Falcons Fantasy News

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 4. White said he would play this week after missing the Thursday night game in Week 3 and the probable tag is encouraging. He’s a low-end WR2, though re-injury is always a concern with older players.

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Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle, knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 4. Davis was expected to play earlier in the week, but now the team is saying the he’s a game-time decision. The 49ers play late on Sunday, so owners should have a Plan B in place. Travis Kelce and Levine Toilolo play at the same time (or later) than Davis. Derek Carrier is Davis’s direct backup at this point, though Vance McDonald is also questionable and could start if Davis is out.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Falcons RB Antone Smith (hamstring) took full practice reps again Thursday.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) took full practice reps again Thursday. It looks like Douglas is on track to face the Vikings in Week 4. He has been targeted a total of 17 times on the season despite missing most of the game against the Bucs in Week 3.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Falcons WR Devin Hester (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Thursday. White said he would play this week after missing the Thursday night game in Week 3. He’s a low-end WR2, though re-injury is always a concern with older players.

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson hasn't lobbied for more carries

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 4:38pm

Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had three carries for 102 rushing yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Rams with offensive coordinator Norv Turner using him in the backfield and on two jet sweeps.

Since then, he’s received just one carry — a reverse on rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s first play that lost seven yards. With the offense scoring just one touchdown in two games without running back Adrian Peterson, some have wondered why Patterson hasn’t received more rushing attempts. Patterson, on the hand, said he hasn’t lobbied for more carries.

Turner wants to get Patterson the ball more, but he also wants to do the same to the rest of his offensive weapons after a game where he felt the Vikings missed out on at least two touchdown passes.

“We need to continue to find balance,” Turner said. “When everyone talks about balance, they think it’s run and pass. It’s balance in terms of getting all of our players involved. In my experience when they’re going good, they take someone away or concentrate on someone to give someone else the opportunity. Cordarrelle is a different situation he was a year ago. He’s growing and teams are matching with him and they’re concentrating on him. We’ve got to continue to work ways to get him the ball.”

Fantasy Impact:

Frankly, it's bizarre that the Vikings haven't run Patterson more after the success he had in the first game, especially since the team's ground attack is on life support with Adrian Peterson out of the picture. The Falcons' defense isn't very good, so there's a chance that Patterson gets it going in Week 4 after a couple of quiet games.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Falcons RB Antone Smith (hamstring) practiced fully Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) practiced fully Wednesday. It looks like Douglas is on track to face the Vikings in Week 4. He has been targeted a total of 17 times on the season despite missing most of the game against the Bucs in Week 3.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Falcons WR Devin Hester (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. White said he would play this week after missing the Thursday night game in Week 3.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 2:15pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham was a limited participant in practice, which usually isn’t a cause for smiles unless the player has only taken part in two practices since being drafted in the first round four months ago. That’s the case for Beckham, who has been out with a hamstring injury for almost all of his brief Giants career.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story sums up, the Giants are playing Thursday, so Beckham is not going to be making his debut in Week Four. Getting in a little practice time now and ramping things up next week could put him in play for the game against the Falcons, but it’s wait and see for a player who has yet to practice two days in a row as a professional.

Monday, September 22, 2014, 4:47pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester and running back Antone Smith, who have undisclosed injuries, were not suited up with for practice on Monday.

Wide receivers Roddy White (hamstring) and Harry Douglas (foot) were also not practicing on Monday.

“We’ll give (an update) on Wednesday at 4 o’clock, there will be an injury report,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said after practice on Monday. “It will happen at 4 on Wednesday.”

Smith believes revealing injuries before he’s required to by the league office somehow gives the opposition an competitive advantage.

Monday, September 22, 2014, 1:27pm

New York Post - [Full Article]

Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham is making progress.

Maybe he gets to work in a few individual drills this week, as short as it is (Giants play Thursday night). Then he gets more extensive time in practice next week, actually getting in for some full-team drills. Most likely, however, that still would not be enough time for him to make his debut Oct. 5 against the Falcons. Maybe, but probably not.

If there are no setbacks, Beckham gets in another full week of work and – drumroll, please – finally gets to wear a uniform Oct. 12 for a Sunday night showdown with the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Fantasy Impact:

It's just one opinion, but it sounds as if the short week this week will push Beckham back at least another week. The Giants rode their starting WRs hard this past week as guys like Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle saw a majority of the snaps, so they could really use some depth at the position.

Vincent Jackson has small wrist fracture, won't miss time

Monday, September 22, 2014, 12:25pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson sustained a small fracture in his wrist during Thursday night's 56-14 loss against the Atlanta Falcons, multiple sources told FOXSports.com.

The injury will not cause Jackson to miss any time, though, and the 10th-year wide receiver plans to play Sunday against the Steelers.

The injury likely occurred on the first play of the Bucs’ second offensive series. Jackson fell on his wrist after taking a hit from safety Dwight Lowery. He continued to play with the injury throughout the game without treatment.

Jackson, who was targeted nine times, finished with two receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson won't miss time but it remains to be seen if he's limited in any way. Things were already a struggle for the Tampa offense and this certainly doesn't help. Hopefully for Jackson owners, QB Mike Glennon will spark the offense a bit to get Jackson back to playable in lineups. It's a situation to monitor going forward for Jackson owners.