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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 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. Sep 28 - 7:47 PM

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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.
Sep 18 - 10:57 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.
Sep 14 - 4:52 PM

Matt Ryan completed 31-of-43 passes for 448 yards and three touchdowns against the Saints Week 1.

Ryan was sharp, spreading the ball to eight different receivers and looking calm and collected in the pocket. Despite an injury to rookie LT Jake Matthews, Ryan was only hit three times by the Saints, and showed off nice mobility scrambling for 15 yards on three carries. The Falcons defense will not be able to stop many teams this season, but Ryan and the offense should be able to keep them in games. He is a solid QB1 moving forward.
Sep 7 - 4:29 PM

Matt Ryan completed 18-of-23 passes for 224 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

Ryan did all this damage despite getting pulled after one second-half drive. He was in full command, finding six different receivers and just missing on a couple deep shots. Through three preseason games, Ryan is 28-of-37 for 314 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. With elite weapons, a poor defense that will yield shootouts and a shaky running game, Ryan is one of our favorite later-round quarterback targets. If the Falcons are going to do anything at all this year, it'll be because of Ryan's arm.
Aug 23 - 9:05 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 1:50 PM

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Ryan
2T.J. Yates
3Sean Renfree
RB1Steven Jackson
2Jacquizz Rodgers
3Antone Smith
4Devonta Freeman
GLB1Steven Jackson
2Jacquizz Rodgers
3RB1Jacquizz Rodgers
2Steven Jackson
FB1Patrick DiMarco
WR11Julio Jones
2Devin Hester
3Courtney Roby
4Drew Davis
WR21Roddy White
2Harry Douglas
3Eric Weems
WR31Harry Douglas
TE1Levine Toilolo
2Bear Pascoe
K1Matt Bryant