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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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Matt Ryan completed 29-of-47 passes for 260 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Falcons' 34-3, Week 17 loss to the Panthers.
Coach Mike Smith's squad didn't even show up for the winner-takes-the-NFC-South tilt with the Panthers. Both of Ryan's interceptions were returned for touchdowns, and the game was over before it really even started. Ryan completed 66 percent of his passes for 4,694 yards and a 28:14 TD:INT ratio. The 14 picks are the second-most of his career. Ryan was also sacked 31 times and has taken 75 of them the past two seasons behind a horrific offensive line. He'll turn 30 in May and obviously has plenty more left in the tank, but it's time the Falcons get some help around him besides Julio Jones and an aging Roddy White. Ryan will be a shoo-in QB1 in 2015. Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:22:00 PM

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Matt Ryan completed 30-of-40 passes for 322 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 16 win over the Saints.

The story of the game was pressure. The Saints defense rarely put Ryan under pressure, recording zero sacks and only hitting the quarterback twice all game. With nothing but time, Ryan was able to surgically pick apart the Saints' secondary, spreading the ball between 10 different pass catchers. Ryan has now thrown for 300 yards four straight weeks. He can lead the Falcons to the playoffs with a win against Carolina Week 17.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:04:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 26-of-37 passes for 310 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Falcons' Week 15 loss to the Steelers.

Ryan's day got off to a slow start without Julio Jones (hip), as Ryan tossed a pick-six to William Gay. But he later settled in and almost brought the Falcons back. Ryan found Devin Hester for a 17-yard touchdown in the second quarter before hooking up with Roddy White for a four-yard score over the middle midway through the fourth quarter. Ryan's favorite target, though, was Julio's replacement. Harry Douglas drew a team-high 14 targets, catching 10 of them for 131 yards. Ryan will be on the QB1 map next week against the Saints in a very important NFC South tilt.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 04:28:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 24-of-39 passes for 375 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception in the Falcons' 43-37, Week 14 loss to the Packers on Monday night.

A rare statistical outburst for Ryan and the Falcons on the road in a cold environment. It's too bad for the Falcons that it took them a half to find their bearings, as the Packers went into the break with a 31-7 lead. Ryan came storming out of the locker room to hook up with Julio Jones for 79 yards on the first play of the third quarter. He tossed all four of his touchdowns after the half, finding Eric Weems, Julio, Roddy White and Harry Douglas for scores. Ryan's interception, however, was capital B-R-U-T-A-L. He appeared to half-heartedly want to throw the ball away, but instead made a horrible toss to SS Morgan Burnett on the sideline. It led to a Packers touchdown. Matty Ice will get the Steelers at home in a plus Week 15 matchup. Hopefully he'll have Julio Jones (hip) in his arsenal.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 12:21:00 AM

Matt Ryan completed 30-of-41 passes for 361 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's Week 13 win over the Cardinals.

The Ryan-to-Julio Jones connection was unstoppable and only got cut short because the Falcons were nursing a big lead throughout the second half. It's a reminder that Ryan is always in play when he's playing at home, even when Harry Douglas has to fill in for Roddy White (ankle). However, Ryan has to go outside to Green Bay next Monday night, a spot we'd prefer to leave him on fantasy benches. He has an 8:6 TD-to-INT ratio on the road this year, versus 13:4 at home.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 08:09:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 27-of-43 passes for 273 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Atlanta's 26-24, Week 12 loss to the Browns.

Ryan also lost a fumble. It was a highly uneven performance, but one that had the Falcons in line for a victory until coach Mike Smith once again forgot how to manage the clock. As usual, Ryan took a beating behind the Falcons' patchwork offensive line. His pick was a ball he force fed to Julio Jones that was easily nabbed by Browns CB Joe Haden. It was not an electrifying day, but one that's mostly been Ryan's ceiling this season. He'll be a low-end QB1 when the Falcons host the Cardinals in Week 13.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 04:42:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 31-of-45 passes for 268 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions in the Falcons' 19-17, Week 11 win over the Panthers.

The 4-6 Falcons are laughably now in first place in the NFC South. Ryan hasn't thrown for 300 yards since Week 5 and has tossed one or fewer touchdowns five of the past six games, so he's not producing many fantasy points. On his touchdown pass, Ryan hooked up with Roddy White on a simple drag route from two yards out. Ryan will be tough to sell as a QB1 next week against the Browns.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 04:25:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 20-of-31 passes for 219 yards, one touchdown, and zero interceptions in the Falcons' 27-17, Week 10 win over the Bucs.

Quite a disappointing statistical output for Ryan in a dream matchup against a brutal pass defense minus its top cornerback. Ryan could have easily had two more touchdown passes, but badly underthrew Julio Jones on a would-be 48-yard score before Devin Hester later flat-out dropped a 19-yard touchdown. On his score, Ryan hit Roddy White on a drag route/crossing pattern underneath. Ryan gets another tasty matchup in Carolina next week.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 04:36:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 20-of-27 passes for 228 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the Falcons' Week 8 loss to Detroit.

Ryan was sharp in the first half, completing nine of his first 10 passes and leading the Falcons to a 21-0 halftime lead. The Falcons' cobbled together offensive line broke down in the second half, however, and Ryan struggled to get anything going after the break. Through eight games Ryan is on pace for 4,612 yards, 30 touchdowns and 16 interceptions this season.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 01:23:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 29-of-44 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's Week 7 blowout loss to Baltimore.

Sacked five times, Ryan was harassed all game by Pernell McPhee, Elvis Dumervil & Co., also having an easy interception dropped by Ravens top CB Jimmy Smith. Ryan has now thrown just one touchdown pass in three consecutive games. The Falcons are missing dimensions from their offense due to O-Line depletion, and lost C Peter Konz (knee) on Sunday. Set to face the Lions in London next week, Ryan can only be treated as a borderline fantasy QB1.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 04:05:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 19-of-37 passes for 271 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Atlanta's 27-13, Week 6 loss to the Bears.

Ryan was simply under siege behind the Falcons' ramshackle offensive line, taking four sacks and countless more pressures. His pick was a fourth-quarter pass he forced to Julio Jones in the face of the blitz. It was a particularly discouraging performance since it came at home, a place Ryan has been lights out at throughout his seven-year career. It's possible Ryan's protection issues have grown so glaring that he can no longer be counted on for monster days at the Georgia Dome. Ryan will be a low-end QB1 for next week's trip to Baltimore.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 07:40:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 29-of-45 passes for 316 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Falcons' Week 5 loss to the Giants.

He only took one sack, but was pressured relentlessly behind Atlanta's depleted offensive line. The Falcons did have pass-game success in the first half as OC Dirk Koetter shortened Ryan's drops and got him on the move, but they couldn't continue it in the final two quarters. Ryan will enter Week 6 against the Bears as a mid-range to low-end QB1. His early-season stats were not a great indication of what's to come, particularly due to the O-Line woes.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 04:48:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 25-of-41 passes for 298 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions in Atlanta's Week 4, 41-28 loss to the Vikings.

The Vikings actually did a pretty good job against Julio Jones and Roddy White on the outside aside from a 24-yard touchdown on a miscommunication. Vikings second-year CB Xavier Rhodes especially had a strong game. Ryan's three scores went to White, Devin Hester, and Patrick DiMarco. One of the interceptions was on the game's final play heave. After four games, Ryan is on pace to complete 404-of-608 passes for 5,052 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 20 interceptions. He'll be close to those numbers, but we wouldn't expect nearly that many picks. Ryan is a locked-in elite QB1.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 07:47:00 PM

With the Falcons winning 49-0, Matt Ryan departed Atlanta's Week 3 game against the Bucs midway through the third quarter after completing 21-of-24 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns.

Ryan simply did whatever he wanted against a defense that looked like it had no clue what was going on, ripping apart zone cushions from the opening whistle. Ryan found superstar Julio Jones for nine catches, 161 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan has now bookended his terrible Week 2 road start with two dominating efforts at home. He heads on the road again in Week 4, with the Falcons traveling to Minnesota. Ryan is locked in as a high-end QB1.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 10:57:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 24-of-44 passes for 231 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in Atlanta's 24-10, Week 2 loss to the Bengals.

Ryan added three scrambles for 28 yards. Coming off the best game of his career, Ryan had one of his worst behind an offensive line starting Gabe Carimi at left tackle. The Bengals never let Ryan get comfortable, walloping him as he threw his second interception. It was a discouraging day for an offense that doesn't always click on the road the way it does at home. Now the Falcons must bounce back on a short week, as they host the Bucs on Thursday. Although TNF is often a fantasy wasteland, Ryan remains a QB1 at home with Julio Jones and Roddy White.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 04:52:00 PM