Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017 Fantasy Football Projections: Atlanta Falcons

As we continue to post our 2017 Fantasy Football Projections by team, here are our 2017 fantasy football projections for the Atlanta Falcons:



Matt Ryan379.9565.7443330.311.234.61130.1288.02
Coming off an MVP-winning season, Ryan shattered previous career highs with 4,944 passing yards and 38 touchdowns while throwing a career-low seven interceptions. With Steve Sarkisian taking over as offensive coordinator, the plan is to not deviate from the team's current offensive scheme, but it won't be easy for Ryan to duplicate last year's career numbers.

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Running Backs


Devonta Freeman238.61049.49.854.1444.71.9219.61
Despite getting 57 fewer touches year-over-year, Freeman finished as a top-six fantasy running back in both standard- and PPR-scoring formats in 2016. Setting career highs in efficiency (4.8 YPC and 8.6 Y/R), Freeman now has back-to-back seasons with 1,000-plus rushing yards, 1,500-plus YFS, 50-plus receptions and 13-plus touchdowns.
Tevin Coleman130.2562.74.938.63261.6127.87
Once again, Coleman has missed multiple games, but he showed his big-play ability when he was on the field. While Freeman will continue to lead the backfield in usage and production, Coleman had double-digit touches in 11 of his 13 games last year and finished the season as a top-20 fantasy running back.
Brian Hill17.273.103.424.909.8
B.J. Daniels4.720.201.61303.32
Derrick Coleman1.66.302.721.802.81

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Wide Receivers


Julio Jones90.81347.18.1000183.31
With 1,400-plus yards in each of the past three seasons, Jones has averaged more than 100 yards per game in four consecutive seasons. With good health, he's a clear-cut top-three fantasy wide receiver. The only concern with Jones is his relative lack of productivity in the red zone -- 40 career TDs on 497 receptions and 777 targets -- despite his elite combination of size and speed.
Mohamed Sanu57.6677.74.500094.77
Taylor Gabriel35.7502.93.26.445.70.174.66
Despite limited touches (39), Gabriel was able to score seven touchdowns -- all during a seven-game span from Weeks 8 to 15. It's unlikely that Gabriel (5-8, 165) scores at such a high clip in 2017, but it's certainly possible that the speedy receiver has a big game or two.
Justin Hardy18.5198.21.600029.42
Andre Roberts9.6117.1000011.71
Nick Williams5.967.700006.77

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Tight Ends


Austin Hooper44.9554.55.186.05
There is some breakout potential for Hooper, who should be able to build upon his rookie production (19/271/3). But by how much?
Levine Toilolo12.91351.623.1
Joshua Perkins3.238.403.84

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