers have been largely inflated by garbage-time play. Last Sunday, this group kept Rodgers under wraps for just 233 yards - and out of the end zone. Cornerbacks James Bradberry and Donte Jackson have both played at a Pro Bowl level, locking down most of the outside receivers they've faced. The Panthers struggle most inside, where the linebackers (even Luke Kuechly) and safeties are often liabilities up the seams. They've allowed big fantasy days to both slot receivers and tight ends, and Davante Adams had some success inside last week. At first glance, this matchup looks primed for an underneath battle, with Matt Ryan and the Falcons' slot men busy on quick-hitting throws.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Justin Hardy's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 8 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Schaub found Hardy for eight yards on a play-action boot to the right. He got open on a slant late in the half but threw the ball behind the receiver and Shaq Griffin knocked it loose. Hardy and Hooper got crossed up on the direction of a route break that put them in the same area of a third quarter pass that fell incomplete. He earned a first down on a screen pass up the left sideline late in the game.
2019 Week 7 vs LAR (2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
He earned a pair of catches in the right flat against soft zones late in the game during a final drive.
2019 Week 4 vs TEN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He missed a block of the safety on a 4th and 1 late in the half that led to a turnover on downs.
2019 Week 3 vs IND (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
He earned the catch on a flat route to set up a third and one early in the second half.
2019 Week 1 vs MIN (5 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
He caught a five-yard check-down during the third series. A few plays later, Ryan found Hardy for 23 yards on a check-down in the zone and gave Hardy room to run. Hardy dropped a slant against tight coverage from Xavier Rhodes on third and five with less than 10 left in the game. He dropped a two-point conversion against tight coverage on a fade against Xavier Rhodes. He caught a comeback late in the game against Rhodes down 6-28.
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