Dynasty Stock Watch: Week 1 -- Walford, Booker on the rise
At long last, dynasty players get a chance to see what their new look rosters look like. Up until now, it’s all been speculation, predictions and theories on whether a player will struggle or succeed. The players below have values that are more out of whack than the market is currently dictating and make for good trade options, whether they’re joining or leaving your roster. Let’s take one more look before the regular season kicks off.
Quarterback: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
For all the talk about how bad Ryan’s 2015 season was, it actually wasn’t all that different from previous years. He threw for 4,591 yards, marking the fourth straight season he’s thrown for at least 4,500. His 7.5 yards per attempt is marginally better than his career average of 7.2. His 16 interceptions were slightly more than his seasonal average of 13 but nothing dramatic. He even finished as PFF’s seventh-ranked quarterback, marking six straight seasons of finishing in PFF’s top-10 grades at the position.
So what caused Ryan to sink to fantasy’s 18th-best quarterback last season, after finishing no worse than 11th the previous five years? Simply put, it was the touchdowns. He threw 21 last season, his lowest total in a season since his rookie year in 2008. The weapons around him didn’t exactly help. Outside of Julio Jones, the next three Falcons receivers — Justin Hardy, Roddy White, and Leonard Hankerson — ranked 62nd, 105th and 107th respectively according to PFF grades last season. Tight end Jacob Tamme ranked 62nd among all tight ends.