Falcons Fantasy News

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.

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Julio Jones' availability will be based on pregame workout

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:22am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Last week, the Falcons waited until Sunday morning to decide whether receiver Julio Jones would play despite a hip injury. This week, it’ll be the same routine.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Jones’ availability for Sunday’s showdown with the Saints will hinge on the Sunday morning pre-game workout.

Fantasy Impact:

Jones wants to play and the Falcons sure need him. In his last two games played, Jones generated 448 receiving yards, with a whopping 259 yards coming in a Monday night loss to the Packers. Between the performances with Jones and the team’s struggles without him, the fourth-year wideout from Alabama is laying the foundation for a major payday at some point during the 2015 offseason, the story said. If Jones can't go, Harry Douglas would shape up to be a very good option again.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh) took limited practice reps again Friday. Manning will face Cincinnati, but he hasn’t played well (fantasy-wise) in recent weeks. He’s still pretty much a must-start, but it’s conceivable that an owner would bench him for Matthew Stafford or Matt Ryan, given the matchups.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 16. If Julio Jones is back, Douglas won’t be startable, but he’s a WR2-type if Jones remains out. Stay tuned on Sunday morning.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 16. Jones is likely a game-time decision on Sunday, per HC Mike Smith. If he plays, expect him to be ranked as a WR2, depending on the pregame reports from the Atlanta/New Orleans beat writers. If he’s out, Harry Douglas and Roddy White would both be top 25 plays against a shaky New Orleans secondary. The Falcons play early on Sunday.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 16. The knee is a new injury for White who played all but a few of the snaps in Week 15. He will be fine to play on Sunday.

Falcons Beat: WR Julio Jones (hip) expected to play

Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:40am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Falcons beat writer Vaughn McClure: I anticipate Julio Jones will be ready for the Saints, based on everything I'm hearing... If Jones indeed plays Sunday, I will be curious to see if his speed and ability to get down the field is hampered at all by the injury.

Fantasy Impact:

This isn't a ringing endorsement of Jones's availability for Sunday, but it is encouraging. We'd like to see Jones return to practice on Friday before penciling him into our lineups.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh) took limited practice reps Thursday. Manning will face Cincinnati, but he hasn’t played well (fantasy-wise) in recent weeks. He’s still pretty much a must-start, but it’s conceivable that an owner would bench him for Matthew Stafford or Matt Ryan, given the matchups.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. If Julio Jones is back, Douglas won’t be startable, but he’s a WR2-type if Jones remains out.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) missed practice again Thursday. Jones may be a game-time decision on Sunday, per HC Mike Smith. If he’s out, Harry Douglas is a solid WR2. The Falcons play early on Sunday.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. The knee is a new injury for White who played all but a few of the snaps in Week 15. He should be fine to play on Sunday, though we’ll keep an eye on his practice participation this week.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Douglas typically rests on Wednesdays after suffering this foot injury. If Julio Jones is back, Douglas won’t be startable, but he’s a WR2-type if Jones remains out.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) did not practice Wednesday. Jones may be a game-time decision on Sunday, per HC Mike Smith. The Falcons play early on Sunday.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) did not practice Wednesday. The knee is a new injury for White who played all but a few of the snaps in Week 15. He should be fine to play on Sunday, though we’ll keep an eye on his practice participation this week.

Falcons think Julio Jones will play Week 16

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 10:00am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

On Monday, coach Mike Smith said Falcons WR Julio Jones was “darn close” to playing against Pittsburgh and that he thinks Jones will be ready to go against New Orleans.

“Julio is about where he was yesterday. Our anticipation is we’ll have him ready to go this week,” Smith said, via the team’s website. “It’s going to be important for him to continue to improve. He improved from last week to this week, and we need to get him back out there. I know it’ll be every day, what’s going on with Julio. I think what we need to do, is we need to realize it’s something that’s going to be later on during the week, so maybe we can look at other things and talk about other before we talk about number 11.”

Fantasy Impact:

PFT went on to say Smith was full of optimism for Jones last week and Roddy White the previous week before both players wound up on the sideline come kickoff. That doesn’t mean he’s off on this call, but there’s probably not much reason to jump to the conclusion that Jones is playing until he’s able to at least get back on the practice field.