Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan to start Week 1

     by Nicholas Minnix on August 24, 2008 @ 13:29:27 PDT


The Sports Network reports Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan will be the starter for the team's Week 1 game versus the Detroit Lions, according to the Falcons' official Web site.

The news doesn't come as a surprise after the No. 3 overall selection performed impressively in exhibition contests. He has completed 32 of his 52 pass attempts for 277 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. In the offseason, quarterback Chris Redman was considered the front-runner to start initially.

After a solid preseason debut, Ryan encountered some trouble in his second effort; he went 8-for-16 for 62 yards and a pick. The Falcons seemed to be hoping that Ryan would take charge entering the season, so a strong showing in Game 3 - 15-for-21, 102 yards and a scoring toss - likely provided affirmation.

Ryan was already the best fantasy option of the Falcons' quarterbacks, but that isn't saying much. As fantasy players know, rookie signal callers don't have the kind of track record that lends itself to fantasy success. Ryan has several intriguing targets in Atlanta, but he shouldn't be drafted as anything more than a No. 3 fantasy quarterback with mild upside. He carries a bit more value in full-retention keeper formats and should be bumped up several notches in such leagues.

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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