Julio Jones Fantasy News

Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan 'fully anticipates' more deep throws this season

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 1:50pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan fully anticipates taking more deep shots this coming season, particularly with a dynamic deep threat such as Julio Jones to target. Last season, Jones averaged 10.33 air yards per target, which ranked 47th in the league. Of course, he made the most of those targets with a league-leading 1,871 receiving yards, including 642 yards after the catch. But a few more deep balls might have put Jones over the 2,000-yard mark.

"Usually, explosive plays have never been an issue. I know we didn't get as many last year as we wanted to. ... We actually had a good amount of explosive plays. We didn't have a good amount of explosive touchdowns. Our guy who can do it the most, Julio, he got a bunch at the beginning of the year, but it's a little harder to get explosive plays when there's always a second guy over the top of you. That's why we had to move him and recreate some. I'm hoping other guys can do it, too."

Fantasy Impact:

Jones finished #2 in both formats last year and is a rock-solid 1st round pick in 2016. Not much has changed in Atlanta, so Jones should continue to see a boatload of targets as Matt Ryan’s primary option. A few more touchdowns would certainly help his outlook. Any concern about Jones’ foot seems to be gone now that he’s played in 31 of his last 32 games.

Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 14. Jones is not a recommended daily play this week, at least in cash games. He has not fared well against Carolina in recent games (10 catches for 117 yards combined in two games last year) and Panther CB Josh Norman is playing as well as anyone. Since Week 4, Jones is the #11 WR, and given the matchup, he’s not necessarily a must-start in season-long leagues either.

Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm

Falcons TE Jacob Tamme (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 14. Tamme should be fine to play on Sunday. He had a disappointing Week 13, but is a bounce back candidate this week with the Panthers likely focused on stopping Julio Jones.

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Jones is not a recommended daily play this week, at least in cash games. He has not fared well against Carolina in recent games (10 catches for 117 yards combined in two games last year) and Panther CB Josh Norman is playing as well as anyone. Since Week 4, Jones is the #11 WR, and given the matchup, he’s not necessarily a must-start in season-long leagues either.

Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm

Falcons TE Jacob Tamme (shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Tamme should be fine to play on Sunday. He had a disappointing Week 13, but is a bounce back candidate this week with the Panthers likely focused on stopping Julio Jones.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6:33pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jones is not a recommended daily play this week, at least in cash games. He has not fared well against Carolina in recent games (10 catches for 117 yards combined in two games last year) and Panther CB Josh Norman is playing as well as anyone at his position. Since Week 4, Jones is the #11 WR, and given the matchup, he’s not necessarily a must-start in season-long leagues either.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6:33pm

Falcons TE Jacob Tamme (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Tamme had a disappointing Week 13, but is a bounce back candidate this week with the Panthers likely focused on stopping Julio Jones.

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 8:19am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Kamar Aiken has gone from a journeyman wide receiver to one of the more consistent ones in the league recently.

Since stepping into the Ravens' No. 1 receiver role, Aiken has had at least five receptions and 50 yards in each of his last four games. Only Julio Jones (11 games) and Allen Robinson (seven) have longer active streaks.

"It definitely shows that all the hard work pays off," quarterback Matt Schaub said. "All these years, he has just kept coming to practice, kept coming to work and just continuing to strive to do the best that he can and be perfect on his routes and understand what the quarterback is thinking, coverages and his subtle route adjustment. Kamar does run crisp routes, and he doesn’t confuse the quarterback with his breaks, and he has shown the ability to have strong hands and go attack the football and not wait on the football. You’ve got to love that as quarterback.”

Matt Ryan says he's healthy

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 8:47pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Despite never being listed on the team’s injury report, there was rampant speculation on the local sports radio circuit that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan must be injured.

On his weekly appearance on 680 The Fan, Ryan dismissed those concerns.

“I am healthy,” Ryan said.

He tracked all of his problems to execution of the new offense. He cited a tipped pass on one of his interceptions against the Titans and he wished he never made the throw on the screen pass in the 10-7 win over Tennessee.

Ryan also discussed his incompleted pass to Julio Jones on fourth down, which ended with them having an animated conversation on the sideline.

Fantasy Impact:

The normally accurate Ryan has thrown two interceptions in three games this season, and has completed less than 60 percent of his passes in two of the past three games after a stretch of 14 consecutive games where he completed 60 percent or better.

Julio Jones 'doing great'

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 4:43pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

While Julio Jones has been dealing with both a toe injury and a hamstring injury, the Atlanta Falcons got some good news as their star wide receiver practiced on Monday.

On top of that, as D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Dan Quinn had very positive things to say about Jones' status.

“Just from the end of last week, he was doing really good,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “There were no set backs at all from the game. Moving forward, he’s doing great.”

Fantasy Impact:

It's been obvious that Jones has been slowed at least somewhat by the injuries, as he went from topping 135 yards in the first three games, to failing to hit 100 yards in any of the previous three. Regardless, he looked solid against the New Orleans Saints in Week 6, catching six balls for 93 yards.

Julio Jones back at practice

Monday, October 19, 2015, 12:41pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s been in and out practice over the past two weeks with a toe and hamstring injuries, was back at practice on Monday.

Jones has been listed as probable for the three of the past four games. He was listed as questionable for the Washington game.

He played in all of the games despite having limited practice time.

He was clearly out of sync with quarterback in the Washington game. He came back to catch six of 10 targets for 93 yards against the Saints.

Before facing the Saints, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Jones needed time to get in sync with Ryan since he didn’t practice this week. They warmed up together before the game.

Fantasy Impact:

Jones has received extensive therapy for the hamstring, including ice and electric stimulation, but said he’s mostly been resting.

Wolfson: Julio Jones won't be on a pitch count, 'feels better' than last week

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 11:31am

Tracy Wolfson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Tracy Wolfson: Dan Quinn told me Julio Jones will play and he will NOT be on a pitch count. Said he feels better than last week.

Fantasy Impact:

Jones should be in the lineup in all season-long leagues and he's a contrarian play in DFS tournaments. The Saints are #19 in WR aFPA, and it should be a high-scoring game.

TNF Injury Report: Saints vs. Falcons, Julio Jones (hamstring) PROBABLE

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 5:53pm

NFL Communications

Atlanta Falcons

OUT
LB Justin Durant (elbow), C Mike Person (ankle)

PROBABLE
RB Devonta Freeman (toe), WR Leonard Hankerson (ribs), WR Julio Jones (toe, hamstring)

New Orleans Saints

OUT
G Tim Lelito (shoulder), P Thomas Morstead (right quadricep), CB Damian Swann (concussion)

DOUBTFUL
T Terron Armstead (knee), WR Marques Colston (shoulder)

QUESTIONABLE
DE Bobby Richardson (hip)

PROBABLE
S Jairus Byrd (knee), G Jahri Evans (knee), DT John Jenkins (elbow), CB Keenan Lewis (hip)

Fantasy Impact:

For Julio Jones, the probable tag means he's virtually certain to play, so we would expect him to play his usual (or near-usual) amount of snaps. There is concern that he's going to be used as a decoy, but it appears he emerged from Week 5 without a setback, so we would assume that he would play his typical role. With Marques Colston unlikely to play, Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman should see more playing time.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) listed as probable for TNF

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 11:56am

Atlanta Falcons - [Full Article]

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is listed as probable for Thursday's game.

Fantasy Impact:

The probable tag means he's virtually certain to play, so we would expect Julio to play his usual amount of snaps. There is concern that he's going to be used as a decoy, but it appears he emerged from Week 5 without a setback, so we would assume that he would play his typical role.

Falcons think Julio Jones will play Week 6

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 2:11pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn remains optimistic about Julio Jones' availability Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints.

Quinn told reporters he anticipates Jones playing, despite the superstar receiver dealing with a nagging hamstring injury, per NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon.

"He did the walk through last night and did that today," Quinn said. "From what we saw, he's doing good and we anticipate him playing for the game."

Fantasy Impact:

Jones played 73 of 80 snaps in the Falcons' Week 5 overtime win over the Washington Redskins, garnering five catches for 67 yards on 10 targets. There were questions entering the contest about whether Atlanta would limit the wideout's playing time. Jones has been held under 70 yards receiving each of the past two weeks while dealing with the injury, after starting the season with three straight games of 135-plus yards.

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