After he lost his fourth starting offensive lineman for the season in what his third straight game with just one touchdown pass, I suggested Fantasy owners might consider sitting
Granted, the Saints' Drew Brees managed to find a way against them last week, but it doesn't change the fact that the Lions have allowed the fewest Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks by far. And most of the ones they've faced still had their offensive lines intact.
Part of Ryan's problem is that he just doesn't have time to throw the ball downfield, and that's not going to improve with his starting center now gone. The Lions, as you might expect from their ranking, have a terrific pass rush. They're tied for third with 21 sacks. They're also one of three teams that have recorded more interceptions than they've allowed touchdown passes.
Even if everything was hunky-dory for Ryan and he was coming off a stretch where he looked like Peyton Manning, he'd be a candidate to sit with such a tough matchup. As things currently stand for him and the Falcons, it's a no-brainer move.
Through the first four weeks of the season, the
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.
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.
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.
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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