Fantasy Football 2015: Top 20 Quarterbacks

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Oct 19, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws a pass in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

5. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the NFL, but in fantasy football, the numbers show just how useful he can be. 

Dec 28, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) calls a play against the Carolina Panthers during the first quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Last season, Ryan finished seventh among quarterbacks with 284.26 points. He completed 415 passes for 4,694 passes, 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan likes to get the football downfield, and this will help Ryan’s fantasy numbers.

He also has plenty of talent surrounding him. Julio Jones is one of the best receivers in the NFL; veteran Roddy White still has plenty to offer and rookie Justin Hardy can have plenty of success in the slot.

An improved run game with rookie Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman should open up opportunities for Ryan in the passing game also.

The biggest concern for Ryan is with his offensive line. Too often we’ve seen Ryan get under pressure quickly, and the line wasn’t adequately addressed this offseason.

Nevertheless, Ryan is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and will put up plenty of fantasy points throughout the season. Given the fact Atlanta has the ‘easiest’ strength of schedule as well as a high-scoring offense, Matty Ice is a safe pick at QB.

If you miss out on the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck early on, go right ahead and pickup Ryan a little later on.

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