Ryan completed 27-of-42 passes for 335 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. He added one rush for two yards. Ryan struggled a bit in the first half, throwing for only 93 yards with the Falcons falling into a 17-3 deficit by halftime. However, he was part of a resilient second-half Atlanta comeback, leading the Falcons to 21 unanswered points and throwing for 220 yards and three touchdowns in the third quarter alone. Ryan would eventually throw a crucial fourth-quarter interception that would lead to an eventual game-winning field goal for Seattle, but the mistake was not indicative of his performance as a whole. Opposing quarterbacks had only been averaging 8.8 ESPN standard fantasy points per game against the Seahawks coming into Week 6, fewest in the league, but the veteran quarterback scorched them for 21 in a road game Sunday. He will remain a solid QB1 as the Falcons head home to face the Chargers in Week 7.
Ryan completed 15 of 28 yards for 267 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over Denver. The stat-line doesn't inspire the kind of of accolades Ryan and Atlanta's offense has garnered early this season, but the performance illustrated what makes Ryan so difficult to stop in his second year under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Last week's 300-yard receiver, Julio Jones, was bottled up for most of the game, but Matty Ice didn't flinch. Instead, Atlanta moved its running backs around and forced Denver's linebackers to play in space. The result was that 180 of Ryan's passing yards went to backs. That kind of flexibility and depth within the offense makes Ryan a threat on a weekly basis, even when going against the league's toughest defenses.
Ryan is dealing with a left thumb injury but is expected to play Sunday against the Panthers, ESPN's Ed Werder reports. Ryan tweaked his thumb during the second half of Monday's game, but he was able to remain in the contest while using a glove to assist his grip, and did not express concern about his setback afterward. Ryan may show up on the Falcons' injury report this week, but his optimism should provide fantasy owners the same sentiment.
Ryan completed 20 of 30 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's win over the Saints. Ryan also rushed five times for 23 yards. The Falcons' signal-caller had no trouble dissecting the Saints' defense Monday night, which marked his 42nd straight game with at least 200 passing yards. Ryan completed throws to eight different receivers and produced two red-zone touchdown passes during the second quarter. The 31-year-old has appeared more comfortable to start his second season in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme, as his totals of 970 yards, seven touchdowns and just one interception might suggest.
Ryan completed 27 of 39 passes for 334 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Bucs. He also gained 10 yards on three rushes. Ryan didn't have his usual rapport with Julius Jones, with the latter looking to be affected significantly by the ankle injury that's hampered him since preseason. He didn't connect with Jones until the fifth drive of the game, but did show some encouraging synergy with offseason acquisition Mohamed Sanu, connecting on an early 59-yard score on what appeared to be a busted coverage. Despite an impressive stat line, the Falcons only scored once in four trips to the red zone, leaving Ryan's day unfulfilled. He'll look to bounce back in a Week 2 trip out west against the Raiders.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/23||San Diego Chargers||20||21.17|
|8||10/30||Green Bay Packers||13||19.17|
|9||11/04||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||20.60|
|13||12/04||Kansas City Chiefs||12||17.20|
|14||12/11||@Los Angeles Rams||22||21.33|
|15||12/18||San Francisco 49ers||21||21.33|
|17||01/01||New Orleans Saints||25||22.40|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||66.6||4600||25||16||88||0||328|