After struggling with a second-team receiving corps over the last few weeks,
It came at the perfect time, too. In Week 14, the Falcons visit the Packers, a team that just gave up 561 total yards to the Lions in Week 13. The Packers have had their struggles against the pass this year, giving up the 11th-most yards through the air along with 22 touchdowns to just six interceptions. They've allowed the 10th-most Fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Of course, their pass rush could give Ryan problems. They're tied for third with 38 sacks. Then again, Ryan managed to throw for 311 yards even while getting sacked six times against the Bills.
The Falcons have struggled to put up points since wide receiver Julio Jones went down with a foot injury, making Ryan a not-so-attractive option in recent weeks, but with White's turnaround and the favorable matchup, he's worth considering again in a situation where you don't have an obvious starter at quarterback.
Ryan completed 28 of 47 passes for 311 and a touchdown. Ryan was held in check due to the team’s strong running game. The Falcons came into the game with the second-lowest rushing yards in the league, but managed to run for 151 yards against Buffalo. Ryan was fortunate to get his only touchdown. After nearly throwing one to Harry Douglas, the refs overturned the call, giving the Falcons the ball on the one yard line. Steven Jackson failed to get in the end zone, and then a penalty pushed the team further back. He managed to find Tony Gonzalez from 11 yards out on third down.
Ryan will look for more Week 14 against the Packers.
Buffalo hasn't performed well against opposing quarterbacks, allowing them to average 19.09 Fantasy points per game. Through 11 games, the team has allowed 22 passing touchdowns, which is tied for the third-highest in the league. The team's pass defense has been better as of late. After allowing 11 passing touchdowns from Week 6 through Week 8, the team has allowed just two passing touchdowns Week 9 through Week 11. At the same time, the team played Alex Smith, Ben Roethlisberger and Geno Smith/Matt Simms over the latter stretch, so it's hard to know if the team got better or the opponents were worse.
Ryan has also been in somewhat of a funk as of late. After tossing three touchdowns in his first game without Julio Jones, Ryan has thrown five touchdowns in his last five games. Though Roddy White has been back the past three games, he's failed to exceed 36 yards. That has left Tony Gonzalez, who gets double-teamed each game, and Harry Douglas as Ryan's primary weapons. Douglas has had some nice games with Ryan, but it's clear the lack of talent has played in big role in Ryan's worsening upside. The pieces are there for Ryan to have a nice game, but it's unclear he has the weapons to take advantage of a weak Buffalo secondary.
|14||12/8/13||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/13||@ SF||8:40 pm|
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