Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
NFC South | 7-9-0
Rank: 25th
Avg Yds
Rank: 26th
Avg PYds
Rank: 16th
Avg RYds
Rank: 30th
Posted 8/09/2022 5:28 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons RB Tyler Allgeier was listed as the eighth running back on the team's initial depth chart Tuesday, Aug. 9.
Huddle Up: For reasons unknown to most people, coaches seem to love the idea of making their rookies "earn it" even though there is no question they will be an important part of the team. For example, first-round pick Drake London is listed as the WR5. At any rate, Allgeier can expect to work his way past the likes of Avery Williams and John Raine quickly and share work with Cordarrelle Patterson. Fantasy managers should expect Allgeier to come off the board as a RB4 - but one with RB3 upside - in most leagues.
Posted 7/31/2022 4:34 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons RB Tyler Allgeier could have "an immediate role in the offense," according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein. "Veterans Qadree Ollison and Damien Williams will get a shot, but pay attention to rookie Tyler Allgeier out of BYU. His size and strength are what Falcons head coach Arthur Smith likes in a running back, and he's a sneaky Day 3 pick who could have an immediate role in the offense," said Rothstein.
Huddle Up: A Day 3 pick in the 2022 NFL draft, Allgeier didn't quite get the draft capital that makes fantasy managers comfortable when it comes to job security. However, the BYU product costs close to nothing in fantasy drafts and carries the most upside as a late-round pick over Ollison and Williams.
Posted 7/31/2022 4:23 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons WR Drake London has been "stealing the show" at training camp, according to Deen Worley of Falcons Wire.
Huddle Up: Being the No. 8 overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft is going to come with high expectations, but it's encouraging to see London getting off to a fast start. While rookies tend to break out more during the second half of the season in Year 1, London's draft cost as a WR3 could wind up being a steal by season's end.
Posted 7/20/2022 3:18 am GMT
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons QB Desmond Ridder's four-year, $5.362 million rookie contract has a signing bonus of $1.08 million and base salaries of $705,000 in 2022, $870,000 in 2023, $985,000 in 2024 and $1.1 million in 2025. It also includes training camp roster bonuses of $78,771, $207,542 and $336,313 in the final three years of the deal, respectively.
Huddle Up: A third-round pick getting training camp roster bonuses isn't common, and that could complicate things for other teams with their unsigned rookies. As for Ridder, he's an early-round pick in dynasty rookie drafts but just a bench stash at best for now with Marcus Mariota expected to be the starter to begin the season.
Posted 7/14/2022 6:16 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons RB Cordarrelle Patterson ranked fifth among running backs - with at least 50 targets - with a 12.5 percent target share, first with 220 intended air yards, first with 156 completed air yards, first in average depth of target (3.2), third in receiving first downs (26), second in receiving first-down percentage (50) and second in receiver rating (116.1) in 2021, according to Sports Info Solutions.
Huddle Up: Patterson lined up in the slot 65 times and out wide 97 times, which is high for a running back and obviously gives him an opportunity to post some of these marks. With that said, some of these numbers were well ahead of the competition. The 3.2-yard average depth of target was a full yard ahead of second-place Nyheim Hines and the completed air yards was more than four times higher than second-place Ty Johnson. Patterson is due to take a hit through the air as he goes from Matt Ryan to Marcus Mariota at quarterback, but the way he is used figures to remain roughly the same. At worst, he should retain flex value in 2022.
Posted 7/06/2022 2:26 am GMT
Atlanta Falcons WR Bryan Edwards thinks he's a great fit in head coach Arthur Smith's offense. "I just knew he liked the big-bodied receiver and they ran a lot of in-breaking routes with a lot of guys who could get YAC and make big plays off YAC," Edwards said. "When I heard I was coming here, I felt like it was a really good fit for me, probably as good as it was going to get."
Huddle Up: After receiving some hype ahead of 2021, Edwards posted a career-high 571 yards and three touchdowns, although we were hoping for more. Edwards enters a wide open situation at wide receiver in Atlanta, but we'd have to see him excel first before trusting him in lineups. He's a late-round draft target and a bench stash at best for now.
Posted 6/30/2022 9:07 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Marcus Mariota appears to have a big advantage over QB Desmond Ridder for the starting quarterback job entering training camp, according to's Michael Rothstein.
Huddle Up: Mariota probably will be the starter Week 1, but it is not known if Ridder will start at some point in 2022. Mariota has some fantasy value because of his running ability but would be a No. 2 quarterback in all fantasy leagues.
Posted 6/30/2022 3:04 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Marcus Mariota is "far ahead" of rookie Desmond Ridder entering training camp, in the opinion of ESPN's Michael Rothstein. "Mariota appears to be far ahead of Ridder right now, and Atlanta brought Mariota in for a reason -- to be the starter at least in the short term because he has familiarity with what coach Arthur Smith wants in the offense. Plus, Mariota has looked sharp through OTAs," said Rothstein.
Huddle Up: Seeing as Ridder was drafted in the third round, it's no surprise that Mariota is trending toward starting Week 1. Mariota's ceiling will be capped due to the lack of weapons in the Falcons offense, but he could turn out to be an interesting streamer or QB2 in superflex formats.
Posted 6/21/2022 8:19 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons RBs Tyler Allgeier and Cordarrelle Patterson are expected to serve as the team's top two running backs to begin the season, according to's Michael Rothstein.
Huddle Up: Rothstein left Damien Williams off his 53-man roster projection. The initial plan likely has Patterson serving as the primary back on passing downs and mixing in on early downs, while Allgeier handles most of the early-down and short-yardage work. Patterson is unlikely to enjoy near the fantasy value with Marcus Mariota or Desmond Ridder that he did with Matt Ryan, but both backs could make up for it a bit on the ground considering both quarterbacks will make defenses respect them in the running game.
Posted 6/06/2022 1:44 am GMT
Atlanta Falcons TE Kyle Pitts said there is a "night and day" difference in how he feels entering his second season compared to his rookie year.
Huddle Up: Although he caught just one touchdown as a rookie, Pitts did top 1,000 yards. He will enter 2022 as the top option in the Atlanta passing attack, and he should have no problem delivering TE1 numbers.
Posted 6/05/2022 2:18 am GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Marcus Mariota's mobility will be utilized in the offense, according to quarterbacks coach Charles London. "I think we'd be crazy if we didn't try to roll these guys out of the pocket a little bit," London said.
Huddle Up: Mariota has never run for more than 357 yards in a season, but he may be forced to make more plays with his legs for an Atlanta offense that is lacking in overall firepower. If he does start running on a routine basis, he could emerge as a serviceable QB2.
Posted 5/28/2022 5:44 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Marcus Mariota says he's "hungry to get back on the field again" after being a backup the past two seasons. "For me personally, the last couple of years was a learning opportunity," Mariota said on Thursday, May 26. "Previously when I was at Tennessee I had an opportunity to play. I was a starter. Being around that and then going and learning for a couple of years, I'm kind of hungry to get back on the field again."
Huddle Up: Mariota is the favorite to start in Atlanta over rookie signal-caller and 2022 third-round pick, Desmond Ridder. However, a checkered past with injuries remains a major concern for him. Assuming he enters the season as the starter, Mariota is a QB2 with upside thanks to his dual-threat ability.
Posted 5/18/2022 4:09 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Marcus Mariota is at the top of the quarterback depth chart ahead of the 2022 season, head coach Arthur Smith said recently. "We've added competition certainly," Smith said. "Marcus being the veteran gives us a chance going forward. As with any position on this team, the best player is going to play, but obviously Marcus being the vet, that's the way it'll go starting out."
Huddle Up: Mariota will battle it out for the starting job with 2022 third-round pick Desmond Ridder, but it's obvious the veteran has the advantage there. If he wins the starting job, Mariota will enter the season as a QB2 with QB1 upside thanks to his ability to make plays with his legs, but it's worth noting he has a shaky roster around him and a checkered past with injuries.
Posted 5/16/2022 1:57 pm GMT
Free-agent WR Geronimo Allison (Packers) agreed to an undisclosed deal with the Atlanta Falcons Monday, May 16.
Huddle Up: Allison will be one to watch in camp for a potential WR5 flyer.
Posted 5/13/2022 9:40 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons WR Drake London said he fully participated in practice Friday, May 13. He was limited by an ankle injury during the pre-draft process.
Huddle Up: London probably will be the top receiver for the Falcons this season since the Falcons have lost multiple receivers from 2021. He will see plenty of targets each game and can be at least a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Posted 5/13/2022 7:45 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders WR Bryan Edwards was traded along with a 2023 seventh-round draft pick to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a 2023 fifth-round pick Friday, May 13.
Huddle Up: Atlanta is probably the one landing spot Edwards could enjoy some fantasy value. After No. 8 overall draft pick Drake London, the Falcons have a collection of journeymen and late-round picks at receiver (Auden Tate, KhaDarel Hodge, Frank Darby, Olamide Zaccheaus, etc.). It is unlikely Edwards will succeed with Marcus Mariota and/or Desmond Ridder when he couldn't do so with Derek Carr, but he will have about as good of a chance to start as any of the aforementioned non-London receivers.
Posted 5/12/2022 11:36 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons fifth-round draft choice RB Tyler Allgeier signed a four-year contract with the Falcons Thursday, May 12. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Allgeier has a good chance to earn playing time as a rookie since the team does not have much depth behind Cordarrelle Patterson. He could be at least No. 4 fantasy running back with a chance to be more valuable if he sees more playing time.
Posted 5/04/2022 7:45 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons RB Tyler Allgeier has a chance to be the team's opening day starter in 2022, in the opinion of ESPN's Michael Rothstein. ''So there will be opportunity for Allgeier to make an impact as a rookie. There is even a chance he ends up as the team's opening day starter in September because it's a room that's wide open. It would have been that even if Davis had remained on the roster,'' said Rothstein.
Huddle Up: A fifth-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft, Allgeier's opportunity grew following the release of veteran RB Mike Davis. With a wide-open depth chart in the backfield, Rothstein believes the rookie has a chance to make an impact right away. Allgeier still has to compete with Cordarrelle Patterson, Qadree Ollison, and Damien Williams, but his size and physical play style could win over the coaching staff. Likely a better value in non-PPR scoring formats, Allgeier is a Patterson handcuff stash to keep an eye on leading up to fantasy draft season with the chance to provide flex upside early in the season if he shows out during training camp.
Posted 4/30/2022 6:21 pm GMT
Brigham Young RB Tyler Allgeier was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 151st overall selection with the 2022 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Allgeier will have a chance to earn a role in the running game since the team could use a back that can split playing time with Cordarrelle Patterson. Fantasy players should monitor his situation since he could be at least a No. 4 fantasy back if he receives a good amount of carries.
Posted 4/30/2022 1:53 am GMT
Cincinnati QB Desmond Ridder was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 74th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Ridder brings plenty of collegiate experience and dual-threat ability, but while he is unlikely to be under center in Week 1, expected starter Marcus Mariota isn't exactly a big hurdle to the starting job. Ridder is an interesting stash candidate in dynasty formats.
Posted 4/29/2022 1:02 am GMT
Southern California WR Drake London was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the eighth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: The Falcons will not have Calvin Ridley in 2022, so London should be one of the starting receivers for Atlanta for the foreseeable future. He should see plenty of targets as a rookie and can be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Posted 4/19/2022 5:18 pm GMT
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Olamide Zaccheaus signed his restricted free-agent tender, according to his agency Tuesday, April 19.
Huddle Up: With Calvin Ridley suspended, Zaccheaus will have the chance to earn targets in a wide-open WR room. Depending on how heavily the Falcons invest in the position during the draft, Zaccheaus could provide depth on fantasy benches with WR3/flex upside in favorable matchups, but his ceiling is limited with Marcus Mariota under center.
Posted 3/21/2022 7:36 pm GMT
Updating a previous report, free-agent QB Marcus Mariota (Raiders) agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, March 21. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Atlanta head coach Arthur Smith and Mariota briefly worked together with the Tennessee Titans in 2019 when the former was the offensive coordinator. Feleipe Franks is the only other quarterback on the Falcons' roster at the moment, so they needed to add someone just for roster depth. Mariota figures to serve as the bridge between Matt Ryan, who was traded to the Indianapolis Colts earlier Monday, and whomever the Falcons draft in April. Mariota figures to be a hard sell in fantasy outside of superflex/two-quarterback leagues.
Posted 3/19/2022 8:07 pm GMT
Free-agent RB/WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Falcons) reportedly agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth $10.5 million to return to the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday, March 19.
Huddle Up: Atlanta and head coach Arthur Smith were able to figure out how to use Patterson in his age-30 season last year and he rewarded the team with 1,166 yards from scrimmage and 11 total touchdowns as a running back/receiver combo platter. While the Falcons could add another body to the backfield in the draft, a return to Atlanta was probably best for Patterson's fantasy prospects. Although he is unlikely to match last year's touchdown efficiency, there's a good chance he will be the lead back in Atlanta and serve as a solid flex option at worst in fantasy in 2022.
Posted 3/17/2022 10:03 pm GMT
Free-agent RB Damien Williams (Bears) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, March 17. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: The Falcons do not have a clear starter at running back, so Williams may have a chance to win the job during training camp. Fantasy players can monitor the situation because Williams could be a No. 3 fantasy back if he starts.
Posted 3/15/2022 3:56 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons restricted free-agent WR Olamide Zaccheaus was tendered at the right of first refusal Tuesday, March 15, worth $2.433 million.
Huddle Up: He had a 31-406-3 line last season and will be one to watch in camp as a potential WR5.
Posted 3/10/2022 10:26 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley was close to being acquiring by the Philadelphia Eagles last month, but the Falcons backed out of the trade because of Ridley's suspension.
Huddle Up: It seems like Eagles will be aggressive in looking for a receiver to pair with DeVonta Smith. Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation to see who the Eagles will add this season. Smith is the only Eagles receiver that should be a weekly starting option in 2022.
Posted 3/07/2022 9:33 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley was suspended by the league for at least the entirety of the 2022 season for betting on NFL games, according to a statement released by the league Monday, March 7. In the statement, commissioner Roger Goodell notes that the betting took place during a five-day period in late November of 2021 when Ridley was not with the team and on the non-football illness list dealing with his mental health. Per the statement, Ridley may petition for reinstatement on or after Feb. 15, 2023.
Huddle Up: Ridley may appeal his suspension, but this news obviously makes it highly unlikely he will play at all during the 2022 season. At this point, it is reasonable to assume his suspension could last much longer than that.
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