Falcons Fantasy News
Aaron Rodgers to get scans on collarbone
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 9:35am
Team doctors will evaluate the results, discuss them with Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy. A determination is expected to be made later Tuesday as to whether Rodgers will play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
Mike McCarthy's presser on Monday was pushed back to Tuesday afternoon, so we should find out about Rodgers later today. A story came out yesterday that doctors are looking to play it very cautious with Rodgers rather than risk putting him back out there before he's ready. The Packers feel they need to win out to even have a chance at the playoffs, so they very well may think shutting him down for the season is in everyone's best interest - except for fantasy owners of course. Stay tuned...
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Monday, December 2, 2013, 5:32pm
The final numbers showed Roddy White catching a season-high 10 passes for a season-high 143 yards. In talking to him Sunday after the Atlanta Falcons' 34-31 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills, one would think the wide receiver was held without a catch.
The frustration in White’s tone had nothing to do with the final score. It had everything to do with the way injuries have held him back all season long.
Yes, White still isn't healthy.
White said he ankle is still bothering him, "but I'm a football player." White is still playing through the high ankle sprain, but finally busted out with a big game. It's obviously he wants to play, but owners should be aware that with a lost season, one would think the team has to start thinking about how smart it is to keep putting him out there.
Monday, December 2, 2013, 10:01am
C.J. Spiller’s 2013 season can be summed up by his Sunday afternoon in the Rogers Centre.
The Buffalo Bills’ running back was at times ineffective, at times electrifying, and at times hurt during his team’s 34-31 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
On the Bills’ second play from scrimmage, he busted a career-long 77-yard run down to the Atlanta 6-yard line before being caught by Falcons rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant (who ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine).
Spiller said his ankle was “fine” after the game, but he was noticeably limping at times.
As the article pointed out, Spiller carried 15 times for a season-high 149 yards and a touchdown, but once again had to check himself out of the lineup periodically to get his left ankle looked at. Spiller was held to 3 yards or less on nine of his 15 carries, but he made amends with a pair of explosive runs that were reminders of his game-breaking ability. Spiller should be ok for Week 14 at Tampa but be sure to monitor his ankle this week. Even after a big game he'll be a bit of a risk as anything other than a flex play in what isn't a great matchup on paper.
Docs prefer conservative approach to Aaron Rodgers
Sunday, December 1, 2013, 9:02pm
Five weeks removed from cracking his left collarbone, Rodgers will be re-examined this week and league sources tell ESPN that it will take a strong consensus from doctors and the team's hierarchy to return him to the playing field next Sunday against the Falcons.
The Packers are 0-4-1 in games Rodgers did not start and finish and they no longer control their playoff destiny, so the return of the star QB is vital. Rodgers has reinforced his determination to return, but sources say doctors prefer a conservative approach and other Packers decision-makers are conflicted, especially without a lot of confidence the team is in position to make a Super Bowl run. We will know more this week as far as his Week 14 status goes. The Packers play Atlanta and Dallas the next two weeks, two juicy matchups for playoff time
Tony Gonzalez active for Falcons
Sunday, December 1, 2013, 2:52pm
Tony Gonzalez is active.
C.J. Spiller: "I'm getting back to my old self"
Thursday, November 28, 2013, 10:57am
The weekend off did a lot of good for a lot of Bills, and that included Bills feature back C.J. Spiller, who has been trying to clear the final hurdle with a high ankle sprain since the first month of the season.
“I feel good,” said Spiller Wednesday. “I definitely feel like I’m getting back to my old self, making the cuts, making that explosion, so just looking forward to seeing how Sunday goes.
When asked to say how close to 100 percent he feels Spiller declined getting into numbers.
“I can’t give percentages,” he said. “I was commanded by my chief not to give percentages anymore, so I’ll just tell you guys that I feel good and I’m ready to rock and roll come Sunday.”
Michael Crabtree activated, expected to play Week 13
Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 11:07am
This was the sense all along after Crabtree wasn't activated for Monday Night Football against the Redskins. Crabtree will be a bit of a risk to play in Week 13 against the Rams, just based on the possibility of a limited snap count coming off a torn Achilles injury. But if all goes well, snaps should increase going forward. Keep in mind the 9ers play the Seahawks (12th against WRs) Week 14. But, that's followed by much better matchups with the Bucs and Falcons in Weeks 15 and 16. This is also good news for QB Colin Kaepernick as he now has a full arsenal of weapons for the first time this season.
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 7:35pm
With Sproles out, Pierre Thomas gets a small bump. The Saints are usually careful about not overworking him, so expect Mark Ingram to see 10-13 carries as well. He's a low end RB2 in standard formats. Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet may also see a few snaps as well. Lance Moore gets a small bump and looks like a WR4/flex option in a great matchup against the Falcons. Kenny Stills was already a Sneaky Start given the matchup.
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 7:11pm
Beat: Michael Crabtree likely limited upon return
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 10:39am
The 49ers play the Seahawks, Buccaneers and Falcons to close out the fantasy season, so Crabtree may not be of much use until Week 15 at the earliest, and even then he'll be potentially dealing with Darrelle Revis. There's not much reason to hold onto Crabtree at this point, but it's possible that he produces in the fantasy playoffs if things progress quickly.