The Week 11 matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers features a matchup between two bitter rivals that just isn't what it used to be. We've got the fantasy projections for you courtesy of numberFire.
It's a good thing quarterbackwill get to face off against the defense that has been absolutely atrocious the last few weeks, because Ryan himself hasn't exactly played up to par this season. While he did do enough to help this team top the last week, Ryan threw only a single touchdown pass in the game and finished with 219 yards. Those totals are a in line with what fantasy owners have seen too much of lately. Perhaps a matchup with the Panthers is just what the doctor ordered. A win would put the Falcons right back in the thick of things as far as making the playoffs is concerned, which will hopefully inspire Ryan's fantasy numbers.
A big performance from Ryan on Sunday likely means one for wide receiver, who climbed back over the 100-yard receiving mark for the first time since Week 3 by catching eight passes for 119 yards last week. It's undoubtedly concerning that Jones hasn't found the end zone since Week 3, but scoring against the Panthers is a likely proposition. Fantasy owners have to be licking their chops at the thought of Jones having a monster game in Week 11.
As bad as the Falcons have been at times this season, it seems as if they're not in as much disarray as the Panthers. Quarterback Cam Newton was hit hard quite a few times against thelast week and recently admitted that he hasn't been 100 percent all year long. That means the two best players in the Panthers offense are both pass catchers. Tight end should come up big against the Falcons. He was the only player on the team who showed a consistent effort against the Eagles last week, catching six passes for 119 yards. He's played a little bit over his value the entire season, and Week 11 should produce more of the same results.
Of course, some fantasy owners may point out that rookie wide receiveroutplayed his veteran tight end, but the truth of the matter is that Benjamin was held to just one catch for 13 yards last week until late in the fourth quarter, when he caught two touchdown passes after the game against the Eagles was already out of reach. If Olsen can't get it going for some reason, Benjamin will be the only other fighting chance the Panthers have at beating the Falcons at home on Sunday.