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Falcons fantasy outlooks: Questions surround Matt Ryan, Steven Jackson

By Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Know those little preseason outlooks you read on every player on the website and draft room? Those are written by Jamey Eisenberg and myself. We spend a lot of time researching, writing, editing and re-writing them knowing how important they are to you in making a decision on who to target come draft time.

I started the process of writing them this week and thought I'd give quick snippets from the ones I wrote for you to chew on before they hit the site. We cover them team-by-team and I started with the Falcons.

Matt Ryan: What's expected is for the Falcons to remain just as pass-oriented as they've been over the past two years when Ryan has had over 600 attempts. If you're looking for numbers close to his banner 2012 year, they're attainable but questions about how the Falcons move on from Gonzalez and his annual contributions persist.

Steven Jackson: [I]t is worth noting that he had nine or more Fantasy points in five of his last six games. ... Jackson will be 31 by the time the season kicks off, has 2,572 career carries in the regular season and postseason and his rushing yardage production has declined over four straight seasons. This is not a formula for a great Fantasy back.

Julio Jones : Now that the Falcons are down a reliable receiver with Tony Gonzalez retiring, Jones has a legit chance at 200 targets and potentially 125 catches, which he was well on-pace for before getting hurt.

Roddy White: He finished last season strong with 43 catches for 502 yards (11.7 avg.) and two scores over five games. So there's some optimism that White, 32, can regain most of his form and be a strong contributor to a Falcons offense that desperately needs him considering the retirement of Tony Gonzalez.

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