Ryan completed 20 of 23 passes for 216 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Saints. Ryan led two straight scoring drives to start the game, but he threw his first interception since Week 12 on the Falcons' third offensive possession. The veteran quarterback ultimately salvaged his performance by tossing an 18-yard touchdown to Russell Gage with 21 seconds left in the game. Overall, Ryan's season totals don't look horrible -- 3,968 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions -- but the majority of that production (2,157 yards, 15 touchdowns) came during the first eight games of the season. The loss of Calvin Ridley (personal) after Week 7 clearly impacted Ryan's fantasy upside during the 2021 campaign, and it's unclear what the Falcons' offense will look like in 2022. Nonetheless, it's likely that regardless of Ridley's status, Kyle Pitts will have to continue emerging as a star pass catcher if Ryan hopes to bounce back next year.
Ryan completed 13 of 23 passes for 197 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Sunday's 29-15 loss to the Bills. He also rushed twice for seven yards and lost a fumble. Ryan generated some pedestrian numbers at the untimeliest of junctures on the calendar from both a team and fantasy perspective. Atlanta's playoff hopes, already thin, likely evaporated altogether with the loss, while fantasy managers counting him in their championship weeks also had to be significantly underwhelmed. To make matters worse, Ryan had a rushing touchdown taken away on replay with just over six minutes remaining in the contest and set his team back 15 yards with a taunting penalty as a result of his actions after he believed he'd scored. The veteran quarterback typically has made the best of circumstances while learning a new offense and also playing a good portion of the season without top receiver Calvin Ridley (personal), but he'll look to ensure the season doesn't end on a sour note when he faces the Saints in Week 18. Ryan hasn't thrown for 300 yards since Week 9.
Ryan completed 18 of 24 passes for 215 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Falcons' 20-16 win over the Lions on Sunday. He also rushed four times for five yards. The veteran certainly didn't conjure up numbers that will send the pulses of fantasy managers racing at this time of the season, but he at least stayed away from turnovers and also connected with Hayden Hurst for a 12-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter. Ryan focused most heavily on star rookie Kyle Pitts, who was on the receiving end for six of his completions for 102 yards. Ryan's overall fantasy upside perpetually is capped by his thin pass-catching corps, but he's now thrown a touchdown pass in three straight games heading into a Week 17 road battle against the Bills.
Ryan completed 19 of 28 passes for 190 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Falcons' 29-21 win over the Panthers on Sunday. He also rushed four times for three yards. A week after an impressive 297-yard output against the Buccaneers in a losing effort, Ryan was much more subdued in the divisional win. The veteran continued to display solid rapport with Russell Gage in the ongoing absence of Calvin Ridley (personal), and he focused heavily on Kyle Pitts and Mike Davis as well with a total of 10 completions going to that duo. The Falcons moved to 6-7 with the win to remain in the playoff picture with four games remaining, and a Week 15 road matchup against the 49ers will serve as Ryan's next opportunity to push Atlanta closer to the postseason.
Ryan completed 30 of 41 passes for 297 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Falcons' 30-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also rushed three times for two yards and committed three fumbles, recovering two. Working with a Calvin Ridley-less receiving corps once again, Ryan made the best of what he had to work with by connecting with Russell Gage on 11 occasions for 130 yards. The rest of Atlanta's pass-catching crew turned in modest numbers, but the sum total was enough to leave Ryan just short of his fifth 300-yard effort of the season. The yardage total was still a very welcome sight for fantasy managers after Ryan had failed to top 190 yards in any of his three previous games, and he'll look to keep up the momentum in a Week 14 visit to the struggling Panthers.
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