Julio Jones - WRPosted 2/9/19 4:26pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has the most career receiving yards (10,731) by age 30 in NFL history, according to ESPN.com's Field Yates.
Huddle Up: Yet, somehow, Jones feels a bit underrated, or least underappreciated. Over the last five years he has finished as WR2, WR7, WR6, WR2 and WR6. If you're taking him in the second round of 2019 fantasy drafts you're doing it right.
Matt Bryant - PKPosted 2/6/19 11:23am ET
Atlanta Falcons PK Matt Bryant was released Wednesday, Feb. 6. He had two years and $7 million remaining on his contract. Cutting Bryant saves Atlanta nearly $3 million in 2019 salary cap space. PK Giorgio Tavecchio is expected to be the starting kicker for the Falcons next season. He will earn $645,000 in 2019 .
Huddle Up: Bryant may be old in football years (he turns 44 this offseason), but he made 20 of 21 field goals in 13 games last season. He's not off the fantasy radar just yet.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 1/31/19 5:46pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan (wrist) said he skipped the Pro Bowl because of a wrist injury he dealt with during the final game of the regular season. Ryan said his wrist is no longer a concern.
Huddle Up: Ryan has thrown for at least 4,000 yards in each of the last eight seasons and has thrown at least 35 touchdowns in two of the last three seasons. He should have a good receiving corps to work with next season and can be a low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 1/31/19 7:22pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman's (groin) return from injury can help lead a turnaround in 2019, according to owner Arthur Blank.
Huddle Up: Freeman was limited to just two games in 2018, but he topped 1,100 total yards in each of the three previous seasons. With Tevin Coleman expected to play elsewhere in 2019, Freeman should be in for a big role when he returns. Assuming he doesn't suffer a setback, RB2 production should be on tap.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 1/28/19 4:54pm ET
Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent RB Tevin Coleman may not re-sign with the Falcons this offseason since the Falcons have RB Devonta Freeman under contract through the 2022 season, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure.
Huddle Up: Coleman rushed for 800 yards this season and also posted 276 receiving yards in 16 games. He may be able to find a starting job if he hits the free-agent market, so owners should monitor his situation during the offseason. He has a chance to be a No. 2 fantasy running back next season depending on his situation.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 1/22/19 10:51am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones led all receivers with 24 receptions for first downs on 30 third-down targets this past season.
Huddle Up: Despite a slow start in the TD department (none in his first seven games) Jones also wound up leading the league in receiving yards (1,677) for the second time in the last four seasons. And even with Jones turning 30 this offseason (on Super Bowl Sunday), he remains an elite WR1 in all fantasy formats.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 1/19/19 7:47pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper's 71 receptions in 2018 were the fourth most among tight ends, and he also ranked seventh in receiving yards (660) and tied for ninth in touchdowns (4) at the position.
Huddle Up: Hooper doesn't have the athleticism to make big plays like the elite fantasy tight ends, but he was still a dependable option at a thin position. He's a safe, low-end TE1 heading into 2019.
Calvin Ridley - WRPosted 1/10/19 7:40pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley finished his rookie season with numbers similar to what retired WR Marvin Harrison put up as a rookie. Ridley had 64 catches for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018, and Harrison had 64 catches for 836 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie year.
Huddle Up: It's more than a little too soon to say Ridley will have the same career trajectory as Harrison, but Ridley did make a great first impression despite being the No. 3 option in Atlanta's passing game. He will enter 2019 as a WR3 with plenty of upside because of his nose for the end zone.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 1/4/19 3:38pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (groin) may not be ready for offseason workouts but will be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Freeman was limited to two games this season and rushed for only 68 yards but likely will enter next season as the starter. He could can be a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues next season if he is healthy and receives most of the carries.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 1/3/19 6:24pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones's contract situation isn't a concern, according to general manager Thomas Dimitroff. 'We'll take care of that business,' Dimitroff said.
Huddle Up: The knock on Jones has been that he doesn't catch enough touchdowns, but after piling up 113 catches for 1,677 yards and 10 games with 100-plus yards lat year, you will have a hard time finder a steadier WR1. Jones has now topped 1,400 receiving yards in five straight games.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/30/18 5:53pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (chest) was headed for X-rays of his chest following the Week 17 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He caught nine of his 13 targets for 138 yards and a touchdown in a 34-32 win.
Huddle Up: With Atlanta's season in the books, the injury shouldn't have any impact on his fantasy value moving forward. Jones finishes 2018 with a 113 catches for 1,677 yards, and he will be one of the safest bets for WR1 production again in 2019.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 12/30/18 5:48pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 31 of his 44 passes for 378 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 34-32 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17.
Huddle Up: The Falcons disappointed as a team, but Ryan tossed 35 touchdowns and nearly reached 5,000 yards. With solid weapons to throw to, another year of QB1 production should be on tap in 2019.
Calvin Ridley - WRPosted 12/30/18 6:07pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley caught all five of his targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in a 34-32 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17.
Huddle Up: Ridley capped an impressive rookie season with his 10th receiving touchdown. His role in the offense should only grow in 2019, so feel free to target him as a WR3.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 12/30/18 6:03pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman rushed eight times for 45 yards and a touchdown and caught one pass for nine yards in a 34-32 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17.
Huddle Up: Coleman didn't step up as much as expected this season after Devonta Freeman went down with an injury, but he should still be one of the more popular running backs when free agency begins. If he ends up as a lead back somewhere, RB2 production is possible next season.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 12/30/18 5:59pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu caught seven of his 10 targets for 90 yards and threw a five-yard touchdown pass in a 34-32 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17.
Huddle Up: Sanu had a respectable 2018 season, but with rookie Calvin Ridley showing tremendous promise, Sanu will likely see even more of his targets head Ridley's way in 2019.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 12/30/18 6:10pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught five of six targets for 67 yards in a 34-32 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17.
Huddle Up: Hooper went over 600 receiving yards for the year and finished with 71 catches. He won't be confused as an elite fantasy tight end any time soon, but with a lack of dependable options at the position, Hooper should be viewed as a low-end TE1 heading into 2019.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/28/18 10:31am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ribs/hip) will play in Week 17, the team announced Friday, Dec. 29.
Huddle Up: As usual, fantasy GMs can count on Jones, who is in his typical WR1 slot for Sunday's matchup against the Buccaneers.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 12/28/18 10:30am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (groin) will play in Week 17 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: There is some initial speculation Coleman may not play in the season finale, but that doesn't appear to be the case. He should be the clear lead back for as long as he and/or the Falcons want him to play, but it also would not be surprising if backup Brian Hill saw just as much work (and possibly more) than he does in what could be Coleman's final game with Atlanta before departing as a free agent this spring.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/27/18 2:39pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip, ribs) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Owners will know more about Jones' status in the next few days. He is a must-start option if he is active for the game, but owners will need other options available in case he is ruled out.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 12/27/18 2:38pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (groin) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Coleman's status for Week 17 is still uncertain but may need to practice Friday, Dec. 28, if he wants a chance to play. Brian Hill probably would receive a majority of the work at running back if Coleman is ruled out and has a chance to be a flex option in standard leagues.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/26/18 2:35pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip, ribs) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: It's no surprise, as Jones typically rests during mid-week sessions anyway. Circle back around on Friday when the official injury report is revealed. He might very well go down to being a game-time decision for Week 17.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 12/26/18 2:33pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (groin) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: Coleman was injured in last Sunday's game in Carolina and he is a question mark for the season finale. If he is unable to go, Brian Hill might be leaned upon heavily in Week 17 with Ito Smith done for the season.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 12/24/18 12:32pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (groin) has a good chance to play in the season finale despite suffering a strained groin in Week 16, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Coleman ran well before being hurt. Brian Hill took over and ran for a career-high 115 yards. Hill can be added off waivers for those still playing. If Coleman is limited at all or suffers a setback then Hill would be startable.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/23/18 8:17am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip, ribs) will be active for the team's Week 16 game.
Huddle Up: Jones should receive his normal workload this week despite the injuries and can be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 12/23/18 12:42pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (groin) suffered a groin injury during the Week 16 game and is considered questionable to return.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor the situation to see if Coleman is in danger of missing the Week 17 game. He should be a starting fantasy option if he plays, but owners will need other options available.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 12/23/18 5:49pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 15-of-26 passes for 239 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers.
Huddle Up: Ryan hooked up with each of his top three receivers, Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley for a score each. He'll try to finish the regular season on a high note in Week 17 in Tampa.
Calvin Ridley - WRPosted 12/23/18 5:58pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley registered three receptions for a game-high 90 yards and a touchdown on five targets.
Huddle Up: Ridley has had a nice rookie season, posting 50 grabs for 789 yards and nine touchdowns. He looks like a fantasy staple for many years to come and a must-have for those in dynasty formats.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 12/23/18 6:33pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones ended up with four catches for 28 yards and a touchdowns on five targets in Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers.
Huddle Up: Jones has scored at least one touchdown in three straight (four total), and he has a touchdown in six of his past eight outings (seven total). After failing to score in his first seven contests he is doing what fantasy owners expected of him when draft Jones as their No. 1 wide receiver. The Falcons finish up against the Buccaneers in Week 17.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 12/23/18 6:08pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper finished with two grabs for 36 yards on his two targets in Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers.
Huddle Up: Hooper has been banged up down the stretch which has limited his fantasy appeal. He could be a TE1 fantasy option in 2019, but avoid him in Week 17 in Tampa since he isn't 100 percent.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 12/23/18 6:22pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu posted five grabs for 81 yards and a touchdown on eight targets in Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers.
Huddle Up: Sanu visited the end zone for the first time since mid-October. He has managed three or more grabs in eight straight outings, and he has at least two catches in all 15 of his games this season. Sanu has been a solid WR4 or flex fantasy option in PPR leagues all year. The Falcons meet the Buccaneers on the road in Week 17.
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