Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
NFC South | 7-10-0
Avg PTS
18.88
Rank: 26th
Avg Yds
349.06
Rank: 17th
Avg PYds
222.06
Rank: 21st
Avg RYds
127
Rank: 7th
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Posted 2/27/2024 6:50 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons TE Kyle Pitts "fought through" his lingering knee injury in 2023 and is healthy entering the offseason, according to general manager Terry Fontenot, who told reporters he is excited about Pitts having a "great year" in 2024.
Huddle Up: Although Pitts managed to play 15 of 17 games in 2023, he wasn't anywhere close to 100 percent. For the first time in his pro career, it appears he will have a "normal" offseason. Better yet, new offensive coordinator Zac Robinson seems more likely to make the 23-year-old a more important part of the passing game than former head coach Arthur Smith or former offensive coordinator did in 2022 or 2023. At what will likely be a depressed price relative to his upside, Pitts has a great chance to be a major value in fantasy next season.
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Posted 2/22/2024 3:20 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons RB Bijan Robinson said he wants to reach 2,000 yards rushing in 2024. Robinson had 408 yards after contact (14th) and 15 broken tackles (tied for 15th). He also had more yards after the catch (519) than receiving yards (487) in his rookie season.
Huddle Up: Robinson was the RB8 in PPR leagues during his rookie season. The team sounds like they plan to run the ball often, and coming in at RB8 with just 974 rushing yards bodes well for his chances to enter the top five at the position.
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Posted 2/21/2024 2:18 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons TE Kyle Pitts is expected to be used as a blocker more by the new coaching staff. "We're not oblivious (to what he brings) from a receiving standpoint, so there are a lot of things that you can do to be creative and use his skill set in the pass game," tight ends coach Kevin Koger said. "But with him and the way we're going to run the ball and the athleticism he does have, there are a lot of things he can do in the run game to help us out to win football games. You'll see him all over the field, not just out wide but also in the box."
Huddle Up: That sounds a little troublesome for a player that has been banged up for much of his three seasons. He played in all 17 games last season, but his knee was an issue throughout. He finished as the TE13 in PPR leagues. He has TE3-5 talent, and he'll be drafted as a midrange TE1 with hopes of him finally putting it together.
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Posted 2/17/2024 5:30 pm GMT
The Atlanta Falcons are in the process of deciding whether to bring back QBs Taylor Heinicke and Desmond Ridder next season or bring in a new quarterback via draft, free agency or trade. Meanwhile, last season's third-string quarterback, Logan Woodside, is a restricted free agent. Head coach Raheem Morris and offensive coordinator Zac Robinson have said that all options are on the table in the search for a starter and that they are open to considering both pocket passers and more mobile players.
Huddle Up: Both Heinicke and Ridder were inconsistent and ineffective last season and there's a possibility that one or both quarterbacks could be suiting up elsewhere by the beginning of the 2024 campaign. Neither player is expected to have much value in any fantasy format going forward.
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Posted 2/12/2024 8:19 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Desmond Ridder could be a trade candidate whenever the team acquires a new quarterback, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network on Monday, Feb. 12. "Once they acquire a new QB, potentially trading Ridder would be an option, as well. It might be a situation where a fresh start works for all parties," Rapoport said.
Huddle Up: Ridder was the QB22 last season, averaging 11.5 fantasy points per game. Atlanta will look for a new quarterback under the new regime, and it's unlikely Ridder will have fantasy value moving forward.
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Posted 1/26/2024 5:22 am GMT
Atlanta Falcons TE Kyle Pitts' 12.6 yards per reception in 2023 ranked second among tight ends with at least 50 targets.
Huddle Up: Between injuries and bizarre usage, Pitts has largely underwhelmed the last two seasons. However, his athleticism is undeniable, and a coaching change could allowed Pitts to unlock his potential.
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Posted 1/19/2024 7:33 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons TE Kyle Pitts recently acknowledged to ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein that he was happy just to make it a full season one year after sustaining damage to his medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament in 2022. He admitted he "never felt uncomfortable," but that the 2023 season was largely about learning getting the knee back to where it was pre-injury and using different techniques to keep his body fresh.
Huddle Up: After consecutive down seasons - mostly due to some odd usage before his injury in 2022 and his knee not being quite right in 2023 - Pitts figures to come at a relative bargain in 2024 drafts. Fantasy managers will still have to wait and see whom the Falcons hire to run the offense, but the odds are relatively strong that his overall situation will be vastly improved over the last two seasons. Still only 23 years old, Pitts' best days are most likely ahead of him.
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Posted 1/07/2024 5:44 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Desmond Ridder will start Week 18's game against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Ridder has been benched multiple times this season due to inconsistent play but is receiving the start this afternoon because QB Taylor Heinicke, who hasn't been much better, is dealing with an ankle injury. At best, Ridder should be viewed as a desperation play in two-quarterback fantasy leagues.
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Posted 1/07/2024 5:40 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Taylor Heinicke (ankle) will not be active for Week 18's game against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Heinicke had been listed as questionable on the injury report after logging three limited practice sessions during the week but will find himself on the bench this afternoon. QB Desmond Ridder will receive the starting nod versus New Orleans but is not a recommended fantasy option.
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Posted 1/06/2024 2:51 am GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Taylor Heinicke (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 5, and is listed as questionable for Week 18.
Huddle Up: Heinicke was a limited participant in all three practices this week, so he should have a good chance to play in the regular season finale. He is coming off a disappointing Week 17 game and probably can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
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Posted 1/04/2024 11:09 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Taylor Heinicke (ankle) was limited for the second straight day on Thursday, Jan. 4.
Huddle Up: Heinicke followed the same path last week before putting in a full practice and playing. Even if he plays, he's nothing more than a desperation QB2 play.
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Posted 1/03/2024 9:06 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Taylor Heinicke (ankle) will be a limited participant during practice Wednesday, Jan. 3, according to head coach Arthur Smith.
Huddle Up: Heinicke seems to have a chance to play in the Week 18 game, but fantasy players will know more later in the week. He could be a starting option in two-quarterback leagues if active but can be avoided in most standard leagues.
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Posted 1/01/2024 11:04 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Taylor Heinicke (ankle) is dealing with an ankle injury, and his availability for Week 18 will not be known until later in the week, according to head coach Arthur Smith. QB Desmond Ridder will start if Heinicke is unavailable to play.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players can keep an eye on the situation to see if Heinicke will be able to do anything during practice this week. Neither Heinicke nor Ridder have posted great numbers this season, so players can avoid both.
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Posted 12/29/2023 6:57 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Taylor Heinicke (ankle) was a full participant at practice Friday, Dec. 29, and has no injury designation for the Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears.
Huddle Up: Heinicke will be getting the start coming off a solid performance in Week 16. He's a QB2 option in superflex leagues, but he shouldn't be started in standard 1QB formats.
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Posted 12/28/2023 12:41 am GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Taylor Heinicke (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Heinicke probably will be able to play in Week 17, but fantasy players can check on his status later in the week. He posted decent numbers during the Week 16 game but can be avoided in fantasy leagues even if he is active for the game.
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Posted 12/20/2023 7:07 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Taylor Heinicke will be the starter for the remainder of the season, head coach Arthur Smith said on Wednesday, Dec. 20.
Huddle Up: It was reported that Heinicke would start in Week 16, but this confirms he'll be under center the rest of the season. Regardless, he's a desperation play, at best.
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Posted 12/19/2023 2:09 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Taylor Heinicke will start over QB Desmond Ridder in Week 16 against the Indianapolis Colts.
Huddle Up: Heinicke showed flashes with Washington a couple of years ago, but he hasn't been able to muster much in fantasy since. He's a desperation QB2 play.
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Posted 12/18/2023 7:24 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Desmond Ridder may have lost his starting role as head coach Arthur Smith said the team is still working through that decision Monday, Dec. 18. Smith said it will be between Ridder and Taylor Heinicke in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Ridder is coming off a rough performance in the loss to the Carolina Panthers. He's scored double-digit fantasy points just once in the last four games. Heinicke wasn't much of an option for fantasy in his two games as a starter this season so it's best to avoid whichever player will get the start in Week 16.
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Posted 12/17/2023 10:41 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons RB Bijan Robinson rushed seven times for just 11 yards in Week 15 against the Carolina Panthers, while adding a single 3-yard catch on three touches, and he also lost a fumble.
Huddle Up: There was no injury to Robinson, but he managed just 1.6 yards per carry in the rain, wind and slop at Bank of America Stadium, and Tyler Allgeier was slightly more effective in the adverse weather conditions. Robinson will look to rebound indoors at home against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 16.
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Posted 12/06/2023 11:01 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons RB Cordarrelle Patterson (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 6.
Huddle Up: Patterson likely will receive a limited amount of touches this week and can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 11/29/2023 10:30 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons RB Cordarrelle Patterson (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 29.
Huddle Up: Patterson is coming off one of his more productive games of the season last week but will still be behind Bijan Robinson and Tyler Allgeier on the depth chart. He can be avoided in fantasy leagues this week.
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Posted 11/23/2023 6:19 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons RB Bijan Robinson is "going to have a huge role in our game plan" in Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints, according to head coach Arthur Smith.
Huddle Up: Much to the dismay of his fantasy managers, Robinson was averaging only 12.8 carries through his first eight games as a pro (removing his one-touch game in Week 7 when he barely played due to illness). That changed in Week 10 as the rookie handled 22, and it appears that will be the case moving forward. Robinson publicly defended Smith recently, thanking Smith for "getting a rookie in the right way." Fantasy managers should not be surprised if Robinson is one of the most heavily utilized backs over the second half of the season.
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Posted 11/20/2023 8:10 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Desmond Ridder has been named the starter indefinitely, according to sources Monday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Ridder will have some streaming potential in certain matchups, but the failed Taylor Heinicke experiment goes to show there's not a very high ceiling for the Falcons offense. In nine games, Ridder was the QB17 through the first seven weeks of the season, which included three top-12 finishes.
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Posted 11/19/2023 4:36 pm GMT
The Atlanta Falcons plan to resume using QB Desmond Ridder as their starting quarterback following the team's bye, beginning with Week 12's game against the New Orleans Saints, according to multiple sources. He is expected to serve as the starter for the rest of the regular season.
Huddle Up: Taylor Heinicke started the Falcons' previous two contests after Ridder sustained a concussion versus the Tennessee Titans in Week 8 but wound up losing both games. The Falcons are hopeful that Ridder's time on the sidelines will serve as a reboot for him, after he went 4-4 in a starting role prior to getting injured. He can be avoided in standard fantasy leagues for now because his stats this season have been unimpressive.
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Posted 11/13/2023 10:07 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Desmond Ridder and QB Taylor Heinicke have both received starts this season, but head coach Arthur Smith said the team will not name a starter for Week 11 until after their bye week.
Huddle Up: Neither Ridder nor Heinicke has posted great numbers this season, so fantasy players will need to monitor the situation to see which one will be named the starter. Both should be avoided in standard leagues.
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Posted 11/13/2023 2:07 am GMT
Atlanta Falcons QB Desmond Ridder replaced QB Taylor Heinicke (hamstring) against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10 and finished with 39 passing yards, 11 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in a 25-23 loss.
Huddle Up: Ridder would likely be reinstalled as the starter if Heinicke is forced to miss time, but Ridder is a QB2 at best.
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Posted 11/10/2023 10:10 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons TE Kyle Pitts (non-injury) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 10, but is not on the injury report for Week 10.
Huddle Up: Pitts was dealing with a personal matter and should be fine for the game this week. He has posted at least 50 yards in only two games this season but can still be a starting option in most fantasy leagues.
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Posted 11/10/2023 7:31 pm GMT
Atlanta Falcons WR Drake London (groin) practiced in full for a second consecutive day on Friday, Nov. 10, and was removed from the injury report for Week 10 versus the Arizona Cardinals.
Huddle Up: London returns after a one-game absence and could be primed for a huge game after Amari Cooper gouged the Arizona defense for five catches for 139 yards and a touchdown in Week 9. However, Arizona is among the most accommodating defenses for opposing running games, so head coach Arthur Smith may opt to rely heavily on Bijan Robinson and Tyler Allgeier instead. The uncertainty makes London more of a boom-bust WR2 this weekend.
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