Falcons Fantasy News

Giants TE Evan Engram no injury designation for Week 7

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 5:44pm

Giants official site - [Full Article]

Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) does not have an injury designation on the Giants final injury report, ahead of Monday Night Football against the Falcons. He is set to make his return after turning in a full week of practice.

Fantasy Impact:

The Falcons are ranked fourth in aFPA to TEs, but given the current landscape of the TE position, Engram instantly returns to the TE1 conversation.

Falcons optimistic WRs Sanu and Ridley will play Week 7

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 5:06pm

Falcons official site

Coach Dan Quinn said Saturday that he was optimistic that receivers Calvin Ridley (ankle) and Mohamed Sanu (hip) would be ready to play Monday night.

Both were limited Saturday in practice.

Fantasy Impact:

It was Sanu's first practice participation of the week. Because of that, it would seem Ridley was more likely to play. If either is out, the other gets a bump for Week 7, as would Julio Jones.

Friday, October 19, 2018, 7:30pm

Falcons K Matt Bryant (right hamstring) missed practice again Friday. He’s expected to miss. The Falcons signed Giorgio Tavecchio to kick this week.

Friday, October 19, 2018, 7:30pm

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (ankle) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday. Mohamed Sanu (hip) missed practice again Friday. The Falcons don’t play until Monday night, so Sanu has an extra day to get ready this week. We’ll see what he’s able to do on Saturday. It looks like Ridley will be able to play.

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley practices Friday

Friday, October 19, 2018, 5:32pm

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The Falcons official practice report listed Calvin Ridley (ankle) as a limited participant Friday. Mohamed Sanu got the DNP designation.

Fantasy Impact:

Assuming there were no setbacks for the Falcons rookie, this puts him on the right path to suit up Monday night. The same can't be said for teammate Sanu, who is unlikely to play. Sanu's absence would vault Ridley into WR2 territory against the Giants.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:25pm

Falcons K Matt Bryant (right hamstring) missed practice Thursday. He’s expected to miss. The Falcons signed Giorgio Tavecchio to kick this week.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:25pm

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (hip) missed practice Thursday. The Falcons don’t play until Monday night, so Sanu has an extra day to get healthy.

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:25pm

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (ankle) missed practice Thursday. Ridley is dealing with a bone bruise, but was expected back at practice on Thursday. We’ll see what he’s able to do on Friday and Saturday. The Falcons play on Monday night.

Falcons WRs Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu did not practice Thursday

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:18pm

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Wide receivers Calvin Ridley (ankle) and Mohamed Sanu (knee) left the Falcons' Week 6 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to lower-body injuries. Both were held out of practice on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact:

The Falcons playing Monday night makes this a difficult situation to navigate. We could go into Sunday's games with one or both of Ridley and Sanu listed as game-time decisions. If that is the case, your best bet is to avoid them both and not take the risk. Austin Hooper, in particular, should benefit from an absence from either of the receivers. He is already our number eight tight end this week and could push a few spots higher with the projected increased opportunity he could see.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman set to have surgery on groin

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7:25pm

Vaughn McClure on Twitter - [Full Article]

Devonta Freeman (groin) scheduled to have surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia, source tells me.

Related players: Tevin Coleman, Ito Smith

Fantasy Impact:

Coleman and Smith will take over the workload. As we reported earlier, Coleman is averaging just 3.7 yards per carry while Smith has scored a TD in three straight games. Even if Coleman returns from IR, he'll need to miss eight weeks first.

Falcons sending RB Devonta Freeman to IR

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 4:49pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Atlanta Falcons will place two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman on injured reserve with a groin injury, coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday.

"Following the game against Pittsburgh, where Devonta injured his foot, we thought he was just having general soreness in his groin area," Quinn said. "As the week went on, it continued, so we decided to have him get some tests. It has been determined that he will need a procedure that will result in us placing him on injured reserve."

Related players: Tevin Coleman, Ito Smith

Fantasy Impact:

With Freeman out, the Falcons now will return to Coleman as the starter with rookie Smith as the backup. Coleman is averaging 3.7 rushing yards per game, while Smith set a franchise rookie record this past weekend by scoring a rushing touchdown in his third consecutive game.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman, K Matt Bryant likely out for Week 7

Monday, October 15, 2018, 4:26pm

Kelsey Conway on Twitter - [Full Article]

Quinn said Matt Bryant strained his hamstring, he'll likely be out this week as will RB Devonta Freeman with a groin injury.

Related players: Tevin Coleman, Ito Smith, Giorgio Tavecchio

Fantasy Impact:

The Falcons play on Monday night in Week 7 so the good news is owners again have plenty of time to prepare. Coleman and Smith will again take over the workload. As for kicker, reports say Tavecchio could see the kicking duties.

Looks like just a bone bruise for Falcons WR Calvin Ridley

Monday, October 15, 2018, 2:33pm

Vaughn McClure on Twitter - [Full Article]

Looks like MRI on rookie Calvin Ridley's injured left ankle came back pretty clean. Believed to be just a bone bruise, according to source.

Fantasy Impact:

Twitter reports said Ridley was trying to run and cut on the sideline, so the injury didn't appear to be serious, however, Ridley never came back. As the rest of the tweet said, we'll see how Ridley responds to rehab. The Falcons playing the Giants next Monday night before the Falcons bye in Week 8. The Falcons could opt to rest him vs. Giants and let him have extra time to recover during bye week. With the game Monday night, Ridley may be a game-time call, so owners should have a backup plan.

Buccaneers Beat: Chemistry with QB Jameis Winston key in WR DeSean Jackson's future

Monday, October 15, 2018, 1:34pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

One month ago, DeSean Jackson was the hottest thing in the NFL next to Ryan "Fitzmagic" Fitzpatrick. He led the NFL with 275 receiving yards and three touchdowns through the first two weeks. But now Jackson has to make things work with Jameis Winston, whom he struggled to connect with last season and again in a 34-29 road loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Related players: Chris Godwin

Fantasy Impact:

The Bucs signed Jackson before the 2017 season to a three-year deal worth $33.5 million and $20 million guaranteed in the first two years. His job was to take the top off of defenses. Winston has a big arm and isn't afraid to take chances downfield and Jackson has "game-wrecker" speed, as coach Dirk Koetter calls it. So on paper, Winston and Jackson looked like an excellent pairing. But last season, Jackson had 668 receiving yards -- one of his lowest producing seasons since becoming a pro in 2008. Jackson had 56 career catches on plays with 30 or more air yards and couldn't muster one in 2017 after having six the previous year, the story all said. As it also said, last year Winston was hampered by a shoulder injury. The emergence of Godwin could also be a factor when it comes to Jackson's future with the team.

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley exits with ankle injury

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 3:17pm

Jason Butt on Twitter - [Full Article]

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley left Week 6 with an ankle injury and won't return.

Fantasy Impact:

Butt has tweeted that Ridley was on the sideline trying to run and cut, however the team ruled him out. It at least could be a good sign about his future status that it may not be serious, but for this week he won't be back after a good start to the game.