Julio Jones - WRPosted 9/20/18 2:29pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (calf) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 20.
Huddle Up: Owners should know more about Jones' status Friday, Sept. 21. He is a weekly No. 1 fantasy receiver when he is healthy, but owners may want other options available in case he is ruled out.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 9/20/18 2:27pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 20.
Huddle Up: It looks like Freeman will miss another game unless he is able to recover in the next few days. Tavon Coleman likely will continue to be the starting running back and can could be a No. 2 running back in some leagues because of the matchup.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 9/19/18 2:33pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (calf) was unable to practice Wednesday, Sept. 19.
Huddle Up: Jones was likely just getting a veteran's mid-week day off to rest his bumps and bruises. We'll get a better idea if Jones is nursing a real injury or not on the reports Thursday and Friday. He'll likely be ready to go for Week 3 against the Saints.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 9/19/18 2:32pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 19.
Huddle Up: It's not unexpected, as Freeman missed Week 2 and is listed as day to day. Circle back around later in the week for a better idea if he'll play Week 3 against the Saints or not. Tevin Coleman would again shoulder the bulk of the workload with Ito Smith as the backup if Freeman cannot go.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 9/17/18 12:56pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) is considered day-to-day as he recovers from a knee contusion, according to head coach Dan Quinn. It was originally reported that Freeman would be sidelined for multiple games.
Huddle Up: It is likely that Freeman will still miss this week's contest, but the outlook is more positive coming from Quinn. Start Tevin Coleman as a low-end RB1 to high-end RB2 again in Week 3, but next week might be the time to shop Coleman if another owner is willing to pay a good price before Freeman returns. Coleman will remain in RB2 territory upon Freeman's return.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 9/16/18 2:49pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 23-of-28 passes for 272 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the Week 2 win against Carolina Panthers while posting two rushing scores, posting his 100th career NFL win.
Huddle Up: It was the first time Ryan has had two rushing touchdowns in the same game since he was in college. He'll look to stay hot in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints in a potential shootout. He remains a solid low-end QB1 in most fantasy leagues.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 9/16/18 3:07pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper posted five receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown on five targets in the Week 2 win against the Carolina Panthers.
Huddle Up: Hooper was limited during the week by a knee ailment, but he didn't show any ill effects of the injury in this one. He has eight grabs for 83 yards on nine targets through two games to make him a decent low-end TE1 in most fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams. The Falcons host the Saints in Week 3.
Ito Smith - RBPosted 9/16/18 3:04pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith rushed nine times for 46 yards in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers and he added an eight-yard reception.
Huddle Up: Smith was seeing an increased workload with Devonta Freeman (knee) sidelined for multiple games. The former Southern Miss standout was the primary backup to Tevin Coleman, who totaled 20 touches. Smith is only worth a look in the very deepest of fantasy leagues while Freeman is on the shelf unless something happens to Coleman, too.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 9/16/18 3:02pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu posted two grabs for just 19 yards on two targets in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers and he ran once for minus-4 yards.
Huddle Up: Sanu and his fantasy owners won't like the fact he totaled just three touches in the victory, and it appears Calvin Ridley has surpassed him on the depth chart. It will be a battle to watch going forward. Sanu should be treated as a WR5 in most fantasy leagues heading into Week 3 against the Saints.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 9/16/18 2:59pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones posted five receptions for 64 yards and a team-high nine targets in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers.
Huddle Up: Jones tied for the team high in receiving yardage with Calvin Ridley, but for the second time in two games he failed to find the end zone. Fantasy owners do not like the lack of touchdowns early on, and it was a problem in 2017, too. However, he remains an obvious WR1 in most fantasy leagues. The production will come, perhaps starting as soon as Week 3 against the Saints.
Calvin Ridley - WRPosted 9/16/18 2:56pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley posted four receptions for a team-best 64 yards and a touchdown in the Week 2 win against the Carolina Panthers.
Huddle Up: Ridley has fit in very nicely since arriving in Atlanta, and he pushed aside Mohamed Sanu in this one to seize the No. 2 job alongside Julio Jones. Target Ridley as a WR4 in most fantasy leagues in the short term. In the long term, Ridley is an outstanding keeper league option. The Falcons host the Saints in Week 3.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 9/16/18 2:53pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman rushed 16 times for 107 yards in the Week 2 win against the Carolina Panthers while adding four receptions for 18 yards.
Huddle Up: Coleman was getting a chance to handle the full workload with Devonta Freeman (knee) on the shelf. As long as Freeman is sidelined it appears Coleman has RB2 fantasy value in all leagues. The Falcons will host the Saints in Week 3.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 9/15/18 4:08pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) is expected to miss two to three games with a knee contusion, according to a source.
Huddle Up: It's great news for Tevin Coleman and those who roster him. He figures to be in the low-end RB1 to high-end RB2 conversation while Freeman sits, including this week. For those who have Freeman, picking up someone like T.J. Yeldon, Phillip Lindsay, Austin Ekeler or even Nyheim Hines could help ease the pain.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 9/14/18 9:09am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) is not expected to play in Week 2 against Carolina Panthers, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Huddle Up: The injury is not believed to be serious, but Freeman hasn't practiced since getting hurt last Thursday. Tevin Coleman will get the start and should see at least 15 to 20 touches, enough to make him an RB2 even in a difficult matchup. Rookie Ito Smith will serve as his backup, although he is unlikely to see enough work to be relevant in fantasy.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 9/14/18 10:40am ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) on Friday, Sept. 14, was ruled out of Sunday's Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers. Head coach Dan Quinn said there is nothing structurally wrong with Freeman's knee and hopes it is not a long-term injury.
Huddle Up: Tevin Coleman is now up as the main man in the Falcons' backfield and is a solid RB2 start Sunday. Rookie Ito Smith will be the No. 2 back but is not expected to see enough touches to be useful in the majority of leagues.
Calvin Ridley - WRPosted 9/14/18 11:18am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley is expected to be more involved in the game plan moving forward, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Ridley was held without a catch on two targets in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Huddle Up: A slow start should have been expected for Ridley, as Julio Jones is the centerpiece of the offense and Mohamed Sanu is a trusted and steady veteran receiver. The rookie will undoubtedly endear himself to Matt Ryan as the season progresses given how advanced he already is as a route-runner. He should be stashed in deeper leagues and remain on watch lists in leagues with shallow rosters.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 9/13/18 9:42am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) will not practice Thursday, Sept. 13, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Even with the extra few days off after the early Week 1 opener in Philly, Freeman's status remains iffy for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. Freeman's absence would be a boon for Tevin Coleman's fantasy owners as the platoon back suddenly would find a low-end RB1 workload on his plate with RB Ito Smith also getting mixed in. Stay tuned, though, to see if Friday brings about any change in Freeman's status.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 9/13/18 1:53pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) participated fully in practice Thursday, Sept. 13.
Huddle Up: Hooper's first game of the year could have been much better had he and Ryan converted on an end zone target or two. He is arguably their second most valuable red-zone threat behind Julio Jones but just doesn't see enough volume. Keep him in TE2 territory.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 9/12/18 9:34am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) is out of practice Wednesday, Sept. 12, due to soreness. However, head coach Dan Quinn said Freeman sounded like he was structurally OK.
Huddle Up: Freeman didn't look good before the injury, and he'll face the Carolina Panthers in Week 2. The Panthers held Ezekiel Elliott to a 15-69-1 line in their win over the Dallas Cowboys. Freeman might be a mid-RB2 this week.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 9/12/18 2:11pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Huddle Up: It's uncertain if Freeman is in danger of missing playing time, or if he was simply resting his knee to get him healthy for the weekend. If he were to be inactive or be on a snap count, Tevin Coleman would be the biggest beneficiary.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 9/12/18 2:08pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Huddle Up: Hooper should be targeted as a TE2 with some low-end TE1 potential if he continues to see a steady stream of offensive snaps, particularly in the red zone.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 9/7/18 5:29pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones posted 169 receiving yards in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles, the most against Philly since New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. hung 185 yards on them in 2014.
Huddle Up: Jones also had the most receiving yards at Lincoln Financial Field since Terrell Owens racked up 174 yards in 2007, while it was the fifth-most yards every against the Eagles in Philadelphia. Fantasy owners of Jones are smiling ear to ear, as those Thursday fantasy starts can be a little nerve-wracking. He obviously got off to a giant start despite failing to get into the end zone.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 9/6/18 9:33pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 21 of 43 passes for 251 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, Sept. 6. Ryan tossed one interception and did not account for a touchdown.
Huddle Up: Ryan was OK -- well, as long as he was targeting Julio Jones -- but the Falcons once again struggled in the red zone, which was a theme for the club under Steve Sarkisian last year. In 17 regular season games under Sarkisian, Ryan has now thrown 20 TDs against 13 INTs, which is a far cry from his performance when Kyle Shanahan was calling the shots. The former MVP is a solid QB2 in fantasy circles until further notice.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 9/6/18 9:43pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) injured his knee in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, Sept. 6. The severity of the injury is not yet known. On the night, Freeman carried the ball six times for 36 yards and added 14 yards on three receptions.
Huddle Up: While Freeman's debut was statistically disappointing, that would pale in comparison to a knee injury of any significance. The Falcons don't play again until Sept. 16, so this is something you'll want to keep an eye on, but for now you can simply lament his inability to score from inside the five early in the game. If Freeman were to miss time Tevin Coleman's value would go up markedly.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 9/6/18 10:11pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones produced game highs in receptions (10), receiving yards (169) and targets (19) on Thursday, Sept. 6, against the Philadelphia Eagles. He added 11 yards on a reverse.
Huddle Up: Put bluntly, Jones WAS Atlanta's passing game Thursday night, accounting for 67 percent of Matt Ryan's 251 passing yards. On the plus side, the Eagles couldn't stop him consistently even after it became clear he was the only guy Ryan was looking for. There was an asterisk, however, as Jones was once again ineffective in the red zone -- he had just three TDs on 88 catches in 2017. Even with those struggles Jones is a legit WR1.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 9/6/18 9:58pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman gained 45 total yards (19 rushing, 26 receiving) and scored the team's lone touchdown during their 18-12 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1.
Huddle Up: Thirty-five of Coleman's 45 yards came on two plays, leaving just 10 yards for his other eight touches. Despite being bottled up most of the game it was Coleman that found the end zone, and word of Devonta Freeman hurting his knee could thrust Coleman into a larger role. Monitor Freeman's condition and be ready to elevate Coleman to must-start status if Freeman misses games.
Calvin Ridley - WRPosted 9/6/18 10:30pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley was targeted twice but did not record a reception against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, Sept. 6.
Huddle Up: Ridley was considered by many to be the most NFL-ready receiver in this year's draft, but Thursday night served as a reminder just how hard it is for rookie wideouts to make an impact. While optimists can stash Ridley on their bench, his real value is in keeper leagues.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 9/6/18 10:27pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu caught four passes for 18 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1.
Huddle Up: Sanu finished second on the team in receptions and targets (six), but 4.5 yards per catch isn't going to get it done. He's a WR4/WR5 that should only be used in advantageous matchups.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 9/6/18 10:22pm ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) told the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo that he was OK after the game Thursday, Sept. 6, despite not appearing on the team's final drive. Freeman's injury was not mentioned by head coach Dan Quinn in the post-game press conference.
Huddle Up: Now that it appears Freeman will be alright fantasy owners can get back to bemoaning his lack of opportunities against the Eagles. His next opportunity to produce will come on Sept. 16 against the Carolina Panthers; in two games vs. Carolina last year, Freeman averaged 86 total yards and scored once.
Matt Bryant - PKPosted 8/25/18 2:52pm ET
Atlanta Falcons PK Matt Bryant (undisclosed) will be able to play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 25, after missing the first two preseason games.
Huddle Up: Bryant appears to be recovered from his injury and should be ready for the start of the regular season. He should be a solid weekly option for fantasy owners.
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