Hey Falcoholics! Unlike the Atlanta Falcons, many of you reading this have made the playoffs, and perhaps even your league’s championship. To you I say, congratulations! Regardless on the outcome this weekend, just to make it this far is an accomplishment alone
Today, I will be covering the Falcons players heading into Week 16 and if they should be started in your league. Let’s get started.
QB Matt Ryan
This week the Falcons are at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars who have allowed the 13th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Ryan has averaged roughly 25 fantasy points over the last three games, and I expect this game to be even higher than the average. Even without Calvin Ridley, Ryan is a possible league winner due to Julio Jones and company. If you have Ryan, he’s a top-10 play this week and should be started.
RB Devonta Freeman
I know Freeman has been tough to trust this year, as his fantasy production seems to change every week. However, this week I’m all in on Devonta as the Jaguars have given up the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing running backs in 2019. Not to mention, they’ve also allowed 6.4 yards from scrimmage per touch to running backs over the past four games – which is the highest in the league. I’m not saying to bench your every week starters, but Freeman is definitely a flex play at worst.
WR Julio Jones, Russell Gage, Justin Hardy, etc.
Similar to last week, Julio Jones is the only Falcons’ wide receiver you should start. Russell Gage has looked promising, but in regards to fantasy football, you can’t trust his production. If you’ve made it this far, you shouldn’t have to start Gage or anyone else anyways. Julio Jones remains a must-start in every league. Fresh off a game where he had 2 touchdowns and 134 yards, he now gets to face a struggling Jaguars secondary which has allowed the 12th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. Additionally, Julio has 41 receptions for 20+ yards since the 2018 season – 2nd most among NFL wide receivers.
TE Austin Hooper
Since returning from his knee injury, Austin Hooper has struggled in back-to-back games fantasy wise. He doesn’t really appear to be at 100%, but to be fair, he has had tough matchups. The Jaguars are middle of the pack when it comes to facing tight ends this season, but you may have no choice. Prior to his injury, Hooper was the highest scoring fantasy tight end in 2019. He remains a must start, and if Julio doesn’t have another 20-targets type of day, Hooper should get more looks his way.
Well, that does it Falcoholics. I wish you all the best in your fantasy championships 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!