The Falcons almost had the perfect season last year. Matt Ryan won the MVP, and they infamously blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl. Now with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco, can the Falcons offense continue to be one of the league’s best? Will Matt Ryan repeat as MVP or will he slide back into the second tier of quarterbacks?
Catch. Broken tackle. Stiff arm. Touchdown. Julio Jones. pic.twitter.com/b1TXoApWXg
— 360°FantasyFootball (@360FFB) July 9, 2017
I won’t waste your time talking about how good Julio Jones is. He’ll be one of the top three receivers off the board, maybe the first in some leagues. If Julio is on your team, you’re off to a great start.
Matt Ryan increased his passing yards, completion percentage and touchdowns while decreasing his interceptions. Going from a quarterback who was drafted as a backup to being the league MVP is insane fantasy value. The odds are that his numbers will come down this year.
Ryan is being drafted at the end of round five in offseason drafts. That position is too high to return enough value. With Derek Carr, Cam Newtown, Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins still on the board, you can wait on drafting your quarterback.
Devonta Freeman's + ability to create. pic.twitter.com/IaW85ryqse
— Michael Kist (@MichaelJKist) July 8, 2017
Devonta Freeman or Tevin Coleman? With two talented backs, the Falcons have the ability to spread out the touches between them. This is great for the Falcons but miserable for fantasy owners. The tandem combined for 24 touchdowns last year and 2,482 yards.
Freeman enters this year coming off consecutive 1,000 yard rushing seasons. At age 25, Freeman is in line for a contract extension and he’s earned it. Any player entering a contract year is someone you want to own. Freeman is being drafted ahead of running backs Jay Ajayi and Jordan Howard who will see more carries than him. Take the guys with guaranteed roles and let Freeman be your second round pick.
— Mitchell Renz (@MitchellRenz365) July 8, 2017
Bust: Tevin Coleman
Coleman is being drafted in round six, ahead of Dalvin Cook, Mark Ingram, Paul Perkins and Frank Gore. All of these backs give your team more value at this spot than Coleman. Without a guarantee of 20 touches per game, Coleman can’t be trusted to be a starter on your team.
Sleeper: Austin Hooper
Late in the draft if you’re looking to throw a dart, go with Austin Hooper. The Falcons let Jacob Tamme leave in free agency, opening the role up for Hooper. The Falcons selected Hooper in the third round in 2016 out of tight end university, Stanford. Hooper’s only competition is fellow Cardinal, Levine Toilolo who’s caught 20 passes total in two seasons.
With how much attention the Falcons star players get, Hooper should find himself open often. Look for Hooper with your last pick and stash him on the bench. When he has a huge game you’ll look like a genius, while your leaguemates are scanning the waiver wire for him.