Matt Ryan's Updated 2013 Fantasy Outlook and Trade Value After Week 4

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 30, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 29:   Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons calls a play in the first quarter against the New England Patriots during the game at Georgia Dome on September 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Matt Ryan's Atlanta Falcons may have fallen to the New England Patriots on Sunday at the Georgia Dome, 30-23.

They may be 1-3 on the season.

But Ryan is still a viable fantasy football option.

On Sunday against the Patriots, the two-time Pro Bowler went 34-of-54 for 421 yards with two touchdowns to one interception. It marked his eighth multiple-touchdown performance in his past nine games (including the playoffs).

Ryan struggled for the better part of the game on Sunday, but he posted nearly 200 yards in the fourth quarter alone. He's still passing the ball at a high volume. Entering Sunday's game, he had 119 passing attempts through three games, tied for ninth in the NFL. He now has 173 passing attempts on the season.

The veteran quarterback faces the New York Jets in Week 5 before a bye. The Jets started out the season defending the pass well but have struggled against the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans the past two weeks. Start Ryan as you normally would.

As for the rest of the season, the 28-year-old has particularly favorable matchups against the Arizona Cardinals (Week 8), Green Bay Packers (Week 14) and Washington Redskins (Week 15). I wouldn't trade him unless you can get a top-tier quarterback with a more favorable schedule in return.

Despite Atlanta's 1-3 start, Ryan remains a strong fantasy contributor. As long as he keeps throwing the pigskin around, don't worry about how the team is doing. He'll still get you numbers.