Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
NFC South | 1-5-0
Avg PTS
22.5
Rank: 16th
Avg Yds
408.7
Rank: 6th
Avg PYds
335.2
Rank: 1st
Avg RYds
73.5
Rank: 28th
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Posted 10/14/2019 6:55 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu caught three of his four targets for 29 scoreless yards in Week 6 versus the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: Sanu had established himself a nice fantasy WR3 floor over the previous three weeks, so owners counting on him for another five or six catches and about 60 yards came away disappointed. Making matters worse is Matt Ryan threw for 356 yards. Nevertheless, Sanu makes for a decent floor play in the flex in Week 7 against the Los Angeles Rams.
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Posted 10/14/2019 6:45 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith managed only six yards on three carries and was not targeted in the passing game in Week 6 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: Smith had been a bit of a nuisance to fantasy owners of Devonta Freeman in recent weeks, but that was not the case versus the Cardinals. The fact Smith was hardly involved in this contest likely had to do with the fact Freeman was playing well (88 yards rushing and 30 yards receiving). Smith figures to make for a weak flex option in Week 8 versus the Los Angeles Rams.
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Posted 10/14/2019 3:02 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught all eight of his targets for 117 yards and a touchdown in a 34-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6.
Huddle Up: Hooper seems to improve every year, and after becoming a low-end TE1 last season, he has made the leap to must-start TE1 in 2019. He is currently on pace for more than 100 catches and 1,000 yards.
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Posted 10/14/2019 2:53 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley caught four of his six targets for 48 yards and a touchdown in a 34-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6.
Huddle Up: Ridley continues to be more of a touchdown-dependent fantasy option, but with four scores in six games, he is worth starting as a WR3.
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Posted 10/14/2019 2:50 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones caught eight of his nine targets for 108 yards in a 34-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6.
Huddle Up: After a couple of quiet outings, Jones topped 100 yards for the third time in six games. He isn't having a dominant season by his standards, but he is still a weekly threat for WR1 production and a must-start fantasy option.
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Posted 10/14/2019 2:43 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman rushed 19 times for 88 yards and caught three passes for 30 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6.
Huddle Up: It was just the second time this year that Freeman has topped 30 rushing yards, but he has had a steady role in the passing game and has received at least 14 touches in five straight games. At the very least, he's a volume-based flex play.
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Posted 10/14/2019 2:38 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 30 of his 36 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6. He added seven rushing yards on two carries.
Huddle Up: The losses continue to pile up for Atlanta, but it is not stopping Ryan from posting some huge numbers. He has topped 300 passing yards in all six games this year, throwing at least three touchdowns four times. With the Falcons playing in high-scoring shootouts almost every week, Ryan is locked in as a QB1.
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Posted 10/11/2019 11:31 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 11, but is not on the injury report for Week 6.
Huddle Up: Jones should receive his normal workload this week despite the injury and is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 10/10/2019 11:39 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) was upgraded to a limited participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 10.
Huddle Up: Jones doesn't need to practice much throughout the week in order to be full-go come Sunday. He remains a top-end WR1 with a tantalizing Week 6 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals' porous secondary.
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Posted 10/10/2019 12:27 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation to see if Jones is in any danger of missing the game. He remains one of the better receivers in the NFL and should be a weekly starting option.
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Posted 10/09/2019 12:14 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith played 35 offensive snaps to starer Devonta Freeman's 40 in Week 5 against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Smith played just three offensive snaps in Week 3 but then played 30 in Week 4. The sophomore caught all six of his targets in the passing game this past week for 45 yards for season highs in receptions, targets and yards. He isn't a starting option yet on a Falcons team often playing from behind, but he can be stashed in preparation for an eventual takeover from the ineffective Freeman.
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Posted 10/07/2019 6:17 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu caught all five of his targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 versus the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Just how bad are things in Atlanta at the moment? Sanu (29) has more catches than Julio Jones (26) and Calvin Ridley (21) and ranks second among the group with 36 targets. Much like teammate Austin Hooper, Sanu is taking advantage of garbage time, although his TD catch-and-run opened the scoring in this contest. The Falcons' primary slot receiver is generally a high-floor, low-upside fantasy option; he should remain that in a soft matchup in Week 6 against the burnable secondary of the Arizona Cardinals.
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Posted 10/07/2019 5:53 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper corralled six of his nine targets for 56 yards in Week 5 versus the Houston Texans. He also scored on a two-point conversion.
Huddle Up: The formula for Hooper has been pretty consistent all season long. Atlanta fails to establish the run and fall behind by multiple scores due to a leaky defense, leaving Hooper to clean up in garbage time while the defense allows the Falcons to pick up yards in small chunks. Fantasy owners should be able to count on Hooper producing for at least one more week, as the Arizona Cardinals' defense has been dreadful against tight ends. Hooper figures to be a popular DFS option for that one.
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Posted 10/07/2019 5:30 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley caught five of his nine targets for 88 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 versus the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Ridley totaled four receptions for 38 scoreless yards in his previous two games, so his fantasy owners have to be thrilled he got right in a get-right matchup. The highlight of his day was the toe-tapping, 29-yard TD grab in which he showed off his field awareness and hands. The second-year standout should be in for another solid day at the office and remain in the WR2 conversation in Week 6 against the woeful secondary of the Arizona Cardinals.
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Posted 10/07/2019 5:05 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones was limited to three catches on seven targets for 42 yards in Week 5 versus the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Jones started the season out on fire averaging 88.3 receiving yards while scoring four touchdowns over his first three games, but he's been limited to a total of 94 scoreless yards in losses to the Tennessee Titans and Texans. Things should pick up again in the near future for the all-world talent, perhaps as soon as Week 6 when the Falcons face the Patrick Peterson-less Arizona Cardinals secondary. It's a juicy enough matchup that DFS players should be willing to pay up for his services.
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Posted 10/05/2019 2:55 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper ranks second among tight ends with 28 receptions this season, and his 33 targets and 307 receiving yards both rank fourth at the position.
Huddle Up: Hooper had a steady role in the passing game last year, but he's taken another step forward this season. He's been the No. 2 option in the Atlanta passing attack, and he's emerged as a must-start TE1.
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Posted 9/29/2019 10:30 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley caught three passes for 32 yards against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4. He was targeted six times during the game.
Huddle Up: Ridley had a strong start to the season but has been held to 38 yards over the last two games. He has been targeted at least six times in three of the four games this season and could be a flex option in some leagues next week.
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Posted 9/29/2019 10:24 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones caught four passes for 52 yards against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4. He was targeted seven times during the game.
Huddle Up: Jones had a disappointing game this week after back-to-back 100-yard performances but still received a lot of targets in the passing game. He remains one of the best receivers in the NFL and should be a weekly starting option in all leagues.
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Posted 9/29/2019 10:18 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu caught nine passes for 91 yards against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4. He was targeted 12 times during the game.
Huddle Up: Sanu has been a big part of the passing game over the last two weeks with 15 receptions and 166 yards over that span. He has shown a good connection with quarterback Matt Ryan and has a chance to be at least a flex option next week.
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Posted 9/29/2019 10:12 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught nine passes for 130 yards against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4. He was targeted 11 times during the game.
Huddle Up: Hooper has posted at least 65 yards in three of the four games this season and has been targeted 33 times in the four games this season. He should continue to be a popular target for Matt Ryan and can be a No. 1 tight end in all leagues.
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Posted 9/29/2019 10:07 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman caught eight passes for 72 yards against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4. He also rushed for 28 yards on 12 carries during the game.
Huddle Up: Freeman has not had much success in the running game so far this season but has still received at least 10 carries in each of the last three games. He has also been involved in the passing game, which has helped his fantasy value. He has a chance to be a flex option in leagues next week.
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Posted 9/29/2019 10:01 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan went 35-for-53 for 397 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4.
Huddle Up: Ryan has thrown for at least 300 yards in all four games this season but was kept out of the end zone for the first time in Week 4. He will be facing the Houston Texans next week and could be a low-end No. 1 quarterback.
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Posted 9/28/2019 1:20 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu, WR Justin Hardy and DB Kendall Sheffield are expected to all see work returning kicks and punts while RB Kenjon Barner (concussion) is sidelined.
Huddle Up: The move shouldn't have much of a fantasy impact on any of the players involved, but in scoring formats that happen to include return yards, Sanu could be worth a flier as a flex play.
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Posted 9/27/2019 9:49 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (hip) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 27, and is not on the injury report for Week 4.
Huddle Up: Ridley is coming off a disappointing Week 3 performance and will be facing another solid secondary this week. He still has the potential to make plays in the passing game and can be at least a flex option in leagues.
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Posted 9/27/2019 9:29 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith (concussion) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 27, and is not on the injury report for Week 4.
Huddle Up: Smith should resume his role as the primary backup running back this week and will see a handful of carries during the game. He can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
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Posted 9/26/2019 9:34 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith (concussion) was upgraded to limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 26, as he progresses through the concussion protocol.
Huddle Up: It's the natural progression for Smith, but he won't warrant consideration against the Tennessee Titans in Week 4 even if he's able to return to the field.
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Posted 9/26/2019 9:32 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (hip) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 26. It was his second straight day with the designation.
Huddle Up: Ridley needs to be in lineups whenever active, but fantasy managers will want to see him get in a proper workload at least once this week after catching just one six-yard pass in Week 3.
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Posted 9/25/2019 8:46 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Huddle Up: Smith has been unimpressive this year in limited work behind starter Devonta Freeman. He's little more than a low-ceiling handcuff.
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Posted 9/25/2019 8:43 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (hip) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Huddle Up: Ridley is coming off his worst game of the season with just one six-yard reception against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3. He should remain locked in as a WR3, but fantasy managers will want to see him get back to full health by Sunday.
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Posted 9/22/2019 9:52 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley ended up with just one catch for six yards in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts on only one target.
Huddle Up: It was a disappointing day for Ridley and his fantasy owners, as Mohamed Sanu continues to see way more volume and productivity. Ridley remains more of a WR4 or flex fantasy option heading into Week 4 against the Titans.
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