Falcons Fantasy News

Andy Dalton has no restrictions with thumb

Monday, April 4, 2016, 9:19pm

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

Andy Dalton is back to zipping the ball. He’s got no restrictions with his throwing thumb; he’s got one visit under his belt to passing specialist Dr. Tom House last month, and after watching two of his most established targets leave via free agency he got one back with a Super Bowl ring and knows Pro Bowlers A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert are already here.

“It would be tougher if it was my first or second year, but this is year six,” Dalton says Monday from Dallas of his revamped receiving corps. “It’s easier for me now than early on in my career. That is going to be fun. We’ve got these guys from the start; we’ve got to get them exactly where we want them to be.

The two guys who lockered next to him and meant so much to the passing game won’t be here two weeks from Monday when the Bengals gather for offseason workouts. Wide receiver Marvin Jones turned down at least the same $40 million to go to Detroit and Mohamed Sanu got No. 2 money in Atlanta when a No. 4 role loomed in Cincinnati.

Fantasy Impact:

This past season Jones and Sanu represented 28 percent of Dalton’s yards and 16 percent of his touchdowns, the story said. In the wake of their losses the Bengals signed Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell who will move into the number-two slot opposite of Green.

Monday, April 4, 2016, 9:13pm

BuffaloBills.com - [Full Article]

The Bills today announced that wide receiver Leonard Hankerson has re-signed with the Buffalo Bills.

Hankerson originally joined the Bills on December 26, 2015 and played in the team’s final game against the New York Jets. He did not record a reception in the game. The 6-2, 211-pound Miami (Fl.) product entered the NFL in 2011 as a third round pick (79th overall) with the Washington Redskins. Hankerson has played in 40 career games, starting 14, catching 107 passes for 1,408 yards and nine touchdowns.

Prior to joining the Bills, Hankerson played for the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in 2015. He spent his first four NFL seasons with the Washington Redskins. His most productive season came in 2012 when he had 38 catches for 543 yards and three touchdowns for Washington.

Packers to sign TE Jared Cook

Monday, March 28, 2016, 10:15am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Tight end Jared Cook will sign a deal to join the Green Bay Packers, sources told ESPN.

Cook is in Green Bay taking a physical before the deal will be official, a source told ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky.

The Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears also had interest in the 28-year-old, sources told ESPN, but he opted to join Green Bay and its offense led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Fantasy Impact:

Cook finished #28 in 2015 (PPR), but in the four prior seasons, he posted an average ranking of 16.3. He ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at the combine back in 2009 and while he's probably lost a step along the way, he can still threaten the seam better than Richard Rodgers. It's not inconceivable that he turns into a fantasy starter, but the position is deep this year and unless he vastly outplays Rodgers, he's more likely to form a committee with the third-year tight end.

Falcons sign WR Mohamed Sanu

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 2:28pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Falcons agreed to terms with former Bengals WR Mohammad Sanu on a five-year deal, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Sanu averaged 5.5 catches for 96 yards and 0.50 TD in the four games that A.J. Green missed in 2014, but keep in mind that Marvin Jones also missed all of that season with a foot injury. Regardless, Sanu looks like a pretty good fit opposite Julio Jones and will be getting a promotion from the WR3 in Cincinnati to the WR2 in Atlanta.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 5:08pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Falcons agreed to terms with quarterback Matt Schaub, and also agreed to terms on a five-year deal with free-agent center Alex Mack.

Schaub spent three seasons with the Falcons, then was traded the Texans after the 2007 season. He played for the Raiders in 2014 and the Ravens last season.

Falcons cut WR Roddy White

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 6:11pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Dynamic wide receiver Roddy White, the Atlanta Falcons’ all-time leading receiver, was released on Wednesday.

White, who had two years remaining on his contract, was not anticipating being released. “It would be a tragedy if I had to leave,” he told the AJC’s Jeff Schultz just last week. White, who was on his way to Belize, texted back, “I’m out of the country.”

White was set to make base salaries of $2.75 million in 2016 and $3 million in 2017. His release saves the team $2.45 million against their salary cap.

Fantasy Impact:

After a #26 finish (standard) in 2014, White's production fell off a cliff in his age 34 season. Leonard Hankerson took a good portion of his targets early in the season, and White just never got going despite staying pretty healthy the entire year. We'll be keeping an eye on the Falcons this offseason -- they are desperate for weapons to complement Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.

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.

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