Julio Jones - WRPosted 7/26/17 8:38am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) will be limited at the beginning of training camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: That's not necessarily a bad thing. The 28-year-old struggled with a foot issue for much of the second half last season but still produced an 83-1,409-6 line. The only real knock on Jones is he has eclipsed 10 touchdowns once. He remains an elite WR1 in fantasy.
Taylor Gabriel - WRPosted 7/26/17 8:53am ET
Updating an earlier report, Atlanta Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel (leg) will be limited at the start of training camp with a strain in his lower leg. The team has a plan in place to ease him back.
Huddle Up: Gabriel was kept out of minicamp due to the issue, but it doesn't sound serious. He emerged as a big-play receiver last year that probably won't produce a lot of volume. Mix and match him as a WR4 in fantasy.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 7/24/17 4:22pm ET
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he would be happy if the team signed RB Devonta Freeman to a contract extension before the start of training camp Thursday, July 27, but will not worry if the negotiations continue during camp.
Huddle Up: Freeman has a good chance of receiving an extension at some point before the start of regular season, so owners should monitor the situation. He will continue to share time with Tevon Coleman at running back but will see most of the carries. He rushed for 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016 and should be a solid No. 1 running back for fantasy owners.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 7/19/17 11:02am ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan said he has not started contract extension talks with the Falcons at this point. He said he is not concerned about his next contract but is happy that owner Arthur Blank said Ryan will be compensated for his play.
Huddle Up: Ryan threw for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns in 2016 and will have most of his offensive weapons back this season. He will be working with a new offensive coordinator but should be a No. 1 quarterback in most fantasy leagues.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 7/10/17 10:01pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu has registered the lowest drop rate of any receiver over the past two seasons, misplaying only three balls on 109 catchable passes (2.8 percent) within that span.
Huddle Up: Sanu has always boasted a reputation for having great hands, and this statistic further cements that. The 27-year-old is coming off a year in which he logged a career-high 59 catches for 653 yards and four touchdowns in his first year with the Falcons, and might be on the verge of putting up bigger numbers. He's definitely worth consideration as a WR3/FLEX option.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 7/7/17 8:16pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu solidified himself as the No. 2 receiver with his play last season, according to John Fricke of CBS Atlanta.
Huddle Up: Sanu may be the No. 2 option on paper, but there is a huge gap between Julio Jones and any other player in Atlanta's passing attack. Consider him a WR5 for fantasy purposes.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 6/26/17 1:09pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman's potential long-term deal is likely to happen soon, according to owner Arthur Blank. 'He's the kind of person you want to have on your team for all the right reasons,' Blank said of Freeman. It has been reported that Freeman's deal could be done before training camp commences.
Huddle Up: Freeman has turned into one of the better running backs in the NFL even with Tevin Coleman taking away plenty of playing time. Deal or no deal, Freeman is easily an RB1 with PPR scoring and even in standard leagues.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 6/20/17 11:09am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman's possible long-term contract could be done by the first week of training camp, according to a source. Freeman is entering the final year of his current contract.
Huddle Up: Freeman has averaged 13.5 touchdowns over the last two seasons. He managed 13 total touchdowns last season even with Tevin Coleman breaking out and remains a mid-range RB1 with more value in PPR leagues.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 6/16/17 1:38pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman said he is not focusing on his contract situation but is optimistic that he will receive a contract extension at some point.
Huddle Up: Freeman is entering the final year of his contract, so the Falcons could look to sign him to a contract extension over the next few months. Freeman is one of the better running backs in the NFL in 2016 and will continue to see a majority of the snaps at running back. He should be considered a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues.
Taylor Gabriel - WRPosted 6/13/17 2:02pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel (undisclosed) did not participate in minicamp Tuesday, June 13, as he deals with an undisclosed injury.
Huddle Up: It doesn't appear to be too serious of an ailment for Gabriel, who was an unsung performer for the Falcons in 2016. Gabriel is mainly a deep threat who will only have real value when Julio Jones is unable to play.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 6/13/17 1:56pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) is not participating in minicamp as he continues to recover from offseason foot surgery. Jones does expect to be ready for training camp in late July.
Huddle Up: The Falcons will take it easy with their star receiver this offseason after missing two games last year. He may not play much in the preseason, but he should still be one of the first wide receivers taken in fantasy drafts.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 6/8/17 10:37am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones could be utilized more in the red zone this season with new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian calling the shots. 'When you have a playmaker like Julio, it's making sure we maximize his opportunities because there is so much double-coverage, there are so many unique coverages that roll his way that when we don't get that, let's make sure he's one of the primary receivers on that play because it is such a tough matchup for anybody one on one.'
Huddle Up: Ideally, more red-zone opportunities equal more touchdowns. Jones' 20 touchdowns over the past three seasons are commendable, but he has been targeted 495 times in that span. Nonetheless, Jones is a top-three fantasy wideout and should be drafted as such.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 6/6/17 12:33pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) said he felt fine after jogging Tuesday, June 6. Jones is recovering from offseason foot surgery but is expected to be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: Jones isn't in serious jeopardy of missing significant time. As long as he doesn't have any setbacks this offseason he should be good to go as one of the first players drafted again this year after averaging 107.6 catches, 1,624.3 yards and 6.6 touchdowns the last three seasons.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 5/20/17 11:35am ET
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he is confident that the team will be able to sign RB Devonta Freeman to a contract extension. Dimitroff said talks between the two sides likely will occur around the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Freeman should receive an extension at some point because he is a big part of the team's offense. He recorded 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016 and should have a similar role this upcoming season. Freeman should be considered a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 5/17/17 10:11am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman wants to be 'elite paid', according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. 'I want to be the best. I want to be elite paid. Whatever that is, that's where I want to be,' Freeman said.
Huddle Up: It's a bit funny Freeman is giving off the impression he doesn't know how much money the elite backs make, but he is justified in asking to be paid like one of the league's top backs because he is. Le'Veon Bell is the highest-paid back in the league this year making $12-plus million on the franchise tag, while LeSean McCoy and Doug Martin rank second and third at $8.01 million and $7.15 million, respectively. The fourth-year pro is entering his walk year and a rock-solid RB1 in all formats.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 5/16/17 10:25am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman said he can't envision himself holding out if contract negotiations were to come to a halt. Freeman has one year left on his rookie deal.
Huddle Up: Freeman's extension is down the road a bit, and it would be a huge surprise to see him wearing something other than black and red for the next several seasons. Splitting touches with Tevin Coleman hasn't hurt Freeman's fantasy value. He's a top 10 back with more significance in PPR leagues.
Taylor Gabriel - WRPosted 4/22/17 3:04pm ET
Atlanta Falcons restricted free-agent WR Taylor Gabriel signed his one-year tender worth $2.81 million on Saturday, April 22.
Huddle Up: Gabriel emerged as a big-play threat last season by scoring seven times on only 39 touches, including six touchdown catches. He's likely to remain the third receiver in Atlanta again this year behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, but his role shouldn't change much even with the departure of former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. He's worth a look late in drafts.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 4/20/17 12:38pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is expected to receive a contract extension, but a deal is not anticipated in the near future. It is not likely that the two sides will commence negotiations before training camp and negotiations could spill into the regular season. Freeman has one year remaining on his rookie contract.
Huddle Up: Freeman undoubtedly deserves a big, new extension. He has averaged 1,587.5 total yards and 13.5 total touchdowns over the last two seasons and is comfortably in RB1 territory again this year. He has added value in PPR leagues.
Taylor Gabriel - WRPosted 4/17/17 8:54pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel reported for organized team activities Monday, April 17, without yet signing his free-agent tender of $2.746 million. Other teams have until Friday, April 21, to sign Gabriel to an offer sheet, so it is possible he is just waiting until the last minute to see if he can generate any outside interest.
Huddle Up: While he's waiting for such a scenario to play out just in case, it seems unlikely another team would surrender a second-round draft pick by signing the emerging wide-out to an offer sheet. Even so, Gabriel proved his worth last year by notching six touchdown receptions in his first year with the Falcons, tying him with Julio Jones for the team lead. He deserves a late-round flier in deep leagues for having an active role in Atlanta's explosive offense.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 4/12/17 2:20pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman said he will participate in the offseason workouts and minicamp even though he is entering the final year of his contract. Freeman is optimistic that he will receive a contract extension before the 2017 season.
Huddle Up: Freeman should receive a new deal at some point and will continue to share playing time with Tevin Coleman in 2017. He finished this season with 1,079 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns and can be a No. 1 running back in most fantasy leagues.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 4/12/17 6:02pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) watched from the sidelines Wednesday, April 12, as a number of teammates took part in a players-only workout led by QB Matt Ryan. However, Jones showed no signs of a limp and didn?t need crutches or a protective walking boot after undergoing surgery in early March. He is not expected to participate in Atlanta?s offseason workout program, which begins April 17, but he should be ready for the team?s regular-season opener in September.
Huddle Up: Unless he has a setback this spring or summer, owners can still treat Jones as an elite WR1 in fantasy. At only 28 years of age and freakishly talented, he should remain one of the top five receivers in the league for at least the next two to three years.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 4/8/17 3:30pm ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff expects to address a contract extension for RB Devonta Freeman 'going into training camp,' Dimitroff said an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday, April 4. 'We will address this. When you look at our history, we address these situations going into training camp. I?m throwing that out there as a general timeline. I don?t know when that exactly will be, but I?m confident that something can get wrapped up and he?s going to be part of us for years to come,' Dimitroff said.
Huddle Up: The loss of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will hurt the Falcons' offense, but Atlanta has done a good enough job building its talent base on offense in recent years that Freeman should remain a quality RB1 in fantasy.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 4/6/17 9:54pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) is in the 'strengthening phase' of his recovery from surgery, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Jones is a first-round option in all formats, and he should be one of the first receivers off the board.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 3/29/17 11:33am ET
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he is confident that the team will be able to sign RB Devonta Freeman to a contract extension later this year.
Huddle Up: Freeman was ranked in the top 10 in rushing yards (1,079) and rushing touchdowns (11) this season and will continue to receive most of the carries next season. He will continue to share playing time with Tevin Coleman but should be a No. 1 running back in fantasy leagues.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 3/23/17 11:27am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) is expected to be at full health in time for the start of training camp in late July. Jones was wearing a boot, but he appeared to be moving around well and was not using crutches. A minor procedure was performed on Jones' foot March 6 after he played with the injury for most of the second half of last season.
Huddle Up: Jones will be primed for another top WR1 season once he's recovered. He finished as the WR6 last season despite missing two games. Jones is a consensus first-round pick and should be one of the first three wide receivers taken in fantasy drafts.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 3/9/17 7:16pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman's next contract could be tough to negotiate, according to beat writer Jeff Schultz.
Huddle Up: Freeman has established himself as one of the most complete backs in the NFL, and he should be treated as a RB1 in all formats in 2017.
Taylor Gabriel - WRPosted 3/8/17 8:42am ET
Atlanta Falcons restricted free-agent WR Taylor Gabriel received a second-round tender Wednesday, March 8.
Huddle Up: Gabriel carved a niche last season and vaulted himself into the boom-or-bust fantasy picture. Reminiscent of Percy Harvin in years past, Gabriel has game-breaking ability and can be a low-target, high-scoring potential commodity. He's a WR4 that could have upside for more in fantasy.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 3/7/17 6:00am ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) had surgery to remove a bunion from his foot. He'll require four to five months to fully heal, but he's expected to be ready for training camp in July.
Huddle Up: The issue plagued Jones for the entire season, and he still managed to post an 83-1,406-6 line in 14 games. He is one of the best players at his position and a consideration early in fantasy drafts next season.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 3/6/17 5:45pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) underwent a procedure on his injured foot Monday, March 6. Jones is expected to be fully recovered by the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Jones probably will sit out all of the offseason workouts in order to rehab his foot. Owners should keep an eye on the situation to make sure he does not suffer any setbacks. Jones is one of the best receivers in the NFL and should be a first-round pick in all fantasy leagues.
Taylor Gabriel - WRPosted 3/3/17 10:10am ET
The Atlanta Falcons placed a second-round tender on restricted free-agent WR Taylor Gabriel at $2.81 million Friday, March 3, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Gabriel famously was cut loose by the Cleveland Browns prior to last season, only to emerge as a much-needed big-play threat for the Falcons' top-ranked scoring offense. The second-round tender will almost certainly keep them in Atlanta. Even with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan now in San Francisco, Gabriel should enter 2017 as a fantasy WR4.
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