2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Atlanta Falcons

- Updated: Tuesday, August 30th


In addition to viewing our 2016 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Atlanta Falcons.

Quarterbacks

PlayerComp.Att.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Matt Ryan413622469626.716.231600.2285.64
Ryan has thrown for more than 4,500 yards in each of the past four seasons, but Ryan's 21 passing touchdowns were the lowest since his rookie season (2008). After finishing as a top-eight fantasy quarterback in four of the previous five seasons, Ryan finished as fantasy's QB19 in 2015. If there's a positive for Ryan going into 2016, it's that he should feel more comfortable with a full season of running Kyle Shanahan's offense under his belt. Then again, he didn't look more comfortable in the preseason (for what it's worth): 48.6 completion rate, 5.59 Y/A and 0:1 TD-INT ratio on 37 pass attempts through three weeks.
Matt Schaub46370.20.31-101.88

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Devonta Freeman2088538.3655072.6201.4
While few (read: nobody) saw it coming, no running back scored more fantasy points in 2015 than Freeman. Not only did Freeman rush for more than 1,000 yards, but he hauled in 73 catches, third-most among running backs, for 578 yards, and scored a league-leading 14 total touchdowns last season. While he's shown a three-down skill set, the Falcons want to lower Freeman's workload and get second-year back Tevin Coleman more involved in the offense in 2016.
Tevin Coleman1305984.213980.597.8
Injuries slowed Coleman, who missed four games as a rookie. While he lost three fumbles on just 87 carries, he did average 4.5 yards per carry as a rookie and he possesses plenty of big-play ability. Assuming he stays healthy and does a better job of protecting the football, Coleman is set to see his opportunities expand by a lot.
Patrick DiMarco00012980.814.6
Terron Ward16590.3539011.6
Brandon Wilds15630.30008.1

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Julio Jones12217818.5000229.1
One of only two players with 3,000-plus yards over the past two seasons combined, Jones has a total of 240 catches for 3,464 yards during that span. While he's second to Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown in both stats, Jones actually led the NFL in targets (204), receptions (136, tied with Brown) and yards (1,871) last season.
Mohamed Sanu657094.6210099.5
The Falcons gave Sanu a big free-agent deal to become Atlanta's No. 2 receiver behind stud Julio Jones. Based on his contract and role more so than talent, Sanu should have an opportunity to put up numbers similar to his 2014 season (56/790/5), a year in which he also led the league in drops.
Justin Hardy363712.200050.3
Aldrick Robinson121980.800024.6
Nick Williams10970.500012.7
Eric Weems11200001.2

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDPoints
Jacob Tamme424582.560.8
Austin Hooper303393.655.5
The second tight end off the board in this year's draft, Hooper landed in a pretty good spot in terms of potential opportunity. The Falcons have a number of players that will vie for targets after stud receiver Julio Jones (but no elite options). That said, rookie tight ends tend to struggle -- and he's still behind Jacob Tamme on the depth chart -- so expectations should be relatively low for Hooper out of the gate.
Levine Toilolo4280.34.6

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