Last week we saw the Atlanta Falcons fall again late in a crucial game, giving up a last second touchdown to the Cincinnati Bengals. Can the Falcons bounce back this week against another AFC North team? I’ll give you the latest fantasy outlook for this weeks matchup.
Last week while we saw the Falcons drop another close high scoring game at home, Matt Ryan and Calvin Ridley seem to still be connecting for big numbers. Ryan finished with 29.3 points, while Ridley came away with an outstanding week with 17.5, which is 16 points less then the previous week where he came away with 33.5. This week Matt Ryan is projected 19.2, and Ridley has been projected seven point five points. Now don’t be alarmed, these are just projections and we all know many times those numbers have no meaning come game time. Look at these two guys to have the biggest impact for the Falcons in this weeks matchup with the Steelers.
Pittsburgh lost a tough game to the Baltimore Ravens last week 26-14. Ben Roethlisberger came away with only 14.9 points and starting receiver Antonio Brown finished with 12.2 on five catches for 62 yards. Brown is projected 11.8 this week, and Roethlisberger sits at a projection of 19.4, look at these numbers to rise due to a depleted Falcons defense this week. Also at running back for the Steelers James Conner has been impressive so far with Le’Veon Bell still holding out, Conner is getting lots of game time and starts. Conner picked up just four points last week with the tough loss. Look for Conner to be a much bigger force with the Falcons defense still looking for answers with four starters sitting out this week. James Conner has been projected 16.7 points this week.
Falcons defense came away last week with just a single fantasy point, with a very disappointing performance against Cincinnati a week ago. Steelers didn’t fare any better last week finishing with a negative one point against a tough Ravens squad. We will be seeing both defenses struggle this week as both offenses look to continue their success through the air. Pittsburgh defense is seeing a four-point projection this week, while Atlanta sees a smaller number at three point nine points, being their defense is struggling with early season injuries so far.