Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
NFC South | 7-9-0
Avg PTS
23.8
Rank: 13th
Avg Yds
400.6
Rank: 4th
Avg PYds
315.6
Rank: 2nd
Avg RYds
85.1
Rank: 29th
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Posted 2/17/2020 2:23 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent TE Austin Hooper could be a target for the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to John Reid of The Florida Times-Union.
Huddle Up: The Jaguars tight ends combined for just three touchdowns in 2019. Meanwhile, Hooper has emerged as one of the steadier options at the position, topping 70 catches in each of the past two seasons and recording a career-high 787 receiving yards last year. Moving from Atlanta's offense to Jacksonville's offense would be a downgrade, but Hooper will likely be a low-end TE1 regardless of where he plays in 2020.
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Posted 2/12/2020 8:30 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman may be a candidate to be released this offseason, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Freeman has dealt with injuries over the past several seasons and has not rushed for more than 865 yards in any of the last three seasons. He likely would receive some interest if he hits the free-agent market but may be part of a committee with his new team. Fantasy players can monitor the situation because Freeman may have solid fantasy value depending on his situation.
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Posted 2/09/2020 3:13 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (abdomen) recorded more than 75 yards in each of his final four games of 2019 before suffering an abdominal injury, and Jason Butt of The Athletic believes Ridley will top 1,000 yards for the first time in his career in 2020.
Huddle Up: With Mohamed Sanu out of the picture, Ridley will be the unquestioned No. 2 receiver across from Julio Jones in 2020. He has hauled in 17 touchdowns in his first two seasons, and he could be headed for his largest workload to date. Target him as a WR3.
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Posted 2/08/2020 5:54 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones, with 12,125 yards, trails only Randy Moss (12,193) on the list of players with the most receiving yards by the age of 31 in league history. Jones turned 31 Saturday, Feb. 8.
Huddle Up: Jones finished fifth among fantasy wideouts last season -- his fifth straight top-six finish -- but he may be entering the downside of his standout career as his 1,394 receiving yards marked his lowest full-season total since his injury-shortened 2013 campaign.
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Posted 1/23/2020 10:33 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons PK Younghoe Koo is expected to be tendered as an exclusive rights free agent, according to Jason Butt of The Athletic Thursday, Jan. 23. The team also intends on bringing in some competition for the position.
Huddle Up: Koo made 23 of 26 field-goal attempts and 15 of 16 extra points in eight games with the Falcons after replacing incumbent veteran Matt Bryant in 2019. He'll be a worthy fantasy option kicking behind a talented Falcons offense.
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Posted 1/23/2020 3:58 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper is not close to a contract extension with the team, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff Tuesday, Jan. 21. 'The reality right now is that we are trudging along,' Dimitroff said. 'Once we get back from the Super Bowl, after the Super Bowl week we'll continue to look and see how we are moving forward. But at this point there are no updates on Austin.'
Huddle Up: Hooper is coming off a career year in which he caught 75 passes for 787 yards and six touchdowns. He's an excellent third option behind WRs Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley in Atlanta, but his play this year may have priced him out of the Falcons' budget for 2020 and beyond. His potential free-agent destination would have a big impact on his 2020 draft stock.
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Posted 1/15/2020 12:09 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent TE Austin Hooper likely will not receive the franchise tag this offseason, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.
Huddle Up: Hooper likely will receive interest from multiple teams if he hits the free-agent market. He was one of the top tight ends in the NFL this season and probably will be a No. 1 fantasy tight end again next season.
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Posted 1/14/2020 2:48 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will count $9.5 million against the 2020 salary cap and comes with $6 million in dead cap money. Releasing him would save $16.047 million over the remainder of his three years under contract.
Huddle Up: Freeman could find himself in a different city in 2020 as the Falcons may move to get younger and healthier. Injuries have plagued the talented back three years running. While he has flashed glimpses of his former self when healthy, Atlanta's offensive line injuries certainly didn't help.
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Posted 12/28/2019 9:42 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan had his contract restructured to convert some of his base salary for the 2020 season into a bonus paid out Friday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Ryan heads into Week 17 with a league-high 378 completions on 565 attempts (66.9 percent) for 4,153 yards and 25 touchdowns against 14 interceptions. He'll be a mid-tier QB1 in 2020 fantasy drafts.
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Posted 12/27/2019 9:06 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (knee, shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 27, and is not on the injury report for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Jones ranks in the top 10 in receptions and receiving yards and continues to be one of the top receivers in the NFL. He is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 12/26/2019 10:28 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (knee, shoulder) was upgraded to a limited participant at practice Thursday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: Jones should play Sunday, Dec. 29, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He's a WR1 in a great matchup.
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Posted 12/26/2019 6:13 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (knee) is expected to be limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 26, head coach Dan Quinn said.
Huddle Up: After underperforming most of the season, Jones has come alive the past two weeks, totaling 23 receptions for 300 yards and two TDs on 35 targets. He's a locked-in WR1 in Week 17 against the Bucs if healthy.
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Posted 12/25/2019 7:54 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: Jones likely will return to practice later in the week and will be ready to play in Week 17. He is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 12/22/2019 10:21 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Russell Gage Jr. caught five passes for 49 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16. He was targeted six times during the game.
Huddle Up: Gage has been targeted at least six times in four of the last five games but has been held to under 50 yards in each of the last three games. He will have favorable matchup next week but may only be a flex option in deeper leagues.
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Posted 12/22/2019 10:14 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught seven passes for 82 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16. He was targeted nine times during the game.
Huddle Up: Hooper struggled in the two games after returning from injury but had a bounce back game this week. He continues to be one of the main targets in the passing game and should be a No. 1 tight end in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 12/22/2019 10:08 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones caught 10 passes for 166 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16. He was targeted 15 times during the game.
Huddle Up: Jones has posted at least 10 receptions and 134 yards in each of the last two games and has been targeted 35 times in those two games. He is a must-start option in all leagues next week.
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Posted 12/22/2019 10:02 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman rushed for 53 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16. He also caught nine passes for 74 yards and one touchdown during the game.
Huddle Up: Freeman has received at least 10 carries in each of his last six games and has three total touchdowns in the last three games. He should see plenty of touches next week and can be a No. 2 fantasy running back.
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Posted 12/22/2019 9:56 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Brian Hill rushed for 66 yards on seven carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Hill has played well at times this season but has received under 10 carries in each of the last five games. He will receive limited touches next week and can be avoided in most leagues.
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Posted 12/22/2019 9:49 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan went 32-for-45 for 384 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Ryan has thrown for at least 300 yards in three of the last four games and has seven touchdowns during that span. He should have a favorable matchup next week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and can be a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 12/21/2019 3:11 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper faces the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16, and the Jaguars are allowing the second-best passer rating (126.9) to opposing quarterbacks when targeting tight ends.
Huddle Up: Hooper has been quiet in two games since returning from a knee injury, but a meeting with the Jaguars could be just what the doctor ordered. He's worth a look as a low-end TE1.
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Posted 12/20/2019 9:30 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (shoulder) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 20, but is not on the injury report for Week 16.
Huddle Up: Jones remains one of the best receivers in the NFL and is a must-start option in all leagues as long as he is healthy.
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Posted 12/19/2019 11:35 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (shoulder) remained a limited participant at practice Thursday, Dec. 19.
Huddle Up: Jones is coming off his best game of the season in which he caught 13 of 20 targets for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the upset victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 15. He's a clear WR1 as long as he's active.
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Posted 12/18/2019 11:37 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (shoulder) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: Jones is coming off one of his best games of the season last week and has posted at least 65 yards in each of his last eight games. He is one of the best receivers in the NFL and is a must-start option in all leagues.
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Posted 12/16/2019 6:52 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper hauled in three of his six targets for 20 yards in Week 15 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Hooper has totaled five catches and 52 yards on 12 targets since missing three games with a knee injury and doesn't quite look he did earlier in the season. With that said, he had a late touchdown grab get overturned by replay that would have made his day look a lot better. Fantasy owners who survived this dud from Hooper should remain confident in his ability to perform like a TE1 again, however, as the Falcons get the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16.
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Posted 12/16/2019 6:01 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones corralled 13 of his 20 targets - both season highs - for 134 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners of Jones had two things working in their favor in this one - Richard Sherman was out due to injury and Calvin Ridley wasn't around to steal targets. The combination of the two led to Matt Ryan leaning heavily on his stud wideout. Jones scored the game-winner with two seconds remaining, breaking the plane of the end zone after the replay booth overturned the call on the field that he was stopped short. Jones should be in for another huge day in Week 16 versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Posted 12/16/2019 5:43 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman carried 12 times for 39 yards and added two receptions for 16 more yards in Week 15 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: It's been mostly a nightmarish season for Freeman, who has topped 51 yards rushing only four times this season and scored a touchdown in only three games (four total). Making matters worse, Qadree Ollison stole a goal-line carry from him in this game that resulted in a score. Freeman will be hard to trust until the Falcons can find their running game again - hopefully no later than 2020 - but he should be a solid RB2 play in Week 16 against the struggling defense of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Posted 12/16/2019 5:18 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan went 25-of-39 for 210 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15 against the San Francisco 49ers. He also ran five times for 27 yards.
Huddle Up: Ryan was good when he needed to be, finding Julio Jones three times on the game-winning drive - including a 5-yard dart to Jones with two seconds remaining to put Atlanta ahead for good. Fantasy owners who were forced to start him for one reason or the other have to be mostly happy with the effort as San Francisco has been one of the better defenses against quarterbacks the season. Ryan should be able to return to QB1 status in Week 16 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Posted 12/14/2019 12:12 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 13, and is not on the injury report for Week 15.
Huddle Up: Freeman rushed for 84 yards and one touchdown last week but will be facing a tougher opponent this week. He will continue to receive most of the carries and can be at least a flex option in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 12/14/2019 12:10 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 13, and is not on the injury report for Week 15.
Huddle Up: Jones has posted at least 65 yards in each of his last seven games and is a must-start option in all leagues despite the tough matchup.
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Posted 12/13/2019 12:40 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (shoulder) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 12.
Huddle Up: Jones should be able to play this week, but fantasy players may need to check the inactive list to make sure. He is one of the best receivers in the NFL when healthy and should be a starting fantasy option this week.
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