Matt Ryan Injury Could Destroy Fantasy Value in Falcons' Offense Ahead of Week 8

Jason Schandl
Los Angeles Rams v Atlanta Falcons
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Week 7 was a disaster all around for the Atlanta Falcons. In addition to getting blown out in their matchup with the Los Angeles Rams, franchise QB Matt Ryan went down with an ankle injury in the second half, which forced him to miss the conclusion of the game and had him in a walking boot afterwards.

It was not a good day for Ryan even before the injury, completing 16 of his 27 passes for 159 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

While the Falcons have struggled, Ryan actually had some pretty solid numbers coming into this game. He led the league in both touchdowns (15) and passing yards per game (335.2), and while some of that was thanks to his league-leading 258 pass attempts, his 7.7 adjusted yards per pass attempt were still sitting above his career average of 7.5.

There's still no word on how serious the injury is, and the team may have just been taking an incredibly cautious approach with Ryan's health in a blowout. If this does cause him to miss any games though, journeyman Matt Schaub will start in Ryan's place, which would be a downgrade for the fantasy value of the entire offense.

The Falcons' Week 8 matchup won't do them any favors either, taking on another solid defensive team in the Seattle Seahawks. While a true star like Julio Jones will remain in play with Schaub at the helm, the rest of the group could be worth keeping on your bench unless Atlanta has their starting QB playing.

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