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Who Would You Rather Have - Nick Foles or Matt Ryan

2013 was arguably the worst season of Matt Ryan's career, with the Atlanta Falcons and gave fantasy owners his floor. In contrast, Nick Foles took over for the Philadelphia Eagles last season and has shown fantasy owners his ceiling. The Falcons will get a healthy Steven Jackson, Roddy White and Julio Jones this season, while the Eagles essentially swapped a healthy Jeremy Maclin for DeSean Jackson and traded for Darren Sproles. Lots of questions marks in Philly, while the Falcons should return to fantasy greatness.

Foles matched Peyton Manning last season, tossing 7 TDs in one game.  While that may be 25% of his seasons total, Foles managed to throw multiple TDs in 5 of the next 7 games (including one game with 0 TDs).  But do not forget that Foles didn't take over for Michael Vick until October, starting just 11 games and still managed 203 completions for 2,891 yards and even added 3 rushing TDs!  However, DJax is now a member of the Washington Redskins and he was a main reason for Riley Cooper's success in 2013.  We have yet to see how Maclin fits in Chip Kelly's offense, but we can be pretty confident that Sproles will play an important role.

Ryan had to rely heavily on Harry Douglas last season, as he was playing without SJax, Jones and White for a majority of the season.  That being said, the Falcons still finished as the 7th best passing offense in the league and finished as our 5th ranked QB!  If that is the worst you can expect, Ryan is a pretty safe bet in 2014, for a 2nd straight season.

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Average Draft Position

Original Post 7/23
Updated ADP 8/11

Nick Foles

  • 9th QB (↑1)
  • 62th Overall (↑4)
  • Drafted before Jeremy Maclin
  • Drafted after Reggie Bush
  • 9th QB
  • 61st Overall
  • Drafted before Jason Witten
  • Drafted after Ben Tate
  • 9th QB
  • 60th overall (↑1)
  • Drafted before Dennis Pitta
  • Drafted after Bishop Sankey

Matt Ryan

  • 8th QB (↑1)
  • 73rd Overall (↑4)
  • Drafted before Mike Wallace
  • Drafted after Marques Colston
  • 8th QB
  • 59th Overall
  • Drafted before Ben Tate
  • Drafted after Joique Bell

Most experts will rank Foles higher than Ryan, and Fantasy Pros Who Should I Draft? machine gives Foles a 64% victory over Nicks.

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