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Height/Weight: 6-4/217 | Birthdate: 5/17/1985 | Birthplace: Exton, PA, USA | Team: Atlanta | College: Boston College | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 99/89 | Average Draft Position: 46.22
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Matt Ryan tosses three scores Week 4


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan tossed three touchdowns Week 4 against the Vikings.

Ryan completed 25 of 41 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan also threw two interceptions during the contest. Even with Harry Douglas out, Ryan was able to take advantage of his top three receivers. Julio Jones, Roddy White and Devin Hester all managed at least 70 yards during the contest. White and Hester managed to haul in touchdowns, as did fullback Patrick DiMarco.

Ryan will take on the Giants Week 5. 


Can Matt Ryan keep it going?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/25/2014) When the Falcons travel to Minnesota in Week 4, quarterback Matt Ryan will be taking on the same defense that Drew Brees was supposed to torch in Week 3. That didn't exactly happen. Brees was decent enough, throwing for 293 yards and two touchdowns, but he didn't have the type of game his owners were hoping for when they drafted him.

That's no reason to shy away from Ryan this week. His performance Week 2 at Cincinnati gives you reason to question his consistency, as good as he was the other two weeks, but even if the Vikings defense did show a little something against the Saints, it's not the Bengals defense. The Bengals defense is looking like it might have reached another level with the way it followed up that Week 2 performance against the Titans last week. It may, in fact, be beyond matchups.

And in case you haven't noticed, Ryan is too. Don't let one disappointment interfere with a good thing, whether this week or beyond.


Matt Ryan dominates before early exit


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was dominant against the Falcons Thursday night.

Ryan completed 21 of 24 attempts, for 286 yards and three scores. He did all of this before the end of the third quarter. With the Falcons up 42-0, Ryan was pulled from the game. Tampa had no answers for the Falcons offense, allowing Ryan to drive the ball up and down the field with ease. Ryan also had one rushing attempt for 2 yards.

Ryan will look for more Week 4 against the Vikings. 


Matt Ryan expects offense to get back on track Week 3


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) The Falcons amassed just 309 yards and 10 points in a Week 2 loss at Cincinnati after totaling 568 yards and 37 points in a Week 1 win vs. New Orleans. Quarterback Matt Ryan expects the offense to get back on track heading into Thursday's showdown with the Bucs, per ESPN.

"On a positive note, I think there are some things we've done well, more so in Week 1 than Week 2,'' Ryan said Tuesday. "But I think the run game has been pretty efficient up until this point. We need to continue to be efficient in the run game. 

"And then in terms of the pass game, I think that's an area ... we just need to be more consistent. One of the thing that we've seen is that one week, we're capable of making a bunch of explosives. The following week, we're not. We've got to get to a point where week in and week out, we show up and play the way that we're capable of."


Nothing goes right for Matt Ryan


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) After winning NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in Week 1 with a career-best performance against the Saints, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan couldn't have looked any different Week 2 at Cincinnati. His receivers had no room to run after the catch in the first half, leading to just 60 yards on 10-of-17 passing, which forced him to take chances downfield in the second half, resulting in three interceptions.

In the end, he was 24-of-44 passing for 231 yards -- a decent total but a far cry from the 448 he had in Week 1. Of his interceptions, the first was on a well-located pass that bounced off the hands of tight end Levine Toilolo, and the third was on a desperation heave downfield on the team's final position. The second one, though, was costly, coming with the Falcons on the verge of scoring their first touchdown deep in Bengals' territory late in the third quarter.

Ryan did have one highlight, finding wide receiver Julio Jones on a 14-yard pass in the fourth quarter for his only touchdown on the day. He also ran three times for 28 yards.

He'll have a short week to prepare for his next opponent, the Buccaneers, who will visit Atlanta Thursday night.


Matt Ryan begins year with career day


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan made use of every weapon in his arsenal en route to a career-best 448 passing yards Week 1 against the Saints. He completed 31 of 43 passes and threw for three touchdowns -- a 2-yarder to Roddy White in the second quarter, a 1-yarder to Levine Toilolo in the third quarter and a 54-yarder to Antone Smith in the third quarter. He also ran for 15 yards on three carries.

Of the nine receivers who caught passes from him, four caught five or more and five went for more than 50 yards. Ryan's old favorite, Julio Jones, led the way with seven catches for 116 yards, but newcomer Devin Hester had five catches for 99 yards.

As has been the case throughout his career, Ryan was at his best with the clock winding down, completing a 39-yard pass to White to set up a field goal just before halftime and a 21-yarder to Hester to put the Falcons in position for a game-tying field goal with less than a minute to go in regulation.

Ryan will look to keep it going Week 2 at the Bengals, who gave up 345 passing yards to Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in Week 1.


Matt Ryan begins with familiar foe


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/2/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan made the most of his opening-week matchup against the Saints last season, completing 25 for 38 passes for 304 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The hope is he can do something similar with the Saints coming to town in Week 1.

While last year's opener was at New Orleans, this one is at home, where Ryan went without a touchdown against the Saints in Week 12 last year. But he was without star wide receiver Julio Jones in that game. The Saints did rank second against the pass last year, allowing 194.1 yards per game, but against the Falcons, coming off a year in which they threw the ball more often than any other team, that probably won't impact a Ryan's numbers too much. It certainly didn't limit his yardage last year. Even in that Week 12 meeting, he threw for 292.

Bottom line: Based on where you drafted Ryan, you'd need an awfully good reason to consider sitting him in Fantasy, and this matchup against the Saints isn't it. Jamey Eisenberg ranks him ninth among quarterbacks for the week, and Dave Richard is even more optimistic, ranking him sixth.


Matt Ryan strikes paydirt twice in third exhibition game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan looked sharp in Saturday's dress rehearsal game against the Titans.

Ryan hooked up with Devin Hester for a short pass and the return specialist/receiver took it 31 yards for a score. He then found Julio Jones for a 52-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter. He played into the third quarter and compiled 224 yards through the air while completing 18 of 23 passes. He added two touchdowns and no interceptions, registering a 136.2 passer rating.

Matt Ryan has trouble moving offense vs. Texans


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed just three of his seven passes for 37 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

Ryan couldn't figure out the Houston defense, failing to move the ball to his own 40-yard line in any of his four drives. It was a stark contrast to his first preseason action, when he went 7 for 7 with 53 yards while keying a touchdown drive. RYan will look to get back on track in a week when he squares off against the Titans.


Matt Ryan goes perfect in first preseason action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan looked sharp in his first taste of the preseason Friday night at home against Miami.

Ryan marched his team to a 15-play, 77-yard drive in the opening series, capped by a Jacquizz Rodgers 2-yard touchdown run. He was pulled for T.J. Yates in the ensuing drive. Ryan completed all seven of his pass attempts for 53 yards, finishing with a 98.2 quarterback rating.

Matt Ryan, Julio Jones regain chemistry quickly


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Falcons receiver Julio Jones was back in pads Tuesday for the first time since his 2013 foot surgery, and he was clicking with quarterback Matt Ryan, according to the team's website.

"I felt like watching Julio and Matt work together, it’s like they hadn’t missed a beat," coach Mike Smith said. "Julio looks like he’s comfortable out there, getting back into the action. We are having him on a prescription of work one day, off one day, and we’ll make a determination as we get further into training camp, whether that’s going to change or not, but it’s worked well for us up to this point in time and when he and Matt have had an opportunity to get some snaps together, they’ve been productive and efficient."

Ryan said it's great to have Jones back.

"He’s an unbelievable player, such an incredible talent," Ryan said. "I can’t believe he’s in year four, now. He’s so much more mature, has such a better understanding of our offense at this point that he’s teaching a lot of guys that are here. He’s a big help for me in terms of getting some of our new guys on board and up to speed, but watching him out there, he looks great. He looks really healthy and I’ve been really impressed with how he’s come back from the injury."


Falcons to lean on Matt Ryan


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/27/2014) The Falcons are talking about being a balanced offense this season and going with a 50-50 split with the run and pass plays. But ESPN reports that's not likely to happen with Matt Ryan and Co.

The report says that even though offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has acknowledged a renewed emphasis on the run game, the Falcons will still rely on Ryan, Julio Jones and Roddy White to carry the offense. New offensive line coach Mike Tice seems to agree.

"We're not going to be a run-first football team, by any means, with those two great receivers and that great quarterback," Tice said. "But when that man -- my buddy Dirk Koetter -- dials up the run, we better be able to run it for 4 yards."

The report says don't anticipate Ryan again attempting a career-high 651 passes like he did last season. The Falcons played their share of games from behind, forcing Ryan into even more throwing situations.

But the report says Ryan should be among the Top 5 quarterbacks in passing yards for a third consecutive season, especially with Jones and White now healthy.


Matt Ryan not pressured by new deal


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/24/2014) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan doesn't feel any added pressure after signing his $100 million contract last year, reports ESPN.

"I don't worry about it too much," Ryan said. "I think it’s one of those things ... you understand playing this position, the stuff that comes with it. And that's one of those things that comes with it. I'm a big believer in if you're worrying about that stuff, you're not worrying about the right stuff. I have to be concerned with what I'm doing on the field, what I'm doing in the weight room, and how I'm preparing myself in the meeting rooms. And I feel like if you do that stuff and you’re concentrating on improving in those areas, then all the other stuff ends up taking care of itself. And that’s kind of the way I’ve approached it."


Tony Gonzalez: Matt Ryan not an elite quarterback yet


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2014) Retired Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez told ESPN The Magazine that quarterback Matt Ryan is not an elite quarterback. "Matt's an excellent quarterback," Gonzalez said, "But he's not elite. He's this close. He'll get there, but he has some learning to do."

Ryan is coming off a down year in which he threw 26 touchdown passes and committed 21 turnovers. He'll benefit from a healthy Julio Jones in 2014.


Matt Ryan compiles colossal home-road split


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2013) Most quarterbacks play better at home, but the Falcons' Matt Ryan produced a massive home-road split this season. In the Georgia Dome, Ryan completed 73 percent of his throws for 2,341 yards and 13 touchdowns against three interceptions. 

On the road, Ryan hit 62 percent of his throws for 2,174 yards and 13 touchdowns -- against 14 interceptions. Ryan had a 102.6 passer rating at home, 77.0 on the road.

Ryan's overall numbers should improve next season, assuming No. 1 receiver Julio Jones returns healthy.


Matt Ryan ends season with another loss


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/29/2013) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had a season to forget in 2013, and he ended the year with another loss against the Panthers at home. 

Ryan played well with 28 of 40 passing for 280 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. It gave him back-to-back games with at least 280 passing yards and two touchdowns for the first time since Week 7.

The Falcons will come back in 2014 with the chance to be more competitive after this 4-12 campaign. Ryan will lose Tony Gonzalez to retirement, but he will get Julio Jones (foot) back at 100 percent.

It should be a bounce-back season for Ryan in 2014, but this 2013 year was disappointing for Atlanta, which came into the year with Super Bowl aspirations.


Is this another good week for Matt Ryan?


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/26/2013) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan heads into the season finale against the Panthers hoping to play well for the second week in a row after a strong outing at San Francisco in Week 16. We're not confident he can do it again, however.

Ryan reminded us all how good he can be with his performance against the 49ers. He had 348 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions (one was tipped for the pick-six and the other was on a Hail Mary). But that was the first time we’ve seen that quarterback since Julio Jones went down.

It’s nice to have Roddy White back at 100 percent, and Tony Gonzalez is playing (potentially) his final game. But the Panthers also have a lot at stake with the playoffs and limited Ryan to eight Fantasy points in Week 9.

Only one quarterback – Drew Brees at home – scored more than 19 Fantasy points against Carolina, and Ryan should struggle this week. We would only start him in two-quarterback leagues in this final scoring period.


Matt Ryan throws for 348 yards but makes critical mistake


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2013) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan nearly led his undermanned team to a big upset Monday night, hitting 37 of 48 throws for 348 yards and two touchdowns. But he took an unnecessary risk that led to San Francisco's clinching touchdown.

With just over a minute left and Atlanta in position to tie with a field goal, Ryan threw to a covered Harry Douglas and the ball got knocked up in the air. Linebacker NaVorro Bowman caught the ricochet and returned it 89 yards for a touchdown. Ryan's Hail Mary on the final play also was intercepted.

Ryan targeted Roddy White 15 times and they connected 12 times for 141 yards. Ryan led White perfectly on a 39-yard touchdown. He also found tight end Tony Gonzalez for a 2-yard score.

Having accounted for 24 touchdowns and 20 turnovers, Ryan plays Carolina in the season finale.


Matt Ryan will be under siege Week 16


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) Heading into a brutal Week 16 matchup at San Francisco, it would be nice if Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had some momentum. He doesn't. Ryan has produced six touchdowns and seven turnovers over the last five games, losing a fumble three straight weeks.

Ryan will be under siege at Candlestick Park, his offensive line unable to protect him. The 49ers give up the 3rd-fewest Fantasy points (13.6 per game) to opposing quarterbacks. QBs have accounted for 16 touchdowns and 16 turnovers against San Fran, which allows 219 passing yards per game.

Ryan failed to capitalize on a cake matchup Week 15 at home vs. Washington. He did not complete any passes for 20-plus yards, averaging 5.5 yards per attempt. Liable to get roughed up by the 49ers, Ryan is a low-end QB2 on Monday night.


Just one touchdown pass for Matt Ryan


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) Coming off a two-touchdown effort at Green Bay last week, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan looked like he was poised for a big game against the reeling Redskins in Week 15. Instead, he barely kept his team ahead with a performance not too unlike most of the others he's had since star wide receiver Julio Jones was lost for the season in Week 5, completing 29 of 38 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown.

The touchdown was a 13-yard toss to tight end Tony Gonzalez in the first quarter. It was Ryan's only real highlight on a day when he had no passes of more than 19 yards. He did have a couple lowlights, though, losing a fumble immediately after the Falcons had recovered a fumble early in the second quarter and throwing an interception from deep in Redskins territory with less than a minute to go in the first half.

Ryan has thrown for multiple scores in just two of his last seven games. He doesn't have the best matchup to reverse that trend Week 16 at San Francisco.


Another couple scores likely for Matt Ryan


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/11/2013) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who threw for multiple scores for just the second time in seven games in a favorable matchup last week, could be in for an even bigger performance Week 15 against Washington.

With questions about their head coach and starting quarterback, the Redskins are in disarray, coming off a 45-10 shellacking against the Chiefs in which they appeared disinterested. And just in terms of statistics, they've had a hard time stopping the pass, giving up the sixth-most yards of any team. They've allowed the second-highest quarterback rating and the sixth-most Fantasy points to quarterbacks.

Granted, the Chiefs' Alex Smith wasn't particularly productive against him last week, but that's because their defense and special teams ensured he didn't have to be. The Falcons have no choice but to lean on Ryan.

Ryan has been an iffy start in Fantasy since star wide receiver Julio Jones went down, but this week, he's borderline advisable. Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all have him in their top 12 quarterbacks for this week, with Dave ranking him as high as eighth.


Two early scores carry Matt Ryan


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/8/2013) Playing in the snow, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan got off to a quick start Week 14 at Green Bay, throwing touchdown passes on two of the team's first three drives. He connected with wide receiver Drew Davis on a 36-yard catch-and-run for the first score and took advantage of a short field following a Matt Flynn fumble by hooking up with tight end Tony Gonzalez on a 2-yard toss just a few minutes later.

Unfortunately, he wouldn't throw another touchdown pass on a day in which the Falcons blew a 21-10 halftime lead. In fact, he committed a couple of critical mistakes, losing a fumble to set up the Packers for the go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter and throwing an interception while trying to position the Falcons for a field goal on the team's final drive. Granted, the interception probably wouldn't have happened if wide receiver Harry Douglas hadn't dropped a long pass one play before, but the turnover sealed the team's fate.

In all, Ryan completed 20 of 35 passes for 206 yards. It was the first time in three games that he contributed multiple touchdowns. He'll look to repeat the feat Week 15 against the Redskins.


Matt Ryan ready to roll again?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/4/2013) After struggling with a second-team receiving corps over the last few weeks, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan got a big lift in Week 13 when wide receiver Roddy White, slowed by ankle and hamstring injuries all year, finally began performing at an All-Pro level, catching 10 passes for 143 yards.

It came at the perfect time, too. In Week 14, the Falcons visit the Packers, a team that just gave up 561 total yards to the Lions in Week 13. The Packers have had their struggles against the pass this year, giving up the 11th-most yards through the air along with 22 touchdowns to just six interceptions. They've allowed the 10th-most Fantasy points to quarterbacks.

Of course, their pass rush could give Ryan problems. They're tied for third with 38 sacks. Then again, Ryan managed to throw for 311 yards even while getting sacked six times against the Bills.

The Falcons have struggled to put up points since wide receiver Julio Jones went down with a foot injury, making Ryan a not-so-attractive option in recent weeks, but with White's turnaround and the favorable matchup, he's worth considering again in a situation where you don't have an obvious starter at quarterback.


Matt Ryan average against Buffalo Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had an average game against the Bills Week 13.

Ryan completed 28 of 47 passes for 311 and a touchdown. Ryan was held in check due to the team’s strong running game. The Falcons came into the game with the second-lowest rushing yards in the league, but managed to run for 151 yards against Buffalo. Ryan was fortunate to get his only touchdown. After nearly throwing one to Harry Douglas, the refs overturned the call, giving the Falcons the ball on the one yard line. Steven Jackson failed to get in the end zone, and then a penalty pushed the team further back. He managed to find Tony Gonzalez from 11 yards out on third down.

Ryan will look for more Week 14 against the Packers.


Matt Ryan looking at favorable matchup Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2013) Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has a favorable matchup Week 13 against the Bills.

Buffalo hasn't performed well against opposing quarterbacks, allowing them to average 19.09 Fantasy points per game. Through 11 games, the team has allowed 22 passing touchdowns, which is tied for the third-highest in the league. The team's pass defense has been better as of late. After allowing 11 passing touchdowns from Week 6 through Week 8, the team has allowed just two passing touchdowns Week 9 through Week 11. At the same time, the team played Alex Smith, Ben Roethlisberger and Geno Smith/Matt Simms over the latter stretch, so it's hard to know if the team got better or the opponents were worse.

Ryan has also been in somewhat of a funk as of late. After tossing three touchdowns in his first game without Julio Jones, Ryan has thrown five touchdowns in his last five games. Though Roddy White has been back the past three games, he's failed to exceed 36 yards. That has left Tony Gonzalez, who gets double-teamed each game, and Harry Douglas as Ryan's primary weapons. Douglas has had some nice games with Ryan, but it's clear the lack of talent has played in big role in Ryan's worsening upside. The pieces are there for Ryan to have a nice game, but it's unclear he has the weapons to take advantage of a weak Buffalo secondary.