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Atlanta Falcons fantasy stud and dud from Week 6

A familiar face and the first ever two-time dud.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

How about that? A win for a change! The offense had their fourth 30-point performance of the season (ironically, all four came with Devonta Freeman not playing), and the fantasy football bounty was plentiful.

We have a lot of great content analyzing the game here at The Falcoholic, but in this article, we’ll look at things strictly from a fantasy football perspective. Let’s look at Atlanta’s top fantasy performer and biggest fantasy disappointment from Week 6’s victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Fantasy Stud/Dud 2018 History:

Past Studs: Matt Ryan (2), Julio Jones (1), Calvin Ridley (1), Mohamed Sanu (1)

Past Duds: Devonta Freeman (1), Mohamed Sanu (1), Atlanta D/ST (1), Austin Hooper (1), Tevin Coleman (1)

Stud - Matt Ryan

Stat Line: 354 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions/fumbles, 1 carry, 13 rushing yards: 27.46 standard league/PPR points

Matt Ryan’s bounce-back season continued in a big way against the awful Buccaneers defense. He completed his first 11 pass attempts of the game to set the tone for the entire afternoon, and went into halftime with 24 points on the board.

Ryan sliced and diced Mike Smith’s defense throughout the game, completing passes to eight different players and overcoming adversity in the form of injuries to starting WRs Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu. Sanu, Austin Hooper and Tevin Coleman each caught a touchdown pass from Ryan, while Julio Jones went for 143 receiving yards on 10 catches.

Ryan is the only player to win the weekly “stud” honor multiple times this season, this being the third instance of that. After exiting Week 1 with a 0/1 TD/INT ratio, Ryan’s current TD/INT ratio is 14/2.


Atlanta D/ST: 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 0 forced fumbles, 29 points allowed, 373 yards allowed: 5.0 standard league/PPR points

I know, nobody should have even thought about starting the Falcons’ defense this week, but they become the first multi-time winner of the dud (dis)honor almost by default. No other Falcons who’s on anyone’s roster had a bad fantasy outing, except for maybe Calvin Ridley, and that’s because he left the game injured in the first half.

The defense let Jameis Winston move up and down the field on them, letting the Bucs’ QB throw for 395 yards and four passing touchdowns. Had it not been for a dropped DeSean Jackson lateral on the final play, they would have probably cost the team yet another win.

The two interceptions and two sacks kept the defense from totaling negative points, but this unit remains unplayable in fantasy football.