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.”
After two straight years in the playoffs, the Falcons finished at 7-9 in 2018, settling in for a longer than expected winter. Though largely competitive throughout (five of their nine losses were within ten points), Atlanta simply couldn’t get over the hump against quality competition, losing to every playoff team they faced. To that point, their best wins came over the similarly mediocre Redskins and Panthers, another pair of teams finishing at 7-9 as well.
Much of this drop-off can be explained by several key losses on the defensive side of the ball. To that point, Atlanta gave up the fifth-most yards and eighth-most points, functioning as a bottom-eight unit against both the run and the pass. The offense held up its end of the bargain, finishing sixth in yardage and tenth in points, but it wasn’t enough to mitigate the team’s defensive shortcomings.
Despite their record, the Falcons had numerous high-level performers in both real life and fantasy, and we’ll discuss them below.
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