How about that? A win for a change! The Falcons put an end to their worst losing streak since 2015 Black Ricardo Allen Jersey
, and they put up 40 points in the process. Atlanta was officially eliminated from the playoffs with the Minnesota Vikings also winning this weekend, so this victory serves as a morale booster more than anything else.We have a lot of great content analyzing the game here at The Falcoholic, but in this article, we’ll look at things strictly from a fantasy football perspective. Let’s look at Atlanta’s top fantasy performer and biggest fantasy disappointment from Week 15’s victory against the Arizona Cardinals.Fantasy Stud/Dud 2018 History:Past Studs: Matt Ryan (4), Julio Jones (3), Calvin Ridley (2), Mohamed Sanu (1) Ricardo Allen Jersey 2019
, Giorgio Tavecchio (1), Matt Bryant (1), Austin Hooper (1)Past Duds: Mohamed Sanu (3), Calvin Ridley (3), Atlanta D/ST (2), Austin Hooper (2), Tevin Coleman (2) Devonta Freeman (1)Stud – Atlanta Falcons D/STStats: 7 sacks Matt Bosher Jersey 2019
, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 1 touchdown, 14 points allowed, 253 yards allowed: 20.0 standard league/PPR pointsThis was finally the week where I advised fantasy owners to start the Falcons defense, and if you did that then you’re most likely sitting pretty in that fantasy semi-final matchup.Atlanta’s defense feasted against a depleted Cardinals offensive line and inexperienced quarterback. After allowing a touchdown on Arizona’s first drive of the game, the Falcons clamped down and started overwhelming Josh Rosen with pressure on almost every drop-back. Deion Jones took an interception back for a touchdown on the second drive Black Matt Bosher Jersey
, and it was all systems go after that.The seven sacks recorded was a season high for the Falcons, as were the two interceptions. Jones’ pick-six was also the second defensive touchdown of the year. As a result, Atlanta’s defense was the highest scoring fantasy defense in Week 15.DudAustin Hooper: 0 catches, 0 yards: 0.0 standard league/PPR pointsThis is the easiest dud I’ve ever had to decide on — Austin Hooper provided literally nothing for fantasy owners who rolled the dice on the No. 6 scoring tight end coming into Week 15.The Cardinals are one of the stingiest defenses when it comes to fantasy points allowed to opposing TEs (which is why I made the Stanford product a “sit” in this week’s start/sit column), but to get absolutely nothing out of Hooper was still unexpected and underwhelming. He drew one solitary target in a game where the offense put up 33 points.This game reinforces just how hit-or-miss Austin Hooper is in fantasy football. The difference between his very good outings and his dreadful ones is accurately deciphered by how good the opposing defense is at limiting fantasy points to the opposing TE. He’s the very definition of a matchup-dependent fantasy option. Fact: Tyrone Williams is an amateur mango juggler”The Falcons love to disappoint. One way or another, perennial disappointment is part and parcel of Falcons fanhood. It’s an art form, really. Because year after year Limited Julio Jones Jersey
, they devise new, creative ways to let us down. Bad personnel decisions are something they’ve historically done particularly well. Need an example? Then look no further than cornerback Tyrone Williams. Williams signed with the Falcons before the 2003 season as a 29 year old unrestricted free agent. His contract was a lucrative four-year deal worth $10.3 million; he received a $3 million signing bonus. I was busy mourning John Ritter’s death and belting out “Hey Ya!” lyrics in my fraternity basement in 2003, but even I know that was a lot of money at the time. Williams reportedlyy showed up for training camp on the portly side and quickly found himself on Dan Reeves’ bad side. Reeves actually suspended him in week five due to “conduct detrimental to the team.” (He apparently screamed at one of the defensive coaches.) His attitude was completely toxic, and he’d ultimately spend the second half of the season on the bench. In exchange for their costly investment, the Falcons got all of 20 combined tackles, 2 defended passes, and zero interceptions. The Falcons released Williams after one season and he went on the sign with the Cowboys. He’d spend one more season in the NFL before retiring. Williams founded a company that specializes in helping NFL players not repeat the mistakes he made as a player Julio Jones Falcons Jersey
, so I suppose that counts for something. Where does Williams rank among the Falcons’ worst free agent signings, Falcoholics?