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  • Julio Jones Dealing With Hamstring Injury

    Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said that wide receiver Julio Jones (hamstring) has been dealing with a hamstring injury for a couple of weeks, but he added that "my concern level is low" for the injury impacting Jones' play. The 31-year-old veteran All-Pro often deals with nagging injuries but has managed to play through them and remain productive in Atlanta's offense. Jones caught nine of his 12 targets for 157 yards in the Week 1 loss to the Seahawks. He has been limited this week with the hamstring injury, but he should be just fine to suit up this Sunday against Dallas. Jones is an elite WR1 that is a must-start if he's active.

    Sep 18 · Source via Falcons Julio Jones
  • Julio Jones (hamstring) limited participant in Thursday's practice

    Sep 17 · FantasyPros Falcons Julio Jones
  • Falcons Sign Laquon Treadwell To Practice Squad

    The Atlanta Falcons signed wide receiver Laquon Treadwell to their practice squad on Wednesday. Treadwell didn't make the club's 53-man roster out of training camp, but he'll remain with the team. A first-round pick by the Vikings in 2016, the Ole Miss product never lived up to the hype as a receiver. He's got good size at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, but he put up just 65 receptions on 107 targets for 701 yards and two touchdowns in his four years with Minnesota in 53 total games. Treadwell could be intriguing if injuries strike the Falcons wideouts and he's brought up to the active roster, but he's well off the fantasy radar for now.

    Sep 16 · Source via Falcons Laquon Treadwell
  • Younghoe Koo A Solid Starting Option In Week 2

    Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo is a solid starting option for Week 2. Koo connected on both of his field-goal attempts in Week 1, and both were notably from beyond 40 yards. Though he did miss an extra point, Koo should see quite a few kicking opportunities because the Falcons' offense is high-powered. This week's tilt against the Cowboys could be high-scoring, which means Koo could see a good amount of action.

    Sep 15 · Source via Falcons Younghoe Koo
  • Falcons Defense Should Remain On The Bench This Week

    The Atlanta Falcons Defense is simply not a viable streaming option for Week 2. After allowing 38 points and letting Russell Wilson "cook" in Week 1, the Falcons are in no position to be a trustworthy defense in Week 2. This is especially considering they face a loaded Dallas Cowboys offense that features talent all around the board such as Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, and CeeDee Lamb. Leave the ATL defense on the bench or waiver wire.

    Sep 15 · Source via Falcons Atlanta Falcons
  • Hayden Hurst A Low-End TE1 For Week 2

    Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst should be considered a low-end TE1 for this week's matchup against the Cowboys. The new Falcon recorded three receptions and 38 yards on five targets in Week 1 against the Seahawks. With the Falcons boasting a pass-happy offense, it was unfortunate that Hurst couldn't get more in on the action, as three receivers had over 100 yards in Week 1. Nevertheless, this week presents another opportunity for him to put up good numbers, as this game could be high-scoring. As a result, Hurst should be considered a low-end TE1, as he remains one of the top-four passing options on this team.

    Sep 15 · Source via Falcons Hayden Hurst
  • Russell Gage A Flex Play In Deep Leagues This Week

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage is coming off his best showing in the NFL coming into Week 2. The 2018 pick recorded nine receptions for 114 yards on 12 targets in Week 1, something not many managers could have seen coming. It's worth noting that Gage is the WR3 on this team, so he could see a decent amount of targets, though it's likely he will not have these types of numbers every week. Considering the Falcons and Cowboys both have high-powered offenses when they face off in Week 2, this game could be high-scoring, and Gage could see more targets headed his way. He is a good flex play in deep leagues.

    Sep 15 · Source via Falcons Russell Gage
  • Calvin Ridley A High-End WR2 In Week 2

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is a fine play in Week 2's matchup against the Cowboys. Being the WR2 on the team and commanding a decent target share, the 25-year-old recorded nine receptions for 130 yards and two scores on 12 targets in a terrific Week 1 showing. The youngster has developed quite a rapport with Matt Ryan and is now one of the most important pieces on this offense. He should be considered a high WR2 for this Week 2 tilt.

    Sep 15 · Source via Falcons Calvin Ridley
  • Julio Jones A WR1 For This Week

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is a WR1 for the Week 2 clash against the Cowboys. Last week, the talented wideout racked up nine receptions and 157 yards on 12 targets. With the robust chemistry the receiver has with Matt Ryan, along with his large target share in this offense, Jones should be started in what could be a high-scoring matchup against Dallas.

    Sep 15 · Source via Falcons Julio Jones
  • Todd Gurley II An RB2 For Week 2

    Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley II is a solid RB2 for the Week 2 matchup against the Cowboys. The 26-year-old took on the workhorse role for the team in Week 1, as expected, and got 56 rushing yards and a score on 14 carries. The second-most carries belonged to Brian Hill, but that was only three. This is good news for the former Ram, as he will be able to take on the bulk of carries for Atlanta each week. Dallas just allowed a decent game to the Rams running backs, fueling Gurley's value for this week.

    Sep 15 · Source via Falcons Todd Gurley
  • Matt Ryan A Low-End QB1 In Week 2

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan should be considered a low-end QB1 in Week 2's bout against the Dallas Cowboys. With the defense reeling in Week 1, Ryan was forced to carry the team and try to keep up, getting 450 pass yards total. With Dallas boasting a high-octane offense, the Falcons may have to put up many points to keep up again. Start Ryan with confidence as he came through last week and many games for this team could likely come down to how many points the offense can put up.

    Sep 15 · Source via Falcons Matt Ryan
  • Laquon Treadwell To Join Falcons' Practice Squad

    Sep 14 · Pro Football Rumors Falcons Laquon Treadwell
  • Falcons Defense Picked Apart In Week 1

    The Atlanta Falcons Defense was shredded by Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in Week 1. The team allowed 322 passing yards and four scores to Wilson, as they simply had no answer for him or Seattle's pass catchers. Atlanta did register three sacks- 1.5 for Grady Jarrett- and a fumble, but it was a performance to forget. The unit should again be avoided in Week 2, as they're taking on a Cowboys offense that figures to have one of the strongest passing attacks in the league.

    Sep 13 · Source via Falcons
  • Younghoe Koo Nails Two Field-Goals Against Seattle

    Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo made both his field-goal attempts and one extra point in a 38-25 Week 1 loss to Seattle. Koo impressively made a pair of 49-yard kicks, showing both the strength and accuracy of his leg. While the missed extra point isn't ideal, it's not enough to damper Koo's good start to the 2020 season. The 26-year-old should see his fair share of kicking opportunities in an Atlanta offense filled with playmakers. Koo makes for a nice Week 2 start against Dallas, who could force the Falcons to put up points in order to keep up.

    Sep 13 · Source via Falcons Younghoe Koo
  • Hayden Hurst Underwhelms In Falcons Debut

    Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst had an underwhelming debut in Week 1 against the Seahawks. Hurst saw five targets and caught three of them, but only managed 38 receiving yards. The 27-year-old showed off his athletic ability with a diving, 27-yard reception, though he was mostly held in check by safety Jamal Adams and the rest of the Seattle secondary. It certainly didn't help that the three Atlanta wideouts all saw 12 targets, which is unlikely to happen every game, despite their respective skills. Hurst gets a good opportunity to bounce back in Week 2 against a questionable Dallas secondary.

    Sep 13 · Source via Falcons Hayden Hurst
  • Russell Gage Records Career-High 114 Receiving Yards

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage had a career day against Seattle, catching nine passes for a career-high 114 yards in a losing effort. Gage took a hard hit from safety Jamal Adams and was in the concussion protocol, but was cleared to return to the game. The 24-year-old amazingly saw the same number of targets as fellow wideouts Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley in a pass-happy game script. Gage saw 13 targets in his last game of 2019 and opened up 2020 with 12 targets, so it seems like Atlanta really likes what they have out of their third receiver. Gage could be a nice waiver wire pickup for those who need receiver help, as the Falcons may be playing from behind more than they'd like. A potential high-scoring affair against Dallas awaits in Week 2.

    Sep 13 · Source via Falcons Russell Gage
  • Calvin Ridley Breakout Season Starts With A Bang

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley put up a massive stat line in a 38-25 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Ridley caught nine of 12 passes for 130 yards and two scores, the third multi-touchdown game of his career. Ridley's 12 targets were tied for the team lead with Julio Jones and Russell Gage (groin) as Atlanta ramped up their passing attack in an effort to make a comeback. If the 25-year-old gets volume like this- which could be likely given the way Atlanta's defense played- he should have no trouble smashing his ADP. He'll take on a Dallas Cowboys team with some question marks in the secondary. It's a great spot for Ridley to stay hot.

    Sep 13 · Source via Falcons Calvin Ridley
  • Julio Jones Puts Up 157 Receiving Yards

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones started off his 2020 season with a monster game. Jones hauled in nine of 12 targets for a game-high 157 yards, including a 44-yard reception. The 31-year-old was limited by a hamstring in practice, though in typical fashion, he came out and produced on Sunday as if nothing was wrong. Jones is the number-one receiving option on a team that may need to throw more than they would like to in 2020. He should get a chance to put up WR1 numbers every week. Up next is Dallas, who surrendered 118 yards and a score to Jones in 2018.

    Sep 13 · Source via Falcons Julio Jones
  • Todd Gurley II Finds The End Zone In Week 1

    Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley II carried the ball 14 times for 56 rushing yards with a touchdown in a 38-25 loss to the Seahawks. Gurley II didn't get much work in the passing game and managed an average 4.0 yards per carry. Still, head coach Dan Quinn indicated that game script shifted the team's focus away from the run more than he would have liked, which robbed the star back from any further production. It is also likely that Quinn didn't want to run Gurley II out there for 20-plus carries in Week 1, especially with his health concerns. The 25-year-old will look to get more of a bigger workload against Dallas in Week 2.

    Sep 13 · Source via Falcons Todd Gurley
  • Matt Ryan Throws For 450 Yards In Loss

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 37 of 54 passes for 450 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in a loss to Seattle. Ryan was tasked with throwing the ball 54 times because of the defense's struggles and he rose to the occasion. His 450 passing yards are the most since Week 4 of the 2018 season, a year where he finished as the QB2 overall. If Atlanta's defense struggles like they did in Week 1, Ryan's arm will have to be relied upon more than ever. Ryan's next matchup against the Dallas Cowboys could be fantasy friendly, as both teams can put major points on the board.

    Sep 13 · Source via Falcons Matt Ryan
  • Qadree Ollison Inactive In Week 1

    Atlanta Falcons running back Qadree Ollison is a healthy inactive for Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks. Brian Hill and Ito Smith will be the team's backups to No. 1 running back Todd Gurley for the game. Hill and Smith likely won't see more than about four or five touches each at most and have little fantasy value apart from being a handcuff to Gurley. It's also a bit unclear whether Hill or Smith is the more likely No. 2 of the group. If one of them out-touches the other by a decent margin this week, they could be a worthy deep league target to stash on your bench in case Gurley goes down.

    Sep 13 · Source via Falcons Qadree Ollison
  • Julio Jones Limited; Will Suit Up Sunday

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant for Friday's practice, though he will be on the field for the team's Week 1 matchup against Seattle. It doesn't appear to be anything that would limit Jones' workload on Sunday, so it was likely just Atlanta being cautious with their All-Pro wideout. The 31-year-old is likely to see a combination of cornerbacks Tre Flowers and Quinton Dunbar on the outside. A top-five finish at the position is certainly possible for Jones.

    Sep 11 · Source via Falcons Julio Jones
  • Younghoe Koo A Great Option In Week 1

    Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo makes for a great start against the Seattle Seahawks. Koo missed just three kicks and one extra-point in eight games for the Falcons last year. The 26-year-old is set up nicely here, as the high over/under of this game suggests that there could be a lot of trips to the red zone for both teams. At the very least, Koo will be active in recording PATs and could even chip in a couple of field goals. He has a good chance of finishing among the top-12 kickers in Week 1.

    Sep 10 · Source via Falcons Younghoe Koo
  • Falcons Defense Should Not Be Used In Week 1

    The Atlanta Falcons Defense has one of the toughest matchups of any unit in Week 1. Seattle ranked in the top-15 in both passing and rushing yards, showing that they're one of the tougher teams to gameplan for. They also possess one of the most underrated passing attacks in the league, spearheaded by All-Pro Russell Wilson, Pro Bowler Tyler Lockett and rising star DK Metcalf. This game could turn into a shootout and fantasy managers will want to have no part of Atlanta's defense if it does.

    Sep 10 · Source via Falcons
  • Russell Gage A Risky Play If He Suits Up

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage (groin) is currently questionable for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after putting in a limited session on Wednesday. Gage is practicing on Thursday, though it will be interesting to see what his status is on the injury report. The 24-year-old took over the Mohamed Sanu role in the Falcons' offense and had four games where he was targeted at least nine times. If Gage is unable to go, it would be a very slight boost to Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Hayden Hurst.

    Sep 10 · Source via Falcons Russell Gage
  • Russell Gage (groin) limited in practice Wednesday

    Sep 9 · FantasyPros Falcons Russell Gage
  • Hayden Hurst Has Breakout Potential In Week 1

    Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst was a popular breakout choice this year and he could make good on those predictions as early as Week 1 against Seattle. The Seahawks Defense allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends in 2019, though new safety Jamal Adams will surely help in that department. Still, Hurst's speed and reported chemistry with Matt Ryan should make him a tough matchup for the Seattle defense to handle. There is a bit of risk, considering this is Hurst's first game in a new offense with a new quarterback in a year where there were no preseason games. However, if this game turns into a shootout- which is a good possibility- Hurst could put up TE1 numbers.

    Sep 9 · Source via Falcons Hayden Hurst
  • Calvin Ridley A WR2 Against Seattle

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is in line for a good day against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1. Ridley figures to matchup with 2019 Pro Bowler Shaquill Griffin, who was the Seahawks' most improved player according to Pro Football Focus. The good thing for Ridley is, Atlanta moved him into the slot occasionally in 2019, so perhaps he can take advantage of different looks against Seattle's defense. The high over/under of this game and the pass-happy nature of the Falcons' offense makes Ridley a good start as a WR2 for Week 1 with the potential for more.

    Sep 9 · Source via Falcons Calvin Ridley
  • Todd Gurley II A Good Bet To Find The End Zone In Week 1

    Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley II will face a familiar foe in his Week 1 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. There were some question marks regarding Gurley II's health, though he alleviated some of those concerns with a strong training camp. The matchup against Seattle isn't the greatest, but the 26-year-old has enjoyed success against their defense in the past. In his last five games against the Seahawks, Gurley II has exceeded 50 rushing yards and scored at least one touchdown. In a potentially high-scoring game, Gurley II is a good bet to find the end zone at least once. Slot him into your lineup as an RB2 this week.

    Sep 9 · Source via Falcons Todd Gurley
  • Matt Ryan Possesses Upside Against Seahawks

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has upside in a plus matchup against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1. Seattle has a good secondary, but the loss of Jadeveon Clowney leaves them with a questionable pass rush. Ryan has thrown at least two touchdowns in each of his last two meetings against the Seahawks and has exceeded the 300-yard mark in one of those meetings. This game has one of the highest over/unders of any on this weekend's slate and could turn into an offensive battle between Ryan and Russell Wilson. Ryan should be started in all formats.

    Sep 9 · Source via Falcons Matt Ryan
  • Julio Jones A WR1 Against Seattle

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones faces a middle-of-the-pack matchup against the Seattle Seahawks secondary in Week 1. Seattle ranked 14th in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers, so it is a semi-tough matchup. However, Seattle is a bit banged up, with Tre Flowers (ankle) and Jamal Adams (hand) nursing injuries. Jones is likely to draw the bigger Flowers on the outside, who did have three interceptions last year but was up-and-down in coverage. It's a matchup that Jones should be able to exploit and fantasy managers should expect WR1 numbers.

    Sep 8 · Source via Falcons Julio Jones
  • Falcons Cut Deone Bucannon

    Sep 8 · Pro Football Rumors Falcons Deone Bucannon
  • Brian Hill has earned more playing time

    Sep 7 · FantasyPros Falcons Brian Hill
  • Falcons To Carry Two QBs On Practice Squad

    Sep 6 · Pro Football Rumors Falcons Kyle Lauletta
  • Calvin Ridley Set Up For Breakout Year

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is locked and loaded for a breakout season in 2020. Ridley was red-hot towards the end of last year prior to his season-ending abdominal injury. Take a look at his fantasy finishes from Weeks 11 to 14 after the Mohamed Sanu trade and Austin Hooper injury: WR3, WR8, WR19 and WR14. Those are elite-level numbers and show what Ridley is capable of when being targeted like a top receiver. The 25-year-old is already an excellent route runner, has drawn raves from quarterback Matt Ryan for his growth in understanding the playbook and is now the definite second option in what figures to be one of the most pass-happy offenses in the league. Ridley is a great pick at his 43 ADP, especially for those who go heavy on running backs early in their drafts.

    Sep 6 · Source via Falcons Calvin Ridley
  • Falcons Release Laquon Treadwell

    The Atlanta Falcons have released wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. The former first-round pick's contract with the Vikings expired at the end of last season and signed with Atlanta in March. While he's never finished a season with more than 302 receiving yards, the fifth-year pro was expected by some to rebound in Atlanta on a team with plenty of question marks at receiver behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. Instead, he heads back to free agency and Russell Gage appears to have locked in the No. 3 receiver job for the Falcons, making him an intriguing late-round pick in deeper leagues. Treadwell might land elsewhere, but his value is at an all-time low.

    Sep 5 · Source via Falcons Laquon Treadwell
  • Hayden Hurst Says Falcons Are The Perfect Fit

    In an interview with NFL Network, new Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst called his situation the perfect fit. The 27-year-old was traded to Atlanta from Baltimore earlier this offseason after notching 30 receptions, 39 targets, 349 yards, and two touchdowns last season with the Ravens. His role on Baltimore decreased in 2019 with the emergence of Mark Andrews. On his new squad, Hurst is considered the TE1 after Austin Hooper departed for Cleveland in free agency. He has the opportunity to see a decent number of targets in this Matt Ryan-led offense that features Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley as the top two pass-catchers. After that, there is no proven third pass-catcher. Hurst can be considered a low-end TE1/high TE2 with much upside if his role becomes big.

    Sep 4 · Source via Falcons Hayden Hurst
  • Matt Ryan Poised For Another QB1 Season

    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has all the pieces in place to deliver another top-12 fantasy season at the quarterback position. Ryan has his safety blanket in All-Pro receiver Julio Jones, a rising star in wideout Calvin Ridley, a former All-Pro at running back in Todd Gurley II and a potential breakout tight end in Hayden Hurst. Oh, and it helps that he's a pretty darn good passer too. Since 2012, Ryan has been a QB12 or better six times and has thrown for at least 4000 yards with 25 touchdowns a half-dozen times as well. The 35-year-old also should have the green light to sling the ball all over the field from pass-heavy coordinator Dirk Koetter. Ryan is an excellent option for those who wish to wait on selecting a quarterback in drafts.

    Sep 4 · Source via Falcons Matt Ryan
  • Todd Gurley II Shines In Scrimmage

    Atlanta Falcons running back Todd Gurley II looked great in the team's final training camp scrimmage on Thursday. Gurley II has put together a couple really nice scrimmages for Atlanta in training camp and has earned the praise of his teammates, most recently, fullback Keith Smith and tackle Jake Matthews. The 26-year-old appears to be fully healthy and is slated for a minimum of 15 touches per week in a Falcons offense that could be in a lot of fantasy-friendly matchups in 2020. Expecting top-flight RB1 numbers is probably unrealistic, though fantasy managers can feel pretty good selecting Gurley II as their RB2 at his current ADP of 28. It wouldn't be a bad idea for managers to invest some draft capital in backup Brian Hill, who is looking like a great insurance policy if something were to happen to Gurley II.

    Sep 4 · Source via Falcons Todd Gurley