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Atlanta Falcons

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Fantasy Analysis | 1413772126
Disturbing trend developing for Matt Ryan
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Through the first four weeks of the season, the FalconsMatt Ryan looked like he was back to being one of the elite quarterbacks in Fantasy after struggling with a depleted receiving corps behind a poor offensive line last year.

But after his third straight game with just one touchdown pass Week 7 at Baltimore, he's looking more like his 2013 self again.

It's understandable given all the injuries to his offensive line. Center Peter Konz, who hurt his knee in Week 7, becomes the fourth starter lost to injury, after Sam Baker, Joe Hawley and Lamar Holmes. Ryan's receiving corps may be intact, but his offensive line is again poor.

Now, he was still plenty usable in Fantasy in 2013, throwing for 4,515 yards and 26 touchdowns, including 1,355 and eight in his final five games. But he wasn't a slam-dunk starter every week, and he isn't now either.

With a tough matchup in London Week 8 against Detroit, he's a candidate to sit in Fantasy.

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Falcons QB Matt Ryan's October struggles continue Week 7
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Quarterback Matt Ryan threw for just one touchdown Sunday, as the Falcons dropped a fourth straight game during a 29-7 loss Week 7 at Baltimore. Ryan completed 29 of 44 passes for 228 yards, while rushing for 7 yards and losing one fumble.

Ryan was under constant pressure all game and was sacked five times. Ryan had just 54 passing yards by halftime and was taken down for a safety late in the fourth quarter. His lone touchdown pass was a 4-yard completion to Roddy White with 7:12 left in the game.

Ryan hasn't had a multitouchdown game in three October starts. He has three touchdowns and two interceptions in three games this month. The Falcons are back in action in Week 8 against the Lions.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1413556298
Struggling Matt Ryan heads into tough matchup
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has failed to score multiple touchdowns in the team's past two games, and will try to end that trend against a tough matchup, with the Ravens on the way in Week 7.

The Ravens have held four of six opposing quarterbacks to one touchdown or less this season, though each of the multiple-score games came in the past two weeks. Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon is the only passer to toss multiple touchdowns against the Ravens this season, which he did in Week 6.

Ryan has now failed to reach 20 Fantasy points in each of the last two games and three of six overall. He has a limited history against the Ravens, although he did toss three touchdowns against them in their lone meeting, back in 2010.

At this point, Ryan and the Falcons' passing game is sputtering much more than we expected. Ryan should still be productive, but he makes for a risky play against a defense that is holding quarterbacks to 17.0 Fantasy points per game, the eighth-lowest total in the league. Both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard have Ryan ranked 17th among quarterbacks for Week 7, so consider him a risky start. 

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Matt Ryan struggles in Week 6 loss vs. Bears
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed just 19 of his 37 pass attempts for 271 yards with one touchdown and one interception in his team's 27-13 loss to the Bears in Week 6.

Ryan couldn't get much going in the first half, leading the team on a field-goal drive in the first quarter for an early lead but entering halftime down 13-3. He connected with Antone Smith on what's becoming a typical long touchdown for the duo, this one coming from 41 yards out. The interception came on a deep ball to Julio Jones late in the fourth quarter with the offense needing quick points. Ryan had delivered two three-touchdown, no-interception games at home this season before coming up short Sunday. He has a trip to Baltimore on tap in Week 7.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1412799456
For Matt Ryan, it all comes down to pressue
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has struggled with his consistency this season, posting three games with 25-plus Fantasy points and two with 16 or fewer. What should his Fantasy owners expect in Week 6 with the Bears on the schedule?

Ryan's two worst performances of the season have come in Week 2 against the Bengals and Week 5 against the Giants, and those one thing in common. Ryan was pressured on 38.9 percent of his 95 dropbacks in those two games per ProFootballFocus.com, compared to just 31.6 percent in his other three games. It is simple and obvious, but Ryan has struggled considerable more this season when pressured.

Fortunately for Ryan, this is not a Bears defense that has done a great job pressuring the quarterback. Through five games, they have gotten pressure on just 30.9 percent of their opponents' dropbacks, despite ranking 11th in the league with 11 sacks. If the Bears give Ryan time to operate in a clean pocket, he will pick them apart.

The Bears have mostly held up well against opposing quarterbacks, though they have also benefitted from a pretty easy schedule. Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers have racked up 54 Fantasy points against the Bears over the last two weeks, while Geno Smith and EJ Manuel managed just 33 combined points in two games; Chicago's most impressive performance came in holding Colin Kaepernick to 13 Fantasy points in Week 2.

Ryan gets the added benefit of playing at home, where he has six touchdowns and no interceptions in two starts. Ryan deserves to be in your starting lineup for Week 6 despite a subpar effort last week.

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2008Atlanta Falcons161643426561.134407.9370161117/10445987.7
2009Atlanta Falcons141445126358.329166.4790221419/9231480.9
2010Atlanta Falcons161657135762.537056.494628923/15832691.0
2011Atlanta Falcons161656634761.341777.3880291226/173551092.2
2012Atlanta Falcons161661542268.647197.6780321428/210461099.1
2013Atlanta Falcons161665143967.445156.9481261744/29844989.6
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2008Atlanta Falcons1616551041.9171011
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2010Atlanta Falcons1616461222.720019
2011Atlanta Falcons161637842.3122011
2012Atlanta Falcons1616341414.116107
2013Atlanta Falcons161617553.217005
2014Atlanta Falcons7711534.812005
Defensive Stats
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2009Atlanta Falcons1400.000000.0000
2010Atlanta Falcons1600.000000.0000
2011Atlanta Falcons1611.000000.0000
2012Atlanta Falcons1622.000000.0000
2013Atlanta Falcons1600.000000.0000
2014Atlanta Falcons700.000000.0000
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2008Atlanta Falcons1661020020
2009Atlanta Falcons1452020020
2010Atlanta Falcons1643000000
2011Atlanta Falcons1653020020
2012Atlanta Falcons1632000000
2013Atlanta Falcons1654010010
2014Atlanta Falcons711000000
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