Falcons Fantasy News

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Steelers TE Heath Miller (not injury related) returned to full practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday. Miller should be fine to face the Falcons.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Douglas has been limited for most of the season in early-week practices.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) did not practice Wednesday. Jones seems iffy for Week 15, though the team hopes he can play against the Steelers. If he can’t go, it would be a big upgrade for Harry Douglas, but Matt Ryan wouldn’t quite as appealing without his top weapon.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. White should be fine to face the Steelers, but he may be the focus of the defense if Julio Jones can’t play.

Eddie Lacy suffered a hip bruise on MNF

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 12:07pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

James Starks did the job at the end, helping the Packers run out the clock, but why wasn't Eddie Lacy in the game?

It turned out Lacy sustained a hip bruise late in the game that prevented him from finishing. Lacy said he thought he would be OK despite the short turnaround to Sunday's game at Buffalo, but he couldn't go at the end against the Falcons.

"I mean I tried, but no," Lacy said.

Lacy and Starks combined for 148 yards rushing (Starks had 10 carries for 75 yards, while Lacy had 13 carries for 73 yards) and each scored a rushing touchdown. Lacy also caught a touchdown pass, but it was Starks who was there at the end.

"He had a great game out there tonight," Lacy said of his backfield mate. "And we have to go out and continue to do this for the rest of the season."

Fantasy Impact:

If you're a Lacy owner and Starks is on your wire, you may want to grab him. There could be some cause for concern that Lacy couldn't make his way back in in a close game, but beat writer Ty Dunne tweeted later on Tuesday that the team doesn't seem overly concerned about the injury. The Packers play at Buffalo in Week 15, and after playing on Monday night it is a short week. We'll continue to monitor him this week.

Julio Jones injured his hip on Monday night

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 8:53am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Falcons WR Julio Jones finished Monday night's game with 11 catches, 259 yards and a touchdown before leaving with a hip injury late in the fourth quarter.

Jones took an awkward shot on a catch in the red zone and never returned. Jones tried to get the injury loose on the sideline, but the Falcons shut him down for the night even though they were driving for their final touchdown of a 43-37 loss.

Fantasy Impact:

Falcons coach Mike Smith said after the game that the initial diagnosis on Jones' injury was unclear. But he didn't sound too concerned, which is some good news to take from this until we can learn a little more. Jones has been on fire lately so this will be an anxious time for owners heading into the Week 15 playoffs. Jones has a home game vs. Pittsburgh. It's an early afternoon contest so if it comes down to a game-time call there will at least be time for adjustments. Harry Douglas only had two catches on MNF but did have a TD. He would make for a solid handcuff option.

Roddy White ACTIVE for Monday night

Monday, December 8, 2014, 7:20pm

Falcons Inactives
Robert Alford CB
James Anderson LB
Charles Godfrey FS
Stansly Maponga DE
Sean Renfree QB
Jonathan Scott T
Tyler Starr OLB

Fantasy Impact:

Roddy White (ankle) is active. The Falcons will likely fall behind in this one, but the Packers feature a good secondary playing at home, and there is also snow to deal with. Harry Douglas (foot) is also active and could see more time. White certainly comes with some risks, but if you waited on him, start him as somewhat risky WR2 option. Reports indicate he looked pretty good in warmups.

MNF Injury Report Week 14 - Roddy White QUESTIONABLE

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 4:12pm

CB Robert Alford (wrist)

DE Stansly Maponga (elbow), WR Roddy White (ankle)

G Justin Blalock (back), WR Harry Douglas (foot)

(Green Bay did not practice on Saturday. The Saturday practice report is an estimation.)

LB Jamari Lattimore (ankle), DE Luther Robinson (calf)

CB Sam Shields (concussion)

DE Josh Boyd (knee), DT Mike Daniels (back), G T.J. Lang (ankle), LB Nick Perry (shoulder), G Josh Sitton (toe), G Lane Taylor (illness)

Fantasy Impact:

We reported earlier Saturday that White said he would play, but the Falcons were also optimistic last week about White and he ended up inactive. Harry Douglas, listed as probable, would be a decent handcuff option for White owners.

Roddy White confident he'll play Monday night

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 2:24pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White, who missed last week's game with a left ankle sprain, participated in practice Friday and expressed confidence about playing Monday night versus the Packers.

White is listed as questionable going into the game. Saturday was the first day this week he was on the field with a helmet doing some work.

"It felt pretty good out there, man," White said. "Just out there relaxing; catching some balls, working on timing and stuff like that. It was good man. I needed to get out there and go out there with Matt (Ryan) and work on timing for a little while. That's what we did."

Fantasy Impact:

Keep in mind, the Falcons were confident about White playing last week against the Cardinals, but he was inactive. His questionable status makes one wonder if it could again be a game-time decision. We always say it's tough to trust a player's opinion of his injury status.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday. Douglas could be the team’s WR2 depending on Roddy White’s status. He caught nine passes for 116 yards in that role last week.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) missed practice again Friday. White “ran extensively” on the side of practice, but did not technically practice. We should know more on Saturday. Smith said on Friday that he expects White to play in Week 14. For what it’s worth, HC Mike Smith was “confident” that White would play last week, but he didn’t. If he’s out, Harry Douglas would be a Sneaky Start.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) missed practice Thursday. Douglas could play a big role against the Packers if Roddy White can’t play.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) missed practice Thursday. The Falcons don’t play until Monday night, so White has an extra day to heal. Hopefully we have a good idea of his status by Saturday (or Sunday morning). Harry Douglas is a good Plan B, but he’s still dealing with a foot injury.

Roddy White (ankle) expected back Week 14

Monday, December 1, 2014, 2:59pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

As they continue their unlikely push toward a playoff spot, the Falcons’ receiving corps appears to be whole again.

Coach Mike Smith told reporters that he anticipates veteran wideout Roddy White to return for next Monday’s game against the Packers.

Fantasy Impact:

White was inactive for their win against the Cardinals, though they had expressed the requisite optimism last week as well, the story pointed out. Julio Jones had a monster game with White out and would again likely see a lot of targets. But White has been pretty good over his last five games played, which includes three TD catches and no less than 66 yards and five catches in that span.

Jamaal Charles has bruised knee

Monday, December 1, 2014, 2:11pm

Adam Teicher on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he thinks RB Jamaal Charles will be available for Arizona game Week 14. Had some swelling in knee. Played through it Sunday night.

Fantasy Impact:

This may be a sign from the fantasy gods that it's time to secure Knile Davis if you're a Charles owner and you haven't already. It's a tough matchup Week 14 for Charles against the Cardinals, but the ageless Steven Jackson seemed to do just fine in Week 13. Charles has favorable matchups Weeks 15 (Oakland) and Week 16 (Pittsburgh). If Charles wouldn't go, we know that Davis would get a bulk of the work and would be a very good fantasy option.