Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
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Posted 6/11/2019 12:06 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) will not participate in drills during training camp because of a foot injury, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Jones should be fine for training camp and will be one of the first receivers selected in fantasy drafts.
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Posted 6/07/2019 1:06 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (undisclosed) did not practice Thursday, June 6.
Huddle Up: At this point, there is nothing to indicate that Hooper is dealing with any type of serious injury. He doesn't have the athleticism to produce elite fantasy numbers, but he is a steady target for Matt Ryan. Hooper can be a dependable, albeit low-end, TE1.
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Posted 6/07/2019 1:06 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) sat out practice Thursday, June 6, with a sore foot.
Huddle Up: The injury doesn't sound like anything for fantasy owners to worry about. Ridley flashed big-play potential as a rookie last year, and he should have no trouble delivering WR3 production as part of Atlanta's loaded passing attack.
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Posted 5/25/2019 9:05 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (groin) said he has completely recovered from the groin injury he dealt with last season.
Huddle Up: Freeman will receive a majority of the playing time this upcoming season with Tevin Coleman no longer on the roster. He has been a reliable fantasy option over the years and can be a No. 2 running back in leagues in 2019.
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Posted 5/25/2019 1:05 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan said he is excited to be reunited with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. 'We've come up with some really good stuff,' Ryan said.
Huddle Up: Ryan is coming off a career-high 35 touchdown passes last season, and Koetter has engineered some potent passing attacks. With plenty of weapons around him, Ryan is a safe bet to deliver QB1 production again in 2019.
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Posted 5/23/2019 5:05 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee, groin, foot) is participating in OTAs Thursday, May 23.
Huddle Up: Freeman only played in two games last season due to multiple injuries, but is set up to be the main man in the Atlanta backfield with Tevin Coleman now gone. Value him as a low-end RB2 with some upside and also, of course, some injury risk.
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Posted 5/21/2019 1:05 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones was not present for the start of organized team activities Monday, May 20.
Huddle Up: Jones is talking with the team about a contract extension and may not participate until the mandatory minicamp. Jones continues to be one of the top receivers in the NFL and should be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 5/11/2019 8:05 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones' agent has been talking with the Falcons about a contract extension for Jones, and general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he is very encouraged with the talks. Dimitroff said there is no timetable for an agreement.
Huddle Up: Jones has been one of the top receivers in the NFL over the last several seasons and will be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues again in 2019.
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Posted 5/11/2019 6:05 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (groin) will be a full participant at the start of training camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Freeman should receive most of the work at running back in 2019 and should also be involved in the passing game. He can be considered a solid No. 2 running back in most fantasy leagues.
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Posted 4/30/2019 4:04 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan was sacked or hit a career-high 76 times last season, so the Falcons made his protection a draft priority, selecting a pair of offensive linemen in the first round. 'We knew what we needed to do this offseason and that was to continue to fortify that line and make sure that we were protecting Matt,' Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroff said. 'And we weren't going to run into what we ran into last year.'
Huddle Up: Despite the protection problems, Ryan still threw for 4,924 yards and a career-high 35 TDs to finish third among fantasy QBs and should be valued as a back-end QB1 in drafts this offseason.
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Posted 4/19/2019 1:04 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper said he likes the passing attack for 2019 and is excited to work with tight ends coach Mike Mularkey.
Huddle Up: Hooper is never going to be an elite fantasy tight end, but he does have a steady role at a position that lacks much depth. He is a safe, lower-end TE1.
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Posted 4/16/2019 2:04 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones was not present for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 15, according to a source. He has indicated that he will participate in the mandatory workouts.
Huddle Up: Jones likely will receive a contract extension at some point during the offseason and likely will be on the field for the mandatory minicamp. He continues to be one of the top receivers in the NFL and should be a first- or second-round pick in most fantasy leagues.
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Posted 4/05/2019 2:04 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley can take his play up a 'big notch' in 2019, according to head coach Dan Quinn. 'In his instance, it's the route-running and the explosiveness he has, that connection with [Matt Ryan] continuing to grow, that's a really big piece,' Quinn said.
Huddle Up: Ridley finished with 821 yards and 10 touchdowns as a rookie, and another year of experience should only solidify his status as a WR3.
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Posted 3/22/2019 4:03 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones and the team is closing in on a contract extension that would pay him $20 million a year over a four- or five-year deal, according to a source. Jones also would receive $50-60 million in new guarantees.
Huddle Up: Jones just turned 30 and is eyeing one last mega-deal for his career after leading the league with 1,677 receiving yards last season. He's been a top-10 fantasy wideout in each of the last five seasons, and there's no reason to expect anything less over the next few seasons.
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Posted 3/20/2019 11:03 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has been talking with the Falcons about a contract extension, and general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the two sides are having good conversations.
Huddle Up: Jones likely will receive an extension at some point this offseason and likely will become the highest paid receivers in the NFL. He should be one of the first receivers selected in fantasy drafts next season and will be a weekly starting option.
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Posted 2/28/2019 2:02 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith is expected to have a more significant role in the offense next season, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Smith is in line to become the No. 2 running back for the Falcons will Tevin Coleman unlikely to receive. Smith had some success last season and probably will receive a handful of touches each game as long as Devonta Freeman can stay healthy. He can be a handcuff to Freeman in fantasy leagues or a No. 3 or No. 4 back in leagues.
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Posted 2/09/2019 11:02 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has the most career receiving yards (10,731) by age 30 in NFL history, according to ESPN.com's Field Yates.
Huddle Up: Yet, somehow, Jones feels a bit underrated, or least underappreciated. Over the last five years he has finished as WR2, WR7, WR6, WR2 and WR6. If you're taking him in the second round of 2019 fantasy drafts you're doing it right.
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Posted 2/09/2019 8:02 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons PK Giorgio Tavecchio likely will be the team's kicker in 2019 since PK Matt Bryant will be released.
Huddle Up: Tavecchio made all five of his field goal attempts in limited playing time this season and should be a solid fantasy option next season.
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Posted 2/01/2019 2:02 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman's (groin) return from injury can help lead a turnaround in 2019, according to owner Arthur Blank.
Huddle Up: Freeman was limited to just two games in 2018, but he topped 1,100 total yards in each of the three previous seasons. With Tevin Coleman expected to play elsewhere in 2019, Freeman should be in for a big role when he returns. Assuming he doesn't suffer a setback, RB2 production should be on tap.
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Posted 2/01/2019 12:02 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (wrist) said he skipped the Pro Bowl because of a wrist injury he dealt with during the final game of the regular season. Ryan said his wrist is no longer a concern.
Huddle Up: Ryan has thrown for at least 4,000 yards in each of the last eight seasons and has thrown at least 35 touchdowns in two of the last three seasons. He should have a good receiving corps to work with next season and can be a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback.
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Posted 1/22/2019 5:01 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones led all receivers with 24 receptions for first downs on 30 third-down targets this past season.
Huddle Up: Despite a slow start in the TD department (none in his first seven games) Jones also wound up leading the league in receiving yards (1,677) for the second time in the last four seasons. And even with Jones turning 30 this offseason (on Super Bowl Sunday), he remains an elite WR1 in all fantasy formats.
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Posted 1/20/2019 2:01 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper's 71 receptions in 2018 were the fourth most among tight ends, and he also ranked seventh in receiving yards (660) and tied for ninth in touchdowns (4) at the position.
Huddle Up: Hooper doesn't have the athleticism to make big plays like the elite fantasy tight ends, but he was still a dependable option at a thin position. He's a safe, low-end TE1 heading into 2019.
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Posted 1/11/2019 2:01 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley finished his rookie season with numbers similar to what retired WR Marvin Harrison put up as a rookie. Ridley had 64 catches for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018, and Harrison had 64 catches for 836 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie year.
Huddle Up: It's more than a little too soon to say Ridley will have the same career trajectory as Harrison, but Ridley did make a great first impression despite being the No. 3 option in Atlanta's passing game. He will enter 2019 as a WR3 with plenty of upside because of his nose for the end zone.
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Posted 1/04/2019 10:01 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (groin) may not be ready for offseason workouts but will be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Freeman was limited to two games this season and rushed for only 68 yards but likely will enter next season as the starter. He could can be a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues next season if he is healthy and receives most of the carries.
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Posted 1/04/2019 1:01 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones's contract situation isn't a concern, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff. 'We'll take care of that business,' Dimitroff said.
Huddle Up: The knock on Jones has been that he doesn't catch enough touchdowns, but after piling up 113 catches for 1,677 yards and 10 games with 100-plus yards lat year, you will have a hard time finder a steadier WR1. Jones has now topped 1,400 receiving yards in five straight games.
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Posted 12/31/2018 3:12 am UTC
Updating a previous report, Tennessee Titans WR Luke Stocker (ankle) returned to the Week 17 game against the Indianapolis Colts and he had a 22-yard touchdown on his only grab.
Huddle Up: Stocker ended up with 15 catches, 165 yards and two touchdowns, serving as the de facto No. 1 tight end down the stretch. He's more of a blocking tight end, but did OK filling in for the injured Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith. Heading into 2019 it's back to no fantasy value.
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Posted 12/31/2018 1:12 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught five of six targets for 67 yards in a 34-32 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17.
Huddle Up: Hooper went over 600 receiving yards for the year and finished with 71 catches. He won't be confused as an elite fantasy tight end any time soon, but with a lack of dependable options at the position, Hooper should be viewed as a low-end TE1 heading into 2019.
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Posted 12/31/2018 1:12 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley caught all five of his targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in a 34-32 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17.
Huddle Up: Ridley capped an impressive rookie season with his 10th receiving touchdown. His role in the offense should only grow in 2019, so feel free to target him as a WR3.
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Posted 12/31/2018 12:12 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu caught seven of his 10 targets for 90 yards and threw a five-yard touchdown pass in a 34-32 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17.
Huddle Up: Sanu had a respectable 2018 season, but with rookie Calvin Ridley showing tremendous promise, Sanu will likely see even more of his targets head Ridley's way in 2019.
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Posted 12/31/2018 12:12 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (chest) was headed for X-rays of his chest following the Week 17 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He caught nine of his 13 targets for 138 yards and a touchdown in a 34-32 win.
Huddle Up: With Atlanta's season in the books, the injury shouldn't have any impact on his fantasy value moving forward. Jones finishes 2018 with a 113 catches for 1,677 yards, and he will be one of the safest bets for WR1 production again in 2019.
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