Week 2 NFL Fantasy Football Rankings: Is Matt Ryan Smart Play vs. Eagles?

Cian FaheyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 11:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons throws a pass agaiunst the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 11, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Falcons 30-12.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Falcons return home this week after getting off to a disappointing start to their season in Chicago against the Bears.

Things don't appear to be getting any easier as the Falcons welcome back Michael Vick to Atlanta for the first time since he became the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback.

Regardless of the storyline off the field, this game is going to be a very tough one for the Falcons. Philly beat the St. Louis Rams in their opening game with a lightning performance on the turf in the Edward Jones dome.

The Falcons have benefited from their impressive home-field advantage during the Matt Ryan era, but may wish that the Georgia Dome wasn't a dome this weekend. The problem for the Falcons is that the Eagles' offense is too fast and it just gets faster on turf rather than grass.

LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson proved that last week while Michael Vick was at his scrambling best in the pocket.

With Matt Ryan under center, the Falcons may look to outshoot the Eagles, but that doesn't seem like a sensible move. Last week, Ryan had 47 attempts but finished with only 319 yards. He had no touchdowns and one interception.

Against a Rams defense that is probably in better shape than the Falcons', Vick had 187 yards on 32 attempts, but more importantly two touchdowns to zero interceptions.

Ryan will be facing a more fearsome pass defense this week against the Eagles, so the team should turn to Michael Turner, much like the Rams wanted to with Steven Jackson. As a fantasy quarterback, Ryan isn't going to put up huge numbers.

Roddy White won't be shut down by Nnamdi Asomugha, but he will definitely force Ryan to look elsewhere at times. Ryan should be looking at something closer to 25 to 30 attempts this week, rather than 47.

Michael Turner will carry the offense this week, which makes him a fantasy darling, but Ryan definitely could even be benched if you have a viable replacement.

It's not very often that NFL quarterbacks will be good fantasy options heading into a clash with the Philadelphia Eagles. The likelihood is that only the elite quarterbacks will be able to put up big numbers against the Eagles.

Matt Ryan is yet to prove himself as an elite quarterback either in fantasy or in real life.