Falcons Fantasy News

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6:13pm

Titans QB Marcus Mariota (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Mariota is expected to miss Week 7, making Zach Mettenberger a Sneaky Start against the Falcons.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6:13pm

Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson (ribs, hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. After a hot start, Hankerson has just five catches for 50 yards over the last two weeks.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6:13pm

Falcons WR Eric Weems (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6:13pm

Falcons WR Roddy White (foot) took limited practice reps Wednesday. We weren’t aware of a foot injury coming out of the Thursday night game. White found the endzone for the first time in Week 6.

Julio Jones 'doing great'

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 4:43pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

While Julio Jones has been dealing with both a toe injury and a hamstring injury, the Atlanta Falcons got some good news as their star wide receiver practiced on Monday.

On top of that, as D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Dan Quinn had very positive things to say about Jones' status.

“Just from the end of last week, he was doing really good,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “There were no set backs at all from the game. Moving forward, he’s doing great.”

Fantasy Impact:

It's been obvious that Jones has been slowed at least somewhat by the injuries, as he went from topping 135 yards in the first three games, to failing to hit 100 yards in any of the previous three. Regardless, he looked solid against the New Orleans Saints in Week 6, catching six balls for 93 yards.

Julio Jones back at practice

Monday, October 19, 2015, 12:41pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, who’s been in and out practice over the past two weeks with a toe and hamstring injuries, was back at practice on Monday.

Jones has been listed as probable for the three of the past four games. He was listed as questionable for the Washington game.

He played in all of the games despite having limited practice time.

He was clearly out of sync with quarterback in the Washington game. He came back to catch six of 10 targets for 93 yards against the Saints.

Before facing the Saints, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Jones needed time to get in sync with Ryan since he didn’t practice this week. They warmed up together before the game.

Fantasy Impact:

Jones has received extensive therapy for the hamstring, including ice and electric stimulation, but said he’s mostly been resting.

Saints to go with Kai Forbath at kicker

Monday, October 19, 2015, 12:31pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

After missing a pair of field goals in last Thursday’s win over the Falcons, the Saints have parted ways with Zach Hocker.

According to Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, the Saints are replacing Hocker with Kai Forbath.

Hocker was 9-of-13 on field goals in six games for the Saints, and missed an extra point.

Fantasy Impact:

Forbath was cut by Washington in part of declining distance on kickoffs. But he’s an 87 percent career kicker of field goals, and that’s what the Saints are hoping for. He'll have some fantasy value as long as the Saints continue to move the ball on offense.

Chris Thompson's role expanding

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 11:07am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Redskins RB Chris Thompson, listed at 5-foot-8 and 193 pounds, has been the most effective player out of the backfield over the last three games. While the run game has struggled in that span, Thompson has led the Redskins’ trio with 97 rushing yards on 11 carries.

Compare that to Morris, who has 31 carries for 96 yards, and Jones, 29 rushes for 69 yards, and it’s no wonder why Thompson’s role has expanded to more than just a third down back. He’s played in at least 39 percent of the game during the last three contests, receiving 38 snaps against the Giants, 33 against the Eagles and 29 last week in the overtime loss to the Falcons.

Fantasy Impact:

It remains to be seen if Thompson's role continues to increase. Right now, he has some deeper PPR league value but in typical leagues he's still a risky play with Jones and Morris still a part of the running attack. The team has always like Thompson but some injuries kept him off the field the last few years. The story said Thompson commented the coaching staff has planned specific packages for the change-of-pace back outside of his normal third down duties.

Skins Beat: Team needs more Alfred Morris

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 10:56am

ESPN - [Full Article]

To get Alfred Morris going, it will take a couple things. It starts with the blocking; there have been too many backside blocks missed, especially on the right side. And the tight ends haven’t helped consistently, either. Against the Rams they were good; against the Falcons they were not. What would help Morris, I think, is more balance on early downs with the play calling. The Redskins’ play-action game works best when he’s in the lineup: Kirk Cousins has completed 15-of-20 play-action passes when Morris is on the field, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

By the way, that leads me to another topic for a minute. The Redskins are not using as much play-action as I anticipated (and they said). Maybe they would have done more with Robert Griffin III, but the early plan was to use more play-action. Cousins has attempted play-action passes only 16.7 percent of the time, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said the Skins are trying to save Morris, but pointed out he rarely gets run down. The team seems to like to utilize Matt Jones and Chris Thompson so it's created a three-headed backfield where none of the backs are all that safe of fantasy plays. Right now, Jones is probably the best bet because it seems like he's getting the red zone carries which have led to some TDs.

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 7:06pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Falcons Inactives

Justin Durant OLB
Charles Godfrey FS
Malliciah Goodman DE
Justin Hardy WR
Bryce Harris OT
Mike Person C
Dezmen Southward FS

Fantasy Impact:

Julio Jones is active as expected.

Wolfson: Julio Jones won't be on a pitch count, 'feels better' than last week

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 11:31am

Tracy Wolfson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Tracy Wolfson: Dan Quinn told me Julio Jones will play and he will NOT be on a pitch count. Said he feels better than last week.

Fantasy Impact:

Jones should be in the lineup in all season-long leagues and he's a contrarian play in DFS tournaments. The Saints are #19 in WR aFPA, and it should be a high-scoring game.

TNF Injury Report: Saints vs. Falcons, Julio Jones (hamstring) PROBABLE

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 5:53pm

NFL Communications

Atlanta Falcons

LB Justin Durant (elbow), C Mike Person (ankle)

RB Devonta Freeman (toe), WR Leonard Hankerson (ribs), WR Julio Jones (toe, hamstring)

New Orleans Saints

G Tim Lelito (shoulder), P Thomas Morstead (right quadricep), CB Damian Swann (concussion)

T Terron Armstead (knee), WR Marques Colston (shoulder)

DE Bobby Richardson (hip)

S Jairus Byrd (knee), G Jahri Evans (knee), DT John Jenkins (elbow), CB Keenan Lewis (hip)

Fantasy Impact:

For Julio Jones, the probable tag means he's virtually certain to play, so we would expect him to play his usual (or near-usual) amount of snaps. There is concern that he's going to be used as a decoy, but it appears he emerged from Week 5 without a setback, so we would assume that he would play his typical role. With Marques Colston unlikely to play, Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman should see more playing time.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) listed as probable for TNF

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 11:56am

Atlanta Falcons - [Full Article]

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is listed as probable for Thursday's game.

Fantasy Impact:

The probable tag means he's virtually certain to play, so we would expect Julio to play his usual amount of snaps. There is concern that he's going to be used as a decoy, but it appears he emerged from Week 5 without a setback, so we would assume that he would play his typical role.

Falcons think Julio Jones will play Week 6

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 2:11pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn remains optimistic about Julio Jones' availability Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints.

Quinn told reporters he anticipates Jones playing, despite the superstar receiver dealing with a nagging hamstring injury, per NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon.

"He did the walk through last night and did that today," Quinn said. "From what we saw, he's doing good and we anticipate him playing for the game."

Fantasy Impact:

Jones played 73 of 80 snaps in the Falcons' Week 5 overtime win over the Washington Redskins, garnering five catches for 67 yards on 10 targets. There were questions entering the contest about whether Atlanta would limit the wideout's playing time. Jones has been held under 70 yards receiving each of the past two weeks while dealing with the injury, after starting the season with three straight games of 135-plus yards.

Falcons 'uncertain' about Julio Jones for Week 6

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 9:18am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Falcons filed an injury report after holding a walkthrough on Monday and they listed wide receiver Julio Jones as out because of hamstring and toe injuries.

Jones has been a regular on the injury report in recent weeks and dropped from being probable in Week 4 to questionable for Week 5’s game against the Redskins. Jones played, but the quick turnaround to playing on Thursday could make this week more problematic.

Fantasy Impact:

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Falcons are “uncertain” about whether Jones’s hamstring will be well enough for him to play when the team takes on the Saints. Jones said after Sunday’s game that he expected to play even though he won’t be 100 percent. It would be a bit of a downgrade for Ryan as the Falcons could use a run-heavy attack with the red-hot Devonte Freeman. Roddy White and Leonard Hankerson would see increased reps at WR.

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