2014 DRAFT GUIDE
 #2 Matt Ryan
 Pos: Quarterback
NFL Team: ATL
Injury: OK
 Experience: 8
College: Boston College
Height: 76
Weight: 217
Born: 5/17/1985
 Year  Tm  Gm  Cmp  Att  Yds  TDs  Int  Sack  Rush  Yds  TDs  Fum 
PROJ004896331523600
2013ATL164396514515261744175505
2012ATL1642261547193214283414113
2011ATL163475654177291226378423
2010ATL163575713706289234612203

Summary

Quarterback Rank: #7All Players: #74
Ryan had a nice bounce-back season for the Falcons, producing near his levels of past years. He kind of flew under the radar last season but finished seventh in fantasy quarterback scoring last season. Ryan had 28 touchdowns to 14 interceptions and threw for nearly 4,700 yards. Ryan had scores in all but the last game of the season, showing better consistency for fantasy teams. He also threw for more than 200 yards in every game and had six 300-yard games. The Falcons remain a team that struggles to run the ball and are a pass-first offense. Ryan has some good options to work with in the passing game and is really in the prime years of his career. Ryan has four straight seasons with 4,000-passing yards. He has at least 26 touchdowns five straight seasons. He is an accurate, intelligent quarterback with a strong arm and the ability to fit the ball in tight spaces. Ryan also has a great grasp of what the Falcons are trying to do offensively, which helps his production. And at age 30, Ryan is in the prime of his career. If there is a knock on him, he can flop in the big game and doesn't do well under intense pressure.
FANTASY OUTLOOK
Ryan is a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback. He is capable of the big game every week and will post consistent fantasy numbers in a pass-first offense. Ryan can get around 5,000 passing yards and 30-plus touchdowns in this offense. He won't go as high as some of the top options but is capable of being a top-five fantasy quarterback before the season is over.

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Notes

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been named to the 2015 Pro Bowl as a replacement for New England Patriots QB Tom Brady.
Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan was sacked five times as the team's offensive line continues to struggle with injuries and poor play. 'We had way too much pressure,' head coach Mike Smith said. 'Our quarterback was hit and sacked way too much. There were times where we really didn't have a chance to get the play off, and that's very difficult for a quarterback, and we have to do better with our protection.'
Fantasy Impact: Ryan's play is suffering because of poor offensive line play once again.
Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for a team record 448 yards and three touchdowns in the Week 1 overtime win against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Sept. 7. He also eclipsed the team record for career touchdown passes (156), surpassing Steve Bartkowski (154).
Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (knee) was wearing a brace on his left knee Monday, Aug. 4.
Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is calling for major improvement on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He fears the team could bottom out for a second straight year if they do not change for the better. 'I feel like we've lost our way,' Smith said Tuesday, April 22. 'I feel like I've lost my way a little. The emphasis along the way is to be a bigger and stronger football team and win the line of scrimmage.' Smith said the team was hurt last season by a lack of strength and size up front. They ranked last in rushing, and QB Matt Ryan was sacked a career-high 44 times.
Fantasy Impact: The line needs to make big strides this season to help improve the rushing attack and keep Ryan upright.
Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan will receive $15 million Monday, March 31, as a deferred payment from his 2013 signing bonus.
Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports
Retired TE Tony Gonzalez recently said that Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan isn't an elite quarterback in the NFL. 'Matt's an excellent quarterback. But he's not elite. He's this close,' Gonzalez said.
Fantasy Impact: We don't think this was a shot at Ryan. It was the truth. He isn't in that elite category just yet but getting there.
Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan said he is feeling good, despite the number of hits he has taken this year.
Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith praised the poise of QB Matt Ryan in Week 13 against the Buffalo Bills. He was sacked a season-high six times, and Ryan was hit nine times, but he was still able to make big plays when it counted. He finished with 311 passing yards and one touchdown. 'I thought Matt did a nice job,' Smith said Monday, Dec. 2. 'He was under some pressure. There were a couple of no-hitters. When I say no-hitters, there were basically unblocked guys that came. We had an identification on one. We had a mental error on another.' Ryan has been sacked a career-high 30 times this season. His previous high was 28 in 16 games last season.
Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has thrown seven interceptions the past two weeks, after being picked off only three times in the first six games of the season.
Fantasy Impact: Ryan is pressing some, which isn't a surprise with the Falcons hurting at receiver.
Source: USA TODAY Fantasy Sports

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