In 12 seasons as the Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback, Matt Ryan has missed three games. One of those came last year, as an ankle injury cost him Week 8 against the Seattle Seahawks. But he still led the league in completions (408), with the third-most pass attempts (616).
If you plug in anything close to Matt Schaub’s numbers from that game against Seattle (39-for-52) and Ryan would have clearly led the league in both attempts and completions. He finished fifth in the league in yardage anyway (4,466), and 200 of the 460 yards Schaub put up against the Seahawks would have put Ryan third in that category.
Ryan also took a tied for league-high 48 sacks in 2019, as injuries hampered the Falcons’ offensive line. If 2019 first-round pick guard Chris Lindstrom can play more tan five games this year, things should get better automatically.
Better health and some offseason additions should make Atlanta’s defense a bit better this year. But a schedule filled with good quarterbacks (Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees-twice, Tom Brady-twice, Aaron Rodgers, Dak Prescott, Matthew Stafford, Kirk Cousins) brings the promise of some shootouts.
So is Ryan in line for a big fantasy football season in 2020?