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2020 Fantasy Football Projections: Atlanta Falcons

Updated: September 6, 2020


In addition to viewing our 2020 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2020 fantasy football projections for the Atlanta Falcons.

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QUARTERBACKS

PlayerAtt.Comp.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Matt Ryan619.6410.5464727.2613.0131.5119.70.95286.57
Eclipsing the 300-yard mark in 11 of 15 games, Ryan finished 2019 with 4,466 yards, 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The veteran signal-caller has alternated seasons between finishing outside the top 10 (QB19 in 2015, QB15 in 2017 and QB11 in 2019) and top two (QB2 in both 2016 and 2018). Currently drafted as the QB10 based on his ADP, Ryan more potential upside than downside risk.
Matt Schaub22.513.3155.30.860.652.8-2.808.07


RUNNING BACKS

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Todd Gurley202.2859.48.0942.93262.15179.98
Racking up 3,924 scrimmage yards and scoring 40 touchdowns the previous two years combined, Gurley barely exceeded the 1,000-yard rushing mark (1,064 YFS) in his age-25 season. Obvious durability concerns persist about Gurley's arthritic knee, but he enters 2020 as the clear lead back in Atlanta's potent offense. In terms of workload for Gurley, OC Dirk Koetter told ESPN that "I think a minimum of 15 touches and a high of [25]."
Ito Smith44.5169.11.5616.9114.10.3439.72
Smith has been inefficient on his 150 career touches with averages of 3.76 yards per carry and 6.29 yards per reception. The 195-pound back would likely only serve as a part of a committee backfield if Gurley were to miss any time.
Brian Hill40.8171.40.828.762.20.1729.3
Qadree Ollison37.1122.41.676.740.20.0726.7
Keith Smith3.76.50.044.230.20.084.39

MORE: Atlanta Falcons 53-man roster projection

WIDE RECEIVERS

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Julio Jones93.41340.36.771.910.80.02175.85
The obvious knock on Jones has been his lack of red-zone production as he still has just one season (2012) with double-digit touchdowns. That said, Jones now has 1,394 receiving yards in six consecutive seasons; the only other active streak is two (Michael Thomas, WR1). Over the past six seasons, Jones has averaged a receiving line of 103.8/1,564.7/6.2.
Calvin Ridley79.710607.372.8160.03152
Ridley posted per-game career highs in targets (7.2), receptions (4.8) and yards (66.6) in 2019, although his season was cut short (Week 14) by an abdominal injury. Through Week 14, Ridley was a top-15 receiver across the board -- WR13 in half-PPR, WR14 in full PPR and WR10 in non-PPR. With a lack of depth behind starters, Ridley is poised for a big season as long as his health cooperates.
Russell Gage60.5559.63.033.711.10.0475.49
In the nine games following the Mohamed Sanu trade to New England, Gage hauled in 45 receptions (5.0/G) for 402 yards (44.7/G) and a touchdown on 66 targets (7.33/G). While he averaged only 8.93 Y/R, Gage had at least four catches in seven of those nine games. The third-year receiver is a worthwhile late-round target, especially in deeper PPR leagues.
Olamide Zaccheaus10.6129.30.7400017.37
Christian Blake12.1111.30.4800014.01
Brandon Powell2.838.10.20005.01


TIGHT ENDS

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Hayden Hurst59.1688.54.2800094.53
Hurst doubled his production in 2019 to 30/349/2, but that paled in comparison to (now former) teammate Mark Andrews. Hurst's trade to Atlanta does wonders for his fantasy outlook as Austin Hooper signed a free-agent deal with Cleveland. Before Hooper's mid-season injury, he was fantasy's top-scoring tight end and finished second behind Julio Jones in team targets.
Jaeden Graham18.1217.21.8100032.58
Luke Stocker5.245.50.310006.41

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