Falcons Fantasy News

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm

Falcons WR Devin Hester (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Hester is still dealing with an ankle injury from Week 3, but we’re expecting him to play against his old team on Sunday.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. No worries here.

Rashad Jennings has sprained MCL

Monday, October 6, 2014, 4:13pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Giants pulled off their come from behind victory over the Falcons on Sunday without running back Rashad Jennings and it sounds like they will enter next Sunday night’s game against the Eagles without him as well.

Jennings left the win after his first carry of the second half and did not return because of a knee injury. Jennings said after the game that he didn’t think he’d be out long, but he also said he was having an MRI and the results of that are always more telling.

In this case, they are telling Jennings that he has a sprained MCL.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that Jennings offered no timetable for his return at this point. It’s the type of injury that usually keeps players out for a little while, though, and that will make him questionable, at best, for the Eagles and the Week 7 game against the Cowboys.

Fantasy Impact:

It's important to note the Giants have a bye in Week 8, so it's possible they keep Jennings out for a couple of games and then the bye week, although it means missing division games vs. Eagles (Week 6) and Cowboys (Week 7). Andre Williams would get the nod to carry a bulk of Jennings work with Peyton Hillis possibly chipping in. Both games are pretty good matchups. This week's game against the Eagles is the Sunday night game so owners will have some planning to do.

Report: Calvin Johnson could miss two weeks

Monday, October 6, 2014, 11:24am

SI.com - [Full Article]

Lions WR Calvin Johnson aggravated an ankle injury against Buffalo, and I’m hearing he could miss a week or two because of it.

That would probably be a smart move by Detroit coach Jim Caldwell, because in 37 snaps last week against the Jets and 28 snaps Sunday against the Bills, Johnson was invisible. Totals: three targets, three catches, 19 yards, no touchdowns.

The Lions should concentrate on getting Johnson healthy the next two weeks, hold him out against Minnesota and New Orleans, and hope he can play in 20 days in London against the Falcons.

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions have essentially been without Johnson the last two weeks anyway. As the story points out, it makes a lot of sense to make sure he's healthy before getting back out on the field again, even if it means missing time. Golden Tate becomes the team's WR1 and could draw tougher coverage as a result, but has excelled the past two weeks with a combined line of 15-250-1 on 19 targets. Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller and Ryan Broyles could all be more involved with Johnson out.

Monday, October 6, 2014, 8:45am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Whenever he touches the ball these days, Antone Smith is expected to score.

The diminutive Atlanta Falcons running back entered Sunday's game against the Giants with three touchdowns in just 13 touches. His 48-yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4 was highlighted on the weekly media guide going into the Giants game.

So what did Smith do? He simply scored his fourth explosive touchdown on a 74-yard, catch-and-run during the third quarter of Sunday's 30-20 loss. Smith's four touchdowns this season -- a 48-yard rush, and 38-yard rush, a 54-yard catch-and-run, and the 74-yarder Sunday --- have averaged 53.5 yards. And he has been battling a right hamstring issue since the start of the season, too.

Smith had four touches total against the Giants.

Fantasy Impact:

So far Smith as been getting about 2-4 touches a game. He's worth a stash if you have the room, but until we see more he's going to be a risky play despite his big-play capability.

Rashad Jennings has sprained knee

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 7:32pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings suffered a left knee injury early in the third quarter of the team's 30-20 victory against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Giants are labeling the injury a sprain. Jennings will undergo an MRI on Monday.

"We’ll find out more tomorrow," Jennings said. "We’ll see what the MRI says. But I should be all right, that’s how I feel. Just kind of got ruffled up under the pile a little bit."

Fantasy Impact:

Entering the day, Jennings was third in the NFL in rushing yards (341), behind only Dallas' DeMarco Murray and Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell (378). He had nine carries for 47 yards in the first half Sunday, and injured his knee on his first carry of the second half, an eight-yard gain. Rookie Andre Williams replaced Jennings and finished the game with 20 carries for 65 yards, including a three-yard touchdown run later in the third quarter. Peyton Hillis also saw limited action, with two carries for seven yards. Williams would stand to see a lot more work if Jennings can't go against the Eagles in a Sunday night game in Week 6. If you own Jennings, and Williams is on your wire, grab him for some protection against the dreaded "game-time decision" in what also is a good matchup.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 10:51pm

Dan Graziano, ESPN - [Full Article]

Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams got the same number of carries in the Giants' Week 4 victory in Washington, but Jennings' owners don't need to fear a time share. Jennings had 34 carries vs. the Texans just four days earlier, so the Giants were planning to watch him closely anyway. Also, the Washington game got out of hand so quickly, it allowed them to use Williams in Jennings' place on early downs.

But as long as Jennings is healthy, he'll be the clear lead back in this Giants offense. Plus, he has a terrific matchup against a leaky Atlanta Falcons D in Week 5.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 5. Douglas remains out after getting some practice work in last week. Devin Hester is a Sneaky Start in his absence.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Falcons WR Devin Hester (ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 5. He’s a Sneaky Start with Harry Douglas out again. He has offered starter-caliber fantasy numbers in three of his four games this season.

Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 5. Jones will be fine to face the Giants.

Falcons WR Roddy White: "I will score this weekend."

Friday, October 3, 2014, 9:57am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Falcons WR Roddy White enters Sunday's game with 14 catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns. In five career games against the Giants, including one postseason contest, he has yet to score a touchdown.

Does that bother him?

"No," White said. "I will score this weekend."

Fantasy Impact:

The article also states that White is feeling better, which allowed him to begin practicing on Wednesday for the first time this season. White is currently our #20 WR in standard formats in a not-so-great matchup with the Giants, who are #8 in WR aFPA.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Douglas remains out after getting some practice work in last week. Devin Hester will be a Sneaky Start if Douglas can’t play.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm

Falcons WR Devin Hester (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Hester should be fine to face the Giants. He’ll be a Sneaky Start if Harry Douglas (foot) misses another game.

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:31pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Jones should be fine to face the Giants.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Douglas remains out after getting some practice work in last week. Devin Hester will be a Sneaky Start if Douglas can’t play.