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Matt Ryan | Quarterback | #2

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/17/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 217
College: Boston College
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (3) / ATL
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Matt Ryan's 2016 touchdown rate (touchdowns/pass attempts) of 7.1 percent was nearly two full percentage points above his previous career high and 2.6 percent higher than Ryan's previous career average.
Whereas Ryan was a prime progression candidate entering 2016, he is a major regression candidate for 2017. Prior to last season, Ryan had never before finished above the fantasy QB7 in a nearly decade-long career. Ryan has now lost OC Kyle Shanahan, and Julio Jones underwent his third known left-foot surgery in March. You can read more about Ryan's 2017 outlook in Evan Silva's Falcons Fantasy Preview, accessible at the link below. Jun 15 - 12:59 AM

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Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the offense is not going to change under new OC Steve Sarkisian.

"We love the way that we attack, and it took a lot of work to put that system in place," Quinn said. "We have a real emphasis now on how we can fit guys into that system. It's very important that we stay consistent with that." Sark is certain to bring his own nuances, but it looks like the base offense should remain similar. It is great news for Matt Ryan, who earned MVP and Offensive Player of the Year honors running a historic attack in 2016. While he is likely to become overvalued in re-draft leagues, Ryan should retain high-end QB1 status in 2017.
Source: ESPN
Feb 9 - 9:47 AM

Matt Ryan completed 17-of-23 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' Super Bowl 51 loss to the Patriots.

Ryan had a perfect passer rating for most of the game, but the Falcons were dominated in time of possession and suffered from questionable late-game clock management in an epic collapse, taking sacks and penalties on crucial fourth-quarter drives. They didn't even get the ball in overtime as Tom Brady marched the Patriots to a first-possession touchdown capped by James White's game-winning two-yard score. Turning 32 in May, Ryan earned 2016 NFL MVP and should soon receive a long-term contract extension. He is only signed through 2018.
Feb 5 - 11:15 PM

Associated Press named Falcons QB Matt Ryan its 2016 Most Valuable Player.

He also won Offensive Player of the Year. Ryan had massive stat lines in his second season under Kyle Shanahan, throwing for 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. His 69.9 completion-percentage ranked behind only Sam Bradford and Drew Brees. Ryan set franchise records across the board en route to Atlanta’s first Super Bowl appearance since 1999. The career year reestablishes him as one of the premier pocket passers in the league. Ryan is the fourth straight quarterback to win MVP. Tom Brady (10), Ezekiel Elliott (6), Derek Carr (6), Aaron Rodgers (2), and Dak Prescott (1) also received votes.
Feb 4 - 8:58 PM

Matt Ryan completed 27-of-38 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns in the Falcons' 44-21, NFC Championship Game victory over the Packers.

Ryan was scary good, surgically guiding the Falcons’ offense to score after score. He was doing so against a comically undermanned defense, but Ryan has been shredding all comers for all of 2016-17. He looked genuinely unstoppable this afternoon, spreading the ball around to every Falcons skill player and always locating the open man. He entered halftime with 271 yards. Ryan is the leader of a well-oiled machine, one that will have a great chance of bringing home the Falcons’ first Lombardi regardless of their Super Bowl LI opponent.
Jan 22 - 6:31 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Falcons are expected to "explore" a contract extension with Matt Ryan this offseason.

After this season, Ryan will have two years remaining on his five-year, $103.75 million contract. Rapoport expects Ryan's agent Tom Condon to capitalize on his career-best season with the goal of making Ryan the league's highest-paid quarterback, a title currently held by Andrew Luck. Ryan's current annual salary is 11th-highest among NFL signal-callers. Ryan carries a $23.75 million cap hit for next season and an extension could help to reduce that number.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 22 - 10:40 AM

Matt Ryan completed 26-of-37 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons' 36-20, Divisional Round win over the Seahawks.

Ryan simply shredded the Seahawks, playing at an MVP level from the Falcons' methodical opening drive. Ryan completed passes to eight difference receivers, making Atlanta's passing attack essentially indefensible behind a rock-solid offensive line. Ryan will have a solid matchup in either the Cowboys or Packers in the NFC Championship Game.
Jan 14 - 7:52 PM

The Associated Press selected Matt Ryan as the first-team All-Pro at quarterback.

It's the same panel that votes on league awards, such as the MVP, and this would suggest that Ryan is the heavy favorite for MVP honors over Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. This is Ryan's first time being named as a first-team All-Pro. The rest of the All-Pro first team on offense: RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Julio Jones, WR Antonio Brown, TE Travis Kelce, FLEX David Johnson, LT Tyron Smith, LG Kelechi Osemele, C Travis Frederick, RG Zack Martin, RT Jack Conklin.
Jan 6 - 12:35 PM

Matt Ryan completed 27-of-36 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns in the Falcons' 38-32, Week 17 win over the Saints.

Ryan has an 11:0 TD:INT ratio over the last four weeks and has a strong case for the MVP award, along with Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. Ryan's four touchdowns on Sunday went to Tevin Coleman (7 yards), Julio Jones (one yard), Mohamed Sanu (10 yards), and Justin Hardy (7 yards). Ryan and the Falcons clinched the No. 2 seed in the NFC with the win and will get a first-round bye before having a home game in the Divisional Round.
Jan 1 - 7:55 PM

Matt Ryan completed 27-of-33 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' Week 16 win over the Panthers.

Ryan was a surgeon in this game, connecting with 10 different pass catchers and hitting Joshua Perkins and D.J. Tialavea for touchdowns. Those scores made Ryan the first player in NFL history to complete touchdown passes to 13 different receivers in a single season. Ryan also did a great job escaping pressure and making things happen when the play broke down, and he found Tevin Coleman to convert a third-and-21 with the Panthers mounting something of a comeback in the second half. Coleman took the next handoff 55 yards for the game-sealing touchdown. Ryan basically did whatever he wanted in this game, and he should be able to do much of the same next week against the Saints. He will be a high-end QB1 in the season finale.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 04:24:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 17-of-23 passes for 286 yards with two touchdowns and rushed once for a one-yard loss Sunday in the Falcons' Week 15 win over the 49ers.

He was sacked once for no loss. Fantasy owners expected a big day from Ryan, and that’s exactly what they got. Efficient would probably be the best word to describe Ryan’s outing. Even sans Julio Jones, Ryan still gashed the Niners for a masterful 12.43 yards per attempt. His two touchdowns came on red-zone strikes to Taylor Gabriel and Austin Hooper. Both came in the first half. His longest completion occurred on a 59-yard catch-and-run by Aldrick Robinson early in the second quarter. With Atlanta up by a million, Ryan was able to watch most of the fourth quarter from the sidelines. Ryan matched his career-high in touchdown passes with 32 on Sunday. Look for him to better that mark against Carolina on Christmas Eve.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 08:08:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 24-of-41 passes for 237 yards with three touchdowns Sunday in the Falcons' Week 14 win over the Rams.

After the Rams fumbled the opening kickoff, Ryan got to work and threw a three-yard touchdown to Justin Hardy on his first play from scrimmage. After two three-and-outs, Ryan came back and led a nine-play, 88-yard drive that ended with a six-yard touchdown strike to Tevin Coleman. Later Ryan found a soft spot in the Rams’ secondary and exploited it by hurling a 64-yard touchdown to an embarrassingly wide-open Taylor Gabriel. With the Falcons in total control, Ryan ceded his quarterback duties to backup Matt Schaub in the fourth quarter. Ryan reached 4,000 yards passing on Sunday, a threshold he’s now reached in six straight seasons. Matty Ice will be an obvious QB1 at home against the Niners in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 08:14:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 22-of-34 passes for 297 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the Falcons' 29-28, Week 13 loss to the Chiefs.

Ryan was two doomed by two bad throws. Eric Berry jumped the route on Ryan's interception, housing it for a pick six. Berry then jumped the route on a late two-point conversion, returning it for two points and the difference in a back-and-forth game. Both throws should have never been delivered. Ryan was also hampered by a gimpy Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, both of whom were banged up late. Ryan lost LT Jake Matthews to a knee injury earlier in the game. Despite the tough day, Ryan should bounce back for a big game against the pathetic Rams in Week 14.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 04:02:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 26-of-34 passes for 269 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Falcons' Week 12 win over the Cardinals.

He also rushed for 15 yards with a couple of big scrambles. Both of Ryan's touchdowns were on screen passes to Taylor Gabriel, allowing Gabriel to use his elite speed and agility to scoot up the field for 35- and 25-yard scores. Even with Julio Jones taken away by Patrick Peterson, Ryan and the Falcons still moved the ball with ease, blowing Arizona out in the process. Things won't be easy in Week 13 at home against the Chiefs, but Ryan is a locked-in QB1.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016 04:47:00 PM

Matt Ryan completed 18-of-33 passes for 267 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Falcons' Week 10 loss to the Eagles.

The fantasy numbers are not what we have come to expect, but Ryan again played well most of the day. Despite consistent pressure, Ryan was able to make great throws down the field. He stepped up in the pocket to hit Julio Jones in stride early in the third quarter, and he hit a wide-open Taylor Gabriel for a 76-yard touchdown to give the Falcons the lead in the fourth. Unfortunately, he faltered down the stretch. He was not able to answer a touchdown by the Eagles despite three shots, although Julio Jones dropped a couple would-be first downs. Ryan also ended the game with a bad, forced interception to Jones. He will look to bounce back against the Cardinals after the bye week.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 04:22:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Ryan
2Matt Schaub
3Matt Simms
4Alek Torgersen
RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3Brian Hill
4Terron Ward
5B.J. Daniels
GLB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
FB1Derrick Coleman
2Tyler Renew
WR11Julio Jones
2Taylor Gabriel
3Andre Roberts
4Devin Fuller
5Deante Burton
WR21Mohamed Sanu
2Justin Hardy
3Nick Williams
4Anthony Dable
5Josh Magee
WR31Taylor Gabriel
TE1Austin Hooper
2Levine Toilolo
3Josh Perkins
4D.J. Tialavea
5Eric Saubert
LT1Jake Matthews
2Daniel Brunskill
3Wil Freeman
LG1Andy Levitre
2Sean Harlow
3Trevor Robinson
C1Alex Mack
2Cornelius Edison
3Cam Keizur
4Travis Averill
RG1Wes Schweitzer
2Ben Garland
RT1Ryan Schraeder
2Kevin Graf
3Andreas Knappe
4Marquis Lucas
K1Matt Bryant
2Mike Meyer