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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 07

    NO @ ATL

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    ATL @ CIN

  • Week 3 - Sep 18

    TB @ ATL

  • Week 4 - Sep 28

    ATL @ MIN

  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    ATL @ NYG

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    CHI @ ATL

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    ATL @ BAL

  • Week 8 - Oct 26

    DET @ ATL

  • Week 9 - Nov 02


  • Week 10 - Nov 09

    ATL @ TB

  • Week 11 - Nov 16

    ATL @ CAR

  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    CLE @ ATL

  • Week 13 - Nov 30

    ARI @ ATL

  • Week 14 - Dec 08

    ATL @ GB

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    PIT @ ATL

  • Week 16 - Dec 21

    ATL @ NO

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    CAR @ ATL

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    ATL 40 @ KC 24

  • Week 3 - Sep 17

    DEN 21 @ ATL 27

  • Week 4 - Sep 30

    CAR 28 @ ATL 30

  • Week 5 - Oct 07

    ATL 24 @ WAS 17

  • Week 6 - Oct 14

    OAK @ ATL

  • Week 7 - Oct 21


  • Week 8 - Oct 28

    ATL @ PHI

  • Week 9 - Nov 04

    DAL @ ATL

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    ATL @ NO

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    ARI @ ATL

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    ATL @ TB

  • Week 13 - Nov 29

    NO @ ATL

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    ATL 12 @ CHI 30

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    PHI 31 @ ATL 35

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    ATL 13 @ TB 16

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    ATL 30 @ SEA 28

  • Week 5 - Oct 09

    GB 25 @ ATL 14

  • Week 6 - Oct 16

    CAR 17 @ ATL 31

  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    ATL 23 @ DET 16

  • Week 8 - Oct 30


  • Week 9 - Nov 06

    ATL 31 @ IND 7

  • Week 10 - Nov 13

    NO 26 @ ATL 23

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    TEN 17 @ ATL 23

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    MIN 14 @ ATL 24

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    ATL 10 @ HOU 17

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    ATL 31 @ CAR 23

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    ATL 16 @ NO 45

  • Week 1 - Sep 12

    ATL 9 @ PIT 15

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    ARI 7 @ ATL 41

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    ATL 27 @ NO 24

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    SF 14 @ ATL 16

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    ATL 20 @ CLE 10

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    ATL 17 @ PHI 31

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    CIN 32 @ ATL 39

  • Week 8 - Oct 31


  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    TB 21 @ ATL 27

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    BAL 21 @ ATL 26

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    ATL 34 @ LAR 17

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    GB 17 @ ATL 20

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    ATL 28 @ TB 24

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    ATL 31 @ CAR 10

  • Week 15 - Dec 19

    ATL 34 @ SEA 18

  • Week 16 - Dec 27

    NO 17 @ ATL 14

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    CAR 10 @ ATL 31


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Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons

2008 - 2011 Statistics

                                PASSING                            RUSHING                 FANTASY

                           Comp/Att   Yards   TD   INT    Rush   Yards   TD     Tot Pts   Pts/Gm

2011 Stats        347/566    4177    29    12     37      84      2        303.5    19.0

2010 Stats        357/571    3705    28     9      46    122      0        272.4    17.0

2009 Stats        263/451    2916    22    14     30      49      1        215.5    15.4

2008 Stats        265/434    3440    16    11     55     104      1        218.0    13.6

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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) Matty Ice had his best fantasy season to date ranking #7 overall for QBs last season…and should be even better in 2012

(+) Julio Jones, Roddy White, Michael Turner and TE Tony Gonzalez give Atlanta one of the most talented and feared offenses in the NFL

(+) Ryan also has ridiculous size to throw to (Gonzo – 6’5”; Jones – 6’3”; White – 6’0” )

(+) OC Mike Mularkey continues to trend more towards the pass with a more mature Matt Ryan at the helm and an aging Michael "soon to be on the back burner" Turner in the backfield

(+) The Falcons have a great offensive line for pass protection ranking sixth in sacks allowed in 2011 while giving up just 3 more sacks than the best-ranked O-Line in sacks allowed (also ranked third in sacks allowed in 2010)

(+) Besides missing two games with turf toe back in 2009, Ryan has been healthy throughout his career and does not seem prone to injury

(+) Future Hall-Of-Fame TE Tony Gonzo has found the fountain of youth

(+) Ryan’s major statistical numbers continue to trend upward as he’s gained more experience

(+) The Falcons have done well to put the right players around their franchise QB

(+) Anticipating an uptick in pass attempts this year, Ryan used the off-season to boost his arm-strength and has noticeably done so

(+) Matt made a huge jump going from 6.49 to 7.38 yards per attempt in 2011, another statistic expected to rise this season

(–) Matt Ryan is not a mobile QB, so don’t expect many rushing yards or TDs

(–) Ryan’s 61.3 completion percentage in 2011 (60.9% in his career) still leaves a bit to be desired

(–) Ryan had six games with fewer than 225 yards passing last season

(–) He also had nine games with either one or zero passing TDs (Rodgers had one, Brady had 2, Brees - 3, Stafford - 4, Eli Manning - 5)

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2009 Review

Ryan didn’t take a step back in his sophomore season, but injuries prevented him from taking that step forward everybody was expecting.  Still, in just 14 games (and a couple others playing hurt), Ryan managed to accumulate decent backup fantasy numbers during the 2009 season.  He threw for multiple TDs in eight games this past year, and there was just one non-injury-plagued game in which he didn’t throw a touchdown pass as well.  If it weren’t for his turf toe injury, Ryan might have been right on the cusp of starting fantasy QB status as he continued to show the promise of becoming one of the elite players in the future.

~ Ranked 19th in the league in QB fantasy points with 183.5 (basic scoring system)

~ Tied for 13th in the league with 22 passing touchdowns

~ Ranked 20th in the league with a 80.9 QB Rating

~ Ranked 23rd in the league with a 58.3% completion percentage

~ Ranked 21st in the league with 208.3 passing yards per game (only threw 3 passes in Week 12 due to injury)

~ Ranked 22nd in the league with 263 completions

~ Tied for 20th in the league with 451 attempts

~ Ranked 21st in the league with 2,916 passing yards

~ Ranked 21st in the league in yards/attempt (6.47)

~ Ranked third in the league for the least amount of sacks taken (19) by a QB who started at least ¾ of his team’s games

~ Set career bests in passing attempts (451) and passing TDs (22)

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2010 Fantasy Outlook

Even though he didn’t progress in terms of his numbers in 2009, rest assured, Matt Ryan is getting better.  He’ll have a full offseason to get himself healthy for 2010 and will still have enough time to lock down his rapport with Rowdy Roddy and Tony G. in the process.  We can’t say that Ryan will jump up into the group of starting fantasy QBs in 2010, at least not until we see him do it over the course of a full season, but if you’re going to take a chance on a QB doing just that, Matt Ryan is right at the top of the list of possibilities.

~ Ryan will be fully healthy at the start of the season

~ He’ll now be in his second year with Tony G. in the mix

~ Roddy White keeps getting better

~ A healthy Michael Turner will keep defenses honest

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Matt does not have a Twitter account.  The official Team Twitter account comes through here: Falcons Player Tweets

Follow Pyro® on Twitter @pyroman1ac

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Matt signed a six-year, $66 million contract in May of '08 of which $34.75 million was doled out in various guarantees.  There was no signing bonus, but another $6 million is available through incentives.  The remaining years are outlined below:

2010 - $4.2 million

2011 - $4.9 million

2012 - $5.6 million

2013 - $6.3 million

2014 - Free Agent

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It's tough to advocate drafting Chris Redman, unless your league allows for extra roster spots/rounds, but he is the handcuff to Ryan and could be a pickup should Ryan go down.

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Team Analysis

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Strength of Schedule

SOS - Atl Falcons

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Injury Report


Ryan dealt with a turf toe injury last season that kept him out of 2 games, but he's full recovered since and healthy heading into 2010

The Falcons have the best SOS in the #FF playoffs (Week 14 - 16)

Pyro's take: Based on Stagg Party's Strength of Schedule the Atlanta Falcons have the easiest fantasy football schedule during week 14, 15, and 16 this upcoming NFL season for the QB, RB, and WR position.

Fantasy Goo: I like to check out who my potential players are up against when it matters most, the playoffs. Matt Ryan will regress, sure, but this offense is beastly. Best backfield in the league, one of the best WRs in the history of the league and last season's NFL MVP. That loss in the Super Bowl may actually propel their talent.

08/04/17, 09:15 PM CDT by d-Rx
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

3 Gun Slingers Poised to Enter the Record Books

Pyro's take: There has only been 8 occurrences of 5,000 passing yard seasons. Well, after Sunday, that number could jump to 11.

Fantasy Goo:
Drew Brees - 4,857
Kirk Cousins - 4,630
Matt Ryan - 4,613

12/30/16, 08:48 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: en.wikipedia.org

Hansel, So Hot Right Now, Draft Plays of the Week

Pyro's take: The Pyro Heat Index Plays of the Week

QB Matt Ryan (8,500FD/7,300DK) 6.5th best matchup.
RB David Johnson (9,800FD/10,100DK) 4th best matchup
WR Jordy Nelson (7,700FC/7,300DK) 6th best matchup

12/16/16, 09:43 AM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Ryan on Pace for Career Highs

Pyro's take: Matt Ryan is on pace to throw for 647 more yards than his previous career high set back in 2012, and also a new high in passing TD's.

10/25/16, 03:32 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: pyromaniac.com

Could Be Like Shooting Chargers in a Barrell

Pyro's take: The Falcons are home to the Chargers this week. The game opened with nearly a full TD spread in favor of Atlanta and the Falcons had and implied team total of 30. Since then, those numbers have come down, but that is primarily due to betting trends, not anything on the field.

Fantasy Goo: The biggest advantage here, the chargers will be without 3 of their starting 4 secondary players: Verrett, Flowers, and Addae. Like the Who said, Ryan will be able to "see for miles and miles and miles". Plus, the Chargers rank 30th in schedule adjusted FF Points against opposing RBs. I love the over in this game.

10/22/16, 10:07 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.covers.com

Matt Ryan's Schedule Makes Him a Streaming Pickup Now


Pyro's take: Matty Ice faces Oakland in Week #2 and the Saints in Week #3.

Fantasy Goo: With over 70% availability in NFL Fantasy Leagues, he is a nice streaming candidate to grab now and use through Week #3. Oakland gave up the 2nd most FF Points in Week #1, and the Saints, who gave up an all-time league high 45 passing TDs in 2015, will be without Delvin Breaux at CB. Thus, they have 3 rookies CBs, and 2 journeymen corners whose contract ink is still wet. Ryan has the stage to take advantage and rack up some points. Julio is primed to go along for this 2-week ride upon Mr. Ryan’s Mystery Ship.

09/17/16, 10:01 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.atlantafalcons.com

5 for 80 a TD and a 2 Point Conversion

Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu’s first game with the Falcons included two highlight plays.

Pyro's take: Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu’s first game with the Falcons included two highlight plays. But he missed a chance to make a play to extend the final drive and sustained an ankle injury on the play. Sanu limped off of the field after he appeared to take an awkward step while trying to plant and catch.

Fantasy Goo: "limping heavily" were the words after the game. Mohamed Sanu showed up and earned his Atlanta Falcon debut paycheck. With Julio Jones needing another WR2 to take the heat off of him like Roddy used to do, Sanu appeared to be the man. Monitor Sanu’s status this week for week 2. If you need a wide receiver for your team he is worthy of rostering. Sanu is still only 26 years old and should be entering his prime which is a benefit to the Falcons and fantasy owners. Matty Ice will dictate how good of a season Sanu will have.

09/13/16, 08:07 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.ajc.com

He looked like a dead rat in a tampon factory

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, meanwhile, took a step back from his showing last week against Cleveland.

Pyro's take: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, meanwhile, took a step back from his showing last week against Cleveland. He completed 12 of 22 passes for 129 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.

Fantasy Goo: Are you like me and LOVE Julio Jones so much you want to kiss him all over when he makes your fantasy team look great and single handedly win weekly match-ups for you? Are you like me and cannot stand Matt Ryan who sucks and cannot get Julio enough touchdowns to justify taking Julio #3 overall in the first round? Last year 13 quarterbacks had 29 passing touchdowns and some of those like Cam Newton had rushing touchdowns. Matty is no ICE as he only managed 21 total touchdowns which included ZERO rushing touchdowns and was a disaster with 21 turnovers? Why does he start in the NFL? Atlanta has nobody else to turn to unless they use Matt Schaub which is a bad idea as well. When you draft Julio you will spend the season wondering how good Julio Jones could be with and NFL quarterback.

08/26/16, 02:10 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.fox5atlanta.com

Sanu is a legitimate #2

@AtlantaFalcons GM Thomas Dimitroff: "Sanu is a legitimate #2 for us, is a great compliment to Julio Jones."

Pyro's take: @AtlantaFalcons GM Thomas Dimitroff: "Sanu is a legitimate #2 for us, is a great compliment to Julio Jones." - SiriusXM NFL Radio

Fantasy Goo: Mohamad Sanu received a 5 year $32.5 million contract to be a number two for the #2 wide receiver starved Falcons who only really have Julio Jones, who of course is Godly. Sanu in 4 years has 13 touchdowns of which 2 were on run plays. Zero of Sanu’s 33 catches in 2015 were for touchdowns. Julio Jones will continue to receive the big piece of chicken and he may end up eating almost the whole bucket because Sanu has poor hands and Matt Ryan is beginning to fade.

06/18/16, 03:19 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

Kyle Shanahan's system was "too much" for him at times this season.


Pyro's take: "I think that's for everyone, when you're learning something new and it's different, at times there's is too much, right?" Ryan said. "I think Kyle did a great job as we went through the year of listening to guys, of responding to feedback, and then also having a better feel for what we were as an offense, too, of what our guys could do, and making a plan to fit that. And I thought the last four, five, or six weeks, we had good plans. Specifically the last three weeks, I thought we played better offensively and were able to win two of those three games."

"Certainly some of the plays that happened during the season, the way it ended this past Sunday, that will be motivation for us moving forward," Ryan said. "I think the other thing that becomes great motivation for everyone is that we fell short of our goals. We obviously want to be playing this week and have the opportunity to keep going in the postseason and win a championship. And first and foremost, that's probably what the best and greatest motivation for me will be."

01/05/16, 10:28 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Can Matt Ryan return to form against the Colts?


Pyro's take: If Matt Ryan can revert to his capability he could have a great game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts give up 279.3 passing yards per game and 7.37 passing yards per play, so Ryan has a chance to have success against this defense. -- Vaughn McClure

11/22/15, 01:24 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Dan Quinn says he has no plans to "back off" Matt Ryan even though he has eight turnovers through seven games.


Pyro's take: Atlanta Falcons twitter "Quinn: The way Matt Ryan attacks and the way he gets after it, we aren't backing off at all. We have so much faith in him."

Ryan has had a mediocre season, and has thrown entirely way too many interceptions. He's averaging 286 yards per game.

He is starting to be a low end quarterback one, and almost can fit into your back up plans if you have better options.

10/27/15, 03:51 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Liking His Offensive Line

The Falcons have had some bad luck with injuries to the offensive line, and with a team that relies on their offense to be dominant, so their vacant defense does not have too, its not a good way to start the season.

For instance, center Joe Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes out for the season and left guard Justin Blalock battling a back injury, the Falcons will have a revamped line against the New York Giants.

Peter Konz will step in at center, and Gabe Karimi will be at right tackle, and Harland Gunn will be the new left guard.

Matt Ryan stated that “Mike Tice has done a really good with those guys this entire year,” Ryan said. “We have guys who’ve had more experience playing.”

"Last season, when the offensive line was restructured after several injuries, the unit failed to protect the quarterback. The Falcons allowed pressure on 37.6 percent of their dropbacks, according to profootballfocus.com. The offensive line was given responsibility for allowing 32 of 44 sacks. The quarterback was hit 42 times additional times and hurried 190."

Pyro's take: Even though this unit is better, it would be hard not to have some kind of lift after last seasons trash. Atlanta should continue to protect Matt Ryan enough for him to hit his usual targets of Julio Jones and Roddy White.

10/02/14, 08:29 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.ajc.com

Ryan's song

Matt Ryan took apart the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ryan completed 21-of-24 passes against the Bucs, compiling 286 yards and three touchdowns in the process. Ryan set a new franchise record by completing 87.5 percent of his passes and now has a 68.5 percent completion percentage on the year.

Pyro's take: Matt Ryan is looking good, as he has everything back. Roddy White is healthy, more importantly so is Julio Jones. Harry Douglas is probably the best number three in the game, and could easily be a number two on most teams.

Ryan should continue his dominance against the Vikings, and is an obvious must start.

09/24/14, 05:11 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.ajc.com

Ryan and Julio

October 7, 2013 was the last throw and catch between Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Julio since, has been recovering from foot surgery, which has eliminated any on-field routine they may have.

Since they cant be on the field together what they have done is look-over mounds of tape, and ingest the playbook to familiarize each other with how they want to attack the opposing defenses.

"Julio's been in this building pretty much every day this off-season and, while he hasn't been able to be out on the practice field with us yet, we've communicated a lot," Ryan said Tuesday. "We've talked a lot — certainly, (we) have watched film together and tried to work on things in the classroom so that, when we do get the opportunity to be out on the field, we can hit the ground running."

Pyro's take: Ryan and Julio must be in sync with their relationship on the field. When time passes staying on the same page gets harder, and both Matt and Julio will need to get acquainted once again. The good news is that it wont take long. Look forward to the pre-season, as both will be involved in a lot of action to speed up the cohesiveness. If Julio Jones and Matt Ryan can stay healthy, the fantasy world will be a much better place for their owners.

06/16/14, 07:59 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.atlantafalcons.com

Ryan and Gonzo active, Turner is not

The Falcons declared running back Michael Turner inactive for their Week 17 game against the Buccaneers. QB Matt Ryan and TE Tony Gonzalez are active and will make their normal starts.

Pyro's take: This wasn't too tough of a call to make. If you had Turner on your fantasy team, you likely aren't in your league Super Bowl right now anyway. Those of you who are still playing, make sure you get Gonzo and maybe even Ryan in your lineup against a weak-ass Bucs pass D.

01/03/10, 11:45 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.pewterreport.com

Ryan active for Sunday's game

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (turf toe) is active for today's game and will start as usual.

Pyro's take: Ryan gives the Falcons a better chance to win this week, but not your fantasy football team. The Bills are pretty tough against the pass, so unless you have no better option, sit Ryan this weekend.

12/27/09, 11:15 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.nfl.com

Matt Ryan sore as expected

According to Falcons coach Mike Smith, quarterback Matt Ryan (turf toe) was definitely sore after playing the whole game in beating the Jets on Sunday.
"We're going to have to manage that situation... Matt toughed it out," said Smith.

Pyro's take: Props to Ryan for gutting out that victory to try and keep his team in the playoff hunt, but we hope it didn't end up setting back his recovery at all. The Falcons are now officially eliminated from contention, so expect Atlanta to shut him down if his soreness continues throughout the week.

12/21/09, 02:15 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: twitter.com

Matt Ryan is active and will start vs. the Jets

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (turf toe) is active for the game against the Jets and will start as normal.

Pyro's take: Totally unexpected. This definitely gives Atlanta a better chance to win the game, but that Jets pass D is nasty, so we'd think twice about using him even as a QB2 on your fantasy team this week.

12/20/09, 11:00 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.nfl.com

Ryan to be a game-time decision

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (turf toe) was limited in practice again today and is listed as questionable on the team's Week 15 injury report.

Pyro's take: Ryan will be a game-time decision along with Turner, but he'd hardly be worth starting on your fantasy team even if he was completely healthy. That Jets pass D is brutal.

12/18/09, 02:15 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.atlantafalcons.com