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.