Falcons Fantasy News

NFL officially announces 10-game suspension for Browns WR Josh Gordon

Friday, September 19, 2014, 3:02pm

Joe Reedy, Twitter - [Full Article]

NFL officially announces that Josh Gordon is back after 10 games.

Fantasy Impact:

Well, it's official. We're still not clear why Gordon is getting a 10-game suspension based on his known violations/failed tests, or why the last (barely) positive test wasn't thrown out, but it appears that he will make his return in Week 12 against the Falcons. He's worth holding onto, though it may create some tough decisions as owners navigate through the bye weeks. Keep in mind that his value increases every week as we get closer to Week 12, so a trade is a possibility as well. He should be a difference maker for the stretch run, provided he can stay out of trouble until then.

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Falcons WR Harry Douglas unable to return after injuring foot

Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:05am

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons WR Harry Douglas left Thursday night’s game against the Buccaneers with a left foot injury. The team announced his return was questionable.

The wide receiver was injured in the second quarter on a downfield route. He had to be helped off the field and was immediately taken to the locker room. He initially appeared unable to put any weight on the foot.

Fantasy Impact:

Douglas posted 2-14-1 prior to leaving with the injury. Devin Hester saw more work in his absence, but only saw one target on the night. Eric Weems managed 4-69 on five targets with Douglas missing from the lineup.

Roddy White out for Thursday Night Football

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7:11pm

Falcons Inactives
Javier Arenas CB
Cliff Matthews DE
Ryan Schraeder T
Tyler Starr OLB
James Stone C
Roddy White WR

Fantasy Impact:

With Roddy White out, Harry Douglas enters the WR3/flex conversation.

La Canfora: Falcons WR Roddy White not expected to be active for TNF

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 5:01pm

Jason La Canfora, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jason La Canfora: "I do not expect to see Roddy White active for this game as well."

Fantasy Impact:

It would be nice to have clarity before kickoff, as White was used as a decoy for several games last season before looking like his old self late in the year. Harry Douglas gets a big bump if White is out. Douglas finished as the #32 WR in standard formats (#22 in PPR) last season thanks to injuries suffered by Julio Jones and White.

Rapoport: Bucs RB Doug Martin 'unlikely' to play tonight, will test knee in pregame

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:46pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

What about Buccaneers RB Doug Martin? I’m told he’s unlikely to play tonight vs. the Falcons with that knee injury. Will test out pregame to be sure.

Fantasy Impact:

Bobby Rainey becomes a low-end RB1/high-end RB2 if Martin is out. If Martin is active, Rainey is still startable as a RB2/flex, but the situation is far murkier if Martin is playing tonight.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Jones is good to go for Thursday night.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (hamstring, questionable) did not practice Wednesday. White hasn’t practiced this week but beat writer Vaughn McClure says there is “no doubt” that he’ll play on Thursday. Harry Douglas would get a big bump if White is out.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 5:14pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

If there's a downside to the fact that WR Jordy Nelson has an NFL-leading 18 catches for 292 yards through two games -- and there may not be one -- it could be that the Green Bay Packers have become too reliant one player.

At this point, the man throwing Nelson the ball does not see that as a concern.

While admitting it's a departure from what they normally do, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show that he does not see a downside to it.

"If teams are going to start rolling some coverage to Jordy, then we need our other guys to step up and we need to be able to run the ball more effectively," Rodgers said on his show.

Fantasy Impact:

Many considered Nelson in that tier of fantasy WRs after guys like Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones, etc. But Nelson is starting to make a claim that he should be considered in the top tier. The story said that in Sunday's comeback win over the Jets, Rodgers targeted Nelson 16 times. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Rodgers had never before thrown that many passes toward a single receiver in one game. The previous week, Rodgers went to Nelson 14 times. It's not terrible news for Randall Cobb owners either, as the WR caught two TD passes although didn't have the yardage that Nelson put up.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 9:57am

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

The NFL is copycat league and the Falcons needs to steal a few pages out of the Eagles playbook and use RBs Antone Smith and/or Devonta Freeman like the Eagles are using Darren Sproles.

If the Falcons can make those blocks, Antone Smith has shown that can rip off those big plays. Freeman showed his power in the opener against Saints when he barreled through defenders to pick up an extra five yards after contact.

Coach Mike Smith seem to regret that neither player received in opportunities in 24-10 the mauling by the Bengals.

“We did not get (through) rotation because we had some three-and-outs,” Smith said. “Rotating our backs didn’t go like it did in the first week. That’s something that again, when you’ve got four running backs it’s a challenge every game to get the numbers that you’d like for them to have.”

Fantasy Impact:

It's just one opinion but his point makes a lot of sense in a copycat league. We'll see if the Falcons take his advice... The team has four backs with some potential, however Smith and Freeman are younger guys with a lot of ability who are trying to get more touches behind vets Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers. So far Jackson has 23 carries for 98 yards and Rodgers 11 carries for 57 yards and a TD, but both backs haven't been involved in the passing game. Meanwhile, Smith and Freeman have combined for 7 catches and 113 yards.

Roddy White has hamstring injury

Monday, September 15, 2014, 10:11pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White suffered a hamstring injury and did not practice on Monday or Tuesday

Fantasy Impact:

The team isn't too concerned according to reports. And it's more about getting White ready for an early week. But, his is something owners need to keep an eye on as the Falcons play on Thursday night this week. Harry Douglas is considered a great handcuff option for owners of either Julio Jones or White.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Bengals WR A.J. Green (foot, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 2. Crisis averted. Green is good to go for a great matchup against the Falcons.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 7:30pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 2. White is good to go for a tough matchup with the Bengals, though it’s a little concerning that he’s having knee problems this early in the season.

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:24pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. White says he’s “good to go” and “feeling really good” after the limited practice.

Falcons will continue to 'grow' four-receiver package

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 10:52pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Falcons used such a four-WR alignment on 19 plays in Week 1. The eight plays run in the setup on third down included a 35-yard connection between Matt Ryan and Hester on third-and-8 on a drive that resulted in White's 2-yard touchdown catch. On the seven pass plays in 10 personnel on first down, the Falcons gained an average of 13.8 yards per play.

Among the four plays using four wides on second down was a 23-yard Ryan to Douglas connection on second-and-7 that set up Jacquizz Rodgers' 17-yard touchdown run. Another was a 17-yard run by Steven Jackson up the middle on second-and-15, proving that spreading out the defense can open things up for the run. Such a concept might be an effective strategy for the Falcons going into Week 2, particularly with their foursome of capable running backs.

"It worked really good," OC Dirk Koetter said. "I have never in my career been much of 10-personnel guy. Obviously, when we had Tony [Gonzalez] here, our philosophy was it's tough to put a fourth wide receiver in and take the best tight end to ever play off the field. The acquiring of Devin Hester and the fact that Devin has done such a good job of assimilating himself into the system, now we do have our explosive wide receivers.

"We started with a very small package. It's going to grow all the time."

Fantasy Impact:

The formation would ensure that Harry Douglas and Devin Hester are on field. Douglas specifically looks like a steady value in PPR formats after a solid 2013 campaign.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 7:02pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. White played through the injury against the Saints, so we’re expecting him to play in Week 2.