Falcons Fantasy News

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:27pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

ESPN's Matt Williamson talked about Chargers WR Keenan Allen:

"As much as I like Allen, to ask him to improve dramatically in one season may be asking too much. He's a really good receiver, but he does not have the athletic ability of an A.J. Green or a Julio Jones. He could be close to his ceiling already.

Fantasy Impact:
Williamson added that Allen is an advanced route runner and has good hands, just lacks speed. He pointed out that teams will have another year to study him, too. Still, Allen was really the only WR threat on the Bolts last year, but put up nice numbers despite getting the full attention of defenses. He should fall in the WR2 or 3 zone with potential to exceed that in certain matchups.

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Monday, March 31, 2014, 9:05am

Manish Mehta on Twitter - [Full Article]

Jets whiffed on top free agent RB choice: Donald Brown. Missed out Maurice Jones-Drew too. NYJ has some level of interest in Chris Johnson if available.

Fantasy Impact:
CJ2K was linked to Atlanta just a few days ago, however the Falcons have since denied interest. But, it seems to be a given the Titans are going to release Johnson sometime soon, seemingly giving Shonn Greene the first crack at the job.

Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:32pm

Jason LaCanfora on Twitter - [Full Article]

Titans very likely to release RB Chris Johnson next week after failed trade attempts. Would draw strong interest as FA as DeSean Jackson did.

Fantasy Impact:
Johnson was linked to the Falcons by some Titans beat writers. Shonn Greene and Jackie Battle are next up on the Titans depth chart.

Friday, March 28, 2014, 10:56am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Atlanta Falcons, they made their big pickup last offseason by signing Steven Jackson to a three-year, $12 million deal. Jackson had eight-consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons with the St. Louis Rams before joining the Falcons.

He averaged a career-low 3.5 yards per carry in his first season with Atlanta as a hamstring injury limited him to 12 games and poor offensive line play hampered his effectiveness.

But Falcons head coach Mike Smith expressed faith in Jackson moving forward, although Jackson turns 31 before the 2014 season.

"Unfortunately, Steven was injured last year and we didn't really get a chance to see what he was capable of doing until the last four or five games," Smith said. "But you've got to have a big back when you have to get the two or three yards. Especially late in the season, you've got to be able to run the football."

Fantasy Impact:
Jackson injured his hamstring in a Week 2 win over his former team, the Rams. He missed four games and couldn't get into a rhythm immediately. He finished the 2013 season with six touchdowns in the last six games, the story points out. But, he's clearly on the decline and many think the Falcons will address the position in the draft.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:11am

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons coach Mike Smith said wide receiver Julio Jones is running and is ahead of schedule at the owner’s meeting in Orlando today, the team said.

Fantasy Impact:
Jones should be back to being one of the top-ranked fantasy receivers in drafts this summer, but he's coming off his second foot injury already.

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 3:22pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Devin Hester is heading to Atlanta.

Hester, who became perhaps the best return man in NFL history during his eight years in Chicago, has agreed to a new contract with the Falcons. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, it’s a three-year deal.

Packers re-sign TE Andrew Quarless

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 2:28pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Packers announced they officially have re-signed LB/DE Mike Neal and TE Andrew Quarless.

Fantasy Impact:

Quarless took over for Jermichael Finley after Finley went down in Week 7. From Week 8 through the Packers' playoff loss to the 49ers, Quarless averaged 2.6 catches for 27 yards and 0.20 TD, or 3.9 fantasy points per game. That's about what Brandon Pettigrew and Tyler Eifert scored in 2013, so it's not terribly promising. Moreover, his two best games -- back to back 6-66-1 outings against the Falcons and Cowboys -- came with Matt Flynn under center, so it's not clear what kind of rapport he has with Aaron Rodgers. According to Mockdraftable, he most resembles Todd Heap athletically, though it's tough to make that case using the eye test. Still, if he's starting, Quarless will be an intriguing TE2 option playing in Green Bay's high-octane offense. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 6:18pm

Jay Adams, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Falcons have officially released tight end Tony Gonzalez.

Michael Vick thinks Zach Ertz is destined for greatness

Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 11:52am

Philly Mag - [Full Article]

Back in early October, Eagles QB Michael Vick made a bold prediction regarding rookie tight end Zach Ertz.

“There are three players that I told that they would be great players in this league: I always told Alge Crumpler that he was going to be great, I always told Shady McCoy that he was going to be a great player in this league, and I always told Roddy White. And now I’m saying Zach Ertz. And I think in time, he will be one of the best tight ends in this game.”

Ertz had all of five NFL catches at that point. Still working through a learning curve — steepened by his inability to participate in the offseason program because of graduation rules — the Stanford product played a limited role initially. He was featured more as the year went on and ended with 36 catches for 469 yards with four touchdowns. While we still have a ways to go before determining whether Vick’s intuition is correct, it’s fair to say that there are encouraging signs.

Fantasy Impact:
Ertz averaged 2.8-32-.56 over the final nine games of the season (including the Eagles' sole playoff game) and that included two goose eggs in Week 10 and Week 14. That equates to 6.6 fantasy points per game, which is what Martellus Bennett averaged as the #10 TE in fantasy football. Brent Celek is signed through 2016 and he's a far better run blocker than Ertz. James Casey is signed through 2015, and he ate into Ertz's snaps when the Eagles tried to run more. Ertz has top 5 fantasy TE potential, but his run blocking is holding him back.

Tony Gonzalez won't be talked out of retirement

Monday, January 27, 2014, 10:36am

Vaughn McClure, Twitter - [Full Article]

Once again, Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez reiterates that he won't be talked out of retirement in pre-Pro Bowl interview with Doug Flutie. He's "at peace."

Fantasy Impact:
The loss of Gonzo will impact Matt Ryan's chances of a bounce back season. The Falcons will have to address the TE position this summer, though 6'8" Levine Toiolo has some potential.

Monday, January 13, 2014, 11:21am

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

WR Julio Jones is rehabbing and doing well, per Falcons owner Arthur Blank.

Fantasy Impact:
Jones's foot fracture is worrisome since it happened at the same spot of his previous fracture that happened during the draft process.

Monday, December 30, 2013, 8:07pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said the team is looking forward to signing Roddy White to a contract extension.

Fantasy Impact:
With an offseason to improve his ankle and the return of Julio Jones to the other side, the Falcons offense should be back in 2014. However, RB Steven Jackson will be another year older and we can only assume TE Tony Gonzalez does not return.

Friday, December 27, 2013, 6:31pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (knee, out) has been ruled out for Week 17. DeAngelo Williams has been the #8 RB over the past two weeks with Stewart sidelined. Throw in a nice matchup with the Falcons and Williams is a Sneaky Start.

Friday, December 27, 2013, 6:31pm

Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. Jason Snelling and Antone Smith will back up Steven Jackson in a bad matchup against the Panthers.

Friday, December 27, 2013, 6:31pm

Panthers WR Steve L Smith (knee, out) has been ruled out for Week 17. With Smith out, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn are Sneaky Starts against a shaky Falcons pass defense.