• Matt Ryan

  • QB
  • , Atlanta Falcons
  • 35
  • 220 lbs
  • 6' 4"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Over the last eight years, Ryan has finished seventh or better in even years and 11th or worse in odd years. This is hardly scientific, but 2020 is an even year and Ryan is poised for another top-12 season. He lost Austin Hooper, but the Falcons reloaded quickly by trading for Hayden Hurst, whose yards per route run exceeded Hooper’s last season. Atlanta also added Todd Gurley to replace Devonta Freeman.

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Scouting report

by Bill Riccette

ATL QB Matt Ryan - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Matt Ryan has seemed to consistently fly under the radar over the years in fantasy circles, even with a pair of top-two fantasy quarterback finishes over the past four seasons. Then we add in this fantasy nugget from John Paulsen: "Over the last eight years, Ryan has finished seventh or better in even years and 11th or worse in odd years." And as it is, this is an odd-numbered year and Ryan has arguably the best wide-receiver duo to throw to with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley (though Buccaneers fans might argue differently). Even at 35 years old, Ryan can still sling the football. Ryan also now has Hayden Hurst at tight end and Todd Gurley in the backfield. Atlanta also has its offensive line intact from 2019, which will be very important in this strange, unprecedented season.

Fantasy Downside

As with all quarterbacks 35 years or older, there's always the concern for the start of a decline in play. Some argue Ryan did decline in 2019. He missed Week 8 of last season with an ankle sprain but still came back to finish 11th in total fantasy scoring among quarterbacks.

2020 Bottom Line

2020 is certainly a key season for everyone with the Atlanta Falcons, particularly the coaching staff and head coach Dan Quinn. There is definitely a lot of pressure on this team to bounce back from a 7-9 finish and to continue the momentum they created in the second half of the season, where they won six out of eight. That starts with Ryan. And if John's notes hold true, Ryan should have another fine even-numbered season and be a quality fallback option after the pairing of Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson.

2020 Strength of Schedule - ATL

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
17
SEA
20
@DAL
5
CHI
12
@GB
9
CAR
6
@MIN
30
DET
9
@CAR
11
DEN
BYE18
@NO
29
LV
18
NO
7
@LAC
16
TB
15
@KC
16
@TB

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats

WkOppCompAttPaYdsPaTDIntYPAYPRRuAttYdsTDFumYPCPtsSnaps%
1@MIN3346304226.619.212240012.0018.678/78100.0%
2PHI2743320337.4411.8523001.5019.166/66100.0%
3@IND2934304318.9410.4823001.5022.561/61100.0%
4TEN3553397007.4911.34218019.0015.780/80100.0%
5@HOU3246330317.1710.3137102.3329.974/74100.0%
6@ARI3036356409.8911.8727003.5030.969/69100.0%
7LAR1627159015.899.9412012.002.646/5583.6%
8SEA---------------
9BYE---------------
10@NO2035182215.209.10213006.5014.679/79100.0%
11@CAR21313111010.0314.8120000.0016.464/6598.5%
12TB2346271015.8911.7818018.007.676/8787.4%
13NO3550312226.248.91321017.0016.693/93100.0%
14CAR2034313209.2115.6518008.0021.370/7297.2%
15@SF2539210205.388.40527005.4019.167/67100.0%
16JAX3245384128.5312.0046001.5016.075/75100.0%
17@TB3051313106.1410.4320010.0014.589/89100.0%
Per game27.2041.07297.731.730.937.2510.952.279.800.070.334.3217.6972.47/74.0097.78%
Totals408616446626147.2510.9534147154.32265.341087/111097.78%
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