After starting the first three weeks of the season averaging better than 22 fantasy ppg in a standard scoring league, Matt Ryan has failed to score more than 17 points in three of the past four weeks. This is disturbing.
The Falcons came into the season with multiple big time fantasy receivers and one of the easier schedules in the NFL in 2015. Matt Ryan was considered Top 5 dynasty material by most prognosticators this past off season and a relatively buy low opportunity who championship seekers could compete with. Ryan’s six point performance against the Redskins just isn’t going to cut it.
One of the issues Matty Ice is facing is that the Falcons schedule has been too easy. Once irrelevant, the Falcon rushing attack has been having its way with moribund defenses, leaving Julio Jones and company with little reason to ramp up the passing attack.
As a result, Devonta Freeman is leading fantasy owners to unexpected victories while Ryan is leaving owners wanting more. The fact is Ryan isn’t and never was a truly elite fantasy QB. There’s no real explaining but there never has been. He’s got all the tools and weapons but he’s never developed the consistency.
But six point performances are not in his future. Defenses are already adjusting to Freeman and will grow to respect the Falcon rushing attack, opening things up for Ryan. Justin Hardy will continue to develop and Tevin Coleman will return from injury, both adding an extra dimension to the Atlanta passing attack. The NFL is a game of ebb and flow and what we’re seeing now is just the quiet before the storm for Matt Ryan.
VERDICT: DON’T PANIC
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