Falcons Fantasy News

Falcons reportedly hiring Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator

Monday, January 19, 2015, 11:18am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons are hiring Kyle Shanahan as their OC, per league source. Shanahan and (Seattle DC) Dan Quinn planned to be package deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Quinn is expected to be hired as head coach, but that can't officially happen until the Seahawks' season is over. Shanahan will have some talent to work with in Atlanta, namely QB Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones and RB Devonta Freeman.

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Buccaneers hire Dirk Koetter as offensive coordinator

Friday, January 9, 2015, 10:44am

Tampa Bay Times - [Full Article]

Dirk Koetter, 55, agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Buccaneers with an option in 2017. He interviewed for the job last week and brings familiarity with the NFC South. Before coming to Atlanta, he spent five seasons as the Jaguars' offensive coordinator, following stints as head coach at Boise State and Arizona State.

During his three seasons in Atlanta, the Falcons ranked eighth, 14th and eighth in total offense. The Falcons' Matt Ryan posted the three highest passing yardage seasons in franchise history under Koetter, as well as three of the four highest completion percentage seasons.

That's important because the Bucs have the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft and are in position to select either Florida State's Jameis Winston or Oregon junior Marcus Mariota, who has yet to declare.

Koetter runs a pro-style offense that is heavy on the passing side, which could be a fit for Winston. But he also has a strong connection on the Mariota side — Oregon coach Mark Helfrich was Koetter's quarterbacks coach for eight years, at Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-05).

Fantasy Impact:

This looks like a good hire for whomever the Bucs tap to be quarterback in 2015.

Ron Rivera doesn't rule out using DeAngelo Williams

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 6:00pm

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

Panthers HC Ron Rivera was coy about the running back rotation before the Week 17 win at Atlanta, as well. DeAngelo Williams was listed as probable, but was held out for the fourth straight game with a broken bone in his right hand.

Jonathan Stewart has rushed for 486 yards over the past five games, beginning with the Nov. 30 loss at Minnesota when Williams was hurt. Rivera said he didn't want Williams to aggravate the injury against the Falcons last week.

"I decided we're in a good spot right now," Rivera said. "We've got guys that are 100 percent healthy, and why expose an injury that's something as simple as a nick that could turn into something worse?"

Fantasy Impact:

Williams played in only six regular-season games, while a healthy Stewart had his best season since 2009. But Rivera said he's not worried about disrupting the offensive chemistry by working Williams back in the rotation. "No, he's part of our chemistry," Rivera said, according to the story. But Stewart has excelled as the lead back without Williams around, so it remains to be seen if Rivera reverts back to both RBs. It's not a friendly matchup against the Cards, which could tempt Rivera to change things up.

Mike Smith let go by Falcons

Monday, December 29, 2014, 9:45am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Coach Mike Smith was fired by the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced Monday morning.

"Smitty's contributions to our club, team and city over the last seven years are numerous," owner Arthur Blank said in a release. "His accomplishments on the field made him the most successful coach in the 49-year history of the Falcons, and we are grateful for the foundation he has laid for us for the future."

Fantasy Impact:

Smith's firing did not come as a surprise, as multiple media outlets have reported on Blank's frustration with the Falcons' shortcomings over the last two seasons. Smith finished with a 1-4 postseason record despite going 66-46 in the regular season. The Falcons reached the playoffs four times in Smith's seven seasons with the team.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) INACTIVE

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:06pm

Panthers Inactives
James Dockery DB
David Foucault T
A.J. Klein OLB
Robert Lester SS
Kyle Love DT
Amini Silatolu G
DeAngelo Williams RB

Fantasy Impact:

Williams is inactive despite a probable tag. Jonathan Stewart should produce big numbers in a great matchup against the Falcons. Stewart has the most rushing yards in the league over the last four weeks.

Steven Jackson (quad) INACTIVE, Julio Jones (hip) ACTIVE

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:04pm

Falcons Inactives
Ricardo Allen CB
Charles Godfrey FS
Steven Jackson RB
Stansly Maponga DE
Sean Renfree QB
Jonathan Scott T
Tyler Starr OLB

Fantasy Impact:

Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman should split the work, with Freeman having more upside. Julio Jones active, as expected.

Falcons Beat: Jacquizz Rodgers will 'likely get the bulk of the carries' vs. Panthers

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:54pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons RBs Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers took over against the New Orleans Saints after Steven Jackson left the game with a quadriceps injury. Freeman, a fourth-round pick from Florida State, provided some big plays, including a 31-yard touchdown run.

Rodgers will likely get the bulk of the carries because he’s still considered a better pass protector.

Fantasy Impact:

Freeman has been significantly better but admits that he's not good enough in pass protection. Rodgers may start, but we expect that Freeman will get enough touches to make him a worthwhile play in daily formats.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quadricep, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 17. Jackson is not expected to play against Carolina. Look for Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers to form a committee. Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rodgers is expected to get the start, but Freeman has far more upside. He turned eight touches into 84 yards and a touchdown last week after Jackson left with an injury.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Douglas should play, but doesn’t have much fantasy appeal with both Julio Jones and Roddy White expected to play.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Given the return to practice, Jones figures to play through the hip injury in a crucial matchup with Carolina. The game is early on Sunday.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17. White will play against Carolina. In his last four games against the Panthers, he has averaged 8.3 catches for 113 yards and 1.25 TD.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Falcons K Matt Bryant (illness, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 17.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 4:33pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

One of the many positives to come out of last Sunday's win for the Atlanta Falcons over the New Orleans Saints was the play of rookie running back Devonta Freeman.

The fourth-round draft pick from Florida State not only looked exceptional running the ball on a 31-yard touchdown blast, he also looked pretty comfortable splitting out wide as a receiver on a 36-yard reception.

Freeman's flashes definitely caught the eye of quarterback Matt Ryan. And Ryan was asked during his weekly radio show on Atlanta's 680 The Fan why Freeman doesn't get the ball more.

"You know, feel like that's a very deep position for us," Ryan said. "We still feel like 'Quizz [Rodgers] and Steven [Jackson] do a great job for us as well. But, again, Devonta keeps showing that he's capable of making big plays when they present themselves.

"He was huge for us on Sunday. He obviously had the big catch, but he had an explosive touchdown run. He's certainly making his case for getting more touches."

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson's status (quad) is in question so Freeman could very well see more touches if Jackson can't go. Even after Jackson went down, Freeman was out-touched by Rodgers although Freeman was much more productive in the end. Jackson's injury wasn't considered serious but as the story says, his status is still in limbo.

Monday, December 22, 2014, 3:47pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Falcons coach Mike Smith said Monday that RB Steven Jackson was having further tests done to evaluate the injury, which means we’ll be waiting until later in the week for an idea about whether or not he’ll play against Carolina.

Devonta Freeman was the most effective back in New Orleans, running five times for 36 yards and a touchdown and catching three passes for 48 more yards.

Fantasy Impact:

Early reports after the game said the injury wasn't all that serious and Jackson could be available for Week 17. For now, that remains up in the air. Jacquizz Rodgers got a bulk of the carries but Freeman has more fantasy potential.

Steven Jackson injures quad, not believed to be serious

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 8:39pm

Atlanta Falcons on Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons RB Steven Jackson has a quad injury and did not return to the game.

Fantasy Impact:

An ESPN report on Monday said the Falcons don't believe the injury is serious and that Jackson will play in Week 17. Jacquizz Rodgers had 11 carries but collected just 29 yards. Devonte Freeman ran for a 5-36-1 line and added three catches for 48 yards. The Falcons play for the NFC South title against the Panthers next week. If Jackson can't go Freeman and Rodgers would likely split up the workload with Freeman having more upside.