Falcons Fantasy News

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm

Falcons RB Antone Smith (neck) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Douglas should be fine to play coming off the team’s post-London bye week.

Monday, November 3, 2014, 12:39pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Browns beat writer Mary Kay Kabot answered a question about WR Josh Gordon:

"Gordon has been working really hard and I think he'll be ready to unload on the Falcons Nov. 23 in his first game back from his 10-game suspension. It usually takes a player a little time to get acclimated to game speed and contact, but I have a feeling the adrenaline will take over and fans will see the All-Pro receiver Gordon was last season. If the Browns are still in the thick of the playoff hunt, things could get really interesting when he returns. With four of those final six games on the road, they'll definitely need him to be on point."

Fantasy Impact:

It could shape up to be the best possible news for Gordon owners: the team still being in the thick of things when we get to Week 12. It may be hard for Gordon to step right in and be up to game speed, but owners can at least hope by Week 13 - just in time for the fantasy playoffs.

Monday, November 3, 2014, 8:48am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Falcons explosive running back Antone Smith is expected to be ready for Sunday's game at Tampa Bay (1-7). Smith suffered a neck stinger during the Falcons' 22-21 loss to the Detroit Lions in London.

Smith, in the last year of his contract, leads the team with five touchdowns.

Saints Beat: Mark Ingram to return to 'some form of timeshare' as committee gets healthy

Friday, October 31, 2014, 4:59pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Will the Saints keep riding Ingram once fellow backs Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas return from injuries?

Chances are, the Saints will return to some form of timeshare -- mainly because those two guys are so talented and were also thriving in their part-time roles before they got hurt.

When asked again Friday if Ingram has earned the opportunity to play a greater role at the head of the timeshare, Payton seemed open-minded.

"Listen, he certainly is [earning the opportunity]. Yet the key is just the durability. But he's been outstanding," Payton said. "I think that Sunday and then what he did last night, those are a lot of touches. And so we're gonna have to, as we get guys healthy, break those up. And yet to his credit, he's handled that workload. And I think our guys up front, I think it's all kind of come together to some degree."

Fantasy Impact:

Ingram has a couple of tough matchups in the next three weeks (San Francisco and Baltimore), but the Saints face the Panthers, Bears and Falcons in the fantasy playoffs, and even if he's the lead back in a timeshare, he should still be useful down the stretch.

Cowboys Beat: DeMarco Murray 'too good' to take off the field

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 9:53am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cowboys beat writer Todd Archer on DeMarco Murray's heavy workload: There’s some concern about it, and they have rested him at different times for a series or a few plays in the first half of the past three games, but he is their bell cow. He is their guy. They will be mindful of how much work he gets, but he’s too good to take off the field for extended spells. They like backup running backs Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar, but those guys can’t do what Murray does in the run and pass game. He doesn’t look like he’s wearing down. He had 19 carries for 141 yards against the Redskins, so his carries were down from what they had been. But I’d maintain he took more of a beating in that game than he did when he had 29 carries in Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans. Jason Garrett was around Emmitt Smith for the bulk of his career, so I think he has a watchful eye to this sort of thing, as does Scott Linehan, who was around Steven Jackson in St. Louis. They will be smart with Murray, but not to the point that it costs them games.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray is averaging 29.0 touches per game, which is a big increase from the 19.3 touches he averaged in 2013. So far, he hasn't shown any signs of wearing down, but Murray owners should try to secure Joseph Randle just in case. Those owners who don't own Murray would be wise to stash Randle (or hold him ransom) in case Murray breaks down.

Rashad Jennings doesn't practice Monday

Monday, October 27, 2014, 12:49pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

RB Rashad Jennings was among a handful of Giants to not practice Monday.

Fantasy Impact:

It was just a light workout so not a lot of reason for concern just yet. However HC Tom Coughlin was quoted as saying he's not ready to go. The story said Jennings had hoped to be back on the field by Wednesday. Jennings planned to spend last week (the Giants' bye) running and cutting on the knee he injured against the Atlanta Falcons several weeks back. It would help owners if they also had Andre Williams, as the Giants play the Colts on Monday night in Week 9 and it's possible we don't know Jennings' status until right before the game.

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.

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.