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 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 1/02/2021 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 12:16 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 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 12/28/2020 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 12/27/2020 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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Posted 12/23/2020 4:45 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) will work with the trainers at practice Wednesday, Dec. 23. Interim coach Raheem Morris said Jones is a bit closer to returning.
Huddle Up: Jones would be a WR1 if he's able to suit up in Week 16.
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Posted 12/21/2020 1:14 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst ended up with four receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown on five targets in Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Hurst found the end zone for the first time since Week 6. He has been rather erratic lately, and despite the score he should be relied upon outside of the deepest fantasy leagues heading into Week 16 in Kansas City.
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Posted 12/21/2020 1:11 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Russell Gage Jr. was good for five receptions and 68 yards with one touchdown on 10 targets in Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Gage was the second option in the pass game behind Calvin Ridley, stepping up with Julio Jones out of commission. Gage might be worth a look as a WR5 or flex fantasy option in leagues of 12 or more teams heading into Week 16 at Kansas City.
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Posted 12/21/2020 1:09 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley was good for 10 receptions, 163 yards and one touchdown on 14 targets in Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: That's three straight 100-yard games for Ridley, and he has scored in back-to-back outings. Fantasy owners in their playoffs are very thankful for Ridley, and even more happy Julio Jones isn't in the picture to derail Ridley. The Falcons travel to meet the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16.
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Posted 12/21/2020 12:57 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 34-of-49 passes for 356 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he had one run for 16 yards.
Huddle Up: It was Ryan's best statistical day from a fantasy perspective since he threw for 371 yards and four touchdowns in Week 6 in Minnesota. Fantasy owners in their playoffs who have stuck it out with Matty Ice certainly appreciated the big day. The Falcons travel to meet the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16.
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Posted 12/20/2020 2:24 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection on his hamstring earlier this month in the hopes of returning to action before the end of the regular season. The procedure is designed to accelerate the healing process in the injured area.
Huddle Up: Jones, who is about to miss his fourth game of the year, has been bothered by a hamstring problem for most of the season and only has 51 catches for 771 yards and three touchdowns in 2020. WRs Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage Jr. should continue to be targeted frequently in Jones' absence, with Ridley worthy of consideration as a WR1 option and Gage as a flex option in most fantasy formats.
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Posted 12/19/2020 1:29 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 18, but is not on the injury report for Week 15.
Huddle Up: Ridley has been one of the better receivers in the NFL this season and will see plenty of targets this week with Julio Jones sidelined. He should be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 12/18/2020 7:45 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: This week will mark his second straight absence and the fourth of the season. It's been widely speculated that Jones may not play again this season, as the 4-9 Falcons have already been eliminated from playoff consideration. Russell Gage figures to get the start in his place and has some flex appeal, but Jones' absence means Calvin Ridley should be a near-lock to see at least 10 targets.
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Posted 12/18/2020 2:41 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: Ridley has posted back-to-back 100-yard games and ranks in the top 10 in the NFL in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He should be a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 12/17/2020 3:20 am UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Laquon Treadwell might see a larger role in Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 'We're looking forward to seeing more of Laquon (Treadwell) this week,' interim head coach Raheem Morris said Wednesday, Dec. 16.
Huddle Up: Treadwell scored a touchdown on his only reception in Week 14 against the Los Angeles Chargers, his first score since Dec. 2, 2019 when he was a member of the Minnesota Vikings. The former first-round pick by the Vikings in 2016 still has minimal fantasy appeal at this point.
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Posted 12/16/2020 9:41 pm UTC
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 16.
Huddle Up: Jones was not able to play last week, and his status for Week 15 is uncertain at this point. He is dealt with hamstring problems all season but has produced when he has played. He can be a starting fantasy option if he plays, but fantasy players should have a backup plan ready.
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