• Julio Jones - WR
    Posted 12/14/18 9:35am ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (illness) returned to practice Friday, Dec. 14, after missing practice Thursday, Dec. 13. Head coach Dan Quinn told reporters he expects Jones to play in Week 15 versus the Arizona Cardinals.

    Huddle Up: Jones barely practiced last week before exploding for two touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers, so he's capable of playing well without getting in much work during the week. While things to figure to be a little bit more difficult for him this week against shutdown corner Patrick Peterson, Jones needs to remain in playoff lineups. If for no other reason, Jones lines up in the slot on 21 percent of his snaps, while Peterson rarely ever moves inside.

  • Austin Hooper - TE
    Posted 12/14/18 12:17pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (ankle, knee) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 14, but is not on the injury report for Week 15.

    Huddle Up: Hooper has been targeted at least five times in each of the last five games but has posted at least 50 yards in only one of those games. He can be a low-end No. 1 tight end in some deeper leagues but is not a must-start option.

  • Julio Jones - WR
    Posted 12/14/18 12:14pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (calf, foot, illness) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 14, but is not on the injury report for Week 15.

    Huddle Up: Jones has posted at least 100 yards in seven of the last eight games and should be a No. 1 fantasy receiver in all leagues.

  • Ito Smith - RB
    Posted 12/14/18 12:13pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith (knee, neck) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 14, and is listed as questionable for Week 15.

    Huddle Up: Smith is expected to play in Week 15 game, but owners should check the inactive list to determine his official status. He should see a handful of carries if he plays in the Week 15 game but probably is only a flex option in standard leagues.

  • Calvin Ridley - WR
    Posted 12/14/18 7:48pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley has a combined four catches for 32 yards in his last two games, and he faces an Arizona Cardinals defense in Week 15 that has allowed the fourth-fewest receiving yards and third-fewest receiving touchdowns this year.

    Huddle Up: Ridley has found the end zone eight times this year, but he has also been held under 50 yards eight times. The matchup doesn't bode well for a touchdown-dependent player like Ridley.

  • Julio Jones - WR
    Posted 12/13/18 9:51am ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (illness, foot, calf) was sent home from practice Thursday, Dec. 13, with an illness, head coach Dan Quinn said. Jones is expected to return Friday.

    Huddle Up: Jones has missed a number of mid-week practices in recent seasons but has then played and put up big-time numbers on Sunday. And that's what Jones' fantasy owners are hoping for again in a Week 15 showdown with Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson.

  • Austin Hooper - TE
    Posted 12/13/18 1:26pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (knee, ankle) was not able to practice Thursday, Dec. 13.

    Huddle Up: If Hooper can't go again tomorrow then he could be headed for a doubtful tag. If that were the case then Logan Paulsen would become fantasy relevant, but he's not worth starting in the fantasy playoffs.

  • Ito Smith - RB
    Posted 12/12/18 2:03pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith (neck) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 12.

    Huddle Up: Smith led the backfield in touches, just edging out Tevin Coleman. The Falcons are out of the playoff hunt and seem to be leaning upon Smith more to see what they have in him, perhaps trying to decide between he and Coleman heading into 2019.

  • Ito Smith - RB
    Posted 12/9/18 2:41pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith rushed 11 times for 60 yards in Week 14 against the Green Bay Packers and he added three catches for 14 yards.

    Huddle Up: Smith had 14 total touches to 11 touches for Tevin Coleman. Smith might be a sneaky RB3 or flex fantasy option down the stretch in deeper leagues. The Falcons host the Cardinals in Week 15.

  • Matt Ryan - QB
    Posted 12/9/18 2:27pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 28-of-42 passes for 262 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in Week 14 against the Green Bay Packers.

    Huddle Up: It was Matty Ice's first game with three or more TDs since Nov. 4 in Washington. Overall he has managed 28 touchdowns and just six interceptions, having another decent year as a low-end QB1 in most fantasy leagues. The Falcons face the Cardinals in Week 15.

  • Tevin Coleman - RB
    Posted 12/9/18 2:43pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman rushed 10 times for 45 yards in Week 14 against the Green Bay Packers and he added one grab for four yards on his only target.

    Huddle Up: Coleman had a total of 11 touches to 14 for Ito Smith, which isn't great for his short-term fantasy appeal. If he takes a backseat to Smith he would be more of a low-end RB3 or flex fantasy option in deeper leagues only. The Falcons host the Cardinals in Week 15.

  • Mohamed Sanu - WR
    Posted 12/9/18 3:09pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu posted six receptions for 54 yards on eight targets in Week 14 against the Green Bay Packers.

    Huddle Up: Sanu has three or more catches in six straight outings to serve as a decent WR4 in PPR fantasy formats. The Falcons will host the Cardinals in Week 15.

  • Julio Jones - WR
    Posted 12/9/18 2:46pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones racked up eight receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 11 targets in Week 14 against the Green Bay Packers. It was his first multi-score game since Nov. 26, 2017 against Tampa Bay.

    Huddle Up: Jones hit the century mark in yardage for the seventh time in eight games, but the touchdowns were what made it a big day. All five of his season's scores have come over the past six outings.

  • Justin Hardy - WR
    Posted 12/9/18 3:25pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Justin Hardy picked up three grabs, 30 yards and a touchdown on four targets in Week 14 against the Green Bay Packers.

    Huddle Up: Hardy has an OK day here for his small group of fantasy owners, but he isn't someone to regularly rely upon in most leagues. The Falcons host the Cardinals in Week 15.

  • Austin Hooper - TE
    Posted 12/9/18 3:13pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper posted four receptions for 37 yards on six targets in Week 14 against the Green Bay Packers before leaving the game with a knee injury.

    Huddle Up: There was no word on Hooper's status after the game, so consider him day to day for now. He has been a borderline low-end TE1/must-start TE2 in fantasy leagues when healthy.

  • Calvin Ridley - WR
    Posted 12/9/18 3:29pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley was limited to just one catch for 10 yards on four targets in Week 14 against the Green Bay Packers.

    Huddle Up: Ridley looks to have hit the vaunted rookie wall after a quick start. He has been held to 37 or fewer yards in four of his previous five outings and his yardage total was his lowest since being blanked in Week 1 at Philadelphia.

  • Julio Jones - WR
    Posted 12/7/18 10:21am ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) will play in Week 14 versus the Green Bay Packers despite missing practice time this week with a foot injury.

    Huddle Up: This has been the expectation all week. While Jones is expected to line up across impressive rookie Jaire Alexander on occasion, the five-time Pro Bowler can pretty much get open against any defensive back in the league. Barring a late-week setback, owners should feel confident starting Jones this week.

  • Devonta Freeman - RB
    Posted 12/7/18 10:42am ET

    Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (groin) has yet to be ruled out this season and still has 'a shot' to play at some point, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

    Huddle Up: Atlanta's playoff hopes are fading fast and it's hard to see the team bringing Freeman back for a couple of meaningless games if the Falcons don't get hot soon, so owners shouldn't feel the need to rush to the waiver wire to pick him up quite yet. It's still much more likely than not Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith finish the season in a committee attack while Freeman heals up for 2019.

  • Matt Bryant - PK
    Posted 12/7/18 12:57pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons PK Matt Bryant (back) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 7, and is listed as questionable for Week 14.

    Huddle Up: Owners will need to check the inactive list to see if Bryant will be available for Week 14. He is a solid starting option in fantasy leagues when healthy.

  • Calvin Ridley - WR
    Posted 12/7/18 12:52pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (elbow, hand) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 7, but is not on the injury report for Week 14.

    Huddle Up: Ridley has been targeted at least five times in three of the last four games but has also been held to under 40 yards in three of those games. He has played well at times this season and could be a flex option in some deeper leagues.

  • Julio Jones - WR
    Posted 12/7/18 12:51pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 7, but is not on the injury report for Week 14.

    Huddle Up: Jones is coming off a disappointing Week 13 game but had posted at least 100 yards in the previous six games. He should have more success this week against the Green Bay Packers and will be a No. 1 receiver in fantasy leagues.

  • Julio Jones - WR
    Posted 12/6/18 10:16am ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) sat out a second straight practice Thursday, Dec. 6, with a foot injury, but head coach Dan Quinn said he expects Jones to play in Week 14 vs. the Green Bay Packers.

    Huddle Up: Keep an eye out on this situation the next few days, but this looks like good news for Jones' fantasy owners who are counting on a bounce-back week from the WR1 following his season-worst two-catch, 18-yard effort vs. the Ravens in Week 13.

  • Calvin Ridley - WR
    Posted 12/6/18 3:44pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (elbow, hand) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 6.

    Huddle Up: More likely than not, Ridley will be fine to suit up for Sunday's showdown at Lambeau, though he's coming off one of the weakest outings of his rookie campaign. Fortunately, he'll have an easier matchup on tap against the Packers but because of the cold weather expected, he's not exactly a safe WR3 to deploy this week.

  • Julio Jones - WR
    Posted 12/6/18 3:43pm ET

    Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) said Thursday, Dec. 6, he'll be 'ready to go' for the team's Week 14 game Sunday, Dec. 9, against the Green Bay Packers.

    Huddle Up: Jones was banged up last week during by far his worst performance of the season but it looks like the injury won't keep him sidelined. Despite the dud his last time out, the perennial WR1 is still worth deploying for what could be a high-scoring affair.

  • Calvin Ridley - WR
    Posted 12/5/18 1:23pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (hand, elbow) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

    Huddle Up: The weather will be cold at Lambeau Field, but the Green Bay Packers have been one of the worst fantasy pass defenses this year. As long as Ridley doesn't regress in practice he's a WR3 or flex option this week.

  • Julio Jones - WR
    Posted 12/5/18 1:27pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) was not able to practice Wednesday, Dec. 5.

    Huddle Up: We've been through this enough with Jones to know that he can still play even if he doesn't practice all week. He does still have a couple days to get on the practice field, though, so keep him in those starting lineups as your WR1 for now.

  • Matt Ryan - QB
    Posted 12/5/18 6:10pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has posted his highest passer rating (106.3) against the Green Bay Packers compared to any other opponent whom he's faced more than three times in his career. In eight meetings (including playoffs), Ryan has completed 67.4 percent of his passes to go with 2,071 yards, 18 touchdowns and only five interceptions. Ryan draws them in Week 14.

    Huddle Up: The former MVP award winner is coming off probably his weakest outing this season but based on his history opposite Green Bay, he'll be in position to bounce back from that right away. Cold temperatures are expected but Ryan has thrived in Lambeau Field's frigid climate multiple times before. Thus, he can still be trusted as a QB1 this week.

  • Matt Ryan - QB
    Posted 12/4/18 10:48am ET

    Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been sacked 36 times this season and is on pace for a career-high 48. 'Well, No. 1, I'm concerned about it because if we're not protecting him in the way that we can, then that gets hard,' Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. 'And there (are) some games that the score's out of whack and it turns into a dropback game where there's going to be more chances for a defense to go after him.'

    Huddle Up: Ryan was sacked three times and hit five more times as he threw for a season-low 131 yards in the Week 13 home loss to the Ravens. And with Atlanta 4-8 and essentially out of playoff contention, there is concern, Ryan could be shut down early to preserve the 33-year-old quarterback, so it's definitely a situation to monitor if you're counting on Ryan as your main QB in the fantasy playoffs.

  • Calvin Ridley - WR
    Posted 12/2/18 5:38pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley caught three of his five targets for 22 yards in a 26-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13.

    Huddle Up: The rookie continued his up-and-down year, but his knack for finding the end zone makes him worth a look as a flex play.

  • Austin Hooper - TE
    Posted 12/2/18 5:33pm ET

    Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught all five of his targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in a 26-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13.

    Huddle Up: Hooper won't put up huge numbers, but he's quietly become one of the steadier options at a thin position and a no-doubt TE1.

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