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Falcons fantasy stud and dud from Week 8

Julio went off after his postgame speech last week.

Seattle Seahawks v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

The Falcons go into the bye week licking their wounds with a 1-7 record. Playoff hopes have completely evaporated, and now the fanbase is left dreaming of watching Chase Young in a Falcons jersey next season.

There really wasn’t much of an expectation for Atlanta to win this game, facing a much better Seahawks team with Matt Ryan missing his first game since 2009. After the Falcons went down 24-0 it looked like things would really get out of hand, but they at least fought back and made it somewhat interesting.

There is a lot of great content available here at the Falcoholic, and I encourage you to check it out if you want some in-depth analysis. This article will look at things strictly from a fantasy football perspective (that means looking at nothing other than purely statistics). Here are Atlanta’s fantasy stud and fantasy dud from Week 8’s defeat against the Seattle Seahawks.


Fantasy Stud/Dud 2019 History:

Past Studs: Austin Hooper (3), Matt Ryan (2), Calvin Ridley (1), Julio Jones (1)

Past Duds: Calvin Ridley (2), Devonta Freeman (1), Mohamed Sanu (1), Julio Jones (1), Mohamed Sanu (1), Matt Ryan (1)

Fantasy Stud - Julio Jones

Stat Line - 10 catches, 152 receiving yards: 15.2 standard league points; 25.2 PPR points

It’s taken a while, but Julio Jones finally makes his second appearance of the season in this part of the column. He’s been on a bit of a scoring drought since Week 3, but the Alabama product showed out following his postgame speech last week.

Jones was peppered with targets from Matt Schaub, who surprisingly threw for 460 passing yards. Julio turned 12 targets into a game-high 10 receptions for a game-high 152 yards, marching the Falcons down the field a number of times.

This is the highest receiving yards total of the season for Jones, as he goes into the bye week on pace for 1,424 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. That would be a career year for almost any other wide receiver in football, but it would feel like just another day (or year) at the office for Jones.

You’ll have to find a replacement for Julio in your starting lineup next week, as Atlanta has a bye, but after that he’s a locked in WR1.

Dud

Matt Bryant - 0 PAT, 2-4 FGs: 1-1 30-39, 1-1 40-49, 0-2 50+: 6.00 standard league/PPR points

None of Atlanta’s fantasy relevant offensive players had a bad day — Jones went off for over 150 receiving yards, Austin Hooper caught another touchdown, Calvin Ridley had 70 yards and a 2-point conversion, even Devonta Freeman made up for his fumble by totaling over 100 yards from scrimmage.

Someone who did struggle, however, was Matt Bryant. Bryant missed two early kicks to really take away from his opportunities. The two missed field goals weren’t exactly chip shots — a 51-yarder, and a 53-yarder — but it doesn’t matter what the distance of the missed kick is in fantasy football (especially if your league’s scoring settings take away points for a miss).

As a result, Atlanta was chasing points throughout the afternoon, and went for two after each touchdown. Bryant somewhat salvaged his fantasy day by converting his latter two field goals, but he left 10 golden fantasy points on the board (maybe even more considering the fact that he would have been able to attempt PATs after the TDs had Atlanta not been behind by so many points).

Bryant has yet to reach double digit fantasy points in a single game this season. I would suggest looking elsewhere for a fantasy kicker unless you’re really desperate.