Matt Ryan Injury Update Points to Game-Time Decision in Week 8 With Matt Schaub as Falcons Backup QB

Stuart Easton
Los Angeles Rams v Atlanta Falcons
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After suffering an ankle injury against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 7, Matt Ryan's status for Week 8 against the Seattle Seahawks looks murky at best. In what could be a good sign, however, Ryan returned to practice Friday and is reportedly a true game-time decision.

Long-time veteran Matt Schaub looks set to start in the event that Ryan is unable to suit up against Seattle on Sunday. While Ryan would undoubtedly be a better fantasy option than Schaub, both QBs could offer some nice value in Week 8.

With the highest over/under total of the week (53), per FanDuel Sportsbook, this game could be a high-scoring affair. Additionally, the Falcons are listed as 7-point underdogs, and if Atlanta is forced to play from behind, it's safe to expect a lot of pass attempts.

However, even with the potential for a lot of passing volume, Atlanta's skill-position players will likely get a downgrade this week. Ryan has the second-most passing yards in the NFL, and his 15 passing TDs are tied for an NFL best. If Ryan is limited, or sidelined, it's hard to see Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley maintaining their usual production.

If Ryan does play, we have him fourth in our Week 8 fantasy football PPR rankings. Schaub likely won't crack our top-12, if named the starter, but he could prove to be a decent option if you're in a pinch.


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Stuart Easton is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Stuart Easton also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username stueast13. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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