CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 10: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons throws to a receiver against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Atlanta's Matt Ryan isn't ready to call himself an elite quarterback. We break down the fantasy implications.
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan isn't willing to take a page out of Eli Manning's book and say he's one of the elite passers in the NFL. He says he's just focused on winning and doesn't think about whether he's one of the top quarterbacks in the league. On Thursday against Cincinnati, Ryan completed his first 11 passes and hit on all nine of his first-quarter attempts. Ryan was 18 of 21 for 174 yards overall against the Bengals.
Analysis: Ryan may not be worried about it, but fantasy owners should consider him a solid No. 1 quarterback. Heading into his fifth season, Ryan has a chance in a new offense to put up the best numbers of his career. Seeing him complete 11 straight passes is a good sign and Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and Julio Jones should all benefit from this new system.