Team Preview: Atlanta Falcons
We now head south on our 32-Team Preview to the last place team from the NFC South, the Atlanta Falcons.
The Dirty Birds scored the 16th most points in 2020 while throwing for the 5th most passing yards. They were 27th in rushing yards on their way to a 4-12 record. Vegas has them winning 7 games.
Matt Ryan: Even-year Matty Ice didn't happen in 2020. He was only the QB16 in points per game. Things got a little better when the team drafted Kyle Pitts to add to his weaponry, however that only lasted a little over a month and then the team traded their superstar wide receiver Julio Jones. I think we see another mid-range QB2 season from Ryan in 2021.
Mike Davis: The waiver-wire wonder from 2020 finds himself in a starting role for 2021. While I don't expect him to finish as an RB1 again this year, due to the team being more focused on the passing game and having a suspect offensive line, I do like him as a back-end RB2 or high RB3. So I'm fine with his current RB30 ADP.
Calvin Ridley: Ridley broke out in a big way in 2020, finishing as the WR5 in points per game and leading the league with an absurd 2,063 air yards. For those worried that with Julio gone, teams will focus on Ridley and take him away, don't be. Ridley averaged 20 points per game in the 7 games Julio sat out in 2020 without ever scoring less than 10. He'll be fine and should be viewed as a mid-late WR1.
Kyle Pitts: I really like Pitts and I feel his current Underdog Fantasy ADP of TE4 is justified. The team still has former 1st round pick, Hayden Hurst, at TE, and I expect we see Pitts play more of a slot WR/TE hybrid role. If you could plug a WR with Pitts upside into your fantasy lineup at TE, it feels like cheating. He can easily provide the 11 points per game last year's TE3 Logan Thomas was giving you but has the upside to go full Justin Jefferson (17 ppg) and be a league winner.