Fantasy Football 2015: Eagles at Falcons 9/14/15 Week 1 Preview
Philadelphia Eagles (0-0) at Atlanta Falcons (0-0)
September 14, 2015 7:10 PM ET
Coming up on our first double-dose of “Monday Night Football” in Week 1 of the 2015 NFL season, we’ve got a high-powered offensive matchup between the Eagles and Falcons. Atlanta has won the most recent two meetings between these teams, but it’s been quite a while since their last game together.
All of that offense will certainly lead to a lot of activity on your fantasy football roster, so let’s check out a few of the notable players on each side and see what we might be expecting out on the field.
Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Bradford is a popular sleeper pick for this season; you’ll frequently find him ranked among the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks out there.
Provided Bradford can stay healthy, he’s got a shot at flirting with 30 touchdown passes and 4,000 yards this year. At this point, it’s all speculation, though.
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Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: Ryan is another highly-ranked fantasy quarterback--he’s probably among the top 5-7 guys out there. He’s coming off a 28-touchdown season with just under 4,700 yards, and could very well equal those stats in 2015.
Ryan has a couple of great WR weapons at his disposal once again--provided they can stay healthy he’s got a great shot at another awesome season.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Murray had a monstrous fantasy season in 2014, totaling a whopping 1845 rush yards with 13 touchdowns. He’s in a new city this year, and no one knows quite what to make of his fantasy outlook.
Murray enters a high-powered offense in Philly, but also must share the stage with Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. There’s risk here, but there’s certainly a lot of potential as well.
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: It’s tough to know what to make of the Falcons running game, given the team’s new personnel--not to mention all the injuries. Coleman and fellow RB Devonta Freeman are each coming off hamstring injuries, and are ranked pretty close to each other fantasy-wise--and that’s pretty far down the list.
Coleman (and Freeman, for that matter) is a dice-roll as a flex guy, but could pay off if he can find some running room.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: After 67 catches, 872 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014, hopes are high for Matthews coming into this season. The quarterback switch is certainly somewhat troublesome, as it remains to be seen if he and Bradford will have a solid chemistry together.
That said, there isn’t a whole lot to worry about in the grand scheme of fantasy. He’s a sure-fire starter.
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Fresh off his new contract extension, Jones heads into 2015 with a lot of fantasy potential alongside him. He bagged 104 grabs for 1593 yards and six scores last year, despite fighting off some injury troubles.
Jones can certainly flirt with 100 catches, 1400 yards and six scores this year. He’s a top-shelf WR in fantasy.
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