Falcons Fantasy News

Report: Jordan Reed done for the season
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 6:07pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

One day after Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was benched for the remainder of the season, another cog to the team's offense will be shut down.

Rookie tight end Jordan Reed will be held out of play for the remaining three weeks of the year, multiple sources close to Reed told FOXSports.com.

Head coach Mike Shanahan said Thursday that there hasn't been any discussions to end Reed's season, but sources indicate the team doesn't want to risk their prized tight end as it winds down a dismal season, which has seen it go 3-10 thus far.

Update: As of Friday, Reed has not been ruled out for the year. The Redskins play early on Sunday, and Reed apparently has to pass a concussion test on Saturday and a conditioning test on Sunday to be active against the Falcons.

Fantasy Impact:

Logan Paulsen has been filling in admirably for Reed, catching three passes (and a TD) in each of the last two games.

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Report: Kirk Cousins to start in Week 15
Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 11:13am

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Kirk Cousins will replace Robert Griffin III at quarterback Sunday when the Washington Redskins face the Atlanta Falcons, a high-ranking team official confirmed to ESPN.com.

NFL Network, which had earlier reported Cousins would start, reported that Redskins players have been told that Griffin will be inactive for Sunday's game and veteran Rex Grossman would be the backup quarterback.

Coach Mike Shanahan raised the possibility Monday of benching Griffin for the last three regular-season games, citing 24 sacks in the past five games and the desire to keep him healthy for the offseason. Griffin's offseason work this year was compromised by the major knee injury he suffered in the team's playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January.

Fantasy Impact:

Cousins has one NFL start in his career -- Week 15 last year against the Browns in Cleveland. He threw for 329 yards on 26-of-37 passing with two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed three times for 22 yards. He was the #7 QB that week. He comes in at #19 in a nice matchup against the Falcons, though he carries some risk since the Redskins organization is a dysfunctional mess right now. Alfred Morris may see a few extra carries, but the defense won't have to respect Cousins' running ability as much, so they can key on Morris. Pierre Garcon looks like an upside WR2, while Jordan Reed -- if healthy -- isn't a bad option at tight end.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 9:53pm

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Falcons OC Dirk Koetter talked about getting rookie tight end Levine Toilolo more involved. Toilolo had a nice 12-yard catch against the Bills.

Koetter said he wants to get Toilolo more playing time to improve his blocking skills.

"At the end of the year here, we know Levine’s a player that we’re trying to … Tony [Gonzalez] is not going to be here next year. We know we’re going to try and get Levine some work. We know we’re going to try and get Schraeder some work. But, you’re also trying to win the games. Fine line there, but we need to get both those guys some work."

Fantasy Impact:

Tony Gonzalez owners should keep this in mind as the Falcons prepare for 2014 season. Gonzo shouldn't take too much of a hit here in terms of fantasy production.

Aaron Rodgers to get scans on collarbone
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 9:35am

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is scheduled to have scans performed on his shoulder Tuesday that should determine how much healing has occurred since he fractured his collarbone.

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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...

Monday, December 2, 2013, 5:32pm

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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.

Fantasy Impact:

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

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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.

Fantasy Impact:

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

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Aaron Rodgers is no guarantee to return to the Green Bay Packers' lineup this season, let alone this week, even though the All-Pro quarterback has strongly stated otherwise.

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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

Falcons Inactives
Omar Gaither MLB
Harland Gunn G
Kemal Ishmael DB
Terren Jones T
Sean Locklear G
Travian Robertson NT
Josh Vaughan RB

Fantasy Impact:

Tony Gonzalez is active.