If the roller coaster ride of supporting an NFL team is number one, the highs and lows of managing a fantasy football franchise is a close second.
In a couple of months, fantasy owners will be game planning ahead of their league’s 2015 draft, making sure their team is ready to win the championship this year, or in my case, collapse in the playoffs.
Dan Quinn will be hoping to lead the Atlanta Falcons back into the playoffs in 2015, but can any of the Falcons players help your fantasy team reach the playoffs too?
With the football season slowly approaching, Rotoworld has released their top 150 fantasy players of 2015, and there are four Falcons on the list.
8. Julio Jones — “Expect career year as WR1 in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.”
70. Tevin Coleman — “Favorite for lead back work in Kyle Shanhan’s O.”
83. Roddy White — “Can still play, but often injured & 34 in November.”
114. Matt Ryan — “Weapons diminishing & pass-happy OC Koetter gone.”
Julio Jones is hardly a surprise to be taken so high, as he was the eighth highest scorer among wide receivers in 2014. He will be Matt Ryan’s main weapon again, and add in the fact he’s entering a contract year and you have the makings of a first round fantasy pick.
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A little more surprising is the fact Matt Ryan falls all the way to No. 114. Ryan ranked ninth in fantasy points last season among all players, and was the seventh best quarterback. Even if the Falcons want to utilize the ground game more, it still seems a little low for Ryan to drop this far.
Speaking of the ground game, Tevin Coleman makes the list at No. 70, as he is likely to be the starting running back for the Falcons next season. It’s always tough to predict how a rookie will fare and how many points they will rack up, but I agree Coleman will be worth a shot in the sixth round in fantasy leagues.
Roddy White makes the list at No. 83, and there can’t be too many complaints with this. With the amount of wide receiver talent in the NFL, especially when it comes to fantasy, it would be tough to trust White in an important role on the team. He could be a useful flex option or add good depth on the bench.
Jones is the standout here, and it will be interesting to see whether the other three will rise up these rankings.