Fantasy Analysis: Key Falcons Primed For Big Game
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Julio Jones primed for another big game
Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is primed for another big performance heading into Week 3 at Miami.
Jones torched St. Louis last week for 182 yards on 11 receptions, both a regular season career high. He’ll face a Miami defense that has allowed a 100-yard receiver in each of its first two games this season. Wide receivers have scored 17.0 Fantasy points per game against Miami through two weeks.
While 180-plus yards may be highly unlikely, another 100-yard game could be in store for Jones this week. Jones is off to a solid start, reaching the end zone in each of his first two games. Consider him a must-start Fantasy option in all formats heading into Week 3.
Jacquizz Rodgers hoping to provide spark in Week 3
With Steven Jackson down with a thigh injury, Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers will be looking to provide a spark heading into Week 3 at Miami.
Rodgers is expected to be used more in passing downs while Jason Snelling will be used in running downs and in short-yardage situations. Rodgers rushed for 17 yards on 11 carries (1.5 yards per carry) and caught four passes for 41 yards last week against the Rams. He’ll face a Miami defense that allowed 133 yards on the ground against the Colts last week. Running backs have scored 13.0 Fantasy points per game thus far against the Dolphins.
At this point, it’s safe to say that both Rodgers and Snelling are too big of a risk for any Fantasy owner this week. Both should be viewed as a low-end flex option for desperate Fantasy owners heading into Week 3.
Jason Snelling only a flex option
With Steven Jackson sidelined with a thigh injury, Falcons running back Jason Snelling will be asked for more come Week 3 at Miami.
Snelling is expected to be used in running downs and in short-yardage scenarios while Jacquizz Rodgers will be used more in passing downs. Snelling found the end zone last week against the Rams, and rushed 19 yards on two carries. He’ll face a Miami defense that allowed 133 yards on the ground against the Colts last week. Running backs have scored 13.0 Fantasy points per game thus far against the Dolphins.
At this point, it’s safe to say that both Snelling and Rodgers are too big of a risk for any Fantasy owner this week. Both should be viewed as a low-end flex option for desperate Fantasy owners heading into Week 3.
Matt Ryan could be poised for big game
With Steven Jackson sidelined with a thigh injury, the Falcons will likely rely on the arm of Matt Ryan to lead the way against Miami in Week 2. That may be a good thing considering he has a somewhat favorable matchup against the Dolphins.
Ryan will face a Miami defense that allowed only one passing touchdown to Andrew Luck last week. Quarterbacks against the Dolphins have averaged 15 Fantasy points per game in standard formats. Ryan has scored 20-plus Fantasy points in each of the first two weeks of the season. Only five other quarterbacks have more passing yards than Ryan (678) through two games.
Jason Snelling and Jaquizz Rodgers rushed for a total of 36 yards on the ground after Jackson’s injury. If both backup running backs fail to get back on track against Miami, then Ryan will have to make up for it with his arm. Our Fantasy experts have him ranked no lower than 10th for the week, so consider him a viable starting option in most formats against Miami.