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Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons (ATL)

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Player Information

Full Name

Matt Ryan
Jersey #2

Position & Status

QB1, Healthy

Current Team: ATL

Falcons Profile

Player Details

NFL Experience:

11 Years

Current Height & Weight

6'5", 220 Lbs.

College / University

Boston College

College Draft Year

2008, Round #1, Pick #3

Current Fantasy Points

312 Points

$6,100 Points: 24 Avg / Game
DraftKings Salary & FPPG
FPPG
24 / Game DraftKings Points: 312
13 Games Played
$8,400 Points: 22.1 Avg / Game
FanDuel Salary & FPPG
FPPG
22.1 / Game FanDuel Points: 287
13 Games Played

Passing Statistics

Passing Attempts

502

Passing Completions

354

Passing Yards

4,076 Yards

Passing Completion Percentage

71% Completion

Passing Yards Per Attempt

8 Yards

Passing Yards Per Completion

12 Yards

Passing Touchdowns

28 Touchdowns

Passing Interceptions

6 Interceptions

Passing Rating

108

Passing Long

75

Passing Sacks

38

Passing Sack Yards

276 Sack Yards

Offensive & Defensive Snaps

Offensive Snaps Played

859 Snaps

Defensive Snaps Played

0 Snaps

Special Team Snaps Played

0 Snaps

Offensive Team Snaps Played

868 Snaps

Defensive Team Snaps Played

869 Snaps

Special Team's Team Snaps

280 Snaps

Rushing Statistics

Rushing Attempts

25 Attempts

Rushing Yards

101 Yards

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

4 Yards

Rushing Touchdowns

2 Yards

Rushing Long

13 Yards

Two Point Conversion Stats

Two Point Conversion Passes

2 Passes

Two Point Conversion Runs

0 Runs

Two Point Conversion Receptions

0 Receptions

Touchdown Statistics

Total Touchdowns

2 Total Touchdowns

Offensive Touchdowns

2 Touchdowns

Defensive Touchdowns

0 Touchdowns

TSpecial Team Touchdowns

0 Touchdowns

Receiving Statistics

Receiving Targets

0

Receptions

0

Receiving Yards

0.00 Yards

Receiving Yards Per Reception

0.00 Yards

Receiving Touchdowns

0 Touchdowns

Receiving Long

0

Fumbles

9

Fumbles Lost

4

Tackle & Hit Statistics

Solo Tackles

1 Tackles

Assisted Tackles

0 Assisted Tackles

Tackles For Losses

0 Tackles for Loss

Total Sacks

0 Sacks

Sack Yards

0.00 Yards

Quarterback Hits

0 QB Hits

Passes Defended

0

Fumbles Forced

0

Fumbles Recovered

0 Fumble Recoveries

Fumble Return Yards

0.00 Yards

Fumble Return Touchdowns

0 Touchdowns

Interceptions

0 Interceptions

Interception Return Yards

0 Yards

Interception Return Touchdowns

0 Touchdowns

Blocked Kicks

0 Blocked Kicks

Special Team Solo Tackles

0 Tackles

Special Team Assisted Tackles

0 Assisted Tackles

Misc. Solo Tackles

0 Solo Tackles

Misc. Assisted Tackles

0 Tackles

Recent Player Scoring

Date Opponent Points Snap % Salary $ Per Point
12-09 Packers 21.5 100 $5,600 260.5
12-02 Ravens 8.6 100 $5,600 651.2
11-22 Saints 25.7 100 $6,100 237.4
11-18 Cowboys 14.7 100 $6,100 415
11-11 Browns 24.5 100 $6,200 253.1
11-04 Redskins 32.0 100 $5,700 178.1
10-22 Giants 22.3 0 $6,500 291.5
10-14 Buccaneers 30.5 100 $6,800 223
10-07 Steelers 15.4 88.9 $6,600 428.6
09-30 Bengals 32.3 100 $6,100 188.9
09-23 Saints 43.2 100 $5,700 131.9
09-16 Panthers 31.7 98.4 $5,700 179.8
09-06 Eagles 9.8 100 $6,300 642.9

Recent Player News

2 days ago: Matt Ryan Has Tough Week 15 Matchup
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan draws a tough Week 15 matchup as he will face the Arizona Cardinals at home. The veteran signal-caller played well against the Green Bay Packers in Week 14, turning in his first three-touchdown game since Week 9. He will have his work cut out for him this weekend, however, as the Cardinals have been tough against the pass this season. Arizona's pass defense ranks 10th in DVOA and is allowing the third-fewest fantasy points per game to the quarterback position. Ryan's recent play keeps him in consideration for fantasy lineups but he should be treated more as a high-end QB2 for Week 15.

5 days ago: Matt Ryan Puts Up Numbers Despite Week 14 Loss
Atlanta Falcons quarterback did not have a great day against the Green Bay Packers in Week 14. However, his final line will have pleased his fantasy owners as he returned a 20 fantasy point day for them. Ryan completed just 28-of-42 passes and threw a crippling pick-six as the Falcons were blown away by the Packers. However, Ryan threw for 262 passing yards and three touchdowns to ensure that he ended the day just over 20 points, despite the interception. This should really be Ryan's floor as a fantasy player with the amount of talent he has surrounding him, and also explains just why he is someone you should consider starting every week.

8 days ago: Matt Ryan Could Struggle In Green Bay
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan could be in for a tough day in Sunday's matchup with the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have had a lot of success at home this season against opposing quarterbacks, allowing an average of just 13.3 fantasy points. In addition, Ryan has had his troubles on the road this season compared to playing at home. On the road Ryan's completion rate is seven percent lower and his quarterback rating is 24 points lower. After the last few weeks it is hard to believe that Ryan can go into Green Bay in December and have success, so this might be a week to consider sitting the Falcons quarterback.

12 days ago: Matt Ryan Struggles In Week 13
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had a rough day against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in Week 13. Ryan threw the ball 26 times but only managed 16 completions and 131 passing yards. He managed to add a late touchdown throw to Austin Hooper, but that still did not really salvage a fairly awful day for Ryan and the Falcons. The Falcons never really seemed to get the offense going, and until the fourth quarter their only touchdown had been a defensive score. Ryan is still going to have fantasy value going forward but we have now seen this offense shut down a number of times by good defenses, meaning he is more of a matchup start than a must-start rest of season.

15 days ago: Matt Ryan A Startable Option Despite Tough Matchup
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan should still be capable of having a solid fantasy day against the Baltimore Ravens, despite it being a tough matchup Sunday. Ryan is having a nice season, especially at home where he is completed nearly 76% of his passes and has thrown 15 touchdowns to just two interceptions. Home field advantage has helped keep Ryan upright with the Falcons allowing just 13 sacks in six home games compared to 20 in five games on the road. Interestingly, the Ravens are only surrendering 18.7 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks on the road this season. However, you could make the case that Ryan is the best quarterback and this is the best home field advantage that the Ravens have encountered this season. Ryan should get somewhere in the region of 20 fantasy points this week, and is unlikely to make you regret starting him in Week 13.

22 days ago: Matt Ryan Has 20 Point Performance Thursday
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan managed to have a 20 point performance, despite a loss in New Orleans, on Thursday. It was a tough day for the Falcons offense, who had four turnovers and struggled to get points. However, Ryan managed to overcome a lost fumble and an interception to put up 21.68 fantasy points. Ryan threw for 377 yards and added two touchdown on 35 completions from 47 attempts. Ryan also added 16 rushing yards on two attempts, leading the team in rushing on the night. It is maybe not the night that was expected from Ryan, but a 20 fantasy point return is a welcome sight for owners who started him this week.

24 days ago: Matt Ryan Should Have Success On The Road Sunday
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan should be able to overcome his issues on the road this season when he squares off against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night. Ryan has a quarterback rating nearly 30 points lower, according to Pro Football Focus, when he has played on the road in 2018. However, Ryan has had a good recent history on the road against the Saints. In the last four matchups in New Orleans, Ryan has averaged 286.25 yards, 1.5 touchdowns and has thrown just one interception. This is partly due to playing in the dome which are similar conditions to what Ryan plays in at home. The New Orleans Saints defense is better, but Ryan had tremendous success against them earlier this season, and I think he can have another good day in a must-win game for the Falcons.

27 days ago: Matt Ryan Has Unspectacular Day Sunday
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan salvaged his day with a late touchdown as he struggled to register 15 fantasy points against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday. It needed a late drive from Ryan, culminating in a touchdown to Julio Jones, for him to make his points total look even remotely satisfactory. Ryan completed 24-of-34 passes for 291 yards with a touchdown and an interception. This was always going to be a relatively tough day for Ryan against a good defense. However, the hope was that playing at home would mean Ryan could still have a solid 20 point day. Unfortunately, that was not to be the case Sunday as Ryan struggled for consistency and to get the ball in the end zone.

30 days ago: Matt Ryan Should Perform Well In Return Home
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will be pleased to be returning home to play in the Mercedes-Benz stadium. Ryan has completed 76.9% of passes at home with an average of 359.6 passing yards and 2.8 touchdowns per game. In addition, Ryan has averaged 9.88 yards per attempt and thrown just one interception in his five games in Atlanta this season. The issue for Ryan is the Dallas Cowboys defense, which currently ranks 13th against opposing quarterbacks when it comes to fantasy points allowed. However, whenever Ryan is playing at home it is impossible to see him as anything other than a must-start.

1 month ago: Matt Ryan Has Decent Fantasy Output
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan managed to have a decent fantasy day despite the Falcons struggling on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. The Falcons managed to put up just 16 points and were chasing the game for much of the day. However, Ryan went 38-of-52 for 330 yards and two touchdowns to at least salvage something from the day for his fantasy owners. The biggest issue for Ryan and the Falcons are the question marks this once again raises about them on the road. Every time it feels like the Falcons offense can be trusted on the road it has a day like it had today. Ryan likely remains a must-start going forward but he is now back to being closer to a top-10 than a top-5 fantasy quarterback week-in week-out.

1 month ago: Matt Ryan Set For Big Day In Cleveland
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan should have the chance to put up good numbers on Sunday when facing the Cleveland Browns. Ryan demonstrated last week that he can perform on the road with 350 passing yards and four touchdowns. This week, Ryan faces a defense which ranks 27th in passing yards given up, having surrendered over 300 passing yards in two of the last three games. The one thing this defense has been good at is forcing turnovers with 13 interceptions on the season. However, Ryan has protected the ball well this season with just three interceptions. Ryan should be able to have success in this game, and after proving he can do it on the road, he is a must-start against the Browns on Sunday.

1 month ago: Matt Ryan Has Big Day In Washington
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan made a mockery of his history on the road with a big performance against the Redskins in Washington on Sunday. Ryan had thrown just one touchdown is his previous two road game this season, but he more than made up for that Sunday. Ryan threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns, as the Falcons ran out easy winners in Week 9. This performance from Ryan, against a very good defense, is a good sign of what he can do in the remainder of the season, both at home and on the road. It will be hard to sit Ryan in any matchups this season and he should be considered a must-start until we see differently.

1 month ago: Matt Ryan A Borderline Start In Week 9
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan could be in for a mixed week against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. The Redskins defense sits pretty much in the middle of the league against the pass so far this season, and they have surrendered an average of 18.78 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. However, Ryan has struggled in his two road starts this season, throwing just one touchdown and completing just 58% of his passes. In his career Ryan has a quarterback rating 10 points lower on the road than at home. In addition, in four career starts against the Redskins, Ryan has four touchdowns to five interception. This offense is going to need to pass the ball if they are to have success this week and that means Ryan has a chance to have a good week. However, entering Week 9 it is hard to completely trust Ryan in this matchup.

2 months ago: Matt Ryan Efficient Monday
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan put up some fairly efficient number against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. Ryan completed 31 of his 39 pass attempts for 379 yards and a long touchdown pass. It looked like it was going to be a long night for Ryan as he was sacked three times early in the game. However, the Falcons offensive line got it figured out and Ryan was not sacked again throughout the game. This was perhaps not the explosive outing many expected as the Giants managed to keep the Falcons a little off balance at times.

2 months ago: Matt Ryan A Must-Start This Week
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is once again a must-start this week against the New York Giants on Monday. Ryan's numbers at home have been significantly better than on the road this season. Almost everything, down to his offensive lines protection has been better when at home this year. Ryan is averaging 3.25 touchdowns and 355 passing yards in his four home starts this season. There is nothing in the Giants defense that suggests they will able to stop what has become an offensive juggernaut in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

2 months ago: Matt Ryan Has Monster Day Sunday Versus Buccaneers
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had a big day at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. With the Falcons returning home to face a bad defense, quality results were expected from Ryan and he did not disappoint. Ryan threw three touchdowns while going 31-of-41 for 354 yards, also adding 13 yards rushing. Ryan was once again able to spread the ball around among his receivers, with eight different receivers catching a pass. This result confirms then when playing at home Ryan is a must-start for fantasy.

2 months ago: Matt Ryan Should Have A Bounce-Back Sunday
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will be looking to have a bounce-back game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Ryan struggled against the Steelers on the road last week but when he is at home it is a different story. This season at home Ryan is averaging 355 passing yards and 3.3 passing touchdowns per game. In addition the Falcons offense is averaging 34.7 points per game in their home games this season. With the state of their defense, Ryan and this offense will need to be at full gas every time they step on the field Sunday. Ryan returns to being a must-start in this game in Atlanta against a porous Tampa Bay defense.

2 months ago: Matt Ryan Undergoes X-Rays
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (foot) underwent X-rays on Sunday but is 100 percent ready to go for a great matchup in Week 6 against a terrible Buccaneers secondary. Ryan had 285 yards passing with just one touchdown in a disappointing showing against the Steelers in Week 5, but he'll be a strong QB1 this Sunday against Tampa. The Bucs are allowing the most fantasy points per game (28.6) to the QB position in three games.

2 months ago: Matt Ryan Has Tough Day Sunday
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan struggled on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. Ryan threw the ball 38 times, completing 26 for 285 yards and a solitary touchdown. Ryan was sacked six times, and the pressure told as he fumbled a ball which was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown. Ryan managed to have just a 14-point fantasy day, which reinforces the idea that you should not use him when playing outdoors. Ryan has been superb the last three weeks in games at home and now has two bad outdoor road starts. Ryan remains a fantasy option but seemingly only when the Rams are playing indoors.

2 months ago: Matt Ryan In Line For Another Big Day
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan could be in line for another big day against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The Steelers currently rank second in fantasy points surrendered against opposing quarterbacks, giving up close to 29 points per game against them. However, Ryan has an average quarterback rating eight points lower when playing outdoors than in a dome. As much as that is a risk, the combination of the Falcons offense needing to put up points with the Steelers leaky defense should still mean that Ryan has a big day, simply on volume alone. Ryan remains a must-start this week in Pittsburgh.

2 months ago: Matt Ryan Has Another Big Day Sunday
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had another big week Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Ryan went 29-of-39 for 419 yards with three touchdowns as the Falcons slipped to 1-3 on the season. This is now three weeks running that Ryan has put up impressive fantasy performances as the Falcons offense appears to be rolling at full gas. In addition, with how bad the Falcons defense has been it seems unlikely the foot is coming off the gas any time soon. Ryan and this offense should continue rolling and putting up monster fantasy numbers for the foreseeable future.

3 months ago: Matt Ryan Could Find Himself In Another Shootout
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan could find himself in a shootout once again against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The Atlanta Falcons defense is so beaten up that the offense is going to have to score a lot of points if they want to win games. With all of the weapons Ryan has in the passing game a lot of the pressure to win these games will fall on his shoulders. Ryan could be set for another multi-touchdown game combined with 300 or more passing yards. Ryan remains a must-start this week playing at home where he has a passer rating nine points above what he has on the road.

3 months ago: Matt Ryan Has Monster Day Sunday
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had a super day against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Ryan completed 26-of-35 for 374 yards and five touchdowns in the Falcons 43-37 loss. This was a perfect matchup for Ryan against a Saints defense, that is struggling to contain quarterbacks so far in 2018. However, this version of the offense is one that the Falcons are going to need regularly from Ryan. The Falcons defense is in such bad shape that Ryan is likely spend a large amount of the season playing in shootouts. Those type of matchups are a great way for quarterbacks to have top five fantasy seasons, and Ryan has enough offensive targets that he could put up monster numbers all season.

3 months ago: Matt Ryan Could Have Monster Day Sunday
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will be looking for a monster day at home Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Ryan had two passing and two rushing touchdowns in the Falcons home win over the Panthers last Sunday. The New Orleans Saints were torched by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the season opener, giving up four passing touchdowns and over 400 yards passing. Ryan has similar weapons to Fitzpatrick, and if the Saints defense cannot tighten up Ryan could be looking at putting up huge fantasy numbers this weekend. It is extremely hard to find a reason not to start Ryan in Week 3.

3 months ago: Matt Ryan Has A Bounce Back Performance Sunday
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan bounced back in a big way on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Coming off a bad performance in the season opener, Ryan completed 23-of-28 passes for 272 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Ryan also added two rushing touchdowns, including one where he shrugged off some hits to find the end zone. The two rushing touchdowns meant that Ryan had a monster day for fantasy owners, but him using his legs is not something owners should be relying on going forward. The positive is that Ryan also converted two red-zone opportunities through the air on Sunday. Ryan remains a matchup based start going forward this season.

3 months ago: Matt Ryan Hoping To Bounce Back Sunday
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will be hoping for a bounce-back performance in Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. Ryan completed 21-of-43 passes for 251 yards, with zero touchdowns and one interception against the Eagles in the season opener. His opponent this week, the Carolina Panthers, were not really tested in week one, as Dallas' offense was so abject. Ryan is 12-8 with 31 touchdowns to 15 interceptions against the Panthers in his career. In addition, Ryan has a significantly better QB rating at home than on the road. Therefore, expect to see a better performance from Ryan this week. However, until we see the teams red zone woes improve it is hard to start the Falcons QB in shallow leagues.

3 months ago: Matt Ryan Struggles Thursday
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan struggled tremendously in the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday. Ryan completed just 21 of his 43 passes and was picked off deep in the Eagles half. The Falcons QB did manage to throw for 251 yards but failed to get the ball into the end zone despite a number of 1st and goal opportunities. Given the Falcons struggles in the red zone last season, it is a major concern that they still could not get the ball into the end zone more than once Thursday. Performances like this emphasize why Ryan consistently ends the season outside the top-12 fantasy QBs. Ryan will be hoping to have more success against the Panthers defense next week.

3 months ago: Matt Ryan Could Have Tough Outing Thursday
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan could be in for a tough day against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. Last season the Eagles ranked 22nd, allowing an average of 15.86 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Last season, in the playoffs Ryan threw for 210 yards and a touchdown when facing the Eagles. Defensively the Eagles have a very strong defensive line, and the Falcons offensive line struggled when trying to stop a quality defensive line in the preseason. If Ryan is to have success Thursday, he will need to get the ball out of his hands quickly. Ryan may struggle to rank among the top-12 fantasy quarterbacks in week one.

4 months ago: Matt Ryan Should Play Extended Time Saturday
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan should play most of the first half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday. Ryan has been limited in the first two preseason games but the Falcons will likely look to get him extended playing time in this game. However, the Jaguars have a very good pass rush and if Ryan is seeing lots of pressure early then do not be shocked in the Falcons limit his workload to ensure he does not get injured. Given the strength of the opposing defense I would look to give Ryan a miss in DFS lineups Saturday.

6 months ago: Matt Ryan Expects To Work Out With Julio Jones Next Month
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been downplaying wide receiver Julio Jones' absence at minicamp this week and expects him to show up when he holds informal workouts next month. Ryan plans to hold unscheduled practices with teammates in South Florida before training camp. Jones has been away from the team while seeking a new contract. He has three years and $35 million remaining. Don't read too much into Jones' absence. He should remain a WR1 and will come off the board in the early rounds. Jones should be able to improve in the touchdown department in Year 2 under offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

8 months ago: Matt Ryan Agrees To Five-Year Extension
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan agreed to a five-year contract extension on Thursday that will make him the first $30 million per-year quarterback in NFL history, according to league and team sources. He'll receive $100 million guaranteed. Ryan is pretty consistent with seven straight 4,000-yard seasons, and he broke out during the team's Super Bowl run in 2016 with a career-high 38 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Ryan is very good but not great, although he could be better in his second year with Steve Sarkisian running the offense. The soon-to-be 33-year-old is a solid QB1 for fantasy owners.

9 months ago: Falcons Close To Extending Matt Ryan
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the team is close to agreeing to a contract extension with franchise quarterback Matt Ryan. Dimitroff said "it's not a complicated process" and that "I think we're close." This comes as a surprise to no one. Ryan has reached the 4,000-yard passing mark in every season since 2011 and remains one of the best all-around passers in the NFL. In his second year in offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian's offense, Ryan should be better in 2018.

11 months ago: Matt Ryan Encouraged To Sign Team Friendly Deal
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is due for a new contract and team owner Arthur Blank expects Ryan's next contract to be a team-friendly deal. "I think Matt is the kind of quarterback that will understand, at this point, this is also about what is his legacy going to be?," Blank said. "He wants to win championships and make sure the team is in position that we can compete for free agents. We expect him to work with us to ensure there's talent around him." Entering a contract year, extending Ryan is Atlanta's top offseason priority. As a Tom Condon client, it would be surprising if Ryan settled for less than top-seven quarterback money.

11 months ago: Falcons Looking To Extend Matt Ryan
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the main focus of the offseason will be to work out a contract extension for quarterback Matt Ryan. Ryan had high expectations coming off his 2016 MVP campaign, and he fell drastically short in 2017 with just 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian's first year. The 20 touchdowns were Ryan's fewest in a season since his rookie year in 2008. With most of Atlanta's offensive weapons due back next season, including elite wideout Julio Jones, Ryan should be able to bounce back in 2018, but his high-water mark in 2016 is unlikely to be repeated.

11 months ago: Matt Ryan Back At Practice
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who missed practice Tuesday to attend to a personal matter, is back at practice Wednesday. There's nothing to see here. Ryan will be fine for the Divisional matchup against the Eagles this weekend, where he'll be a sleeper DFS play. Although Ryan disappointed overall in 2017 after earning MVP honors in 2016, Atlanta's offense is clicking at the right time, and they could be the favorites over the No. 1 seed in the NFC without quarterback Carson Wentz (knee).

12 months ago: Matt Ryan Finishes Regular Season Strong
Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan finished the season on a positive note, completing 28 of 45 passes for 317 passing yards and one touchdown. While the game wasn't what one would expect from an elite quarterback, it was very much indicative of Ryan's 2017 season. In fact, Ryan's greatest strength this season has been his ability to play clean, efficient football. In all but three games, Ryan threw one interception or less. His inability to find receivers in the end zone this season has limited his overall fantasy value, but it's Ryan's own effective play that has kept him at even this level of fantasy relevance. That bodes well moving forward into next season, when Ryan and the Falcons' coaching staff will have time to really hammer out the kinks in the offense.

12 months ago: Matt Ryan Not a Good Week 17 Start
At this point, it's become clear that Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan is not the same quarterback he was a season ago, though to be fair, no one really expected him to be. The issue with Ryan now is he hasn't been able to consistently produce the stats that make a quarterback anything beyond functionally adequate, particularly from a fantasy standpoint. Ryan has struggled across the board this year, but his anemic 19 touchdowns to 12 interceptions is the most telling stat. Ryan has thrown more interceptions, but half of the touchdowns he did in the 2016 season, and that has taken a toll on his fantasy owners. The final game of the season sees Ryan and the Falcons at home versus a Carolina Panthers' defense that is currently in the top third of the NFL in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. When Ryan faced the Panthers in Week 9, he had one of his best statistical performances of the season, throwing for 313 passing yards and two touchdowns, though its should be noted that he also lost a fumble and threw an interception in that game. Ryan has the surrounding talent and the capability to be a fantasy threat this week, but it might be too little, too late.

12 months ago: Matt Ryan Throws for 288 Yards, One Touchdown and One INT
In another performance that could be best described as average, Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan completed 22 of 36 passes for 288 passing yards and one passing touchdown. Ryan threw an interception as well. Ultimately, Ryan's performance against the Saints this Sunday was better than his previous three-interception meltdown in Week 14, but not by much. Next week, Ryan and Falcons will close out the season at home versus the Carolina Panthers, a team that is currently allowing an average of 15.8 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Ryan hasn't really been reliable this season, and there's no reason to bet on him now. If you're trying to close out the fantasy season strong, Ryan isn't your quarterback.

12 months ago: Matt Ryan A Risky Start For Week 16
Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan isn't having an MVP season. In fact, the argument can be made that Ryan is on pace for one of the worst statistical seasons of his career, and the translation to fantasy has been painfully apparent. Ryan has struggled to break into the top ten fantasy players at his position consistently, much as he's struggled to throw more than one touchdown in a game where he's passed for more than 300 yards. So far, this season, Ryan has had one such game. In the 2016 season, he recorded eight. The sledding has been uphill for Ryan and his fantasy owners, and this week's matchup versus the New Orleans Saints is much too soon after Ryan's three-interception meltdown in Week 14. Ryan has had four games with more than one interception. For comparison, he had none in the 2016 season. Ryan hasn't performed at an elite level all season, and was exceptionally poor last time he faced the Saints. Ryan is a risky start this week.

12 months ago: Matt Ryan Throws For 212 Yards and One Touchdown
After a game that saw him throw three interceptions, Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan turned in an improved performance Monday night, completing 17 of 31 pass attempts for 212 yards and one touchdown. Much of Ryan and the rest of the Atlanta Falcons' passing game took a back seat to the one man show that was Falcons' running back Devonta Freeman. Ryan's sole touchdown pass was to Falcons' receiver Justin Hardy. This has been a trying season for Ryan's fantasy owners, many of whom drafted him hoping to get more of the quarterback who was MVP for the 2016 season. Thus far, Ryan has had flashes of his old self, but hasn't managed to really have a big day, and at this point in the season, that day seems very unlikely to happen. Next week, Ryan and the Falcons travel to New Orleans to face off against the Saints.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Looking to Bounce Back in Week 15
Regression would be a fair description of Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan's performance Thursday versus the New Orleans Saints. After three straight games without throwing an interception, Ryan was picked three times by the Saints' defense. Whether his mistakes could be blamed on Ryan and the Falcon's only having four days of rest and prep between their Week 13 and 14 matchups, or the Saints' defense, Ryan and the Falcons' offense have had eleven days to recover and practice, which should help improve Ryan's performance. This week should also prove kinder because Ryan and the Falcons play the Monday night game in Tampa Bay versus the Buccaneers. Previously, in Week 12, Ryan threw for 317 yards and one touchdown when the Falcons played the Buccaneers at home. Ryan should be able to bounce back from his poor Week 14 performance with a decent return against the Buccaneers this week, making him a medium-floor start this week.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Throws Three Interceptions Versus The Saints
Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan completed 15 of 27 passing attempts for 221 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. The short week clearly wasn't in Ryan's favor, and his three interceptions ends a three-game stretch without a pick. The interceptions in this game are troubling, especially the first, which was simply a poorly thrown pass, but could be attributed to Ryan and Falcons only having four days to recover and practice for this weeks' game. While it might help explain some of Ryan's sloppy play, it doesn't change the fact that Ryan simply looked bad this week. The good news is that Ryan will get 11 days of rest before he and the Falcons play their next game on the road Monday night versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hopefully, the rest and preparation will lead to a better fantasy performance from Ryan.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Should Bounce Back in Week 14
If the Minnesota Vikings' defense was a test, Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan wouldn't be hanging his grade on the refrigerator. Ryan passed for a paltry 173 yards versus the Vikings' defense, and didn't find the end zone, leaving him with an abysmal fantasy performance. This week, the Falcons have the short week as they play host to the visiting New Orleans Saints, a team whose defense is currently ranked 13th in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. While the Saint's defense is average in fantasy points allowed, they've been solid in takeaways, currently tied at ninth with 11 interceptions. The short week isn't great for Ryan, but he is at home, so Ryan should bounce back from his Week 13 performance this week, making him a solid start.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Throws for 173 Passing Yards
After four games with at least 300 yards passing or more than one touchdown, Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan seemed to come back to earth, completing 16 of 29 passing attempts for 173 passing yards. Ryan finished the game with a quarterback efficiency rating of 72.9, and didn't thrown a touchdown for the first time this season, as the Minnesota Vikings and their top-ranked defense had no issues containing the Falcons' offense. There wasn't much to like about Ryan's performance, but Ryan's fantasy owners can take solace from the fact that Ryan didn't turn the ball over, despite the rough day. Ryan will look to bounce back this Thursday as he and the Falcons host the New Orleans Saints in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Risky Start Versus Vikings
Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan has been on an extremely efficient streak lately. In his last four games, Ryan has thrown seven touchdowns to just two interceptions, and threw for more than 300 yards in two of those games. Granted, Ryan and the Falcons haven't faced an elite defense thus far, but this Sunday that's about to change. The Minnesota Vikings, whose defense is currently ranked ninth in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks will be facing off against the Falcons in Atlanta this week. The good news is that Ryan typically performs better at home, and the Falcons' offense has begun to click. The Falcons' defense will most likely be without cornerback Desmond Trufant. If Ryan and the Falcons can maintain their offensive hot streak versus the Vikings, this game has the makings of a shootout. This season, Ryan has shown with additional throws come additional interceptions, and while as of late, that hasn't been the case, Ryan is still a risky start this week.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Throws 317 Yards and One Touchdown
Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan continued his hot streak for the fourth game in a row, completing 26 of 35 attempts for 317 yards and one touchdown. Especially of note for his fantasy owners is that Ryan did not thrown an interception, bringing this season's touchdown to interception ratio to a healthy 16 touchdowns to eight interceptions. After a shaky start to the season, Ryan and the Falcons' offense seem to have found their footing, and Ryan will continue to benefit from it. Next week, Ryan and the Falcons will look continue their offensive production as they face the Minnesota Vikings at home in Atlanta.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan A Solid Start For Week 12
In the past four games, Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan has been as efficient as he has been productive, with a touchdown ratio of eight touchdowns to just two interceptions. Ryan has thrown two touchdowns in each of the last four games, and while his yardage has been hovering in the 220 range, he's been a consistent fantasy quarterback. This week, Ryan faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and a defense that is currently ranked tenth lowest in the fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Ryan and the Falcons' will be without lead running back Devonta Freeman, but with a healthy bevy of targets to chose from, Ryan shouldn't have any issues finding a way to continue producing healthy fantasy points. If you have Ryan this week, he's a solid start.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Throws Two Touchdowns Versus Seahawks
Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan played a solid game against a deficient Seattle Seahawks defense, completing 19 of 27 passes for 195 passing yards and two touchdowns. This marks the fourth game in the row that Ryan has thrown multiple touchdowns, and he's been efficient throughout. The sole mark against Ryan is his lack of yardage. He's averaged 227 passing yards over that same four-game stretch and has only had two games with more than 300 passing yards this season. After a shaky start, Ryan has begun to produce consistently, and the Falcons' offense has started to match their talent more every week, so Ryan's lack of yardage is troubling. Still, Ryan's efficiency is promising and that paired with his touchdown passes makes him a worthy fantasy starter. Next week, Ryan and Falcons have the short week as they travel to their next matchup versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan A Medium-Floor Start
In his last three games, Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown six touchdowns to two interceptions, and an average of 260 yards a game. While it's not as impressive as his 2016 season, it is the best streak Ryan has had this season, and it comes at a time when fantasy playoffs are at stake. This Monday, Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons travel to Seattle to take on the Seattle Seahawks, a defense currently missing safety Kam Chancellor and cornerback Richard Sherman due to injury. In the past, games between these two teams often turned into shootouts, and an injury plagued Seahawks defense might be the catalyst needed for just that scenario. With the potential for an explosive amount of volume from Ryan comes the added potential for turnovers, and while he's improved in the past few weeks, the fact remains he's more prone to turnovers this season. Ryan is a medium floor start this week.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Needs Julio Jones To Be A Good Start In Week 10
The past two weeks have been kind to Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan, and despite facing a stingy Carolina Panthers' defense last week, Ryan's touchdown-to-interception ratio is 5-1, proof that Ryan has been quietly improving since the Falcons returned from their bye. He faces a stiff test this week, as he and the Falcons return to Atlanta to face the Dallas Cowboys. Currently the Cowboys' defense is allowing an average of 223.4 passing yards and 17.1 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, but they have been on a tear over the past three weeks. Including their Week 9 matchup, when the Cowboys' defense held the Kansas City Chiefs to their second lowest point total this season. Ryan's had bad games this season, and he might be playing without star wide receiver Julio Jones against a defense that has started to find its swagger. But Ryan has begun finding his own way this season, and if Jones plays this Sunday, he has a good chance to produce solid fantasy numbers.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Throws for 313 Yards and Two Touchdowns
Against a tough Carolina Panthers' defense, Matt Ryan produced quality fantasy numbers, completing 24 of 38 passing attempts for 313 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Ryan's performance lands him squarely in the top 15 at his position in fantasy scoring for the second week in a row. Ryan's fantasy production has been up and down this season, and this game marks the first time he's managed to pass for more than 300 yards and multiple touchdowns in the same game. Hopefully, these are all good signs of great fantasy production to come for Ryan, as he and the Falcons head home to take on the Dallas Cowboys next week.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Is A Risky Week 9 Start
Coming off his best game of the season, Matt Ryan and his team, the Atlanta Falcons look as if they're finally starting to figure out some of the issues they've recently experienced offensively. For Ryan's fantasy owners, that means a lot, especially considering the Falcons' next opponent, the Carolina Panthers are a legitimate defense that currently ranks fourth in yards allowed and ninth in points allowed. The good news is the Panthers' defense only has 19 passes defensed and three interceptions for the 2017 season. That doesn't mean they won't be able to stop the Falcons, but Ryan's fantasy owners are keen to see him play a game without a turnover, especially since he has only passed for multiple touchdowns or 300 yards three times this season, and never both in the same game. With every turnover, Ryan chips away at an increasingly meager bottom line, and it bodes well for that fantasy line if Ryan is facing a team that is struggling to force them. Ryan has been spotty this season, and there's not a reason to believe that he'll be incredible this game. However, with the talent he has around him, and considering the unique personnel changes facing the Panthers and how heavily that might force them to rely on this defense, one has to think that Ryan still has a high ceiling but a less-than-average floor.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Throws Two Touchdowns Versus Jets
In a game with less than ideal conditions for passing, Matt Ryan completed 18 of 29 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns. The pouring rain limited the Atlanta Falcons' passing game, and cost Ryan a lost fumble. The wet weather also caused a number of dropped passes, the most notable of which was a largely uncontested touchdown pass that slipped through Falcons' tight end Austin Hooper's hands. Despite the rain, Ryan managed to limit his turnovers and get the ball to his talented playmakers. Ryan's game Sunday earned him at least a guaranteed spot in the top 15 players at his position, and that's a step in the right direction for Ryan. Next week, the Falcons will end their three-week road tour in Carolina, where they'll face a tough Carolina Panthers' defense in Week 9 action.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Is An Option of Week 8
The 2017 season has not been kind to Matt Ryan or his fantasy owners. In six games, Ryan has thrown seven touchdowns to six interceptions, and has been among the top 15 fantasy players at his position once. In Week 7 against a New England Patriots' defense that has been abysmal this season, Ryan managed 233 yards and one touchdown, become the first quarterback this season to not throw for more than 300 yards versus the Patriots. The New York Jets defense isn't much better than the Patriots' defense that Ryan faced in Week 7. They haven't managed to record a single sack. and they allow an average of 17.6 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, which ranks them 12 spots higher than the Patriots. At this point, it's hard to believe that Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons can't find a way to turn the corner, especially as they continue to face some of the lower defenses in the league. Ryan isn't a bad start in Week 8, especially as a bye week fill-in.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Has a Mediocre Week 7
While there's not a lot to like about Matt Ryan's performance versus the New England Patriots Sunday, there are some positive points. Ryan completed 23 of 33 attempted passes for 233 yards and one touchdown. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback also avoided throwing an interception after throwing at least one in the last three games he played. The Patriots' defense, which prior to this game was at the bottom of the league in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, held Ryan to under 300 yards and only one touchdown, something they had previously failed to accomplish with any other quarterback they've faced. Simply put, this was the best matchup for Ryan this season and he put up a dud of a game. Ryan and the Falcons will hope to bounce back as they travel to New York to face-off against a Jets' defense that's allowing an average of 16.4 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Has Mediocre Game Versus Miami Dolphins
Matt Ryan had another less-than-stellar outing Sunday, completing 24 of 35 passes for 248 yards. Ryan threw one touchdown and one interception as well. While Ryan didn't look terrible, he and the Atlanta Falcons' passing attack have really seemed to struggle to find their way as of late. This was on display Sunday, as no Falcons' receiver managed to break 100 yards, and only Julio Jones had more than 50 receiving yards. Whether it's the Falcons' amazing success running the ball with both Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, or just a matter of play-calling, the results are still the same: Ryan isn't the elite fantasy talent he was a year ago. Moreover, Ryan's woes are spreading to the rest of the Falcons' receivers. There's still time for the offense to turn it around, and next week the Falcons are on the road, looking to bounce back versus the New England Patriots.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Throws Three Interceptions on Road
After two weeks of efficient game management, Matt Ryan had an untypically bad day versus the Detroit Lions Sunday. Ryan completed 24 of 35 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw three interceptions, and finished the game with a total quarterback rating of 45.0. On the plus side for Ryan's fantasy owners, two things should stand out. First, two of Ryan's interceptions came as his receivers bobbled or dropped passes, which can be attributed more to poor luck than poor decision making. Another positive note? Up until this road game, Ryan hadn't thrown an interception which means even with this game averaged in, the 32 year-old quarterback is only averaging one interception per game. Next week, Ryan will look to bounce back from this weak performance as he and the Atlanta Falcons return home in their matchup against the Buffalo Bills.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan A Low-Risk Start Versus Lions in Week 3
Efficiency has been the name of the game for Matt Ryan this season. While he's only passed for two touchdowns, Ryan hasn't thrown any interceptions, and has an average quarterback rating of 112.0 through two weeks. That efficiency means one thing for fantasy owners: Ryan is a dependable starter. He hasn't managed to break into the top five yet, but was in the top ten in Week 1. This Sunday, Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons are on the road versus the Detroit Lions, a defense that's allowed 16.5 points per game. They've also allowed 235.5 passing yards per game, which bodes well for Ryan and the Falcons' receivers. Either way, Ryan doesn't make many mistakes, and his efficiency gives him a high floor. He also has multiple receivers capable of both getting open and scoring, which gives him a high ceiling. Start him accordingly.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Has Another Efficient Week
Matt Ryan turned in another efficient performance this Sunday, completing 19 of 25 passing attempts for 252 yards and one touchdown, finishing with 108.0 quarterback rating. Ryan had no problems picking apart the Green Bay Packers' defense, as he completed passes to seven different receivers. The real limiting factors to Ryan's fantasy stats could be attributed to Devonta Freeman's two scores in the red zone as well the Falcons gaining a two-touchdown lead and slowing the game down to burn time off the clock. Next Sunday, Ryan and the Falcons will be on the road in their matchup against the Detroit Lions. Look for Ryan to have another productive day.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Is An Excellent Start Versus Green Bay in Week 2
Matt Ryan had a solid line last week, but for a quarterback that was selected in most drafts fourth overall at his position playing against a defense with a weak secondary, solid was below expectations. Per ESPN Staff Writer Vaughn McClure, Ryan admitted that the Atlanta Falcons' offense is a "work in progress" but also said he's not "panicking" and neither should his fantasy owners. This Sunday, Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons will host the Green Bay Packers, a game that has traditionally been a shootout. The Packers defense held the Seattle Seahawks to just nine points in their Week One matchup, and limited Russell Wilson to just 158 passing yards. For Ryan's fantasy owners, that stat is the most troubling. However, throughout his career, at home in Atlanta Matt Ryan has posted a quarterback rating of 98.9, compared to 89.4 when on the road. Last season, these two teams met twice and both times resulted in scores above 30 points. Ryan is still an excellent start at this point, as a high floor/high ceiling quarterback.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Has an Efficient Week One
Matt Ryan played efficient and effective football this Sunday in Chicago versus the Bears. He completed 26 of 40 passes for 317 passing yards and one touchdown. Ryan also engineered two fourth-quarter scoring drives, one of which included an 88-yard touchdown pass to Atlanta Falcons' second-year tight end Austin Hooper. A year removed from his meteoric 2016 season, Ryan was as efficient and poised as ever. His performance Sunday ranks him seventh in fantasy at his position. Next week, Ryan will look to improve on that ranking at home in Atlanta versus the Green Bay Packers, a matchup that should be a bit more friendly to his fantasy owners.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Is A Solid QB1
For Matt Ryan's fantasy owners, starting him against the Chicago Bears seems like a no-brainer. He's a solid high floor quarterback. The Chicago Bears' defense ended up ranked 24th in the 2016 season in points allowed. In fact, the Chicago Bears' defense managed to hold opposing teams to under 20 points only four times last season and on average opposing quarterbacks scored approximately 17 fantasy points per game versus the Chicago Bears defense. Granted, they've brought in fresh players and returned some key injured players, but Sunday, the Bears will be without defensive back Prince Amukamara, which means that Kyle Fuller will be stepping into the starting role. Fuller has the physical ability and talent to fill in, but thus far in his career, he's largely underperformed. While there are still some questions surrounding Ryan's ability to perform at last season's high level under new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, the one thing that shouldn't be questioned is whether to start Ryan. He's a solid QB1.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan a Great Start Versus the Chicago Bears
Now that you've drafted Matt Ryan to your fantasy football team, you're probably wondering whether to play him this Sunday when Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons face the Chicago Bears on the road in Chicago. The 2016 season was abysmal for the Chicago Bears, who finished 3-13 for the year. Their defense was ranked 24th in the NFL and shouldn't pose a large problem for Ryan and the Falcons' talented offense. Ryan has shown himself to be a consistent performer, even in his off years. Though he does tend perform best in Atlanta, this week Ryan should be considered a high floor, high ceiling quarterback. At this point, there's no reason to doubt him.

1 year ago: Matt Ryan Has Less Than Stellar Preseason Game
In a preseason match versus the Arizona Cardinals Saturday, Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan looked less than stellar, completing four of eleven passes and throwing one interception. While it's not time to panic, this looks to be the beginning of what might be a minor regression for Ryan as he adapts to yet another coaching staff change. During the 2015 season, when Ryan found himself under then new offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan Ryan threw for 4,591 yards, 21 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. His performance was still strong enough for Ryan to finish fifth in standard fantasy scoring among quarterbacks, bolstered, no doubt, by his rapport with Julio Jones. The difference in Ryan's 2015 ranking and 2016 ranking was only five spots, but it translated into 5.7 fewer fantasy points per game. For those keeping score at home, that's 91.2 points overall. While having the fifth-best scoring quarterback overall isn't a bad feather in your fantasy team's cap, passing over the top four best options at quarterback, not to mention better options at other positions, just to secure a number five quarterback isn't something you'd want to brag about. With that in mind, Ryan is still poised to be a very good quarterback this season, and should definitely be drafted. The key here is to be sure that you don't overreach for him too early in your draft. Ryan is most likely done for the preseason, and will be starting his 2017 campaign in earnest on the road against the Chicago Bears on September 10th.

1 year ago: Austin Hooper Gains Chemistry With Matt Ryan
Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper worked on his chemistry with quarterback Matt Ryan through organized team activities and minicamp. Hooper also recently joined Ryan in Southern California for three days of private workouts and training. "It felt really good, kind of getting to know my teammate a little better," Hooper said. In his rookie season, Hooper had 19 catches for 271 yards and three touchdowns, but he wanted to improve his route running in the offseason. Despite the pedestrian rookie numbers, Hooper came on strong late in the season and in the playoffs when Jacob Tamme (knee) was injured, and Hooper is expected to be the top pass-catching tight end in Atlanta this season. There is breakout potential here, but Hooper is nothing more than a sleeper selection as a fantasy backup.

2 years ago: Matt Ryan Throws Two Touchdowns, But Has Costly Fumble In Super Bowl Loss
Matt Ryan completed 17 of 23 passes for 284 yards, two touchdowns and one crucial fumble in the Falcons crushing 34-28 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI. For three quarters, everything was going right for Ryan and Co. The Falcons built a 25-point lead based on some excellent maneuvering of the pocket by Ryan and finding receivers all over the field. Ryan found both Tevin Coleman and Austin Hooper in the end zone for touchdowns, and the Falcons were on their way to their first championship in franchise history. Two factors led to the Falcons blowing the lead: the lack of ball control on offense and a crucial Ryan fumble in the fourth quarter that made it a one-score game. It will be a long offseason for the 2016 MVP and the Falcons.

2 years ago: Matt Ryan Edges Tom Brady For MVP Award
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was named the 2016 Most Valuable Player over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The two will face off tomorrow in Super Bowl LI for all the marbles. Ryan led the NFL in almost every big-play statistic from yards per attempt to plays over 40 yards to completion percentage on passes over 20 yards. He finished 2016 with 4,944 yards, 38 scores and just seven interceptions. Ryan broke out in Year 2 under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and distributed the ball all around the field. Atlanta has had the highest scoring offense all year, in big part because of Ryan. Even with Shanahan likely taking the 49ers' head coaching job this offseason, Ryan will fly up draft boards in 2017 as a high-end QB1.

2 years ago: Matt Ryan Takes Home Offensive Player Of The Year Honors
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was named the 2016 Offensive Player of the Year. He became the fourth QB to have 300-plus passing yards per game and a passer rating higher than 115. Ryan also threw a career-high 38 touchdowns to 13 different receivers. He and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan clicked on all cylinders and moved the ball up and down the field with ease. If any fantasy owners were skeptical of Ryan as a legitimate QB1 coming into the season, they've all likely changed their tune now.

2 years ago: Matt Ryan Must Stay Hot For Falcons To Beat Patriots
Matt Ryan has thrown for 730 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions in two playoff games heading into Super Bowl LI. The Falcons offense scored early and often on both the Seahawks and Packers but will face a much tougher test against the Patriots defense. The Patriots may have Tom Brady, but their defense has been stingy against opposing quarterbacks. Including the playoffs, the Patriots have 17 interceptions on the season while allowing 23 touchdowns in 18 games. During the regular season, they allowed only 15.63 fantasy points to quarterbacks, per NFL.com, making this one of Ryan's toughest tests of the season. The 2016 MVP candidate has carried Atlanta all season, posting career numbers in a team offense that has been historically impressive. The Falcons will need an MVP performance from Matty Ice in order to win their first championship in franchise history.