Falcons Fantasy News

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Falcons K Matt Bryant (illness, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 17.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 4:33pm

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One of the many positives to come out of last Sunday's win for the Atlanta Falcons over the New Orleans Saints was the play of rookie running back Devonta Freeman.

The fourth-round draft pick from Florida State not only looked exceptional running the ball on a 31-yard touchdown blast, he also looked pretty comfortable splitting out wide as a receiver on a 36-yard reception.

Freeman's flashes definitely caught the eye of quarterback Matt Ryan. And Ryan was asked during his weekly radio show on Atlanta's 680 The Fan why Freeman doesn't get the ball more.

"You know, feel like that's a very deep position for us," Ryan said. "We still feel like 'Quizz [Rodgers] and Steven [Jackson] do a great job for us as well. But, again, Devonta keeps showing that he's capable of making big plays when they present themselves.

"He was huge for us on Sunday. He obviously had the big catch, but he had an explosive touchdown run. He's certainly making his case for getting more touches."

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson's status (quad) is in question so Freeman could very well see more touches if Jackson can't go. Even after Jackson went down, Freeman was out-touched by Rodgers although Freeman was much more productive in the end. Jackson's injury wasn't considered serious but as the story says, his status is still in limbo.

Monday, December 22, 2014, 3:47pm

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Falcons coach Mike Smith said Monday that RB Steven Jackson was having further tests done to evaluate the injury, which means we’ll be waiting until later in the week for an idea about whether or not he’ll play against Carolina.

Devonta Freeman was the most effective back in New Orleans, running five times for 36 yards and a touchdown and catching three passes for 48 more yards.

Fantasy Impact:

Early reports after the game said the injury wasn't all that serious and Jackson could be available for Week 17. For now, that remains up in the air. Jacquizz Rodgers got a bulk of the carries but Freeman has more fantasy potential.

Steven Jackson injures quad, not believed to be serious

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 8:39pm

Atlanta Falcons on Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons RB Steven Jackson has a quad injury and did not return to the game.

Fantasy Impact:

An ESPN report on Monday said the Falcons don't believe the injury is serious and that Jackson will play in Week 17. Jacquizz Rodgers had 11 carries but collected just 29 yards. Devonte Freeman ran for a 5-36-1 line and added three catches for 48 yards. The Falcons play for the NFC South title against the Panthers next week. If Jackson can't go Freeman and Rodgers would likely split up the workload with Freeman having more upside.

Julio Jones' availability will be based on pregame workout

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:22am

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Last week, the Falcons waited until Sunday morning to decide whether receiver Julio Jones would play despite a hip injury. This week, it’ll be the same routine.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Jones’ availability for Sunday’s showdown with the Saints will hinge on the Sunday morning pre-game workout.

Fantasy Impact:

Jones wants to play and the Falcons sure need him. In his last two games played, Jones generated 448 receiving yards, with a whopping 259 yards coming in a Monday night loss to the Packers. Between the performances with Jones and the team’s struggles without him, the fourth-year wideout from Alabama is laying the foundation for a major payday at some point during the 2015 offseason, the story said. If Jones can't go, Harry Douglas would shape up to be a very good option again.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh) took limited practice reps again Friday. Manning will face Cincinnati, but he hasn’t played well (fantasy-wise) in recent weeks. He’s still pretty much a must-start, but it’s conceivable that an owner would bench him for Matthew Stafford or Matt Ryan, given the matchups.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 16. If Julio Jones is back, Douglas won’t be startable, but he’s a WR2-type if Jones remains out. Stay tuned on Sunday morning.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 16. Jones is likely a game-time decision on Sunday, per HC Mike Smith. If he plays, expect him to be ranked as a WR2, depending on the pregame reports from the Atlanta/New Orleans beat writers. If he’s out, Harry Douglas and Roddy White would both be top 25 plays against a shaky New Orleans secondary. The Falcons play early on Sunday.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 16. The knee is a new injury for White who played all but a few of the snaps in Week 15. He will be fine to play on Sunday.

Falcons Beat: WR Julio Jones (hip) expected to play

Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:40am

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Falcons beat writer Vaughn McClure: I anticipate Julio Jones will be ready for the Saints, based on everything I'm hearing... If Jones indeed plays Sunday, I will be curious to see if his speed and ability to get down the field is hampered at all by the injury.

Fantasy Impact:

This isn't a ringing endorsement of Jones's availability for Sunday, but it is encouraging. We'd like to see Jones return to practice on Friday before penciling him into our lineups.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh) took limited practice reps Thursday. Manning will face Cincinnati, but he hasn’t played well (fantasy-wise) in recent weeks. He’s still pretty much a must-start, but it’s conceivable that an owner would bench him for Matthew Stafford or Matt Ryan, given the matchups.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. If Julio Jones is back, Douglas won’t be startable, but he’s a WR2-type if Jones remains out.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) missed practice again Thursday. Jones may be a game-time decision on Sunday, per HC Mike Smith. If he’s out, Harry Douglas is a solid WR2. The Falcons play early on Sunday.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. The knee is a new injury for White who played all but a few of the snaps in Week 15. He should be fine to play on Sunday, though we’ll keep an eye on his practice participation this week.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Douglas typically rests on Wednesdays after suffering this foot injury. If Julio Jones is back, Douglas won’t be startable, but he’s a WR2-type if Jones remains out.

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