Last night’s game was not a riveting one, unless of course you’re a Falcons fan of a fantasy football owner of one of the guys who went off. Who were those guys? They’re listed in our “trending up” section below; guys headed the other direction are listed under “trending down.” The whole Falcons team could be in the first category as they took a huge step in their run to the playoffs and put together a total game. Next week’s game against New Orleans on Monday Night will be a classic and will decide the NFC South. Should be a great one… Here’s more on the Falcons big win:
Atlanta 41, Jacksonville 14
Trending up: Roddy White-White had a huge game, particularly in PPR leagues, as he finished with 10 catches for 135 yards and 2 TDs. White was targeted an incredible 16 times which means his production is most likely to continue. Anyone who owned him this year will hesitate to draft him again because of his slow start, but this game showed us why he’s still a #1 WR. Matt Ryan-Ryan played very efficiently in this one completing 19 0f his 26 passes for 224 yards and 3 TDs. He showed all the promise that made him a QB1, but needs to have this kind of showing more consistently to become an elite starter. Julio Jones-he appears well on his way to elite status as he caught 5 of his 6 targets for 85 yards and a TD. He’ll be a high-upside WR2 next year as he’s looked great this year whenever he’s been able to be on the field…Maurice Jones-Drew-MJD showed again that in a horrible offense, he’s still able to get his yards as he went for 112 of the 207 total yards the Jags had. He was unable to find the endzone in this one, but he still makes a RB1 play even when his team is this bad. He did roll an ankle, but returned to the game so monitor his progress, but expect him to play.
Trending down: Blaine Gabbert-struggled to move this offense at all until junk-ball time. He complete 12 of 22 passes for 141 yards a TD and an INT. He also lost 2 fumbles and seemed extremely jumpy in the pocket. He did very little to answer the critics who say the Jags still need to get a QB… Tony Gonzalez-Mostly just a result of gameplan (2 targets), he was held to 1 catch for 14 yards. If you were starting him in the playoffs, I’m sorry that he picked a bad time to give his targets, catches, and touchdowns to Roddy White…Harry Douglas-Also had only 1 catch for 14 yards. He had a big game against the Saints last time, but is definitely a 3rd WR behind White and Jones and when they’re playing well it doesn’t leave much room (1 target) for Douglas.