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Friday, September 19, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL THURSDAY WRAPUP: FALCONS/BUCCANEERS

56!  In quite possibly the most lopsided first half in recent NFL history, the Atlanta Falcons absolutely destroyed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday as they built up a ridiculous 35-0 lead at the half.  The main beneficiaries of course in terms of fantasy football were Matt Ryan and Julio Jones who of course yours truly both owns and told you all to draft this summer.  Let's take a look at all that went on in this circus.

Matt Ryan:  21/24 for 286 yards and 3 TD's.  Pretty much a perfect game by Ryan.  Who needs Drew Brees or Peyton Manning when you can have Ryan?  Seriously the Falcons passing offense can be beyond explosive as we saw last night and with Dirk Kotter calling the plays, look for the aerial show to continue.  Ryan once again is looking like the best fantasy football QB value in the land.

Josh McCown:  5/12 for 58 yards with 1 INT.  Stick a fork in McCown who injured his thumb and has been reminding everyone why he was a career backup.  McCown has shown none of the poise he had in Chicago a year ago despite still possessing a vast array of talent around him.  Mike Glennon did some nice things as a rookie a season ago and he absolutely got screwed going into 2014 as he did not deserve to lose his job.  Be that as it may, this whole team is a mess so Glennon is not worth an add yet.

Bobby Rainey:  11 carries for 41 yards and 2 fumbles while catching 7 passes for 64 yards.  What a difference a week makes.  Depending on your format Rainey was either a complete bomb (standard) or somewhat decent (PPR due to all the catches).  The two fumbles got Mike James onto the field though and Rainey needed another big game with Doug Martin set to return.

Steven Jackson:  14 carries for 54 yards and 1 TD.  Jackson has shown some early juice but like with Frank Gore in San Francisco, he is not involved in the passing game anymore.  The opportunities won't be plentiful as the Falcons remain a passing team first, second, and third.

Julio Jones:  9 catches for 161 yards and 2 TD's.  Many including myself enjoyed a nice discount on Jones this summer during the draft and when you consider that he was the best wideout in the game before getting hurt a year ago, there is valid proof the Atlanta ace receiver is the number 2 guy behind Megatron in the game.  Jones is virtually unstoppable and does whatever he wants on the field like Johnson in Detroit.  Amazing stuff.

Harry Douglas:  2 catches for 14 yards and 1 TD.  Thank goodness he got the TD because Douglas got injured and failed to finish.  Atlanta receivers are dropping like flies and next up is Eric Weems to join Devin Hester. 

Vincent Jackson:  2 catches for 15 yards and 1 TD.  Garbage-time TD still counts and in actuality Jackson's owners should be happy Glennon is in there because those two did some nice things a season ago.  Remains volatile scoring wideout every week it seems.

There you have it.  As always let us hear your thoughts.

 

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