Aug 9, 2012; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) looks around before a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE
The Falcons will be passing more this season, which could mean a career-year for Matt Ryan. We break down the fantasy implications.
Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will be calling for "11" personnel more often this season, which could mean more yards for the passing offense and less for the running game. The Falcons seem more and more intent on becoming a prolific passing offense like the Saints after the 2011 drafting of Julio Jones, this news from Koetter, and the fact that Michael Turner is now 30. Atlanta used this formation on 51% of their offensive plays last season, 13th most in the NFL.
Fantasy Implications: The stock of Matt Ryan goes up every day. The fifth-year quarterback had a career-year statistically in 2011, but the maturation of Jones and additional implementation of Harry Douglas in the slot could push him over 4,500 yards and 30 touchdowns for the first time in his career. Not to mention that he also has Tony Gonzalez and Roddy White at his disposal. As for the running game, if the idea of Turner turning 30 didn't scare you enough, the news that Atlanta will be passing more should push him even further down your chart.