Julio Jones - WRPosted 4/19/18 10:48am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is not participating in the voluntary offseason program this week. Head coach Dan Quinn said he already knew Jones wouldn't be at the program.
Huddle Up: Not a big deal. Jones will be there when the activities are mandatory. He deserves to be one of the first few wide receivers taken in fantasy drafts despite notching just three touchdowns last season. That number will assuredly increase this year.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 3/30/18 7:24pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper will make a 'big jump' in 2018, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Hooper had 526 yards and three touchdowns last year, but he didn't show any signs that he is capable of much more. Consider him a TE2 for now.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 3/30/18 7:51pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) said his injured knee is 'definitely progressing on the up and up.'
Huddle Up: As long as Freeman doesn't suffer a setback, he should be ready to roll for the start of the season. Consider him a low-end RB1 candidate.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 3/21/18 7:46pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan's talks with the club concerning a contract extension 'appear to have hit a snag,' with general manager Thomas Dimitroff saying he couldn't put a timetable on it. He added he doesn't know how close the two sides are but that 'we talk about it and it seems like things are right around the corner.'
Huddle Up: Previously, it was thought that an extension would get done this week, but now it seems that is no longer the case. Nonetheless, it is still likely that the two sides come to an agreement, with Ryan, a recent league MVP who has taken his team to the Super Bowl, probably going to get somewhere around $30 million annually. Not only is he probably the best quarterback in the history of the franchise, he's also still a legit QB1 for fantasy purposes in all formats.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 3/19/18 11:40pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan is 'likely' to sign a contract extension this week that is 'expected to pay him near $30 million per season,' according to Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Huddle Up: After reaching the Super Bowl and winning MVP honors during the 2016 season, Ryan took a step back this past season, though that isn't to say he had a down year, since he certainly did not. After all, the 10-year veteran still eclipsed the 4,000-yard mark for the seventh straight campaign while logging a solid 91.4 passer rating. He's still firmly in the QB1 picture without question and should present much better value next season.
Taylor Gabriel - WRPosted 3/13/18 1:30pm ET
Free-agent WR Taylor Gabriel (Falcons) is expected to sign a four-year deal with the Chicago Bears.
Huddle Up: Gabriel and Allen Robinson will really open up the field for the Bears this year. Chicago has added quality playmakers to an injury riddled receiving corps and Gabriel could be in for a sizable workload if either or both of Kevin White and Cameron Meredith are hurt again. For now, though, view him as a flier in later rounds. He is a more ideal fit in standard schemes.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 3/7/18 7:51pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper is already starting to get in some work in the offseason, meeting QB Matt Ryan at the team facility as early as Friday, March 2, to go through an 'hour-plus throwing session.' The two have had 'multiple sessions' since then to work on timing and Hooper said he'll be in Atlanta 'all offseason' to work with Ryan.
Huddle Up: Hooper didn't necessarily have a bad sophomore showing in 2017, nabbing 49 balls for 526 yards and three touchdowns, but he didn't exactly make the second-year leap that many expected. He was also pretty lackluster down the stretch, recording no scores after mid-November, while also failing to top 40 yards in a game over that span as well. He'll have sleeper potential because of Atlanta's ability to move the ball, but for now, he's more of a TE2 entering next season.
Matt Bryant - PKPosted 3/5/18 2:35pm ET
Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent PK Matt Bryant agreed to terms on a three-year contract Monday, March 5. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Bryant has been a mainstay in PK1 territory since joining the Falcons in 2009. The soon to be 43-year-old Bryant remains one of the most accurate kickers in the NFL and should continue to be drafted as a No. 1 fantasy kicker.
Taylor Gabriel - WRPosted 2/28/18 5:51pm ET
Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent WR Taylor Gabriel will hit the free-agent market this offseason, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
Huddle Up: Gabriel is coming off a disappointing 2017 season but should be able to find a new team this offseason. He has the ability to make big plays but probably will not be a great fantasy option next season.
Matt Bryant - PKPosted 2/22/18 6:31am ET
Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent PK Matt Bryant said there is mutual interest in returning to the Falcons.
Huddle Up: Bryant was a top-10 kicker in fantasy last season, and he'd return to the same low-end PK1 area if he returns to Atlanta.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 2/17/18 8:17pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman would have trade value, according to a high-ranking AFC evaluator. 'Great complement to a starter and he could fill the role as a starting running back,' the evaluator said. 'Great speed and athleticism.'
Huddle Up: Coleman still has a year remaining on his current deal, so he is likely slated for another year of backing up Devonta Freeman. Even in that role, Coleman has potential as a flex play because of his ability to find the end zone.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 2/3/18 1:17pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) said he could be ready for the start of offseason workouts but wants to be completely healthy before he returns so he does not have to deal with the injury during the season.
Huddle Up: Freeman probably will participate in some offseason workouts and should be 100 percent for training camp. He likely will continue to see most of the work at running back and can be at least a No. 2 fantasy running back even with Tevin Coleman on the roster.
Matt Bryant - PKPosted 2/3/18 7:04pm ET
Atlanta Falcons PK Matt Bryant said he wants to play two or three more years and would like to end his career in Atlanta.
Huddle Up: Bryant finished eighth among kickers in points scored in 2017 after ranking first in 2016. Atlanta has plenty of offensive firepower, so Bryant should remain a starting-caliber fantasy kicker again next season.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 2/2/18 7:52pm ET
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank expects QB Matt Ryan to take a hometown discount when the two sides work on a contract extension. 'We expect him to work with us to ensure there?s talent around him,' Blank said.
Huddle Up: Expect the Falcons to do what it takes to keep Ryan around. Although his numbers slipped from his 2016 MVP campaign this season, he remains a perennial QB1 candidate.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 1/19/18 6:59pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman could remain a part of the backfield beyond 2018, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
Huddle Up: Coleman has one year left on his current deal, and since Atlanta already locked up Devonta Freeman, it would be a bit of a surprise to if the Falcons also gave Coleman an extension. In the meantime, he'll remain one of the more attractive backup running backs for 2018.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 1/18/18 10:52am ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan's potential contract extension will be the focus of the offseason, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
Huddle Up: Ryan's 2018 numbers paled in comparison to his 2017 MVP campaign, but he was bound to regress after a career year. The veteran signal-caller has thrown over 4,000 yards in seven straight seasons now and is a threat for QB1 status each year.
Matt Bryant - PKPosted 1/18/18 11:17am ET
Atlanta Falcons PK Matt Bryant will be in talks with the franchise this offseason about a contract extension, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
Huddle Up: Bryant is a perennial No. 1 fantasy kicker as long as he is healthy and deserves an extension. Remember, though, don't draft a kicker until the last round.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 1/18/18 12:03pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) will not need surgery to repair his torn posterior cruciate ligament and sprained medial collateral ligament, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Freeman could miss some offseason workouts but should be fine for the start of training camp. He will continue to be the No. 1 running back for the Falcons and should be a weekly starting option in all fantasy leagues in 2018.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 1/16/18 12:09pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) will not participate in the 2018 Pro Bowl due to his nagging ankle injury. Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams will take Jones' place in the Pro Bowl.
Huddle Up: Jones is dealing with other issues, too, so it makes sense that the Falcons would want to rest him instead of aggravating something in a game that doesn't count for anything. As long as Jones is fully healthy, he should be one of the first few wide receivers selected in fantasy drafts next season.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 1/13/18 3:59pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan went 22-for-36 for 210 yards and one touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round playoff game Saturday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: Ryan played well this season but was held to one or fewer touchdown passes in each of his last eight games. He should have most of his weapons back next season and can be a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback or a solid backup in all fantasy leagues.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 1/13/18 5:09pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu caught three passes for 50 yards in the Divisional Round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: Sanu was a solid contributor in the team's passing game this season and finished the regular season with 703 yards and five touchdowns. He should be one of the starting receivers again in 2018 and can be a low-end No. 3 or a No. 4 receiver for fantasy owners.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 1/13/18 5:06pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones caught nine passes for 101 yards in the Divisional Round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: Jones has been one of the best receivers in the NFL over the last several seasons even though he has dealt with some injuries. He will be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues next season and could be a first-round pick.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 1/13/18 5:05pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman rushed for 79 yards on 10 carries in the Divisional Round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Jan. 13. He also caught one pass for 14 yards during the game.
Huddle Up: Coleman receives a lot of touches even though he is not the starter and should have a similar role next season. He can be a No. 3 or No. 4 running back in fantasy drafts in 2018 and could be a weekly flex option.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 1/13/18 4:56pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman caught five passes for 26 yards and one touchdown in the Divisional Round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Jan. 13. He also rushed for seven yards on 10 carries during the game.
Huddle Up: Freeman finished the regular season with 865 yards and seven touchdowns this season and likely will remain the team's starting running back in 2018. He also has value in point-per-reception leagues since he recorded 36 catches and 317 receiving yards. He can be at least a No. 2 running back for fantasy owners next season.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 1/13/18 5:18pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught one pass for three yards in the Divisional Round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: Hooper finished third on the team with 526 yards and recorded three touchdowns during the regular season. He could have a decent role in the passing game in 2018 and has a chance to be a No. 2 fantasy tight end next season.
Taylor Gabriel - WRPosted 1/13/18 5:12pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Taylor Gabriel caught two passes for four yards in the Divisional Round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Jan. 13.
Huddle Up: Gabriel saw a drop in his production this season compared to last season and finished with 378 yards and one touchdown. Owners on all leagues probably can avoid Gabriel in drafts in 2018.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 1/13/18 7:25pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) said he played the end of the season with a sprained medial collateral ligament and a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, but he is hoping to avoid offseason surgery.
Huddle Up: Freeman should enter 2018 as the lead back for Atlanta, but with Tevin Coleman also in the mix, Freeman should be viewed as a high-end RB2.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 1/11/18 11:14am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Jan. 11, but is not on the injury report for the Divisional Round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Huddle Up: Sanu and Julio Jones coexisted as well last week as they had all season. Jones, Sanu and Devonta Freeman are clearly Matt Ryan's go-to targets. Sanu can be started as a WR2 or flex even in a difficult matchup versus the Philadelphia Eagles.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 1/11/18 11:10am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Jan. 11, but is not on the injury report for the Divisional Round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Huddle Up: Jones will take the field on Saturday as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks to his ankle injury. Jones can succeed against any cornerback and any defense, so don't let the Philadelphia Eagles elite defense cause you to completely rule out Jones.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 1/11/18 11:05am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) had a limited status in practice Thursday, Jan. 11, but is not on the injury report for the Divisional Round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Huddle Up: Freeman should be fine for this weekend's playoff tilt. While he didn't succeed on the ground last week, he flourished in the passing game, giving him more value on DraftKings this weekend.
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