Atlanta did a complete 180 from last week, moving the ball with ease on offense and dominating the Las Vegas Raiders on defense in what was the most complete performance of the season.
The Falcons put up a season high 43 points and made many fantasy managers happy in the process. The playoff push in fantasy is on, even if there’s no such push for the Falcons in real life.
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 12’s victory against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Fantasy Stud/Dud 2020 History:
Past Duds: Calvin Ridley (2), Russell Gage (2), Matt Ryan (2), Hayden Hurst, Julio Jones, Brian Hill, Younghoe Koo
Fantasy Stud - Younghoe Koo
Stat Line - 4 PAT, 1/1 20-29, 3/3 30-39, 1/1 50+: 21.0 standard league/PPR points
It’s been back to back weeks where Koo has turned in a fantasy stud performance. On this particular week, he drilled a season high five field goals, and converted on all nine of his kicks.
He was by far the top scoring kicker in Week 12, and turned in a matchup winning performance for fantasy mangers who were fortunate enough to have him in their lineups. Koo’s 21 points were the most by a kicker in fantasy since Brandon McManus’ effort in Week 6.
The Georgia Southern alum has now registered top five performances at the kicker position in four of the last five games.
Atlanta’s red zone struggles continue giving Koo and abundance of opportunity and he continues taking advantage, leading the league with 29 made field goals and registering a glistening 29/30 on his FG attempts. He’s also 6/6 on attempts from 50 yards and beyond. It’s not farfetched to say that Younghoe Koo is the best kicker in football right now.
Brian Hill: 13 carries, 55 rushing yards: 5.5 standard league/PPR points
With news of Todd Gurley’s absence, many fantasy owners had hope in Brian Hill stepping into starting lineups off the waiver wire and delivering a matchup winning performance. What they didn’t see coming was the committee approach the Falcons elected to take instead.
Ito Smith, who had 13 carries all season coming into Week 12, registered 12 carries and looked like the better running back, finding the end zone and totaling a higher YPC. Hill gave no reprieve in PPR leagues either, as he was targeted just once and failed to record a catch.
The Falcons’ backfield is one to avoid when Gurley isn’t playing. Hill also no longer carries any real handcuff value due to Smith’s presence.