Every year we give our premium content members a team-by-team, player-by-player look at the NFL season that was. The coverage will be in-depth, but because the Dynasty Capsule series begins immediately after the season, we won’t use it to discuss free agency or the draft. Come see us in early May once Mr. Irrelevant is off the board for another 32-article series giving you the same detailed discussion you’ll see below.
Buckle up dynasty fans, because you’re about to be reminded why our motto is, “There is no off-season.”
Everything about Matt Ryan’s 2016 season was clearly an outlier. It’s incredible that the dynasty fantasy football community didn’t see the drop off in 2017 coming. He set career bests in 2016 for passing yards (4944), touchdowns (38), touchdown percentage (7.1%), completion percentage (69.9%), interception percentage (1.3%), yards per pass attempt (9.3), and virtually every other relevant quarterback statistic. It was a truly spectacular season. But then 2017 happened and now apparently Matt Ryan is awful at football.
Or is he just the old Matt Ryan, which is still an incredibly viable fantasy asset?
If you take Ryan’s 2017 and put it right next to 2015 you wouldn’t be able to guess which one was which. Matty Ice eclipsed 4000 yards, threw about twenty touchdowns, and posted nearly identical passing efficiency numbers in both 2015 and 2017. The real Matt Ryan didn’t go anywhere in 2017. In fact, he just came home. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing because most dynasty owners don’t see it that way.
Just last off-season Matt Ryan’s DLF average draft position reached as high as pick 93. Now you can draft him after the likes of Jimmy Garoppolo, Matthew Stafford, Kirk Cousins, a 40-year-old Tom Brady, struggling Derek Carr, an unproven Patrick Mahomes, and even a 39-year-old Drew Brees. Yes, Matt Ryan is somehow the QB18 in dynasty right now That’s worse than Ryan has ever really finished (in most formats). The time to buy Matty Ice is now.