By Jack Ryan

The Eagles are flying down south this weekend for Monday night’s 2015 season opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Birds are 3-point favorites and the Fantasy focus will be on three players:

DeMarco Murray (above): In an attempt to remedy their NFL-worst defense, the Falcons brought in the former Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. But stopping the run could still be an issue, as this off-season’s best acquisition, the Clemson edge rusher Vic Beasley, is projected to be more of a situational pass rushing specialist in his first year. Murray may not see as many carries as last season, but he will see enough to produce strong fantasy numbers against the third best fantasy matchup from 2014.

Jordan Matthews: Atlanta struggled against receivers in 2014, allowing the seventh most fantasy points (24 F.P.P.G.) and the sixth most yards after the catch, and finished as the fourth worst pass coverage unit ( While Desmond Trufant is emerging as one of the best cornerbacks in the game, Matthews should mostly avoid him operating out of the slot position.

Matt Ryan: Ryan opens the season at home in what should be a shootout against the Eagles. In fact, this game is projected to be the highest scoring game of the week, with two strong offensives mixing with two average defensive units. The Eagles allowed the second most passing yards per game in 2014 (265), second only to Atlanta (280), and were the third best matchup for opposing fantasy quarterbacks (18.9 Fantasy Points Per Game, standard scoring).

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