NFL Fantasy Football Preview – Atlanta Falcons
DFS managers, be prepared for some Fantasy Football for Cash. In the next few weeks, we are going to do a preview of every football team in preparation for the NFL 2015 season. The 2nd team on the list are the Atlanta Falcons, who finished 3rd in the NFC South.
There’s a new man in charge of the Atlanta Falcons. Dan Quinn will replace Mike Smith who has been on a downward spiral over the last few season. Quinn will be in charge of his 1st NFL team. He was the defensive coordinator for the number one defense in the league, the Seattle Seahawks, for the past two seasons. In hopes he can bring this defensive coaching acumen to help Atlanta, as they were the worse with 279.9 yards given per game last year.
Cash Draft Offensive analysis:
QB Matt Ryan is one of three players to have thrown for over 4500 yards in the past three season. The other 2 are New Orleans Drew Brees and Denver Peyton Manning. That’s a pretty elite group to be mentioned with. He had 4694 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last year. The three time pro bowler is entering his 30’s and he still looks great for a prime time 2015 Fantasy Football season.
Now that the Falcons released declining RB Steven Jackson, they can focus on younger blood to fill his place. They will likely form a tandem between rookie RB Tevin Coleman and 23 years-old RB Devonta Freeman. Coleman has speed and can evade tackle quite easily. In college, he ran for 3219 yards and 28 touchdowns with the Indiana Hoosiers. Freeman has a more balanced game, so he has more potential to be used in more plays. He ran for 248 yards and 1 touchdown in his 2014 rookie year. With one year under his belt, Freeman will be a safe choice to bring average Fantasy Value, while Coleman has the potential to be big time. It will be a hard sell though for Fantasy Owners to believe in the rookie Coleman and his big-play ability, because the offensive line in front of him ranked 24th with 1498 rushing yards last season.
Matt Ryans’s 2014 favorite target, WR Julio Jones, is back and should be considered a top 10 fantasy receiver all season long. After being injured for most of the 2013 season, he comes back catching 104 passes for 1593 yards and 6 touchdowns the following year. He came 3rd in the league for yard gained and receptions.
WR Roddy White age and injury issues has slowed him down. It started to show in the past few seasons. His longest catch, since 2013, was at 39 yards. He is not the deep threat he used to be, but he’s still able to catch the ball from Ryan’s throwing ability. He had 80 reception for 921 yards and 7 touchdowns last year. With rookie WR Justin Hardy as the 3rd option in the receiving core, the veteran could still get a lots of balls thrown his way, assuming he stays healthy.
TE Jacob Tamme has shown relative success catching the ball when relied upon. But after 2 years as backup in Denver and the lack of interest from the Falcons to throw to their tight end last season, I doubt he will be of any Fantasy Value.
Cash Draft Defensive analysis:
The defensive line upgraded with the addition of 2015 8th overall draft pick LB Vic Beasley. He has elite speed and strength and has shown it at the combine. He will be the corner stone of this defense in the future. But for now, don’t expect much from this rebuilding defense, as they have collected an underwhelming 22 sacks in 2014.
Fantasy Football Outlook:
Matt Ryan will carry the team on his shoulders once again. But without a good defense, the Atlanta Falcons will fall behind the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers for a playoff spot.