Some fantasy owners were slightly disappointed by Ryan’s fantasy production in 2009 after a strong rookie season in 2008. But there were a lot of factors that went into that and the Atlanta coaches were pleased with Ryan’s overall play. A toe injury to Ryan hurt his numbers a bit and so did injuries to running back Michael Turner.
Ryan also didn’t get much support beyond starting receivers Roddy White and Michael Jenkins. With Harry Douglas coming back after missing last season with an injury, the Falcons should have a quality No. 3 receiver.
Hasselbeck says he thinks Ryan can throw for about 3,500 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. Just a hunch, but I think those numbers may be a little low.