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 6/12/2020 4:23 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley has shown definite flashes as a No. 2 wide receiver, but the Falcons would rather he and Julio Jones produce like 'two WR1s' with the team's depth at the position lacking, according to one NFL analyst.
Huddle Up: Ridley missed the final three games of 2019 with an abdominal injury but did finish 16th among fantasy wideouts with an average of 10.2 points per game. Jones remains the only true WR1 on the team, but Ridley is a solid WR2 selection.
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Posted 6/09/2020 9:19 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley can be argued to be 'the best back in the game,' according to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter Tuesday, June 9.
Huddle Up: Gurley has played at least 14 games in each of the past four seasons, but he can't shake questions about his arthritic knee. His efficiency plummeted in 2019, as he ran for 857 yards on 223 attempts and caught 31 of 49 targets for 207 yards. He was able to total 14 touchdowns, but he'll need to break longer runs to help the Falcons improve one of the league's worst rushing attacks from 2019. He's a risky mid-tier RB2 pick.
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Posted 6/09/2020 7:09 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst was called the 'fastest and most athletic tight end' QB Matt Ryan has 'ever played with.'
Huddle Up: Ryan has played with some high-quality TEs in Tony Gonzalez and Austin Hooper. Hurst totaled just 43 receptions, 512 yards and three touchdowns across 28 games in two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens since being chosen with the 25th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. He's likely to be the No. 3 option in the passing attack behind WRs Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, and is a good bet to have a breakout season. He's a strong target as a late-round TE1.
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Posted 6/09/2020 1:18 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley flew to Atlanta and passed his physical Monday, June 8.
Huddle Up: Gurley's knee issues are well documented, and the risks are severe. He's expected to see the lion's share of work, and he'll be an RB2 in fantasy.
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Posted 6/06/2020 9:18 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Qadree Ollison scored a team-high four touchdowns on just eight red-zone carries in 2019.
Huddle Up: Ollison may be able to retain a role following the addition of RB Todd Gurley this offseason, though Gurley scored 10 touchdowns on 46 red-zone carries with the Los Angeles Rams last year. With Gurley signed for just one season, Ollison is still worth stashing in dynasty and deeper keeper leagues.
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Posted 6/06/2020 1:27 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley is going to be an 'awesome fit' for the offense, QB Matt Ryan said after working out with the running back.
Huddle Up: A healthy Gurley would be a great fit for any offense, but the status of his surgically repaired left knee continues to be the concern. He will be a high-risk, high-reward RB2 heading into the 2020 season.
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Posted 5/31/2020 9:00 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley was on track for 66 catches for 853 yards and nine touchdowns on 101 targets prior to the Falcons trading Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots following a Week 7 loss. Over his final six games and before succumbing to an abdomen injury that ended his season prior to Week 15, Ridley's 16-game pace over the final six contests was 91 receptions for 1,315 yards and eight touchdowns on 131 targets.
Huddle Up: Six games is a relatively small sample, but it provides a bit of rationale to those that believe Ridley could be this year's Chris Godwin. The third-year pro finds himself in a wonderful environment to make it happen, as Julio Jones will continue to command the most respect from defensive coordinators and Atlanta's defense may struggle at times yet again. As such, Ridley should be viewed as a high-end WR2 with WR1 upside.
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Posted 5/20/2020 7:15 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst said he has been traveling to Atlanta over the past four weeks in order to work out with QB Matt Ryan. Hurst said the workouts are improving his chemistry with Ryan and it will pay off during training camp.
Huddle Up: Hurst was acquired this offseason and will be the starter for the Falcons. He likely will be a popular target for Ryan in the passing game and can be considered a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 tight end in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 5/14/2020 8:35 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Russell Gage Jr. should be able to take his play to another level this upcoming season, according to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. Koetter said Gage will need to work on his consistency.
Huddle Up: Gage received more playing time during the second half of the 2019 season and was able to produce with the bigger workload. He may be the Falcons' No. 3 receiver this upcoming season and has a chance to be a late round pick in deeper fantasy leagues.
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Posted 5/14/2020 5:03 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said RB Todd Gurley played in a similar offensive system with the Los Angeles Rams and feels that's fortunate. With a similar terminology and concept base, it could help Gurley hit the ground running faster with his new team. 'He can do everything. He's an excellent running back. He can protect. The main question is that no one seems know is, what's his health status? What's his workload?' Koetter said. Koetter added the team will just have to wait until they can work with Gurley to see where he's at physically.
Huddle Up: Gurley has a lot of miles on him during his NFL career; how his body holds up will dictate how much workload the Falcons decide to put on his broad shoulders. He's a safer RB2 entering fantasy-football draft season, but his initial value largely comes down to your risk tolerance when building your fantasy team.
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Posted 5/12/2020 7:56 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons PK Younghoe Koo is likely to have some competition in training camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn Tuesday, May 12. 'We are still definitely considering adding a kicker into that spot,' Quinn said. 'You could imagine that some of those decisions involve workouts and things that aren't at this space.'
Huddle Up: Koo made 23 of 26 field-goal attempts and 15 of 16 extra points across eight games with the Falcons in 2019. He successfully converted his lone attempt from 50-plus yards. The Falcons kicker is expected to have plenty of opportunities behind a high-powered offense.
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Posted 5/11/2020 2:25 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones ranked second in the NFL in receiving yards in 2019, and he has finished third or better among wideouts in yards in each of the past seven seasons.
Huddle Up: Jones is probably in the latter stages of his prime, but while he may not be the favorite to finish as the No. 1 fantasy receiver, he is one of the safest bets to finish as a top-five option at the position.
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Posted 4/11/2020 10:34 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley averaged 8.2 targets per game in six games following the trade of WR Mohamed Sanu last season. Ridley was averaging just 6.3 targets per game in his first seven games of the season.
Huddle Up: Ridley will be unchallenged as the No. 2 receiver opposite Julio Jones in 2020 and is sure to have plenty of favorable matchups. He caught all eight targets for a season-high 143 yards and a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in the Falcons' third game following the trade of Sanu, and he totaled 24 targets in his next two outings. He's a strong WR2 candidate in 2020 drafts.
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Posted 4/10/2020 5:49 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley on Friday, April 10, said in a media conference call that he no concern about the knee issues that appeared to have hampered his production the past 18 months, stating 'I know I'm still that guy' who won the 2017 NFL Offensive Player of the Year award. 'Nothing is (given),' Gurley added. 'I don't care if you have 10 Pro Bowls or one Pro Bowl. You got to go in and work, that's just how the game goes. Obviously, I'll be able to come in and help those guys out but like I said [I'm going to] play my role, it's whatever the team need me to do at the end of the day. I know what I bring to the table, (I'm going to) come in, (I'm going to) work hard and help out the running back and they're going to help me out as well.'
Huddle Up: Despite a four-year low in total touches (254), Gurley still finished 11th among RBs with 190.4 total fantasy points (standard scoring), and with him only turning 26 in August, he should be in line for at least another high-end RB2 season in his new uniform.
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Posted 4/07/2020 7:10 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley (knee) has yet to take or pass his physical, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff Tuesday, April 7. Dimitroff said he feels good about Gurley's ability to pass the test.
Huddle Up: Gurley received a career-low 223 carries with the Los Angeles Rams last year and his 3.8 yards per attempt was well below his career average. He still topped 1,000 yards from scrimmage and scored 14 total touchdowns, but there is real concern he isn't the game-breaker he was for the first four years of his career. He's a mid-tier RB2 heading toward the 2020 season.
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Posted 3/23/2020 5:42 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has agreed to restructure his contract, which will create salary cap space for the team.
Huddle Up: Ryan is coming a solid 2019 season and will have most of his pass catchers back next season. He can be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 3/23/2020 1:06 am UTC
Free-agent WR Laquon Treadwell (Vikings) has agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, March 22, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: The former first-round pick has been a colossal bust, and the change of scenery isn't likely to to much to change that narrative. Fantasy owners can continue to ignore Treadwell.
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Posted 3/18/2020 8:20 pm UTC
Baltimore Ravens TE Hayden Hurst was officially traded to the Atlanta Falcons Wednesday, March 18, in exchange for a second-round draft choice and a fifth-round draft choice. The Falcons will also receive a fourth-round draft choice in the trade.
Huddle Up: Mark Andrews will receive most of the playing time at tight end with Hurst gone and will continue to be a No. 1 tight end in all leagues.
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Posted 3/17/2020 10:20 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Brian Hill received an original-round tender Tuesday, March 17.
Huddle Up: Hill will be a part of a committee with Ito Smith and Qadree Ollison splitting the backfield following the release of Devonta Freeman. The Falcons are also expected to target a running back at some point in the 2020 NFL Draft, and he could easily rise to the top of the depth chart. Hill won't enter the season with fantasy value.
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Posted 3/16/2020 6:24 pm UTC
Baltimore Ravens TE Hayden Hurst and a 2020 fourth-round draft pick were traded to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick.
Huddle Up: Atlanta moved quickly to replace Austin Hooper, landing a player with a first-round pedigree in Hurst. Baltimore no longer had a need for him as Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle gave the Ravens what they wanted when they picked Hurst in 2018. In Atlanta, Hurst will have a grand opportunity to fill the high-volume void left behind by Hooper. As such, there is definitely a path toward Hurst becoming a low-end fantasy TE1 this season.
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Posted 3/03/2020 6:56 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley is expected to be used less than normal early in 2020, and his work will increase as the season goes along, in the opinion of ESPN's Matthew Berry.
Huddle Up: That sounds like what they did in 2019, but we may see even more of Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown. Brown had the two-TD Week 1 but did little afterwards. Henderson is probably the main handcuff and possible RB4 to target. It remains to be seen if Gurley will stay at the absorbent salary he is at. What is pretty clear, though, is he's not going to be an RB1 target this season. Look for him as a mid-to-late RB2.
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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 2/06/2020 8:24 pm UTC
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley is scheduled to meet with the team in the near future to talk about his season and his situation moving forward.
Huddle Up: Fantasy players will need keep an eye on the situation to see where Gurley will play in 2020. He rushed for 857 yards and 12 touchdowns this past season and can continue to be a starting running back for a team. Gurley likely will be a weekly starting option in fantasy leagues next season.
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Posted 2/06/2020 5:41 am UTC
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley could potentially end up on the trading block this offseason as the team looks for way to create room under the salary cap, in the opinion of ESPN's Lindsey Thiry.
Huddle Up: It's important to note Thiry is doing nothing more than making a bold prediction here, as trading Gurley will be extremely difficult since he carries a cap number of $17.25 million and dealing with an arthritic knee that just about any casual NFL observer knows about. At the moment, the odds are extremely high that Gurley will serve as the Rams' featured back for the foreseeable future, with the team managing his workload early in the season in much the same way it did in 2019.
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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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