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Here at Triple Coverage, our producer Wade has a self-professed love for the Falcons – as such, I will do my best to give them a fair shake. Truly, though, it isn’t that hard: they might often be an enigma to figure out in real life, but they are one of the more #blessed fantasy teams out there today.
QB Matt ‘Matty Ice’ Ryan will always be where we start with the Falcons, as their success seems to live and die with his arm and decision making. He has avoided major injury throughout his career so far, but other players on his team haven’t – namely, the offensive line – and that has not helped him. Even playing in the lowly NFC South (quite possibly the worst division in football, despite the presence of the Panthers) hasn’t helped them either, so we’ll hope that this year will be different.
WR Julio Jones is one of the best in the business – in fact, his stats were so similar to those of WR Antonio Brown last year that it’s odd he’s not being given more consideration for the #1 overall pick. Getting him anywhere after #2 would be a steal in standard drafts, as you can do no wrong with Julio. The Falcons also added WR Mohamed Sanu to go along with existing wideouts such as Eric Weems and Justin Hardy, though Jones and Sanu are the only ones with any fantasy value. TE is pretty barren, with Jacob Tamme and Levine Toilolo at the position, so stay away from Atlanta for that area.
RB is a strange one: after Tevin Coleman was named the starter, he went out with an injury in the early weeks, and lost his job to Devonta Freeman who quickly became one of the best fantasy RBs in the league. It seems Freeman is the starter this year, so grab him if you can, but buyer beware: after a blisteringly hot start last season, he tapered off and fell a little back to Earth. Here are some numbers: from Week 3 to Week 9 of the 2015 season, Freeman put up – at a minimum – 13 pts a game, capping it out at a tremendous 37 points. Great, right? Well, after the Falcons’ bye in Week 10 to the end of the season, Freeman only cracked 13 pts twice. I admit, it’s not the most dire situation, but the steep decline makes me not want to spend a high draft pick on him – like I said, buyer beware. If you do grab him, try and grab Coleman at some point as well, who is not a bad handcuff to have.
Recap: QB Matt Ryan; RB Devonta Freeman; RB Tevin Coleman; WR Julio Jones; WR Mohamed Sanu