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Falcons fantasy football playoffs Week 15 outlook

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Evan Birchfield gets your ready for your fantasy playoff matchups.

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Hey Falcoholics! Unlike the Atlanta Falcons, many of you reading this have made the playoffs. In most fantasy football leagues, this week marks the semi-finals and you may have some questions on who to avoid and who to start.

Today, I will be covering the Falcons players heading into Week 15 and if they should be started in your league. Let’s get started.

QB Matt Ryan

Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan has had a pretty good year, but in terms of fantasy football, he’s been more up and down. Ryan has yet to break 30 fantasy points since Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals, and this week he faces the San Francisco 49ers, who have allowed the 5th fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

When you mix that with former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s knowledge of Ryan, it makes for an ugly matchup. Assuming you have no better options this week, start Ryan but limit your expectations. If you don’t trust Ryan this week, consider someone like New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning who faces a terrible Miami Dolphins secondary which has allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Also, Eli’s only rostered in 5% of leagues.

RB Devonta Freeman

In last week’s article, I called my shot that “Freeman will finish with a season-high 90 rushing yards and his first rushing touchdown of the 2019 season” against the Carolina Panthers, which he finished with 84 rushing yards and a touchdown. This week against the 49ers is a much tougher play. The Panthers have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs while this week’s opponent, the 49ers, have allowed the second fewest.

At this point you’re not going to find a better option in free agency but consider your bench options. If not, be prepared for a 15 carries for 50 yards type day.

WR Julio Jones, Russell Gage, Justin Hardy, etc.

If you have Julio Jones, he should be the only wide receiver you start against the 49ers. They’re a tough matchup, and with Calvin Ridley being out, it’s too great of a risk to throw a dart and start one of the other wideouts.

I’ll say, if you’re extremely desperate, Gage probably has the most upside, but read this article I did earlier in the week to better understand this situation.

TE Austin Hooper

After missing time with an MCL injury, Austin Hooper returned last week against the Panthers. Although he didn’t do a whole lot, he was targeted 6 times and a couple passes were overthrown by Matt Ryan. With that being said, the tight end position is low thin this year, and Hooper statistically has been a top-2 tight end this year. Limit expectations because of the matchup, but Hooper is still a must play.

Well, that does it Falcoholics. I wish you all the best in your fantasy playoff matchups this week and if you need any additional fantasy advice, leave a comment below or find me on Twitter @EvanBirchfield. In closing, no matter what you read or what someone tells you, always go with your gut. Good luck!