Falcons Fantasy News

Bucs hire Mike Smith as defensive coordinator

Friday, January 15, 2016, 2:22pm

Buccaneers - [Full Article]

Dirk Koetter and Mike Smith are combining forces once again. During a press conference at One Buccaneer Place Friday, in which Koetter was introduced as the Bucs 11th head coach in franchise history, Koetter announced Smith has agreed to join him as the Bucs new defensive coordinator.

It also marks the third time that Koetter and Smith have landed in the same NFL location, always as coordinators or head coaches. In the previous two stops, that pairing immediately helped produce a playoff team.

The two coaches first intersected in Jacksonville in 2007. That was the last year of Smith's very successful four-year run as the Jaguars' defensive coordinator; in 2008, he would be hired by the Atlanta Falcons as their head coach. Koetter began a five-year stint as Jacksonville's offensive coordinator in '07, and he and Smith helped the Jaguars record an 11-5 record and a Wild Card playoff win. Jacksonville ranked sixth in scoring offense and 10th in scoring defense that season.

In 2012, Smith brought Koetter to Atlanta to be his offensive coordinator, and the Falcons soared to a 13-3 record before suffering a narrow loss to San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game.

Fantasy Impact:

As defensive coordinator, Smith led the Jacksonville defense to four consecutive top 10 appearances (in points allowed) from 2004-07. From 2008 to 2012, with Smith as head coach, the Falcons finished in the top 11 in points allowed three times in five years and the franchise didn't finish lower than 18th in that category until back-to-back finishes at the #27 spot in the last two years. Smith certainly has a resume of a good defensive mind and he knows Koetter well.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Falcons QB Matt Ryan (hip, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Ryan is a Sneaky Start in a fantastic matchup with the Saints.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. Devonta Freeman should see a ton of work this week.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17. Freeman should see a big workload with Tevin Coleman out.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Falcons WR Eric Weems (concussion, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm

Falcons QB Matt Ryan (hip) practiced fully Wednesday. Ryan should be fine for a fantastic matchup against the Saints.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (concussion) did not practice Wednesday.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. This is a new injury for Freeman, but limited reps this early in the week are a good sign for his Week 17 availability.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Matt Ryan (hip) expected to practice Wednesday

Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 1:30pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan admitted he took a good shot to his hip in Sunday’s 20-13 upset of the Carolina Panthers, but maintained he’ll be ready for practice Wednesday.

Ryan was hit on his left hip by Panthers safety Kurt Coleman on a third-and-2 scramble from the Carolina 11-yard line late in the first quarter. He picked up seven yards on the play while eluding an attempted tackle from Pro Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis. Ryan didn’t slide and absorbed the hit, which appeared to leave him wincing in pain throughout the game. The play set up a four-yard touchdown run by Devonta Freeman.

Fantasy Impact:

Ryan played the remainder of the game and should be good to go in Week 17 but it may be something you want to keep an eye on.

Monday, December 28, 2015, 6:46pm

BuffaloBills.com - [Full Article]

The Bills made it official on Monday moving WR Marcus Easley to injured reserve in the wake of his severe knee injury suffered Sunday in the win over Dallas. Claimed off waivers to fill the void left by Easley the Bills were awarded WR Leonard Hankerson.

Hankerson (6-2, 211) was most recently with the New England Patriots, who was claimed off waivers following his release by the Atlanta Falcons. The former third-round pick of the Washington Redskins (2011) was placed on injured reserve by Atlanta in early December with a hamstring injury, but was waived a week later in an injury settlement.

Report: Fozzy Whittaker won't play Week 17

Monday, December 28, 2015, 12:45pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Panthers reserve running back Fozzy Whittaker suffered a “mild high-ankle sprain” yesterday in Atlanta and won’t play in the regular season finale against the Buccaneers.

Whittaker was carted off yesterday, but the Panthers have already secured a bye week, so he’ll have some time to get well.

The Panthers appeared to be hoping to give Stewart the rest of the regular season off to have him 100 percent for the playoffs, after he suffered a foot injury two weeks ago against the Falcons. Coach Ron Rivera said that day he thought Stewart could have returned to the game if they weren’t so far ahead, but now it looks like they want to park him until the divisional round.

Fantasy Impact:

That would leave the Panthers with fifth-round pick Cameron Artis-Payne and undrafted Brandon Wegher behind fullback Mike Tolbert in the backfield for Week 17, the story said. It also added that with those two in the backfield, pass-protection is something to worry about when the main goal is to keep quarterback Cam Newton upright and healthy.

Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm

Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (concussion, out) missed practice again Friday and is out for Week 16. Coleman was concussed after slipping in the shower.

Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. Last week, Cameron Artis-Payne out-touched Mike Tolbert and Fozzy Whittaker by a margin of 16-to-9. With Stewart out, we expect Artis-Payne to serve as the lead back in a nice matchup with the Falcons.

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