Falcons Fantasy News

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Falcons WR Devin Hester (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Hester could be a Sneaky Start if Harry Douglas (foot) remains out. Hester has three quality fantasy starts in four games, including 5-70-1 against the Vikings in Week 4.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 6:31pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jones is just getting a veteran’s day of rest.

Vikes don't see RB Jerick McKinnon as every down player 'right now'

Monday, September 29, 2014, 4:31pm

Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

Vikings rookie running back Jerick McKinnon had a break-out game yesterday, showing off his wheels while rushing for 135 yards in a 41-28 win over the Falcons. But today, head coach Mike Zimmer pumped the breaks a little bit on the notion that McKinnon is ready to be an every-down back.

Zimmer said that as a defensive-minded coach, he likes the challenge that a committee approach can pose to defenses. Besides, there are only a handful of true all-situation backs in today’s NFL.

Starter Matt Asiata is more of a physical, between-the-tackles runner. Meanwhile, McKinnon, a third-round pick in May’s NFL draft, has the quickness needed to get around the edge and the speed and shiftiness to be a big-play threat when he gets into the open field. But while McKinnon has some pass-catching skills, he is not polished when it comes to things like pass protection.

“I think he’s a change-of-pace back for us,” Zimmer said. “We’ll worry about next year [then]. I hope we can continue to grow his role but I don’t think he’s going to be an every-down player right now.”Vikes

Fantasy Impact:

Even before the Adrian Peterson child abuse case, there were rumors Peterson's cap hit was going to be too much to handle next season, so it's very possible McKinnon was drafted with the intent on playing a bigger role next season. As for this year, we'll see how he progresses against defenses that aren't the Falcons. Right now it looks like third-down duties and a change of pace back as part of a committee, but if he keeps putting up numbers it will be hard for the Vikes to not give him more work. For now, he's worth a pickup if you need RB help. While it's probably best to wait and see this week, we should get a good indication of where this RB committee stands against a much better defense in Green Bay Week 5.

Teddy Bridgewater's MRI negative, could play Thursday

Monday, September 29, 2014, 2:39pm

National Football Post - [Full Article]

The Minnesota Vikings got some good news, as an MRI came back negative on rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's left ankle.

Bridgewater sprained the ankle during Minnesota's 41-28 victory over Atlanta on Sunday. Bridgewater had a stellar first start, throwing for 317 yards and rushing for a touchdown. He was complimented on offense by running backs Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon, who gashed the Falcons repeatedly.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer addressed reporters about Bridgewater's MRI and said that there's a chance he could be ready for Thursday night's game against Green Bay.

Fantasy Impact:

After the game, Bridgewater claimed he'd be fine and ready to go for Thursday night against the Packers. He looked good against a poor Atlanta defense in Week 4, but the Pack present a much tougher challenge in Week 5. Bridgewater could make for a decent QB2 option this week if he's in the lineup. Reports say he did not practice Monday with Christian Ponder getting the first team reps.

Monday, September 29, 2014, 1:06pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

All signs appear to be pointing toward WR Odell Beckham Jr. making his Giants debut on Sunday against the Falcons.

Watching the team's 2014 pick work at practice is becoming commonplace around the facility. Beckham warmed up with his team and ran routes at (almost) full speed again on Monday.

There is a chance he could be listed as a full participant once the injury report comes out this afternoon, which has not happened yet this season.

Fantasy Impact:

The story goes on to say that Beckham playing would certainly be uplifting for an offense that already appears to be putting things together. Beckham's speed and hands will be a game-changer, though it wouldn't be a surprise to see Ben McAdoo work him back in slowly.

Viking RBs Matt Asiata, Jerick McKinnon nearly split snaps Week 4

Monday, September 29, 2014, 10:35am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Vikings RB Matt Asiata is listed as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart behind Adrian Peterson, but his grip on the main job may be loosening after rookie Jerick McKinnon exploded for 135 rushing yards in his fourth career game.

Asiata (44) and McKinnon (32) swapped series, with the rookie outgaining Asiata 152-100 in total yards.

Fantasy Impact:

This was all against the struggling Falcons defense so it's probably best to wait and see how snaps shake out against a better defense. And we'll find out quickly as the Vikings play Thursday night against the Packers. Still, McKinnon is worth adding in any format if he's still on your wire.

Vikes QB Teddy Bridgewater ankle issue 'just a sprain'

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 8:15pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

QB Teddy Bridgewater left the Minnesota Vikings' game against the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. He did not return to the team's 41-28 victory.

He walked off under his own power but was carted to the locker room for X-rays.

Bridgewater tells NFL Media's Omar Ruiz that his ankle injury "is just a sprain." The rookie signal-caller says he will be fine and expects to play Thursday against the Packers.

Fantasy Impact:

Bridgewater looked impressive in the win over Atlanta but the Falcon defense has made many look impressive this year. While Bridgewater said he expects the play, it would be hard to take his word right now, especially with a quick-turnaround, Week 5 game Thursday night. Bridgewater is worth owning, but if he plays against the Packers Thursday night it will be a big test on the road, and owners should probably temper expectations for another performance like Week 4. Christian Ponder would get the start if Bridgewater can't go.

Harry Douglas inactive for Falcons

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 3:12pm

Falcons Inactives
Javier Arenas CB
Harry Douglas WR
Cliff Matthews DE
Sean Renfree QB
Ryan Schraeder T
Tyler Starr OLB
James Stone C

Fantasy Impact:

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Falcons RB Antone Smith (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot, questionable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 4. Douglas looks iffy 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.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Falcons WR Devin Hester (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4.

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.

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.