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Atlanta Falcons

QB Matt Ryan
By scout Anthony Stalter

Super Bowl vs. New England
Matt Ryan completed 27-of-38 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns in the Falcons' 44-21 victory over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game two weeks ago. In his two postseason appearances this year, Ryan has completed 53-of-75 pass attempts for 730 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions. He has been surgical since the playoffs began and has only built on his MVP-caliber regular season. While we have him listed behind Tom Brady for our Super Bowl rankings, Ryan is projected to throw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns against the Patriots. Brady simply has a better matchup versus Atlanta's defense, which is why he is our QB1 for the Super Bowl and Ryan is our QB2.

RB Devonta Freeman
By scout Anthony Stalter

Super Bowl vs. New England
Devonta Freeman rushed 14 times for 42 yards while adding four catches for 42 yards in the Falcons' victory over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. He once again split the work load with Tevin Coleman and was more effective than his stats would indicate. In two playoff games, Freeman has rushed 28 times for 87 yards and a touchdown while catching eight passes for 122 yards and an additional score through the air. Out of the five running backs we ranked for the Super Bowl, Freeman is our RB1. He has a difficult matchup versus the Patriots and their No. 2-ranked defense against fantasy running backs, but Freeman's usage will be high.

RB Tevin Coleman
By scout Anthony Stalter

Super Bowl vs. New England
Tevin Coleman rushed 11 times for 29 yards and a touchdown while adding three catches for 35 yards in the Falcons' 44-21 victory over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. Coleman once again split the workload with Devonta Freeman and should see regular work on Sunday when the Falcons take on the Patriots in Super Bowl 51. Out of the five running backs we ranked for Sunday's big game, Coleman is our RB2. He makes for an excellent play in DFS given his price tag. He should see plenty of work as a receiver as the Falcons try to exploit the edges of the Patriots' defense.

WR Julio Jones
By scout Anthony Stalter

Super Bowl vs. New England
Julio Jones went off in the Falcons' 44-21 victory over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game, catching nine-of-12 targets for 180 yards and two touchdowns. His first score came right before halftime as he made a toe-tapping reception along the sidelines and his second score was a soul-crushing 73-yard catch in which he broke multiple tackles on his way to the end zone. While he has been limited in practice leading up to the Super Bowl, there's no question that he'll play on Sunday. He might not be 100-percent because of his toe injury, but he'll face plenty of attention from the Patriots' defense. Jones ranks as our WR2 for the Super Bowl, listed behind only Julian Edelman.

WR Mohamed Sanu
By scout Anthony Stalter

Super Bowl vs. New England
Mohamed Sanu caught five-of-seven targets for 52 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers. It was Sanu's second touchdown of the postseason as he has proven to be a valuable role player in Atlanta's explosive offense. That's also the problem in fantasy: he's simply a role player. With the way Matt Ryan distributes the ball around in the Falcons offense, it's unlikely Sanu is going to have a huge game. He ranks as our WR4 for Sunday's matchup with the Patriots, but Taylor Gabriel and Malcolm Mitchell over more upside if you're looking to fill out your DFS lineup for the Super Bowl.

WR Taylor Gabriel
By scout Anthony Stalter

Super Bowl vs. New England
Taylor Gabriel caught two-of-three targets for 24 yards in the Falcons' victory over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. It wasn't Gabriel's best performance, as he dropped a pass when he was wide open on Atlanta's first possession, then put the ball on the ground on a botched end-around later in the game. That said, Gabriel has plenty of deep-threat potential in this offense, and Ryan is sure to take a shot or two deep this Sunday against the Patriots. Thus, Gabriel could be an intriguing dart throw if you're looking for a WR to fill out your DFS team. He ranks as our WR5 for Super Bowl 51.

WR Aldrick Robinson
By scout Anthony Stalter

Super Bowl vs. New England
Aldrick Robinson failed to get on the stat sheet in the Falcons' 44-21 win over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. He was the intended target on a sideline pass earlier in the game, but failed to come down with the catch. With Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Taylor Gabriel, Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman all likely to get looks ahead of Robinson, the little-used fourth receiver isn't a good DFS option this weekend. Robinson ranks as our WR8 for Super Bowl 51.

WR Justin Hardy
By scout Anthony Stalter

Super Bowl vs. New England
Justin Hardy wasn't targeted in the Falcons' 44-21 win over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. Hardy is a sound possession receiver, but he doesn't see much action with Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel operating in the same offense. He ranks as our WR9 for Super Bowl 51 and isn't a good DFS play this Sunday.

TE Austin Hooper
By scout Anthony Stalter

Super Bowl vs. New England
Austin Hooper caught both of his targets for 23 yards in the Falcons' 44-21 win over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. The tight end has now caught three passes for 33 yards in the playoffs, and while he isn't used much in Atlanta's explosive offense, he is the Falcons' tight end to own in DFS play. He ranks behind only New England's Martellus Bennett as our TE2 for Super Bowl Sunday.

TE Levine Toilolo
By scout Anthony Stalter

Super Bowl vs. New England
Levine Toilolo was targeted twice in the Falcons' 44-21 victory over the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. He caught one of those passes for just five yards and now has three catches for 31 yards in two playoff games. Austin Hooper is the Falcons' tight end to own in DFS play, although Toilolo does have two touchdowns this season. Atlanta doesn't use its tight ends much, so it's hard to get a sense of whether or not Hooper or Toilolo will play any sort of role in Super Bowl 51. That said, Hooper is still the better bet.

New England Patriots

QB Tom Brady
By scout Joe Holka

Super Bowl vs. Atlanta
Tom Brady went 32-42 passing for 384 yards with three touchdowns in a 36-17 win against the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. Brady finished the regular season with the second-highest Total QBR (83.1) and Yards Per Attempt (8.2). The Falcons gave up the fifth-most passing yards and passing touchdowns in the NFL and the Angry Tom narratives are still in full effect. Unsurprisingly, the Falcons rank as an above average matchup in regards to QB aFPA.

RB LeGarrette Blount
By scout Joe Holka

Super Bowl vs. Atlanta
LeGarrette Blount had 16-carries for 47-yards and a touchdown, paired with one catch for eight yards on one target in a 36-17 win against the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. Blount is a risky option without guaranteed volume, but he has as much touchdown equity as any running back in the Super Bowl. While he led the league in red-zone carries and finished second in total touchdowns, Blount is a TD- and game-flow dependent power runner who needs clock-killing time to be effective. Atlanta ranks 26th at defending RBs out of the backfield per DVOA, and are an above average matchup overall in regards to RB aFPA

RB Dion Lewis
By scout Joe Holka

Super Bowl vs. Atlanta
Dion Lewis took a step back two weeks ago as he was given six carries in which he accumulated 11 yards rushing and had 8 yards receiving on two targets in a 36-17 win against the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. Lewis, who had been sharing early-down work with LeGarrette Blount, emerged as the lead back against the Texans, but was not a large piece of the game plan against the Steelers. Belichick will almost certainly get Lewis more involved in the Super Bowl. Atlanta ranks 26th at defending RBs out of the backfield per DVOA, and are an above average matchup overall in regards to RB aFPA.

RB James White
By scout Joe Holka

Super Bowl vs. Atlanta
James White had one rush for zero yards, but caught three balls for eight yards on four targets in a 36-17 win against the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. This three-way committee makes any backfield option volatile, and White’s usage has been limited to exclusively a pass catching role. Even that is pretty thin at this point. Atlanta ranks 26th at defending RBs out of the backfield per DVOA, and are an above average matchup overall in regards to RB aFPA.

WR Julian Edelman
By scout Joe Holka

Super Bowl vs. Atlanta
Julian Edelman continued his dominance last week with a 8-118-1 line on 10 targets in a 36-17 win against the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. His 29.3-percent target market share was second in the NFL this season and ranks fourth in yards after the catch (three yards per target). Edelman has a good overall matchup this week in regards to WR aFPA and will run the majority of his routes against Brian Poole in the slot.

WR Chris Hogan
By scout Joe Holka

Super Bowl vs. Atlanta
Chris Hogan stole the show with a 9-180-2 line on 10 targets in a 36-17 win against the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. In his coming out party, Hogan showed elite ability to separate from coverage. Hogan has a good overall matchup this week in regards to WR aFPA, but a tougher individual matchup as he will run the majority of his routes against Jalen Collins.

TE Martellus Bennett
By scout Joe Holka

Super Bowl vs. Atlanta
Martellus Bennett had five receptions for 32-yards on five targets in a 36-17 win against the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. He hasn’t been a huge part of the game plan and has disappeared at times this season, but he is a legitimate red zone threat for Tom Brady. The Falcons rank as a below average matchup in regards to TE aFPA.

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