Thursday, August 13, 2020

2020 Fantasy Football Projections: Atlanta Falcons

In addition to viewing our 2020 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2020 fantasy football projections for the Atlanta Falcons.

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Matt Ryan630.8417.9473128.0713.2531.1118.20.93292.42
Eclipsing the 300-yard mark in 11 of 15 games, Ryan finished 2019 with 4,466 yards, 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. While he has finished as a top-two fantasy quarterback in two of the past four seasons, Ryan is more of a back-end QB1 with some upside.
Matt Schaub16.29.6111.80.620.472.7-2.705.74


Todd Gurley1928167.6843.2328.32.16173.47
Racking up 3,924 scrimmage yards and scoring 40 touchdowns the previous two years combined, Gurley barely exceeded the 1,000-yard rushing mark (1,064 YFS) in his age-25 season. Obvious durability concerns persist about Gurley's arthritic knee, but he enters 2020 as the clear lead back in Atlanta's potent offense.
Ito Smith54.9208.61.9219.71330.3948.02
Smith has been inefficient on his 150 career touches with averages of 3.76 yards per carry and 6.29 yards per reception. As Gurley's primary backup, the 195-pound back would only serve as a part of a committee backfield if Gurley were to miss any time.
Qadree Ollison45.7150.82.064.929.40.0530.68
Brian Hill27.4115.10.558.862.90.1822.18
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Julio Jones94.51360.86.851.810.30.02178.33
The obvious knock on Jones has been his lack of red-zone production as he still has just one season (2012) with double-digit touchdowns. That said, Jones now has 1,394 receiving yards in six consecutive seasons; the only other active streak is two (Michael Thomas, WR1). Over the past six seasons, Jones has averaged a receiving line of 103.8/1,564.7/6.2.
Calvin Ridley78.11038.77.222.715.40.03148.91
Ridley posted per-game career highs in targets (7.2), receptions (4.8) and yards (66.6) in 2019, although his season was cut short (Week 14) by an abdominal injury. Through Week 14, Ridley was a top-15 receiver across the board -- WR13 in half-PPR, WR14 in full PPR and WR10 in non-PPR. With a lack of depth behind starters, Ridley is poised for a big season as long as his health cooperates.
Russell Gage61564.33.053.711.10.0476.08
In the nine games following the Mohamed Sanu trade to New England, Gage hauled in 45 receptions (5.0/G) for 402 yards (44.7/G) and a touchdown on 66 targets (7.33/G). While he averaged only 8.93 Y/R, Gage had at least four catches in seven of those nine games. The third-year receiver is a worthwhile late-round target, especially in deeper PPR leagues.
Olamide Zaccheaus10.7130.50.7500017.55
Christian Blake11.31040.4500013.1
Laquon Treadwell5.963.40.180007.42


Hayden Hurst55.1647.44.1300089.52
Hurst doubled his production in 2019 to 30/349/2, but that paled in comparison to (now former) teammate Mark Andrews. Hurst's trade to Atlanta does wonders for his fantasy outlook with Austin Hooper signing a free-agent deal with Cleveland. Before Hooper's mid-season injury, he was fantasy's top-scoring tight end.
Jaeden Graham19.4232.81.9400034.92
Luke Stocker7.363.90.440009.03
Jared Pinkney4.947.50.340006.79

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