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2019 Fantasy Football Projections: Atlanta Falcons

- Updated: Sunday, June 23rd


In addition to viewing our 2019 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2019 fantasy football projections for the Atlanta Falcons.

QUARTERBACKS

PlayerAtt.Comp.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
Matt Ryan599.34004674.529.3711.0934.61090.78297.86
Over the past four seasons, Ryan has finished as a top-two fantasy quarterback twice (2018, 2016) and as the QB15 or worse twice (2017, 2015). Reunited with his offensive coordinator from the three years prior to that four-year stretch, Dirk Koetter's offense in Tampa last season led the league in passing (5,125 yards) and was second to only Kansas City in yards per attempt (8.6). Given the talented group of pass-catchers at his disposal, it wouldn't surprise me if Ryan outperformed my current projections for him.
Matt Schaub6.13.921.40.030.021-0.500.89

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RUNNING BACKS

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDPoints
Devonta Freeman224.9967.18.4348.3391.21.57195.83
Missing almost all of last season, Freeman is poised for a bounce-back with good health (of course). Not only is Tevin Coleman now in San Francisco, but the Falcons used a pair of first-rounders on the offensive line. I have Freeman projected for a conservative 273 touches and 1,358 yards from scrimmage and perhaps a less-modest 10 touchdowns. Then again, Freeman had a total of 35 touchdowns in the previous three seasons and my projections assume a lower touchdown rate on his rush attempts than his career average (3.91%).
Ito Smith85.5316.42.7828.3164.10.5768.15
Qadree Ollison20.276.80.42.113.70.0211.57
Brian Hill5.825.50.061.19.90.013.96
Kenjon Barner1.970.021.16.10.011.49
Ricky Ortiz0001.87.20.010.78

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WIDE RECEIVERS

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Julio Jones109.11647.48.1816.50214.47
Over the past six seasons, Jones has averaged more than 100 receiving yards per game five times. Turning his 113 receptions into a league-high 1,677 yards, Jones is a lock for 1,400-plus yards as long as he stays healthy. Even though he was scoreless through seven games (53 receptions on 81 targets), he managed to score eight touchdowns over the final nine games of the season. Will his second-half red-zone production spill over into 2019?
Calvin Ridley68.8887.57.225.825.50.01134.68
Ridley put up excellent rookie numbers overall (64/821/10). Off to a hot start with six touchdowns in the first four games, Ridley was inconsistent over the final three quarters of the season. Exceeding the 50-yard mark in three of his first four games, he did so in only three of his final 12. Given the amount of attention that Jones commands, the former first-rounder from Alabama should be able to put together a more consistent sophomore campaign. Ridley is a low-end WR2 or high-end WR3 heading into the 2019 season.
Mohamed Sanu61.5750.343.818.60.02101.01
Sanu set a career high in receiving yards (838) in 2018 and just missed by one in receptions (66, career high: 67). Even with Jones and Ridley ahead of him in the pecking order for targets, Sanu could once again finish as a top-36 wide receiver in 2019.
Justin Hardy17.5171.51.7500027.65
Russell Gage8.892.40.4400011.88
Marcus Green1.730.60.170004.08

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TIGHT ENDS

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDPoints
Austin Hooper59.1585.14.2800084.19
At such a shallow position, Hooper ranked fourth among tight ends in receptions (71), seventh in targets (88) and yards (660) and ninth in touchdowns (four). Certainly not a tight end that I will target, but someone that could very well outperform his current ADP (TE15 via FFC).
Luke Stocker9.2810.6400011.94
Logan Paulsen6.159.20.550009.22
Eric Saubert3.836.50.190004.79

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