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Matt Ryan | Quarterback

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/17/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 217
College: Boston College
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ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure expects the team to remain a pass-happy offense.
One offensive player told McClure that he expects the offense to be "50-50" in terms of balance, but McClure isn't "buying it." We aren't, either. Atlanta's defense is going to struggle mightily, putting the offense in shootouts. McClure expects Ryan to again be top-five in passing yards for the third consecutive season, a year after attempting a career-high 651 passes. With Julio Jones and Roddy White returning to full health and Steven Jackson a year older, OC Dirk Koetter is going to lean on his aerial attack. Harry Douglas could even offer WR3 value. Jun 27 - 1:50 PM

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Tony Gonzalez believes former teammate Matt Ryan is not yet an elite quarterback.

Gonzalez made the comments on ESPN's NFL Live Thursday. "Matt’s an excellent quarterback," Gonzalez said. "But he’s not elite. He’s this close. He’ll get there, but he has some learning to do." Gonzo is right, but it's surprising he'd be so upfront about his former quarterback barely a month after hanging it up. Ryan made it more clear than ever in 2013 that he's not a Peyton Manning-style elevator, but still someone who needs his teammates to elevate him to "elite" heights.
Feb 6 - 4:57 PM

Matt Ryan completed 28-of-40 passes for 280 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Panthers.

Ryan (nine sacks) predictably took a beating as Atlanta's woeful offensive line went turnstile against Carolina's fearsome front four. It was a fitting end to a brutal season. Ryan and the offense went into the tank in the middle part of the year, but that can almost exclusively be blamed on the absences of both Julio Jones (foot) and Roddy White (ankle, hamstring). The sixth-year quarterback still finished with 4,515 yards, 26 touchdowns and a sparkling 67.4 completion percentage. As long as Julio can get back to 100 percent for Week 1, Ryan will be a fine QB1 in 2014 fantasy drafts.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 05:18:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 37-of-48 passes for 348 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in Monday night's Week 16 loss to the 49ers.

Ryan played phenomenal football on Monday night. It was mostly a catch-and-release game for him, like it always is with this turnstile offensive line he plays behind, but Ryan was extremely accurate. One interception came on a tipped ball that was returned for a game-sealing pick-six, while the final pick was on a last-second Hail Mary into the end zone. Matty Ice's first touchdown pass, a 39-yard strike to Roddy White, was a thing of beauty. Ryan dropped it right into White behind two defenders. The second score came on a broken play to Tony Gonzalez. Considering the cards Ryan has been dealt this season, he's played admirably. He and the 4-11 Falcons will wrap up their season with the Panthers next Sunday.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 12:09:00 AM

Matt Ryan completed 29-of-38 passes for 210 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in Week 15 against the Redskins.

Ryan averaged a lousy 5.5 YPA as he was under pressure all day, just as he has been all year long behind one of the league's worst offensive lines. Ryan spread the ball around, targeting each of Tony Gonzalez, Roddy White, and Harry Douglas a team-high seven times. Matty Ice hooked up with Gonzo for a 13-yard score in the first quarter. The two came one yard short of another touchdown strike in the second half. Ryan will be a mid-to-low QB2 next week in San Fran.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 04:40:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 20-of-35 passes for 206 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the Falcons' Week 14 loss to Green Bay.

Ryan played a better game than the stats and result indicate; he wasn't helped by six drops from his receivers, headlined by slot man Harry Douglas' most glaring mistakes. Ryan will be a better fantasy bet and quality low-end QB1 option when the Falcons face the left-for-dead Redskins defense in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 04:21:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 28-of-47 passes for 311 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's Week 13 win over the Bills.

Ryan didn't push the ball downfield much (his longest completion went for 29 yards), but he finally got Roddy White into the mix for a 10/143/0 line. It's big for his rest-of-season value. With White getting attention on the outside, Tony Gonzalez and Harry Douglas will have more room to work the middle. Despite all the Falcons issues, Ryan is still on pace to throw for 4,628 yards with 25 touchdowns. He'll be a borderline QB1 against the Packers in Week 14, but note that the game is at Lambeau. Ryan and the Falcons traditionally fare much better in domes, where Sunday's Toronto game was.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 08:09:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 30-of-39 passes for 297 yards in Atlanta's Week 12 loss to the Saints.

Ryan was a checkdown machine in a game that lulled its viewers to sleep, dumping the ball off to anyone willing to take it. Harry Douglas finished with a zero-calorie nine catches, while Darius Johnson caught six passes for 67 yards. Ryan never threatened deep, necessitating long drives to score. Most of them bogged down in field-goal range. Ryan also drew the ire of in-game attendee Samuel L. Jackson when he opted to slide rather than try for a touchdown on a 3rd-and-10 scramble from the Saints' 10-yard line late in the second quarter. It wasn't a terrible game from a quarterback playing without his top weapon, but hardly an inspiring one. Ryan gets the Bills on the road in Week 13.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 11:35:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 19-of-36 throws for 254 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Falcons' Week 11 loss to Tampa Bay.

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy dominated the Falcons' offensive line to the extent that C Peter Konz had to be benched in the game. Atlanta's offense simply never got off the ground, and has been struggling ever since it lost Julio Jones to a year-ending foot injury early in the season. Now entrenched as a QB2 -- not a fantasy starter -- Ryan will only be worth two-quarterback-league consideration when the Falcons face the Saints on Thursday Night Football in Week 12.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 04:06:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 23-of-36 passes for 172 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's Week 10 loss to the Seahawks.

Ryan never had a shot. Facing the league's premier secondary behind a turnstile offensive line, he couldn't get any time to push the ball downfield. And even if he did, Richard Sherman had Roddy White locked up and Kam Chancellor was all over Tony Gonzalez. Things will be easier against the Bucs next week, but the lack of Julio Jones and a running game are proving extremely difficult to overcome. He's a borderline QB1.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 04:56:00 PM

Matt Ryan has completed 55 of his last 89 pass attempts for 511 yards (5.74 YPA), two touchdowns, and seven interceptions.

In Week 10, Ryan takes on a Seattle defense that ranks second versus the pass and has limited opposing signal callers to a 9:13 TD-to-INT ratio through nine games. The Seahawks are tied for third in the NFL in sacks. For more in-depth matchup analysis like this on every player in the league relevant to fantasy football, consult Evan Silva's Week 10 Matchups column at the link below.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 11:31:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 20-of-27 passes for 219 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in Atlanta's Week 9 loss to the Panthers.

Playing with a short deck, Ryan mostly stayed conservative, but cost the Falcons dearly when he didn't. All three of his interceptions were throws the sixth-year pro will want back. He targeted Tony Gonzalez in triple coverage, earned a tipped-ball pick on a throw into double coverage and stared down Drew Davis on a badly telegraphed pass for his third. Ryan is now the owner of a 2:7 TD:INT ratio over his past two starts, and looking nothing like the elite QB1 he is when throwing to Julio Jones and Roddy White. Things won't get any easier in Week 10 when the Falcons host the Seahawks in the Georgia Dome.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 04:23:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 34-of-61 passes for 301 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions in Sunday's Week 8 loss at Arizona.

Saddled with no running game, a constantly double-teamed Tony Gonzalez and poor pass protection, Ryan hit rock bottom. The Cardinals defense played spectacularly, but the Falcons aren't going to get many soft spots in the near future. They have to go to Carolina in Week 9 and host the Seahawks in Week 10. Ryan is on pace for 4,446 yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, but he'll just be a borderline QB1 in the near future. Getting Roddy White back at some point would clearly help.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 08:17:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 20-of-26 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's Week 7 win over the Bucs.

Ryan was highly efficient despite playing without both Julio Jones and Roddy White. He relied mostly on the short-to-intermediate passing game, but hooked up with Harry Douglas for a 37-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Both of Ryan's other touchdowns came on check downs to Jacquizz Rodgers inside the red-zone. Even if White doesn't return next week, Ryan remains locked in as a QB1 option. He's thrown at least two touchdowns in all six of his starts this season.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 04:20:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 36-of-45 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 30-28, Week 5 loss to the Jets.

The Falcons are now 1-4 and are four games behind the 5-0 Saints in the NFC South. Ryan was in love with the short-to-intermediate passes for much of the night. The Atlanta offensive line can't block anyone. Jets DL Muhammad Wilkerson wrecked whoever he lined up over the top of. This Falcons team badly needs its Week 6 bye to regroup. Adding injury to insult, Roddy White suffered a hamstring injury in the loss and Julio Jones was seen leaving the X-ray room following the game. Ryan is putting up fine fantasy numbers, but the real-life issues are mounting. He needs LT Sam Baker (knee) back. The Falcons host the Bucs in Week 7.
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 11:47:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matt Ryan
2T.J. Yates
3Sean Renfree
4Jeff Mathews
RB1Steven Jackson
2Jacquizz Rodgers
3Devonta Freeman
4Antone Smith
5Josh Vaughan
GLB1Steven Jackson
2Jacquizz Rodgers
3RB1Steven Jackson
2Jacquizz Rodgers
FB1Patrick DiMarco
2Maurice Hagens
WR11Julio Jones
2Devin Hester
3Courtney Roby
4Drew Davis
5Jeremy Ebert
WR21Roddy White
2Harry Douglas
3Eric Weems
4Bernard Reedy
5Geraldo Boldewijn
WR31Harry Douglas
TE1Levine Toilolo
2Bear Pascoe
3Mickey Shuler
4Jacob Pedersen
5Brian Wozniak
K1Matt Bryant