The Falcons and the Buccaneers Matchup on Thursday Night Football

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The Atlanta Falcons travel host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a great fantasy matchup on Thursday Night Football. The key fantasy star to keep your eyes on is quarterback Matt Ryan of the Falcons. Ryan enters tonight’s matchup as the third leading fantasy player in the NFL at 22.2 fantasy points per game.

Ryan has had two totally opposite fantasy games through the first two weeks of the season. In week 1, Ryan threw for over 300 yards with three touchdowns but less than 250 with one touchdown in week 2. This week’s test will come against a Buccaneers defense that has allowed only 465 passing yards and two touchdowns through the team’s first two games.

The Falcons quarterback will be making his fourth career start against a Lovie Smith defense. The first three appearances came when Smith was the head coach for the Chicago Bears. Ryan has thrown for 319 yards, 185 yards and 301 yards in the three games. The seventh year quarterback also has three touchdowns and three interceptions in the three meetings.

Here are the top fantasy plays for Thursday Night Football:

Bobby Rainey, Running Back: Rainey is one of the top choices with Doug Martin listed as questionable. The Falcons defense enter tonight’s matchup allowing the most fantasy points to the running back in the team’s first two games. The downside has been the Buccaneers ability to find the end zone with all the touchdowns coming from Josh McCown.

Levine Toilolo, Tight End: The Falcons tight end could be the sleeper of the week despite only having five catches in two games this season. The Buccaneers defense has allowed 162 yards and one touchdown to opposing tight ends through the first two games of the season.

Matt Bryant, Kicker: Typically you don’t hear much about kickers but this week Bryant has a great matchup against a Buccaneers defense that has allowed six field goals. Bryant has four field goals this season with two of at least 50 yards. The Falcons kicker is the only one in the league with at least two of over 50 yards making him an added bonus in leagues that rewards more fantasy points on longer kicks.

Vincent Jackson, Wide Receiver: Jackson and teammate Mike Evans are both good options against the Falcons tonight. The Falcons have allowed 363 yards and two touchdowns to opposing receivers through the team’s first two games in 2014.

Atlanta Falcons Defense: The Buccaneers offense has not looked very good in 2014 only scoring four total touchdowns in the team’s first two games. The Falcons have allowed 58 points through the first two games but we like this pick because of the team they are going up against.