The Falcons had an incredibly impressive performance against the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs. They hung around all game and came one dropped interception away from escaping with what would have been one of the bigger upset wins of the season.
Unfortunately, the offense only scored 14 points during a week when many leagues were deciding their fantasy championships. A few contributors had very respectable performances for fantasy owners, however.
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 16’s defeat against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Fantasy Stud/Dud 2020 History:
Past Studs: Younghoe Koo (4), Todd Gurley (4), Calvin Ridley (4), Julio Jones, Matt Ryan
Past Duds: Matt Ryan (3), Calvin Ridley (2), Russell Gage (2), Brian Hill (2), Todd Gurley (2) Hayden Hurst, Julio Jones, Younghoe Koo
Fantasy Stud - Calvin Ridley
Stat Line - 5 catches, 130 receiving yards: 12.30 standard league points; 17.30 PPR points
Calvin Ridley has been featured in this section of the article in three consecutive weeks — all during the course of the fantasy playoffs. It’s safe to say that the University of Alabama alum was a true league winners for fantasy managers who drafted him this season.
With Julio Jones still absent from the lineup, Ridley continued to dominate the targets, commanding another team high nine in this one. He only hauled in five passes, but turned those receptions into 130 receiving yards, bringing his combined total to 417 over the course of the fantasy playoffs.
Ridley’s day could’ve been even better had he taken what ended up being a 54-yard catch and run to the house instead of weaving around defenders he could’ve probably outrun. He also came incredibly close to a toe tap touchdown later on in the game.
Nonetheless, Ridley started the year strong and finished strong. He was a popular pick to break out this season and he brought those predictions to fruition.
Younghoe Koo: 2 PAT, 0/1 30-39: 2.0 standard league/PPR points
Koo helped a lot of fantasy managers get to the playoffs during his torrid run in weeks 8-13. However, he cooled off when the playoffs came around with the Falcons attempting fewer field goals, and then he downright cratered this week.
Koo was given an opportunity to attempt just one field goal in this one — a 39-yarder which would have sent the game to overtime — and he missed it. It was just the second missed FG of the season for the Georgia Southern man.
As a result, Koo was a dud for fantasy managers relying on him in their championships, especially in leagues that take away points for missed kicks. Even if he had made the FG, it would have been a disappointing day if he didn’t get another chance to kick in overtime.
Kickers are tied to opportunity, and the opportunity provided by the Falcons made Koo the best kicker in fantasy coming into this week. Opportunity and execution just weren’t there this week.