Fantasy Football: Should You Be Worried About Matt Ryan?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer INovember 30, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 29: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons passes against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on November 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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At the beginning of the year, Matt Ryan was doing a Drew Brees impersonation.

Through his first five games, Matty Ice had 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. He threw multiple touchdown passes in each of those games.

In his past seven games, Ryan has nine touchdown passes and 10 interceptions.

His average yardage per game has taken a hit, going from 301.4 yards per game during the first five games to 297.6 yards per game since.

Matty Ice also averaged 11 rushing yards and scored his only ground touchdown during the first five weeks. Since then, he has averaged 7.3 rushing yards per game.

Ryan put up legitimate QB1 numbers in each of his first five games.

Then he proceeded to bomb in Week 6 against the Oakland Raiders, throwing for 249 yards and one touchdown, while killing fantasy owners with three interceptions.

Ryan bounced back against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8 following his bye. He threw for 262 yards and a trio of touchdown passes.

The following week he put up great passing numbers (342 yards), but only turned in a mediocre fantasy performance because he failed to throw a touchdown.

In Week 10, Matty Ice had a career day, throwing for 411 yards, three touchdowns and a pick against the New Orleans Saints. Then the wheels came off.

In Week 11, Ryan let fantasy owners down big-time by throwing an inexplicable five interceptions against the Arizona Cardinals. Sure, he had his fifth 300-yard game, but the picks cost his fantasy owners significantly.

Matty Ice had a decent game in Week 12, dropping 353 passing yards and 13 rushing yards on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With one touchdown and one pick, he failed to make it a banner day for fantasy owners.

Ryan owners had to be salivating at his Week 13 matchup against the Saints. This time he was facing them at home. Surely, a shootout would ensue.

While he didn't let fantasy owners down quite like Drew Brees with his own five-interception day, Ryan did an Alex Smith impersonation in a juicy matchup.

He threw a first-quarter touchdown to Tony Gonzalez, but finished with only 165 yards and a touchdown. Ryan only completed 54.5 percent of his passes. He killed Roddy White owners by completing just one of seven targets for 20 yards. Julio Jones owners didn't fare much better. Sure, he caught five of his eight targets, but non-PPR owners couldn't be happy with the 48 yards.

Ryan averaged five yards per attempt.

Perhaps calling it an Alex Smith impersonation is being too generous. 18-of-33 for 165 yards and a touchdown is Tebow territory, without the added benefit of the rushing yards.

It's likely that fantasy owners have to continue to roll with him. He's still capable of putting up a monster game, especially with the cast of characters that he's throwing the ball to.

The Falcons' record (11-1) shouldn't come into play unless you're in a league that plays the full 17 weeks. That could have been an issue even if he didn't see his production dip.

Ryan has upcoming games against the Carolina Panthers, the New York Giants and the Detroit Lions in traditional fantasy football playoff weeks (Weeks 14-16).

If your league does play the season out, he also has one more game against Tampa Bay .

Hopefully he can finish the year with the same bang he started it with.

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