Fantasy Football Player News
Matt Ryan | QB | Atlanta Falcons
Posted: 4/22/2014 11:56pm et
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.
Huddle Up: Ryan attempted 36 more passes in 2013 than in his career-best 2012 campaign but threw for 196 fewer yards and 6 fewer TDs while tossing 3 more interceptions. Better protection -- and a healthier WR corps -- will go a long ways in propelling Ryan toward a bounce-back season.

Posted: 2/7/2014 12:06am et
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.
Huddle Up: Thanks mainly to the Falcons' WR injuries, Ryan's yards and TD passes were down last season while his interceptions were up. If everyone's healthy, and the Falcons can find a semi-suitable replacement for the retired Gonzalez, Ryan's fantasy numbers will return to elite status (top 5).

Posted: 12/19/2013 4:37pm et
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan said he is feeling good, despite the number of hits he has taken this year.
Huddle Up: Ryan may feeling OK, but his stats are anything but. In fact, he's slipped down into QB2 territory, currently ranking 14th among all fantasy QBs, and only has 1 300-yard game and 2 multiple-TD-pass games in his last 7 outings.

Posted: 7/25/2013 5:48pm et
Updating a previous report, the Atlanta Falcons and QB Matt Ryan have agreed on a 5-year contract extension that is worth $103,750 million. $59 million is guaranteed with $63 million in the first three years, which is $20.75 million average per year.
Huddle Up: As expected a deal has been struck before camp gets too hot and heavy and one potential in-season distraction will be avoided. Ryan can now go about following up his career year (4,719 yards, 32 TDs) and trying to lead the Falcons back to the NFC title game and (hopefully) beyond.

Posted: 7/7/2013 11:31pm et
The Atlanta Falcons are expected to sign QB Matt Ryan to a contract extension in the next month or so. Ryan likely will receive $20 million per season in his next contract.
Huddle Up: Definitely look for a deal prior to training camp or soon after. The Falcons and Ryan have high hopes after coming oh-so-close a year ago, and they don't need a contract distraction hanging over the season.

Posted: 6/18/2013 11:13pm et
The Atlanta Falcons and QB Matt Ryan both would like to extend the quarterback's contract, but an agreement has not yet been reached. However, casual talks are ongoing, with the expectation that things will heat up after the July 4 holiday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Huddle Up: Ryan, who hit career highs in passing yards (4,719), TDs (32) and completion percentage (68.6) and finished 5th among fantasy QBs last season, definitely has earned an extension, and look for a deal to get done before training camp.

Posted: 5/26/2013 11:24pm et
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said he would like the team to sign QB Matt Ryan to a contract extension as soon as possible. There is no timetable for when the team will get a deal done.
Huddle Up: Ryan's agent and the Falcons have plenty of recent contract numbers to work off of as Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo all received new deals this offseason. Look for something before training camp, if not within the next few weeks.

Posted: 5/2/2013 9:08pm et
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan reportedly could sign a contract extension by the start of training camp. The Falcons want to retain Ryan for the long term and he wants to stay in Atlanta. The parameters are in place for a potential Ryan extension after Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco both inked new deals.
Huddle Up: In 2012, Ryan hit career highs across the board in attempts (615), completions (422), yards (4,719) and TD passes (32) and notched his first fantasy top-five QB finish (fifth with 384 points) as a result. With TE Tony Gonzalez putting off retirement, RB Steven Jackson joining the backfield and the potent WR duo of Julio Jones and Roddy White returning, the fantasy arrow -- and his bank account bottom line -- are most definitely pointing up for Ryan.