Matt Ryan - QBPosted 8/20/17 6:33pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan led a touchdown drive in his only series against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the preseason Sunday, Aug. 20, completing four of his six passes for 57 yards.
Huddle Up: Even without Julio Jones or Devonta Freeman playing, Ryan looked sharp. The Falcons should have one of the top offenses in the NFL again this season, and Ryan can be trusted as a QB1.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 8/18/17 12:00pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) will not play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: It appears Jones is being put in bubble wrap in August for all intents and purposes, but he has been participating in practice on a regular basis and the Falcons have been clear they expect to use him more often in the red zone this season. Jones also has nothing left to prove to the Falcons either, so making sure he is 100 percent for Week 1 is a prudent move. He is well worth a top-five overall pick in fantasy drafts.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 8/18/17 12:12pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) will not play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Aug. 20. Head coach Dan Quinn said Freeman's condition is not serious.
Huddle Up: There have been no indications Freeman will much more time. Since Ezekiel Elliott's suspension announcement, there has been some debate as to what running back should be the next one off the board after David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell. Freeman is as good a candidate as any, as he is the only back over the last two seasons to rush for over 1,000 yards and score at least 10 touchdowns both years. The fact he adds 50-plus receptions makes him a rock-solid RB1.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 8/16/17 7:04pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) is expected to go through the concussion protocol over the next few days and could return to practice soon, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: The Falcons should take things slow with Freeman and make sure he is ready for Week 1. Freeman recorded 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns last season and will continue to be a focal point on offense in 2017. He should be a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 8/14/17 8:33am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) was out of practice Monday, Aug. 14, and he is in the concussion protocol. He has been ruled out for the second preseason game.
Huddle Up: He left practice Sunday due to heat-related symptoms, but it appears the situation was worse than expected. He still has plenty of time to be ready for the season, and he remains a high-end RB1 in fantasy.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 8/9/17 6:10am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman agreed to a five-year, $41.25 million contract Wednesday, Aug. 9, which makes him the highest-paid running back in the league.
Huddle Up: Freeman is also one of the top backs in fantasy. His 4.8 yards per carry was nearly a full yard improvement from the previous year. There is a little left to be desired in his 1,079 rushing yards, but his usage is tapered by Tevin Coleman's presence. Freeman is a pretty safe RB1
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 8/9/17 9:33pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is the only running back to have logged at least 1,000 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground in each of the past two seasons.
Huddle Up: After a rookie season to forget in 2014, Freeman broke out in a big way in his sophomore campaign and hasn't looked back, proving to be one of the top running backs in all of fantasy. Although Atlanta has a very capable No. 2 running back in Tevin Coleman, Freeman is still someone worth building your fantasy ground game around, and should be targeted early for plenty of reasons.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 8/8/17 10:08am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones will not play in the preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, Aug. 10.
Huddle Up: Jones said a few days ago he was easing his way back into things after offseason foot surgery and there has been zero concern coming out of Atlanta regarding his status for Week 1. While he does have a history of foot problems, taking it slow is the prudent move for a 28-year-old who has nothing to prove during the preseason. Jones is a sound investment as a top-five receiver in the first round of all drafts.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 8/7/17 3:45pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) and WR Taylor Gabriel (leg) were limited during practice Monday, Aug. 7.
Huddle Up: Both Jones and Gabriel are being eased back into practice but are in no danger of missing the start of the regular season. Jones is one of the most consistent receivers in the NFL and should be a No. 1 WR in all leagues. Gabriel was a factor in the Falcons passing game in 2016 and finished with 579 yards and six touchdowns. He can be seen as a No. 4 receiver in leagues with the chance to be a flex option against certain teams.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 8/5/17 9:53am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones was on the sidelines for most of full-team practice Friday, Aug. 4, although he has been slowly getting more reps in practice after having offseason foot surgery. ?I feel great about (taking it slow). We all know what I can do. ? Whenever I?m ready, I?m ready. ... I can?t really say when I?m going to go - like in the preseason - but whenever I?m ready, I?m going to go,' Jones said.
Huddle Up: There has been zero concern about Jones' readiness for the season and no reason to push him given his history of foot injuries. Jones is a top-three fantasy receiver and has a great shot to finish at the top provided he can stay healthy; his schedule is among the easiest of any receiver in the NFL this season.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 8/3/17 3:08pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) was limited to individual drills during practice Thursday, Aug. 3.
Huddle Up: Jones took part in team drills Wednesday, Aug. 2, but was back to limited participation. Jones probably will be limited during most of camp so he can rest his surgically repaired foot. He should be one of the top receivers in the NFL this season and can be a first-round selection in all fantasy leagues.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 8/2/17 8:09pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) received some snaps during team drills Wednesday, Aug. 2, for the first time since training camp started. He was limited during the first four days because he is coming back from a foot injury. Head coach Dan Quinn said the team has not decided how much playing time Jones will receive during the preseason.
Huddle Up: Jones appears to be on track for the start of the regular season and probably does not need many snaps in the preseason to be ready. Jones will be one of the top receivers in the NFL this season and should be a first-round pick in most fantasy leagues.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 7/28/17 1:21pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is talking with the Falcons about a possible five-year contract extension that would make him one of the highest paid running backs in the NFL.
Huddle Up: The two sides likely will talk during camp in hopes of reaching a contract extension. Freeman will receive most of the carries this season and is coming off a 2016 season where he posted 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is part of one of the best offenses in the NFL and can be a No. 1 running back in fantasy leagues.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 7/26/17 8:38am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) will be limited at the beginning of training camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: That's not necessarily a bad thing. The 28-year-old struggled with a foot issue for much of the second half last season but still produced an 83-1,409-6 line. The only real knock on Jones is he has eclipsed 10 touchdowns once. He remains an elite WR1 in fantasy.
Taylor Gabriel - WRPosted 7/26/17 8:53am ET
Updating an earlier report, Atlanta Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel (leg) will be limited at the start of training camp with a strain in his lower leg. The team has a plan in place to ease him back.
Huddle Up: Gabriel was kept out of minicamp due to the issue, but it doesn't sound serious. He emerged as a big-play receiver last year that probably won't produce a lot of volume. Mix and match him as a WR4 in fantasy.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 7/26/17 1:50pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman reported on time to training camp Wednesday, July 26, despite not yet receiving a new deal.
Huddle Up: There doesn't seem to be any panic from either side. Expect a deal to be done in the not-too-distant future. Freeman has turned into one of the most versatile running backs in the game and easily has RB1 upside with added value in PPR formats.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 7/24/17 4:22pm ET
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he would be happy if the team signed RB Devonta Freeman to a contract extension before the start of training camp Thursday, July 27, but will not worry if the negotiations continue during camp.
Huddle Up: Freeman has a good chance of receiving an extension at some point before the start of regular season, so owners should monitor the situation. He will continue to share time with Tevon Coleman at running back but will see most of the carries. He rushed for 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016 and should be a solid No. 1 running back for fantasy owners.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 7/19/17 11:02am ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan said he has not started contract extension talks with the Falcons at this point. He said he is not concerned about his next contract but is happy that owner Arthur Blank said Ryan will be compensated for his play.
Huddle Up: Ryan threw for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns in 2016 and will have most of his offensive weapons back this season. He will be working with a new offensive coordinator but should be a No. 1 quarterback in most fantasy leagues.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 7/10/17 10:01pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu has registered the lowest drop rate of any receiver over the past two seasons, misplaying only three balls on 109 catchable passes (2.8 percent) within that span.
Huddle Up: Sanu has always boasted a reputation for having great hands, and this statistic further cements that. The 27-year-old is coming off a year in which he logged a career-high 59 catches for 653 yards and four touchdowns in his first year with the Falcons, and might be on the verge of putting up bigger numbers. He's definitely worth consideration as a WR3/FLEX option.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 7/7/17 8:16pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu solidified himself as the No. 2 receiver with his play last season, according to John Fricke of CBS Atlanta.
Huddle Up: Sanu may be the No. 2 option on paper, but there is a huge gap between Julio Jones and any other player in Atlanta's passing attack. Consider him a WR5 for fantasy purposes.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 6/26/17 1:09pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman's potential long-term deal is likely to happen soon, according to owner Arthur Blank. 'He's the kind of person you want to have on your team for all the right reasons,' Blank said of Freeman. It has been reported that Freeman's deal could be done before training camp commences.
Huddle Up: Freeman has turned into one of the better running backs in the NFL even with Tevin Coleman taking away plenty of playing time. Deal or no deal, Freeman is easily an RB1 with PPR scoring and even in standard leagues.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 6/20/17 11:09am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman's possible long-term contract could be done by the first week of training camp, according to a source. Freeman is entering the final year of his current contract.
Huddle Up: Freeman has averaged 13.5 touchdowns over the last two seasons. He managed 13 total touchdowns last season even with Tevin Coleman breaking out and remains a mid-range RB1 with more value in PPR leagues.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 6/16/17 1:38pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman said he is not focusing on his contract situation but is optimistic that he will receive a contract extension at some point.
Huddle Up: Freeman is entering the final year of his contract, so the Falcons could look to sign him to a contract extension over the next few months. Freeman is one of the better running backs in the NFL in 2016 and will continue to see a majority of the snaps at running back. He should be considered a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues.
Taylor Gabriel - WRPosted 6/13/17 2:02pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel (undisclosed) did not participate in minicamp Tuesday, June 13, as he deals with an undisclosed injury.
Huddle Up: It doesn't appear to be too serious of an ailment for Gabriel, who was an unsung performer for the Falcons in 2016. Gabriel is mainly a deep threat who will only have real value when Julio Jones is unable to play.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 6/13/17 1:56pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) is not participating in minicamp as he continues to recover from offseason foot surgery. Jones does expect to be ready for training camp in late July.
Huddle Up: The Falcons will take it easy with their star receiver this offseason after missing two games last year. He may not play much in the preseason, but he should still be one of the first wide receivers taken in fantasy drafts.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 6/8/17 10:37am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones could be utilized more in the red zone this season with new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian calling the shots. 'When you have a playmaker like Julio, it's making sure we maximize his opportunities because there is so much double-coverage, there are so many unique coverages that roll his way that when we don't get that, let's make sure he's one of the primary receivers on that play because it is such a tough matchup for anybody one on one.'
Huddle Up: Ideally, more red-zone opportunities equal more touchdowns. Jones' 20 touchdowns over the past three seasons are commendable, but he has been targeted 495 times in that span. Nonetheless, Jones is a top-three fantasy wideout and should be drafted as such.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 6/6/17 12:33pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) said he felt fine after jogging Tuesday, June 6. Jones is recovering from offseason foot surgery but is expected to be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: Jones isn't in serious jeopardy of missing significant time. As long as he doesn't have any setbacks this offseason he should be good to go as one of the first players drafted again this year after averaging 107.6 catches, 1,624.3 yards and 6.6 touchdowns the last three seasons.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 5/20/17 11:35am ET
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he is confident that the team will be able to sign RB Devonta Freeman to a contract extension. Dimitroff said talks between the two sides likely will occur around the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Freeman should receive an extension at some point because he is a big part of the team's offense. He recorded 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016 and should have a similar role this upcoming season. Freeman should be considered a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 5/17/17 10:11am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman wants to be 'elite paid', according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. 'I want to be the best. I want to be elite paid. Whatever that is, that's where I want to be,' Freeman said.
Huddle Up: It's a bit funny Freeman is giving off the impression he doesn't know how much money the elite backs make, but he is justified in asking to be paid like one of the league's top backs because he is. Le'Veon Bell is the highest-paid back in the league this year making $12-plus million on the franchise tag, while LeSean McCoy and Doug Martin rank second and third at $8.01 million and $7.15 million, respectively. The fourth-year pro is entering his walk year and a rock-solid RB1 in all formats.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 5/16/17 10:25am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman said he can't envision himself holding out if contract negotiations were to come to a halt. Freeman has one year left on his rookie deal.
Huddle Up: Freeman's extension is down the road a bit, and it would be a huge surprise to see him wearing something other than black and red for the next several seasons. Splitting touches with Tevin Coleman hasn't hurt Freeman's fantasy value. He's a top 10 back with more significance in PPR leagues.
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