Julio Jones, WR Atlanta Falcons

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Leonard Hankerson has a 'legit chance' to be a 'secondary threat' for Falcons

Friday, August 28, 2015, 10:08pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Falcons beat writer Vaughn McClure: No one figured Leonard Hankerson would emerge as a fantasy target based on his career numbers in four seasons with the Redskins. Hankerson has just six touchdowns in 31 career games (123 targets). Injuries have hampered his progress, but a healthy Hankerson has a legit chance to be a secondary threat behind Julio Jones. Hankerson already showed he could be a scoring target with a 2-yard touchdown reception from Matt Ryan in a preseason matchup against the Jets.

Fantasy Impact:

Hankerson's ADP has risen in the last few weeks behind some training camp buzz. He'll have a chance to see snaps as the Falcons third receiver, which has been a busy position in the last few seasons when Julio Jones and Roddy White struggled with injuries.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
Julio Jones finished as fantasy's No. 8 receiver after recording career-highs in receptions (104), targets (164) and yardage (1,593). If he can avoid injuries, there's zero reason to believe that he'll take a step back in 2015. His size and speed make him a nightmare matchup for opponents. But it's his route-running, his attention to detail and overall work ethic that sets him apart. With Roddy White aging and new additions Leonard Hankerson, Jacob Tamme and Justin Hardy serving more as possession receivers, Jones remains Matt Ryan's go-to red-zone option and vertical threat. Jones has emerged as one of the elite playmakers in the NFL and the sky is the limit in terms of his potential.

Fantasy Downside
The only real negative to Jones' fantasy outlook is his durability (or lack thereof). Due to foot and other nagging injuries, Jones has played a full 16-game season only once in his career (2012). He missed all but five games in 2013, crushing owners that invested a high pick in him coming off his '12 campaign. Given his current ADP of 1.09, he could ruin plenty of fantasy seasons again this year if he were to miss significant time.

Bottom Line
In four seasons playing in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's system in Houston, Andre Johnson averaged 6.6 catches, 90.2 yards and 0.52 touchdowns per game. Now that Shanahan is in Atlanta, there's no reason to believe that Jones won't match or exceed those numbers playing the "X" position. If he can stay healthy, Jones could post top-5 receiver numbers as Ryan's top weapon. If you want him, you'll pay a premium price for Jones on draft night. But ranked as our No. 7 wideout heading into 2015, he won't disappoint if he can stay out of the trainer's room.

2015 Strength of Schedule - ATL
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
28
PHI
11
@NYG
5
@DAL
29
HOU
32
WAS
21
@NO
17
@TEN
27
TB
26
@SF
BYE4
IND
6
MIN
27
@TB
10
@CAR
15
@JAX
10
CAR
21
NO

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRSnaps%
1NO71160916.570001-67/7293%
2CIN78811312.570000-67/6899%
3TB916121117.890000-48/6772%
4MIN6820813.670000-62/6793%
5NYG111050169.550000-71/7299%
6CHI46801217.0011001.0051/5691%
7BAL5560811.200000-56/6685%
8DET4580614.500000-46/6077%
9BYE------------
10TB811901114.880000-53/6680%
11CAR6590119.830000-64/7486%
12CLE56811313.600000-62/7187%
13ARI1018911218.900000-72/7991%
14GB1125911723.550000-47/6770%
15PIT------------
16NO71070815.290000-48/6574%
17CAR4580814.500000-55/7177%
Totals1041593616315.3211011.00869/102185%

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