Hey Falcoholics! It’s time to talk fantasy football. Last week, the Atlanta Falcons got revenge on the Carolina Panthers, who previous defeated them earlier in the season, and the team improved to 2-6. Although the playoffs are all but out of reach, we’re now halfway through the 2020 regular season. This week the Falcons host the Denver Broncos, which makes for an interesting fantasy matchup.
QB Matt Ryan
Overall, Ryan has had a good season, even if it’s not translating to the win column. From a fantasy football aspect however, he’s been largely inconsistent. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as you can essentially predict when Ryan will have good or bad games based on the defense he’s playing that week.
Last week I recommended lowering expectations as not only was the weather bad, but the Carolina Panthers were 8th toughest against the pass. This week though. Ryan has a more favorable matchup. The Broncos are currently allowing the 13th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and he remains a low-end QB1 heaing into the game.
RB Todd Gurley
Last week, I mentioned Gurley should continue to be started as he’s been very productive in the fantasy world. A true test will be had this week, as the Broncos are allowing the 8th fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. This will be Gurley’s toughest challenge of the season so far. The main question is, will it matter?
Gurley technically struggled last week against the Panthers and still had 46 yards and a touchdown. If you have him, you’re starting him, just lower expectations and hope for the best. I predict something like 50 rushing yards and a touchdown.
WR’s Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley
Jones is still Jones, and you’re starting him no matter what. The Broncos are allowing the 14th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers so I’m not concerned about them. I am worried about Ridley though who left the Panthers game last week with an ankle injury and has been held out of practice up to this point. It’s something to monitor, but if he’s active, it’s hard not to start him.
TE Hayden Hurst
After a rough start, Hurst has put together three consecutive weeks of productivity. Since week 6, Hurst has at least four receptions and 50+ receiving yards. Those aren’t world shattering numbers but they are welcomed compared to other tight end’s around the league. If you have Hurst in your lineup, he’s definitely working starting as the Broncos are middle of the road against opposing tight ends. I could see Hurst having 50+ yards and touchdown this weekend.
Well that does it, folks. I wish everyone who took the time to read this the best of luck in their Week 9 fantasy matchups.