Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
NFC South | 0-2-0
Avg PTS
32
Rank: 5th
Avg Yds
419.7
Rank: 8th
Avg PYds
310
Rank: 3rd
Avg RYds
109.7
Rank: 18th
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Posted 9/27/2020 7:36 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Russell Gage Jr. (head) will not return to the Week 3 game after suffering a head injury.
Huddle Up: Gage probably suffered a concussion and will need to pass the concussion tests before he is cleared to play again. It is not known when Julio Jones will return, so Calvin Ridley and Hayden Hurst are the only two Falcons pass catchers to consider if Gage and Jones miss Week 4.
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Posted 9/27/2020 3:34 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 3 game.
Huddle Up: Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage will serve as the starters for the Falcons with Jones out. Ridley is a must-start option in all leagues, while Gage can be at least a flex option in leagues.
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Posted 9/25/2020 10:17 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley (non-injury) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 25, but is not on the injury report for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Gurley has received at least 14 carries in both of the first two games of the season but only has 117 yards combined in the games. He will continue to be the focal point in the running game but should only be a No. 2 running back or flex option in leagues.
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Posted 9/25/2020 10:16 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 25, and is listed as questionable for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Jones will be a game-time decision this week, so fantasy players will need to check the inactive list. He should be a starting option if he plays, but players need other options available in case he is ruled out.
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Posted 9/25/2020 3:37 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) will be a game-time decision in Week 3.
Huddle Up: It's really hard to sit the WR1 because he always seems to lace them up. However, with last week's downer and the pessimistic feeling around the team on his status, it might be time to look elsewhere this week.
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Posted 9/24/2020 5:06 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) was not spotted on the field during the early portion of the team's practice Thursday, Sept. 24.
Huddle Up: Jones is coming off a poor game (two catches for 24 yards on four targets) in Week 2 and now is battling a hammy issue. His progress will need to be monitored the rest of the week, but even a week out of practice wouldn't necessarily preclude him from playing Sunday. Stay tuned ...
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Posted 9/21/2020 5:25 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones caught two of his four targets for 24 yards in Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Huddle Up: There is some thought that Jones struggled in this contest with the hamstring injury that head coach Dan Quinn said he had been battling for "a couple of weeks" a few days ago. However, Jones had his chance to make it a better day, dropping an open 42-yard catch on a Wildcat throw from Russell Gage. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on practice reports throughout the week, but they probably need to forget about this performance and look forward to a bounce-back effort in Week 3 against the Chicago Bears.
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Posted 9/21/2020 5:04 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst hauled in five of his eight targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Huddle Up: Hurst drew the ire of fantasy owners hoping he would start out his Falcons' career with a bang last week, but the strong safety play of the Seattle Seahawks put a lid on that. He had no such issues versus the Cowboys, doing most of his damage on a 42-yard TD catch midway through the first quarter. There are a lot of mouths to feed in Atlanta's passing game, but the stage is set for him to have a big year. Consider him a low-end TE1 in a tough matchup versus the Chicago Bears in Week 3.
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Posted 9/21/2020 4:32 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley hauled in seven of his 10 targets for 109 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Huddle Up: Ridley also had two receiving touchdowns in Week 1 as well, bumping up his production of the season to 16 catches for 239 yards and four scores through only two games. It's becoming quite clear most defenses don't have an answer for him anytime they pay too much attention to Julio Jones in the red zone. Ridley faces a more difficult opponent in Week 3 at home against the Chicago Bears, but he's obviously earned his place as a must-start.
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Posted 9/21/2020 4:09 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan finished 24-of-36 for 273 yards and four touchdowns in Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys. Ryan added four carries for 16 more yards.
Huddle Up: Ryan had two touchdown passes less than halfway through the first quarter and three TDs midway through the second, but Atlanta still found a way to blow a 15-point lead with five minutes remaining. The 35-year-old quarterback may have the best environment of any fantasy signal-caller at the moment, possessing one of the finest supporting casts in the league and being attached to a horrendous defense. Ryan should be considered a strong fantasy QB1 in Week 3 against the Chicago Bears.
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Posted 9/18/2020 9:00 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley (non-injury) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 18, but is not on the injury report for Week 2.
Huddle Up: Gurley was able to reach the end zone in the opener but posted only 57 total yards during the game. He should receive a similar workload this week and can still be a No. 2 running back or flex option in leagues.
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Posted 9/18/2020 8:48 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 18, but is not on the injury report for Week 2.
Huddle Up: Jones has been dealing with the injury for a bit of time but should receive his normal workload in Week 2. He should be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues this week.
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Posted 9/18/2020 3:46 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) has been dealing with a hamstring injury for a couple of weeks, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Jones had nine catches for 157 yards in the season opener. So while it's worth monitoring in hopes that he doesn't aggravate it or make it worse, he's still worth running out there as your WR1.
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Posted 9/16/2020 10:24 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Huddle Up: This is nothing new for Jones and he's likely to be active for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. He'll be a top-tier WR1 following a league-high 157-yard performance in Week 1.
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Posted 9/14/2020 4:00 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 37 of his 54 pass attempts for 450 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 38-25 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1.
Huddle Up: Although the Falcons took the loss, Ryan and the offense looked explosive. Atlanta might not be a contender, but Ryan should be a solid QB1 with the weapons he has at his disposal.
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Posted 9/11/2020 9:43 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Russell Gage Jr. (groin) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 11, and is not on the injury report for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Gage likely will be the No. 3 receiver for the Falcons this season and probably will see time in the slot. He should be rostered in deeper leagues but can be kept on the bench this week.
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Posted 9/11/2020 9:42 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 11, but is not on the injury report for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Jones probably received some time off during practice but will but be able to handle his normal workload this week. Jones has been one of the top receivers in the NFL for several seasons and is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 9/11/2020 2:37 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has led the team in touchdown catches just once in the past five seasons, but offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter plans to create more scoring opportunities for Jones by putting him in space more often. 'I really think for Julio to get more touchdowns, it has to come on either deep throws, or it has to be stuff like slants and intermediate routes where Julio breaks or spins out of a tackle,' Koetter said.
Huddle Up: Jones' lone season with double-digit touchdown catches came back in 2012, but he has averaged 103.8 receptions and 1,565 yards over the past six years. Even if Koetter's plan doesn't result in an uptick in touchdowns for Jones, he still has the one of the highest floor of any player at any position.
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Posted 9/11/2020 12:16 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Russell Gage Jr. (groin) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 10.
Huddle Up: Gage is on track to be a top-three receiver for the Falcons this season. He will see a few targets this week against the Seattle Seahawks but can be avoided in most leagues.
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Posted 9/09/2020 10:08 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Russell Gage Jr. (groin) was limited during practice Wednesday, Sept. 6.
Huddle Up: Gage probably will be the No. 3 receiver for the Falcons this season and can receive a handful of targets each game. He should be rostered in deeper fantasy leagues but is not a starting option at this point.
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Posted 9/07/2020 2:52 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Brian Hill has earned more playing time and has taken a leap in the pecking order, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Hill is only behind the brittle Todd Gurley, and he could provide a real value as an RB4 in fantasy right now.
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Posted 9/02/2020 1:34 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley was impressive during the scrimmage Friday, Aug. 28, according to head coach Dan Quinn. 'The speed was the thing,' Quinn said. 'He out-ran the leverage on one play. On another one, he got to the edge and made a big play. I felt his speed for certain.'
Huddle Up: The reports coming out of camp on Gurley continue to be positive, and while his knee remains a concern, he is set up for success as the lead back in a potent Atlanta offense. If he stays on the field all season, RB2 numbers seem like his floor.
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Posted 8/25/2020 8:37 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Laquon Treadwell is on the roster bubble, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ledbetter adds Treadwell hasn't appeared 'very sudden.'
Huddle Up: There was hope Treadwell could compete with Russell Gage for the No. 3 receiver role behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley this season. Even if he makes the team, he won't hold much fantasy value when the top two receivers and TE Hayden Hurst are all healthy.
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Posted 8/25/2020 7:38 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley is expected to see a minimum of 15 touches per game, according to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. 'I think a minimum of 15 touches and a high of (25). But you've got to realize we've got a lot of guys that need touches. You're going to have 64 plays in a game on average on offense. Depending on where you're at in the season and wear and tear, I think the low is 15 and maybe the high end 25,' Koetter told ESPN in a phone interview Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Huddle Up: This is pretty much a standard line for any offensive coordinator talking about his starting running back, especially one as accomplished as Gurley. To their credit, the Falcons have put Gurley on a load management plan during camp in hopes of keeping him fresh for as long as possible. The 26-year-old should be a solid pick in the fourth round of fantasy drafts - one capable of consistently posting solid RB2 numbers with low-end RB1 upside.
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Posted 8/22/2020 6:06 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons RB Todd Gurley (knee) will be limited in practice Saturday, Aug. 22, as part of workload management plan head coach Dan Quinn said. Gurley is expected to return to more work Sunday.
Huddle Up: Gurley is only 26 but likely is never going to be the RB1 workhorse he was only a few years ago. However, he's still expected to be the Falcons' main back this season and is a solid RB2 consideration in drafts.
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Posted 8/22/2020 1:18 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst will be an 'every-down tight end' this season, according to Kelsey Conway of AtlantaFalcons.com.
Huddle Up: With Austin Hooper out of the picture, Hurst is set to be the unquestioned starter in his first year with the Falcons. If you don't spend a high pick on one of elite tight ends, Hurst offers TE1 potential and should be available in the later rounds.
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Posted 8/20/2020 11:20 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley said Tuesday, Aug. 18, he worked on getting his legs 'a lot' stronger and trying to get his knees up higher in order to be faster this offseason. 'I'm not going to lie, I'm real hungry to show people that I'm easily a 1,000-yard receiver, easily - and even better,' Ridley said.
Huddle Up: Ridley has 17 touchdowns through his first two seasons but is widely expected to break out even further in 2020 as the No. 2 option across from Julio Jones. He's currently being drafted as a high-end WR2 or low-end WR1 and should have little trouble living up to those expectations in the pass-happy Falcons offense.
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