Welcome to the first week of the fantasy playoffs in the majority of leagues! I hope you were not reliant on any Atlanta Falcons this week, as almost all of the team’s fantasy relevant players were incredibly underwhelming in the pouring rain of Charlotte.
The Falcons did themselves a disservice as much as they likely did to your fantasy team, losing against the last placed Carolina Panthers who had a 1-12 record coming into this week. It’s a defeat which likely buries their own post season hopes. I just hope this was a game which did not also bury yours.
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 pure statistics). Here is Atlanta’s fantasy stud and fantasy dud from Week 15’s defeat against the Carolina Panthers.
Fantasy Stud/Dud 2023 History:
Past Studs: Bijan Robinson (5), Drake London (2) Tyler Allgeier (1), Kyle Pitts (1), Desmond Ridder (1), Younghoe Koo (1), Jonnu Smith (1), Falcons D/ST (1)
Past Duds: Kyle Pitts (4), Drake London (3), Bijan Robinson (2), Younghoe Koo (2), Tyler Allgeier (1), Desmond Ridder (1)
Fantasy stud - Falcons D/ST
Stat Line: 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 9 points allowed, 283 yards allowed: 8.0 standard league/PPR points
The Falcons defense had a very good performance in terms of real life football, surrendering just 9 points against the Panthers and giving the team every chance to win. That did not really translate so well to fantasy football, as they accumulated no turnovers.
8.0 fantasy points for a defense is nothing to write home about, and it certainly did not single-handedly propel you victory this week, but that’s just a testament to how bad the rest of the Falcons were this week.
The defense did a good job of limiting yardage, allowing fewer than 300 throughout the afternoon, and they did give themselves a boost with sacks recorded by Calais Campbell, Ta’Quon Graham and Zach Harrison (the first of his career).
I would suggest looking for better options next week as, despite the injuries, the Colts seem to be surging on offense at the moment with Atlanta traveling to Indianapolis next Sunday.
Bijan Robinson: 7 carries, 11 rushing yards, 1 catch, 3 receiving yards, 1 fumble lost: -1.60 standard league points; -0.60 PPR points
It really doesn’t get much more brutal than this. Bijan Robinson was likely a bonafide first round pick in your fantasy league, and if on your roster he likely helped bring you to a playoff spot down the stretch, and then he was catastrophic once those playoffs began.
Robinson had his worst game of the season this weekend. He had just a putrid 14 yards from scrimmage on eight touches and he lost a crucial fumble which doomed him into the negatives.
The Falcons had one more drive after Bijan lost the ball but he was not given another touch, as Tyler Allgeier took all the carries on that one, and doubled the rookie up in total carries at 14-7. I can’t really criticize that decision either, as he was twice as efficient (3.2 yards per carry vs. 1.2).
Robinson scored fewer points in this one than you or I did, but if you are still somehow in the playoffs, you can leave him in your starting lineup. Things should be smoother in Indianapolis’ domed stadium next week, away from the elements, and the hope is that the right side of the offensive line will get a bit healthier as the Falcons were without their starting center, right guard or right tackle in this one.