Our Atlanta Falcons 2022 Fantasy Preview gives you the run down on the teams outlook going into the season. The Falcons finished with a better record than it felt they actually had. As a result, the team have brought back all of coaching staff for another crack at it.
One big change is at QB. The team made a move to bring Deshaun Watson in, but didn’t manage. Instead, the team shipped Matt Ryan off to the Colts, and brough in Marcus Mariota.
Notable Offseason Moves
- Marcus Mariota (QB)
- Damien Williams (RB)
- Damiere Byrd (WR)
- Anthony Firkser (TE)
- Bryan Edwards (WR)
- Auden Tate (WR)
- Matt Ryan (QB)
- Russell Gage (WR)
- Hayden Hurst (TE)
- Lee Smith (TE)
- Mike Davis (RB)
Notable Players- Marcus Mariota & Desmond Ridder
Even though the team selected Ridder in the draft, it’s likely that Mariota starts the season. Mariota will always have a special place in my heart after helping me win a few DFS contests after catching his own pass for a TD in the playoffs.
Mariota is a decent dual-threat option, which gives him fantasy value. The offense last year didn’t lean to running the ball, but then they had Matt Ryan at the position. Mariota is the type of player you can take a dart throw on in 2QB leagues, or consider a streaming option but not much more.
Ridder has a chance to be a starter at some point in the season, but looks like he is likely to play in a similar way to Matt Ryan when he eventually suits up. I wouldn’t look to draft him at all.
Strength of Schedule
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