5,000 yards for Falcons QB Matt Ryan?
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5,000 yards for Falcons QB Matt Ryan?

Considering that only five quarterbacks have topped the number in the history of the league, 5,000 passing yards isn't a prediction you should throw out there haphazardly.
Considering that three of those five QBs topped the number just last season, maybe 5,000 passing yards shouldn't be looked at as something so rare in today's NFL. The next person to reach that lofty height? Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan @M_Ryan02, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King. Here is what King wrote about him in his Monday column:
"Handcuffs are off Matt Ryan. He'll have the ability to throw for some ridiculous numbers (5,000 yards is very realistic) with new coordinator Dirk Koetter sending Julio Jones @juliojones_11 flying deep."

Fantasy Analysis:

Ryan is a very good quarterback who is stocked with some fantastic receiving options. And yes, the Falcons are employing a more vertical, pass-first offense this season. Predicting that Ryan will go from 4,177 yards -- his 2011 total and a career high -- to more than 5,000 is not a leap I'm ready to commit to yet. But I'll admit that it's certainly possible. Ryan has been one of my favorite players to draft this year, because you can get possible top-5 production in the No. 9 or 10 QB off the board. But as the preseason continues and more articles like King's are published, his draft stock should climb up.


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I'm a big fan of Ryan this year. Ryan is flying way under the fantasy radar and has the potential to put up huge fantasy numbers. His situation reminds me of Aaron Rodgers' breakout 2008 season when he came out of nowhere to become the dominate QB of the last 4 years. With Turner getting older and the emergence of Juilo Jones as a perineal All-Pro WR, Ryan is in a great position to become one of fantasy's most elite QBs.

Posted by:
Greg Bundesen 08/13/12 05:03 PM

Agreed. In addition, Atlanta is going to be a vertical pass heavy offense under Koetter. If the O-line can protect Ryan in a division of lousy defense in the NFC South, Ryan could throw for 5,000 yds and 35-40TDs.

Posted by:
csadow 08/13/12 11:37 PM

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