Hey Falcoholics! It’s time to talk fantasy football. Last week, the Atlanta Falcons had a much needed bye week as they prepare for a harsh schedule ahead. Although the playoffs are all but out of reach, the team still technically has a chance, so they shouldn't be relaxing their starters anytime soon.
As we turn to the fantasy football side of things, the Falcons are traveling to take on the New Orleans Saints this week. Drew Brees has already been ruled out for the game, and it’s been reported that Taysom Hill will start at quarterback for them on Sunday. Additionally, the Falcons should have Calvin Ridley back, as he appears to be mostly healthy after suffering a foot injury.
QB Matt Ryan
Even without Drew Brees, this game has the potential to be high scoring. With that, Ryan remains a must start as he’s scored 20+ fantasy points in each of the last four games. The Saints defense has allowed the 16th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, so they are literally in the middle. Knowing that Ryan will likely have both Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley on Sunday, I like this matchup for Ryan. Predicting 320 pass yards and three touchdowns.
RB Todd Gurley
In the last three games, Todd Gurley has four total touchdowns. He’s scored 10+ fantasy points in six of the last seven games. With that being said, the Saints are allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. Gurley however is getting an insane amount of volume, as he’s had 14+ carries in each game this season. Don’t expect a ton of yardage, but I’m going to predict he does score down towards the goal line.
WR’s Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley
If you have both Jones and Ridley, you’re starting them. The Saints are so-so against the pass, and shouldn’t concern fantasy owners. Jones has been on a hot streak of late, recording 97+ receiving yards in three of the last four games. Ridley has been on the opposite side of fortune, as he hasn’t scored since week 7 against the Detroit Lions due to injury. Start both though against the Saints, and expect a nice day from Ridley.
TE Hayden Hurst
I love Hayden Hurst this week. Overall, the tight end position is super weak, as it has been in recent years. The Saints are allowing the 6th most fantasy points to opposing tight ends and Hurst has 7+ targets in the last three games. I’m going to predict 6 catches, 60 yards and a touchdown for Hurst.
Well that does it, folks. I wish everyone who took the time to read this the best of luck in their Week 11 fantasy matchups.