Monday Night Football Fantasy Versus: Broncos vs. Falcons Preview
There’s going to a lot of fantasy football games being won or loss tonight, thanks in large part to players on the Denver Broncos or the Atlanta Falcons. The two quarterbacks in this game, Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan had outstanding week 1′s, adding to their already high fantasy value for the season.
This game is being played in Atlanta which means it’s indoors on a fast track and both teams should be lighting up the score board all night long. Now most of these players playing tonight are must starts regardless, but in that rare case that you have to decide which wide receiver or tight end to start, that’s what we’re here to help you with.
Here is our Fantasy Versus Decision Maker for Monday Night Football:
Peyton Manning (Broncos) vs. Matt Ryan (Falcons)
If you own both of these stud quarterbacks consider your self lucky, or not so lucky, because every week you’re going to have a difficult decision to make on who to play.
Ryan threw for 3 touchdowns and rushed for another one last week, while falling just one passing yard short of the 300 yard mark. He was also the highest scoring fantasy player in week 1. Manning also had a great game in week 1, which is quite impressive coming off missing an entire season, not to mention against a solid Pittsburgh defense.
I’m giving the edge to Ryan tonight, because he’s at home and Manning will have to deal with a lot of crowd noise.
Willis McGahee (Broncos) vs. Michael Turner (Falcons)
The Atlanta Falcons seemed to have gone away from the run, well at least that’s how it was in week 1′s victory. His value solely depends on the running game, as he rarely catches passes out of the back-field.
Denver will also throw the ball a ton more than run it, so once again his value is also more dependent on how many carries he gets. The Falcons did give up 132 yards on the ground last week, so there is some hope for McGahee this week.
I don’t like either back a whole lot this week, but I like McGahee loads more then Turner.
Jacquizz Rodgers (Falcons) vs. Knowshon Moreno (Broncos)
This is more for you guys that are in deeper leagues. Quizz was pretty quiet last week, but one thing that caught my eye was that he was on the field for 25 snaps which was only one fewer than starter Michael Turner. Moreno, a fantasy afterthought, had a sneaky little game in week 1, as he carried the ball 5 times, while also getting into the end-zone.
Rodgers should get enough touches tonight, I’ll roll with him.
Roddy White (Falcons) vs. Julio Jones (Falcons) vs. Eric Decker (Broncos) vs. Demaryius Thomas (Broncos)
There was not really a way to split these elite receivers up, so I just grouped them all together.
Jones got off to a great start in week 1 with 108 receiving yards and two touchdowns. His counterpart Roddy White caught the same amount of passes as Jones (six) but for only 87 yards and zero touchdowns. However, the cornerbacks they’re going up against tonight are a lot better then what they saw last week versus the Chiefs.
Decker and Thomas each saw seven targets last week, but Thomas had the far better day, as he was able to take a screen pass 71 yards to the house. Peyton Manning does not have a clear favorite yet, so continue to roll both of these receivers out on a weekly basis. Starting cornerback Brent Grimes (Achilles) is out for the season for Atlanta, therefore big games could be on the horizon for Decker and Thomas.
I love all of these receivers for Monday night’s game but I have to rank them, so for tonight’s game I’ll rank them Jones, Thomas, White and Decker.
Tony Gonzalez (Falcons) vs. Jacob Tamme (Broncos)
I love both of these tight ends almost as much as the wide receiver I listed above. Gonzalez and Tamme both caught five balls and scored a touchdown last week for each of there teams. Also the Falcons and Broncos defenses gave up a touchdown to a tight end last week, so you can see why I like both tonight.
I’m still going to favor the ageless wonder in Gonzalez over the younger Tamme.
Matt Prater (Broncos) vs. Matt Bryant (Falcons)
Bryant had the bigger game of these two, thanks in part to making all four of his field goal attempts last week. You really can’t go wrong with either guy tonight, indoor stadium with plenty of points being scored.
I’ll go with Bryant over Prater.
Denver Broncos D/ST vs. Atlanta Falcons D/ST
I would advise against anyone using either of these defense if you can. Denver however did score more points last week, 14 compared to 9, thanks in part to a pick six towards the end of the game.
If I have to choose, I’ll take Denver.