Fantasy Football 2013: Atlanta Falcons Early Preview
In the following weeks, I will be walking you through all 32 NFL teams in a fantasy football perspective. I will give you predictions, rankings, sleepers and much more so you can be fully prepared for draft day. Today, I am going to walk you through the Atlanta Falcons.
The Falcons have some of the best fantasy football players out there. They are arguably the best team in terms of fantasy football. At each desirable position, they have a potential starter.
Quarterback: Matt Ryan- Matty Ice isn’t your best option at quarterback; however, he is a pretty good sleeper option. Nobody thinks of Ryan as a guy you need to have at quarterback. He is going to get you two or three touchdowns as well as 250 yards per game. He is going to give you very good production for a guy who won’t go in the first five rounds of the draft. Take Matt Ryan in the fifth round at the earliest, and if you get him anywhere after that, he is a steal.
Running Back: Steven Jackson- The Falcons are known for their excellent passing game, but now with the addition of Steven Jackson, there is a serious fantasy consideration at running back. Action Jackson is explosive, but he can also run over you. He is fast and has good hands coming out of the backfield. He is another guy that seems to always fly under the radar, making his value very high to go along with a high upside. Getting him in the sixth or seventh round would be a great addition for you to add to use as a flex option.
Wide Receiver: Julio Jones and Roddy White- This is where the Falcons “rise up” above the rest. They have arguably the best receiver tandem in the entire league, with the high-flying Julio Jones and trustworthy Roddy White. Both of these guys are top notch receivers. Getting one of these guys is going to make your team a whole lot better, but it is going to cost you. Julio is going to go in the first three rounds of the draft. Roddy, on the other hand, will go a little deeper, but don’t count on him going much deeper. Everyone wants a piece of these guys, and rightfully so.
Tight End: Tony Gonzalez- Tony was supposed to retire this offseason,which he obviously didn’t end up doing. Gonzalez will go down as the greatest tight end to ever play, and despite being 37 years old, he still has plenty of production left in him. Don’t be afraid to draft this guy as your tight end, because some people may be. It is hard to judge now, but if it was anything like last year’s drafts, Gonzo fell pretty far down. If he falls this season, don’t let him fall long.