Falcons Fantasy News

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Jones should be fine for a tough matchup with the Lions. He has already said not to expect a lot of deep balls with the current state of the Atlanta offensive line.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014, 12:01pm

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There's an interesting side story in terms of defending Lions WR Golden Tate. Falcons free safety Dwight Lowery, who played with Jacksonville last year, was unable to finish the season due to an illegal block thrown by Tate when Tate played with Seattle. I don't see Lowery going the cheap-shot route to get back at Tate, but you better believe he'll try his best to make sure Tate doesn't beat the secondary with a long ball.

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) misses, Calvin Johnson (ankle) back at practice on Thursday

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 10:07am

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Lions RB Reggie Bush sat out of practice on Thursday. WR Calvin Johnson practiced for the second straight day, and did "much more," per Twentyman.

Fantasy Impact:

Midweek downgrades are usually a bad sign, but we’ll see if Bush is able to practice on Friday before making any assumptions about his availability in a great matchup against the Falcons. If he can’t play Theo Riddick would assume the pass-catching role in the Lions backfield and would be a Sneaky Start given the matchup. As for Johnson, it looks like he's a game-time call, which means owners will need to set their rosters at around 8:30-9:00 a.m. ET for a 9:30 a.m. kickoff in London on Sunday morning.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Bush is expected to play in a great matchup against the Falcons.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Douglas once again seems doubtful to play in Week 8.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jones should be fine for a tough matchup with the Lions. Jones should be fine for a tough matchup with the Lions.

Reggie Bush expects to play Week 8

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 11:23am

MLive.com - [Full Article]

Lions RB Reggie Bush expects to play against the Falcons Week 8 in London.

"I'm fine," Bush said Tuesday before a community event at the University of Surrey, located about an hour from Central London. "I mean, I'm not 100 percent. But I haven't been 100 percent since high school.

"Got rolled up on a few times and injured in the (Saints) game. But I felt fine after the game, though. Didn't have any setbacks, and that's the most important thing. Looking to just continue to progress every week. I'll be on the field Sunday."

Fantasy Impact:

It's a great matchup against the Falcons but the potential is certainly there for the ankle injury to come up again.

Rashad Jennings on track heading into bye week

Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:08pm

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Giants RB Rashad Jennings sprained the MCL in his left knee two weeks ago against the Falcons. He's eyeing a return when the Giants take the field next on November 3 against the Colts.

"As the doctors said, they think I'm right on track to be back here soon and it's going to be a day to day [situation]," Jennings said.

The Giants leading rusher wouldn't commit to anything. He's taking it step by step. Next on the schedule is to hit the field during the bye week and begin running and cutting on the knee. He has not yet done anyone running outside the water.

"I'm going through my checkpoints. I want to see where it lays," said Jennings, who has 396 yards on 91 carries (4.4 ypc) in five games.

Fantasy Impact:

The Giants have struggled to run the ball in his absence and the team doesn't practice again until next Monday. That gives Jennings a week to see if he can make enough progress to be out there with his teammates for the light workout. As the story pointed out, coach Tom Coughlin hinted it's not going to be easy. Jennings has some serious strides to make here in the next week. The injury he suffered was significant. Looking ahead to Week 9, the Giants host the Colts on Monday night. It could be a tricky situation if Jennings ends up being a game-time call. For those who own both Jennings and Andre Williams, it may be a good idea to keep Williams for now, at least for a security blanket for Monday night Week 9.

Calvin Johnson will make trip to London

Monday, October 20, 2014, 1:33pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Lions have played without wide receiver Calvin Johnson for the last two weeks, but the door will remain open for his return in Week Eight even though the team will be playing a long way from home.

The team leaves for London on Monday night to begin their week of preparations for next Sunday’s game against the Falcons and coach Jim Caldwell told reporters, including Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, that Johnson will be making the trip with the team.

Fantasy Impact:

There have been suggestions that the team would hold the wide receiver out until after their Week 9 bye, but that clearly hasn’t been set in stone, the story said. Johnson worked out on the field before the team took on the Saints, but his high ankle sprain wasn’t well enough for him to return to action. It's a potential great matchup against the Falcons.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 7. Devin Hester should continue to play extra snaps with Douglas out.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Falcons WR Devin Hester (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 7.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 7. HC Jim Caldwell implied it would take a “miracle” for Johnson to play in Week 7. The team is reportedly considering benching him through the Week 9 bye to let the ankle fully heal. For his part, Johnson said he would “very seriously” doubt that he wouldn’t play against the Falcons in London in Week 8. The Lions play early on Sunday.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 7. Jones’ production has dipped in recent weeks, but he’ll still be a strong WR1 in a so-so matchup with the Ravens. He’s bound to see a lot of CB Jimmy Smith, however.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Don’t expect Douglas to make his return this week.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Falcons WR Devin Hester (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Thursday.