Falcons Fantasy News

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman: "I feel like we can run against any defense"

Friday, October 20, 2017, 11:19am

Vaughn McClure - [Full Article]

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is ready to take on the Patriots this week.

"I feel like we can run against any defense," Freeman said. "I don't care who they are. Not trying to talk cocky, but how we prepare and how we work, we can run against any defense."

Fantasy Impact:

The Falcons rank 11th in the NFL in rushing—120.6 rushing yards per game. The Patriots allow 115.8 rushing yards per game—12th-most in the NFL.

As McClure noted, the Pats also have the worst pass defense in the league and RBs have taken advantage of that, as the Pats are allowing an average of 69 receiving yards per game to the RB position.

The Freeman/Tevin Coleman duo has combined for an average of 47.6 receiving yards per game. It's a great matchup for both this week, and we have Freeman ranked as our No. 10 RB and Coleman as our No. 20 RB in PPR leagues.

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6:46pm

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Sanu should be able to return for a great matchup against New England. If he does, it will put a damper on Taylor Gabriel’s Sneaky Start status.

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6:46pm

Falcons K Matt Bryant (back) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 6:55pm

Falcons K Matt Bryant (back) did not practice Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 6:55pm

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Sanu is on track to return for Week 6, which would cause Taylor Gabriel to lose his Sneaky Start appeal.

Dolphins Beat: Heavy dose of RB Jay Ajayi works best

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 8:30am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Dolphins provided a heavy dose of Jay Ajayi on Sunday and it paid major dividends in a 20-17 upset victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The Pro Bowl tailback rushed for a season-high 130 yards on 26 carries. Ajayi also averaged a season-high 5.0 yards per carry and took the pressure off Miami's often-criticized passing game.

Miami’s coaching staff provided a clear blueprint of running the ball to keep the Falcons’ explosive offense off the field. Even when the Dolphins trailed 17-0 at halftime, Miami stuck with its running game. That wore down Atlanta (3-2) and spurred a surprising comeback -- 20 unanswered points by the Dolphins.

Fantasy Impact:

The story backed this up with impressive numbers as well: Miami is 6-0 overall -- including 2-0 this season -- when Ajayi rushes for more than 100 yards. Ajayi had just 48 rushes for 139 yards the first three games. The story added the ankle injury to DeVante Parker simplified the game plan as the team ran more power sets.

Falcons not satisfied with WR Julio Jones' touches

Monday, October 16, 2017, 6:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

"No,'' Dan Quinn said when asked if he's satisfied with how much Julio Jones is getting the ball. "No I'm not.''

Fantasy Impact:

Quinn mentioned that more offensive plays will help that situation, with Jones being such a dynamic player, the piece said. It's a good matchup against the Pats this week. The good news is teams have been lighting up the Pats D through the air, but the bad news is NE is known for taking away a team's top player. Jones is without a TD this year.

Friday, October 13, 2017, 6:43pm

Falcons K Matt Bryant (back, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 6. Bryant should be able to play in Week 6.

Friday, October 13, 2017, 6:43pm

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 6. Taylor Gabriel is a Sneaky Start with Sanu likely sidelined. In the one game that Sanu missed last season, Gabriel caught 3 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Friday, October 13, 2017, 6:43pm

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) took limited practice reps all week. He was removed from the injury report, so he’s good to go.

Friday, October 13, 2017, 6:43pm

Falcons WR Justin Hardy (illness) took full practice reps again Friday.

Friday, October 13, 2017, 6:43pm

Falcons RB Terron Ward (neck, shoulder) took full practice reps all week.

Friday, October 13, 2017, 3:38pm

Easing the concerns of fantasy owners, Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) will play this week, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

Friday, October 13, 2017, 3:37pm

Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) has been officially ruled out for Week 6. Look to Taylor Gabriel to get more work this week.

Friday, October 13, 2017, 3:23pm

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (ankle), who hasn't practiced all week, is expected to miss this week's contest against the Falcons. In his absence, Leontee Carroo and Jakeem Grant are expected to get more work.

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