When to Target the Atlanta Falcons in Fantasy Drafts

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 14: Matt Ryan /
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MIAMI GARDENS, FL – AUGUST 10: Matt Ryan (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – AUGUST 10: Matt Ryan (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images) /

QB Matt Ryan

Round 5; Projection – 4676 passing yards, 36 passing touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 108 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 2 fumbles lost, 3 2 point conversions: 337.84 fantasy points

The reigning league MVP set the fantasy world on fire last season after going either really late or even undrafted in most fantasy leagues.

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Ryan used his weapons effectively, to the tune of almost 5000 passing yards and nearly 40 passing touchdowns, to end up being the QB2 in all of fantasy football.

He should continue his efficient dominance despite a changing of the guard at the offensive coordinator position, as Steve Sarkisian will continue to run the same offense as Kyle Shanahan. A slight regression from last season’s all world numbers should be expected, but it won’t be anything too dramatic.

Ryan will compete with fellow NFC South QB Drew Brees to be the third QB off the board after Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. It’s best to wait on a QB because the position is so deep, but a 5th round pick is very solid value for a QB who should be a top 5 fantasy scorer once again this season. If Ryan is taken before the 5th round pick in your draft then there will be plenty of good options available in later rounds.