The Falcons finally got a win, their first of the season, beating up on the overmatched Minnesota Vikings in a game which wasn’t as close as the final scoreline indicated (and the final score wasn’t even that close).
The fantasy points came in bunches from almost all fantasy relevant players this week. If you had a Falcon in your starting lineup, chances are you came away satisfied.
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 is Atlanta’s fantasy stud and fantasy dud from Week 4’s victory against the Minnesota Vikings.
Fantasy Stud/Dud 2020 History:
Past Studs: Todd Gurley (3), Calvin Ridley (2)
Past Duds: Hayden Hurst, Julio Jones, Russell Gage, Calvin Ridley, Matt Ryan
Fantasy Stud - Julio Jones
Stat Line - 8 catches, 137 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns: 25.7 standard league points; 33.7 PPR points
Julio Jones came back from a lingering hamstring injury and put up the kind of performance which was more suitable to his second round average draft position than what we’ve seen so far this season.
Against an overmatched Vikings secondary, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones put on a vintage performance. Ryan found Number 11 in the end zone for the first time this season, on Atlanta’s first drive. That set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.
Jones’ good day turned into a great day on a 4th-and-3 play in the third quarter where Ryan was pressured, improvised, and lobbed it to an open Jones for a 40-yard catch and run where his speed and strength in the open field were on full display.
Julio Jones will have his dud games every year, but he mixes those in with the type of explosions we saw today. You’ll have to take the bad with the good, knowing that he will go off on certain weeks.
Brian Hill - 10 carries, 28 rushing yards, 1 fumble, 2 catches, 6 receiving yards: 0.4 standard league points; 3.4 PPR points
To be honest, Brian Hill is nothing more than a desperation bye week fill in, but every other fantasy relevant player had a very good game for the Falcons, making Hill the dud by default.
Hill had a chance to make a mark on this game, but he didn’t deliver for those who relied on him to cover for a running back bye week. Despite an opportunity of 12 touches, he only averaged 2.8 yards per touch and lost a fumble to sink his point total even further.
Brian Hill will have RB2 value if Todd Gurley is ever forced to miss time, but he’s better off on the waiver wire for as long as TG3 is healthy.