Falcons Fantasy News

Buccaneers release RB Doug Martin

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 1:19pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released running back Doug Martin, the team announced Tuesday. The two-time Pro Bowler was due to make nearly $7 million in 2018 but averaged just 2.9 yards per carry over the past two seasons.

Martin, 29, was benched in favor of second-year back Peyton Barber for the final three games of the 2017 season and was a healthy scratch for the Monday Night Football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15 for violating a team rule.

The move was hardly a surprise. When asked by ESPN about Martin's struggles in 2017 and whether he had a future with the team, general manager Jason Licht said, "Without going into much detail, it's safe to say that we need more out of our running game in general. We need to get better run-blocking, we need more explosive plays out of the running back position. I was really happy [and] we were really happy with Peyton [Barber] with the way he came on at the end of the season, so that was positive. Obviously Doug had a down season by his standards and by our standards."

Fantasy Impact:

As the article notes, this is not a big surprise. But where do the Bucs go from here? With Martin cut and Charles Sims entering free agency, the Tampa backfield could look very different in 2018. In the seven games in which Peyton Barber carried the ball at least 10 times, he averaged 14.1 carries for 59 yards (4.20 YPC). In those games, he also added 2.0 catches for 15 yards. The Bucs are likely to draft a running back, but depending on the draft capital that they spend, Barber may have the inside track to start in 2018.

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 3:06pm

Falcons Inactives

WR Marvin Hall
LB Sean Weatherspoon
TE Eric Saubert
RB Terrence Magee
CB Leon McFadden
OG Sean Harlow
OT Austin Pasztor

Friday, January 12, 2018, 6:34pm

Falcons TE Levine Toilolo (knee) was removed from the injury report Friday after taking full practice reps Thursday.

Friday, January 12, 2018, 6:34pm

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (knee) took limited practice reps Thursday but was removed from the injury report so he’s good to go.

Friday, January 12, 2018, 6:34pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) took limited practice reps Thursday but is good to go for Saturday’s game against the Eagles. Philadelphia is No. 23 in WR aFPA.

Friday, January 12, 2018, 6:34pm

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) took limited practice reps Thursday. Freeman is going to play but he has a very tough matchup against the Eagles (No. 2 in RB aFPA).

Friday, January 12, 2018, 6:34pm

Eagles RB Jay Ajayi (knee) was removed from the injury report Friday after taking full practice reps Thursday. The Falcons are No. 1 in RB aFPA so this is a very tough matchup for Ajayi and the other Philadelphia running backs.

Friday, January 12, 2018, 6:34pm

Falcons QB Matt Ryan (not injury related) was removed from the injury report Friday after taking full practice reps Thursday. Ryan is good to go.

Falcons fully healthy heading into Divisional Round matchup

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 1:53pm

Kelsey Conway - [Full Article]

According to Falcons head coach Dan Quinn, the team will be at full strength when they face the Eagles this weekend. That means you can feel confident firing up all Falcons skill players in your lineups this week.

Fantasy Impact:

Devonta Freeman is our No. 5 ranked RB in a tough matchup according to aFPA (Eagles rank second in aFPA vs. RBs). Tevin Coleman is a top-12 ranked RB across the board.

Falcons WRs have an easier go, as the Eagles rank 23rd in aFPA vs. WRs. Julio Jones is our No. 2 ranked WR, while Mohamed Sanu is a top-eight WR across the board.

TE Austin Hooper and QB Matt Ryan are both top-five options at their respective positions.

Friday, January 5, 2018, 4:55pm

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Freeman should be out there against the Rams. His rushing numbers have dipped over the past two weeks—22 carries for 59 yards against the Saints and Panthers—but he has 16 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown in his last three games.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) not on final injury report

Thursday, January 4, 2018, 1:21pm

Vaughn McClure - [Full Article]

The Falcons said no player will be listed as questionable heading into their Wild Card matchup versus the Los Angeles Rams this weekend, including Freeman.

Fantasy Impact:

It appears Freeman will be good to go this weekend in a good matchup according to our aFPA metric, as the Rams are ranked 21st vs. RBs. We have Freeman ranked as a top-seven RB across the board this weekend. Tevin Coleman is our No. 10 ranked RB.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman, WR Julio Jones miss practice

Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 7:50pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Devonta Freeman both were held out of practice Tuesday as the team prepared for Saturday's NFC Wild Card matchup with the Los Angeles Rams.

Jones, who had been dealing with ankle and thumb injuries, now is listed with ankle and rib injuries. He took a hard hit over the middle from safety Mike Adams in last week's win over Carolina but returned to the game.

Julio Jones still has sore ribs from the hit he took Sunday that left him on the turf. Meanwhile, Freeman showed up on the injury report with a knee injury. Freeman said he was banged up after last week's game but played through the pain.

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 3:41pm

Falcons Inactives
Jamil Douglas OG
Marvin Hall WR
Sean Harlow OG
Leon McFadden DB
Levin Tollolo TE
Sean Weatherspoon LB
Nick Williams WR

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Falcons TE Levine Toilolo (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) took full practice reps all week. Olsen is a full go against the Falcons, though there is some concern about how his foot will respond to playing on the turf in Atlanta.

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