Falcons Fantasy News

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions RB Theo Riddick (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 8. Riddick might be in for a big role if Reggie Bush can’t play against the Falcons, as expected. He had eight touches for 81 yards and a TD in the first half of the Minnesota game (before re-injuring his hamstring) with Bush sidelined.

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Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 8. Douglas has a chance to play this week, but we won’t know until early Sunday morning. He’s not a good fantasy option even if he does play.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 8. Johnson is a true game-time decision, per the team’s website reporter, Tim Twentyman. Owners will need to set their alarms for Sunday morning since the game kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Eastern. If Calvin is active, he’ll be a top 10 play while Golden Tate will probably be ranked in the #16-#20 range in a great matchup against the Falcons.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 8. Jones will be fine for a tough matchup with the Lions. He has already said not to expect a lot of deep balls with the current state of the Atlanta offensive line.

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) questionable, RB Reggie Bush (ankle) doubtful

Friday, October 24, 2014, 11:31am

Lions.com - [Full Article]

All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson will truly be a game-time decision for the Detroit Lions in Sunday’s game vs. Atlanta at Wembley Stadium.

Running back Reggie Bush, however, isn’t likely to play.

Bush, who practiced in limited fashion on Wednesday, but sat out Thursday and Friday because of a sore ankle, is listed as doubtful to play on Friday’s injury report.

Fantasy Impact:

If Johnson plays, owners are obligated to start him against a bad Falcons pass defense. We'll know for sure if he's active around 8:00 a.m. Eastern on Sunday morning, so owners should set their alarm clocks. As for Bush, the doubtful tag means that he's very likely out for Week 8. That means Theo Riddick (hamstring, probable) will be a Sneaky Start in a great matchup against Atlanta. With Bush sidelined against Minnesota, he had eight touches for 81 yards and a TD in the first half of the Minnesota game (before injuring his hamstring). Joique Bell is also a top 12 play with the Lions' other primary rusher sidelined.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) missed practice Thursday after taking limited reps Wednesday. Midweek downgrades are usually a bad sign, but we’ll see if Bush is able to practice on Friday before making any assumptions about his availability in a great matchup against the Falcons. If he can’t play Theo Riddick would assume the pass-catching role in the Lions backfield and would be a Sneaky Start given the matchup. He had eight touches for 81 yards and a TD in the first half of the Minnesota game (before re-injuring his hamstring) with Bush sidelined.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Lions RB Theo Riddick (hamstring) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Riddick might be in for a big role if Reggie Bush can’t play against the Falcons. He had eight touches for 81 yards and a TD in the first half of the Minnesota game (before re-injuring his hamstring) with Bush sidelined.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Douglas may make his return this week, though he’s not much of a fantasy option at this point.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Jones should be fine for a tough matchup with the Lions. He has already said not to expect a lot of deep balls with the current state of the Atlanta offensive line.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 12:01pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

There's an interesting side story in terms of defending Lions WR Golden Tate. Falcons free safety Dwight Lowery, who played with Jacksonville last year, was unable to finish the season due to an illegal block thrown by Tate when Tate played with Seattle. I don't see Lowery going the cheap-shot route to get back at Tate, but you better believe he'll try his best to make sure Tate doesn't beat the secondary with a long ball.

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) misses, Calvin Johnson (ankle) back at practice on Thursday

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 10:07am

Tim Twentyman, Twitter - [Full Article]

Lions RB Reggie Bush sat out of practice on Thursday. WR Calvin Johnson practiced for the second straight day, and did "much more," per Twentyman.

Fantasy Impact:

Midweek downgrades are usually a bad sign, but we’ll see if Bush is able to practice on Friday before making any assumptions about his availability in a great matchup against the Falcons. If he can’t play Theo Riddick would assume the pass-catching role in the Lions backfield and would be a Sneaky Start given the matchup. As for Johnson, it looks like he's a game-time call, which means owners will need to set their rosters at around 8:30-9:00 a.m. ET for a 9:30 a.m. kickoff in London on Sunday morning.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Bush is expected to play in a great matchup against the Falcons.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Douglas once again seems doubtful to play in Week 8.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jones should be fine for a tough matchup with the Lions. Jones should be fine for a tough matchup with the Lions.

Reggie Bush expects to play Week 8

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 11:23am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Lions RB Reggie Bush expects to play against the Falcons Week 8 in London.

"I'm fine," Bush said Tuesday before a community event at the University of Surrey, located about an hour from Central London. "I mean, I'm not 100 percent. But I haven't been 100 percent since high school.

"Got rolled up on a few times and injured in the (Saints) game. But I felt fine after the game, though. Didn't have any setbacks, and that's the most important thing. Looking to just continue to progress every week. I'll be on the field Sunday."

Fantasy Impact:

It's a great matchup against the Falcons but the potential is certainly there for the ankle injury to come up again.