After a season (2008) where no fantasy owner wanted a piece of Atlanta players – some leagues only selecting Michael Turner in the 5th round or later, the fantasy football community has warmed up to the idea that Atlanta is primed to be one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL.
Atlanta’s off-season was primarily spent on defense, and for good reason, but the biggest change to the offense is that all the pieces are still in town. There has been such turnover in the organization for years that 2009 finally marks some solidity. Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, Harry Douglas, the offensive line and the coordinator are all back for another season together. Add to the mix Tony Gonzalez, the all-world tight end, and there’s plenty of substance to the sizzle.
Matt Ryan entered 2008 as a rookie who threw too many interceptions his senior year at Boston College and was being thrown to the wolves in Atlanta. 2009 has Ryan coming off a playoff berth, one of the best seasons a rookie quarterback has ever had, and looking like our “once-in-a-generation” signal caller.
Michael Turner looked like a guy who just chased the money in 2008 because there was no way he was going to succeed in Atlanta. After a 1699-yard season and over a touchdown a game, Turner is mentioned as a top-5 fantasy running back. That’s even with Jerious Norwood getting 100+ carries…
Roddy White was seen as a decent talent at wide receiver, but turned into Ryan’s favorite target in 2008. Now, he’s mentioned in the same breath as Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald in the fantasy world.
Add to that Tony Gonzalez and the offense in Atlanta has the potential to be one of the best in the NFL and in fantasy football in 2009.