The 2015 edition of the Atlanta Falcons appears to be a very solid offensive unit. Quarterback Matt Ryan and wide out Julio Jones will look to build off their impressive 2014 campaign. The Falcons also have new red-zone threat Jacob Tamme who came over from the Denver Broncos.
The biggest gray area with the Falcons will be the running back by committee situation. Devonta Freeman and rookie Tevin Coleman look to share the touches early in the season. This will be a scenario to avoid at all costs, especially in the top half of the draft, the stash and wait approach for Tevin Coleman could be a viable option in the later rounds if you feel secure at the running back position.
Matt Ryan and Julio Jones will be a top five QB to WR duo this season. Julio Jones is a great late first round target, or extremely early second round. Jones posted 104 receptions with 1,593 yards and 6 touchdowns a season ago. In all likelihood the touchdown numbers will increase for Jones, making him a candidate for the number one fantasy wide out this year.
Ryan, on the other hand, has an ADP of 72 and could provide a lot more value than the numbers say this season. A year ago Ryan threw for 4,694 yards with 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. In order for Ryan to improve his numbers from last year, veteran wide out Roddy White will have to be on the field and produce similar numbers to a season ago when he hulled in 80 balls for 921 yards and 7 touchdowns. Age is certainly catching up to Roddy White, but he has proved over the years he is a legit gamer with upside every week he takes the field.
The Falcons will have a high powered offense with Julio and Matt Ryan doing the bulk of the damage. If you have the ability to draft Julio Jones in the last first round, do not hesitate and let him slide down the boards any farther. The same could be said about Matt Ryan, especially if you are fortunate to draft Jones, look to draft the battery of the machine and have a solid weekly 1-2 punch.
As for Atlanta’s defense, Vic Beasley could dominate early as a rookie as former defensive coordinator tries to turn a soft Falcons unit into an aggressive one. It won’t happen overnight, though, so banking on ATL as anything more than a weekly streaming option would be a mistake.
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