Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
NFC South | 4-12-0
Avg PTS
24.8
Rank: 18th
Avg Yds
384.5
Rank: 13th
Avg PYds
288.8
Rank: 4th
Avg RYds
95.8
Rank: 27th
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Posted 3/23/2021 12:27 pm UTC
Free-agent RB Mike Davis (Panthers) agreed to a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, March 23. He'll receive $3 million fully guaranteed in 2021.
Huddle Up: Davis came out of nowhere to rush for 642 yards (3.9 yards per rush) and six touchdowns, but he also had 59 receptions for 373 yards and two touchdowns. He'll be an intriguing RB3 candidate in Atlanta.
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Posted 3/03/2021 4:01 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley has recorded a league-high 89 catches on throws that traveled at least 10 yards in the air since the start of the 2019 season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Ridley is an exquisite route-runner, which helps to explain how he is so proficient in the intermediate passing game. Julio Jones figures to remain the alpha receiver in the Atlanta offense for at least another year or two, but 2020 removed any doubt that Ridley is more than ready to slide into that role. Ridley averaged 88 yards receiving in the seven full games Jones missed last year, but he only scored two of his nine touchdowns in those contests. Ridley should be among the first 10 receivers off the board in fantasy drafts this spring and summer.
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Posted 2/17/2021 1:26 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst is in for a big 2021 season under new head coach Arthur Smith, according to Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Butt expects the Falcons to run more play-action and says the Falcons could use Hurst like the Tennessee Titans did with Jonnu Smith in the red zone.
Huddle Up: Hurst caught 56 of 88 targets for 571 yards and six touchdowns in 2020. All figures were career highs. He finished as the team's No. 3 pass-catcher in targets and receptions, and he was second in touchdowns. Better looks in 2021 could allow for even more improvement and Hurst should be targeted as a late-round TE1 in early fantasy drafts.
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Posted 2/04/2021 10:33 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones are expected to remain with the team in 2021, according to comments made by team owner Arthur Blank during an interview with NFL Network reporter Andrew Siciliano on Thursday, Feb. 4. 'I'd be shocked, completely shocked if (Ryan) is not. It really has nothing to do with his contract. Matt has played at a very high level for us since 2008 when we drafted him. Matt can still play at a very high level so we expect him to be a Falcon next year, fully. Same question was raised regarding Jones and we expect Julio to be a Falcon next year and play at a very high level as well. . . . They'll both be with us,' Blank said.
Huddle Up: Blank also noted that "smart" franchises make transition plans, suggesting the team might consider taking a quarterback with the No. 4 overall pick in April's draft. Ryan's production seemed to take a substantial hit just about every time Jones was sidelined this year despite the presence and continued emergence of Calvin Ridley, although it stands to reason since Jones still commands a great deal of attention from defenses. Ryan should be considered a fantasy QB2 in 2021 drafts, while Jones could very well fall into low-end WR1 territory given his age (turns 32 next week).
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Posted 2/02/2021 11:37 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones are expected to be on the roster for the 2021 season. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported Tuesday, Feb. 2, the team hasn't had 'any trade conversations' about Ryan or Jones.
Huddle Up: New Falcons head coach Arthur Smith is expected to run a similar offense as to the one led by then-offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Ryan's MVP 2016 season. Jones will be a top value as a mid-to-late WR2 pick and Ryan will be worth a shot as a late-round QB option.
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Posted 1/24/2021 4:12 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley's 23 receptions of 20-plus yards in 2020 were tied for the league lead.
Huddle Up: Ridley's 90 receptions, 143 targets and 1,374 yards all shattered his previous career highs, and while injuries to Julio Jones created more opportunities, credit Ridley for being able to take advantage. Barring a major overhaul of Atlanta's offense, he should be no worse than a WR2 in 2021.
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Posted 1/03/2021 9:33 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan went 29-for-44 for 265 yards and two touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17. Ryan also added a rushing touchdown. RB Brian Hill rushed for 94 yards on nine carries and also caught three passes for 42 yards. WR Russell Gage Jr. caught nine passes for 91 yards and one touchdown on 11 targets, WR Calvin Ridley caught eight passes for 52 yards on 12 targets and TE Hayden Hurst caught four passes for 28 yards and one touchdown during the game.
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Posted 1/03/2021 8:29 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers RB Mike Davis (ankle) has been declared inactive for the Week 17 game.
Huddle Up: Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon likely will share playing time against the New Orleans Saints with Davis and Christian McCaffrey sidelined. Smith has been more involved in the offense over the last few weeks and could be a flex option in leagues.
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Posted 1/02/2021 4:19 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley leads the league with 575 receiving yards since Week 12.
Huddle Up: Ridley has topped 100 yards in four straight games, and he is a must-start option in Week 17 against a Tampa Bay defense that he torched for 10 catches, 163 yards and a score a couple of weeks ago.
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Posted 1/02/2021 12:37 am UTC
Carolina Panthers RB Mike Davis (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Jan. 1, and is listed as doubtful for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon are on track to receive increased playing time with Davis sidelined. Smith may receive more of the snaps since he has been involved in the offense the last few weeks. He can be a possible flex options in leagues.
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Posted 1/02/2021 12:16 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith (rib) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 1, but is not on the injury report for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Smith likely will receive a majority of work at running back but did not have a lot of success last week with a similar role. He could be a flex option in some leagues but is not a must-start option.
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Posted 1/01/2021 7:36 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) on Friday, Jan. 1, was ruled out of the team's Week 17 game Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: No surprise as Jones was unable to shake the hammy issue down the stretch, missing five of the Falcons' final six games. In all, Jones will have played in nine games, his second-lowest total in his 10 seasons. It's certainly time to wonder if the soon-to-be-32-year-old's body is signaling the end of his elite WR1 days.
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Posted 1/01/2021 1:34 am UTC
Carolina Panthers RB Mike Davis (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 31.
Huddle Up: Davis is not expected to play, so Rodney Smith and Trenton Cannon will receive the snaps at running back this week. Smith has been more involved over the last few weeks and probably will have more fantasy value. He could be a flex option in some leagues.
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Posted 1/01/2021 12:36 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith (rib) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 31.
Huddle Up: Smith was named the primary running back a few weeks ago but was held to 46 yards last week. He will receive a decent amount of carries this week but can be benched if better options are available.
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Posted 12/30/2020 10:33 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith (ribs) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Huddle Up: Smith ran for 46 yards on 10 attempts with another five yards coming on his lone reception in Week 16. He didn't start the game for the Falcons, but he did lead the team in carries. He's an adequate RB2 due to what should be a safe floor of production.
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Posted 12/30/2020 10:28 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Huddle Up: It's peculiar a player of Jones' caliber hasn't been shut down for the season with the Falcons long-eliminated from the postseason, but the team's reportedly optimistic he'll be able to play in Week 17. He'll be a top fantasy option despite the prolonged absence with the Buccaneers likely to rest key starters on the other side.
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Posted 12/30/2020 8:08 pm UTC
Carolina Panthers RB Mike Davis (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Huddle Up: Davis is not expected to play in the Week 17 game, but fantasy players can check later in the week for his official status. Rodney Smith may be the leading candidate to start this week and could be a flex option if he receives most of the work.
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Posted 12/29/2020 5:11 am UTC
Buffalo Bills TE Lee Smith posted two grabs for 31 yards and a touchdown on his two targets in Week 16 against the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Smith can mostly be avoided for fantasy purposes despite his touchdown. He'll look to keep up the scoring ways in Week 17 against the visiting Miami Dolphins.
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Posted 12/28/2020 8:14 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) worked out 'a little bit' on Monday, Dec. 28, according to interim head coach Raheem Morris, who added the team will wait 'until he is right' but also said 'if (Jones) is able to (play in Week 17), he will.'
Huddle Up: The return of Jones isn't going to help the majority of fantasy owners whose league titles were decided in Week 16, but it could obviously play a huge role in leagues with Week 17 championships. It is still more probable than not Jones sits in a meaningless game next week, but there is also no reason for him to sit if his three weeks away was just what the doctor ordered for his ailing hamstring. Jones is always a strong WR1 play, so he needs to be started in fantasy if he is active against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Posted 12/28/2020 3:34 am UTC
Carolina Panthers RB Mike Davis rushed 14 times for just 28 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against the Washington Football Team, helping him reach 1,000 total scrimmage yards for the season.
Huddle Up: Davis has had a career year handling the No. 1 duties for a majority of the season with Christian McCaffrey sidelined due to a myriad of injuries. He has shown he can be a productive back in the NFL, and if he isn't in Carolina in 2021, he'll get a chance somewhere.
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Posted 12/27/2020 9:52 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Russell Gage Jr. caught four passes for 23 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16. He was targeted five times during the game.
Huddle Up: Gage was one of the starting receivers with Julio Jones out but struggled against the Chiefs. He will see some targets next week but can be benched if fantasy players have better options available.
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Posted 12/27/2020 9:47 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst caught five passes for 47 yards and one touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16. He was targeted five times during the game.
Huddle Up: Hurst has not been a big part of the offense during the second half of the season but does have two touchdowns in the last two games. He should see a handful of targets next week and could be a possible low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper leagues.
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Posted 12/27/2020 9:33 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley caught five passes for 130 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16. He was targeted nine times during the game.
Huddle Up: Ridley posted his fourth straight 100-yard game this week and continue to be one of the top receivers in the NFL. He is a must-start option in all leagues next week.
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Posted 12/27/2020 9:25 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith rushed for 46 yards on 10 carries against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Smith has taken over the starting running back job but did not have a lot of success against the Chiefs. He will have another tough matchup next week but can still be a flex option in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 12/27/2020 8:52 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan went 27-for-35 for 300 yards and two touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Ryan recorded back-to-back 300 yards games and has five touchdowns in the last two games. He will be facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week but could still be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 12/25/2020 5:36 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) was ruled out Friday, Dec. 25, for Week 16's game vs. the Kansas City Chiefs to be played Sunday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: While this is not exactly the Christmas gift fantasy gamers wanted, it comes as no surprise with nothing at stake for Atlanta ... Julio's absence means more work for WR Russell Gage and, of course, WR Calvin Ridley. It also caps QB Matt Ryan as a low-end starting consideration in deeper leagues.
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Posted 12/23/2020 10:08 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 23.
Huddle Up: Jones has missed the last few games because of the injury and probably will sit again if he is not able to practice this week. Russell Gage Jr. has received a bigger role with Jones sidelined and can be a No. 3 receiver or flex option in leagues.
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