Julio Jones - WRPosted 5/20/19 6:41pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones was not present for the start of organized team activities Monday, May 20.
Huddle Up: Jones is talking with the team about a contract extension and may not participate until the mandatory minicamp. Jones continues to be one of the top receivers in the NFL and should be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 5/11/19 11:48am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (groin) will be a full participant at the start of training camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Freeman should receive most of the work at running back in 2019 and should also be involved in the passing game. He can be considered a solid No. 2 running back in most fantasy leagues.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 5/11/19 1:58pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones' agent has been talking with the Falcons about a contract extension for Jones, and general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he is very encouraged with the talks. Dimitroff said there is no timetable for an agreement.
Huddle Up: Jones has been one of the top receivers in the NFL over the last several seasons and will be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues again in 2019.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 4/30/19 9:30am ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan was sacked or hit a career-high 76 times last season, so the Falcons made his protection a draft priority, selecting a pair of offensive linemen in the first round. 'We knew what we needed to do this offseason and that was to continue to fortify that line and make sure that we were protecting Matt,' Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroff said. 'And we weren't going to run into what we ran into last year.'
Huddle Up: Despite the protection problems, Ryan still threw for 4,924 yards and a career-high 35 TDs to finish third among fantasy QBs and should be valued as a back-end QB1 in drafts this offseason.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 4/18/19 6:53pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper said he likes the passing attack for 2019 and is excited to work with tight ends coach Mike Mularkey.
Huddle Up: Hooper is never going to be an elite fantasy tight end, but he does have a steady role at a position that lacks much depth. He is a safe, lower-end TE1.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 4/15/19 7:39pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones was not present for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 15, according to a source. He has indicated that he will participate in the mandatory workouts.
Huddle Up: Jones likely will receive a contract extension at some point during the offseason and likely will be on the field for the mandatory minicamp. He continues to be one of the top receivers in the NFL and should be a first- or second-round pick in most fantasy leagues.
Calvin Ridley - WRPosted 4/4/19 7:21pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley can take his play up a 'big notch' in 2019, according to head coach Dan Quinn. 'In his instance, it's the route-running and the explosiveness he has, that connection with [Matt Ryan] continuing to grow, that's a really big piece,' Quinn said.
Huddle Up: Ridley finished with 821 yards and 10 touchdowns as a rookie, and another year of experience should only solidify his status as a WR3.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 3/22/19 9:24am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones and the team is closing in on a contract extension that would pay him $20 million a year over a four- or five-year deal, according to a source. Jones also would receive $50-60 million in new guarantees.
Huddle Up: Jones just turned 30 and is eyeing one last mega-deal for his career after leading the league with 1,677 receiving yards last season. He's been a top-10 fantasy wideout in each of the last five seasons, and there's no reason to expect anything less over the next few seasons.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 3/20/19 4:10pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has been talking with the Falcons about a contract extension, and general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the two sides are having good conversations.
Huddle Up: Jones likely will receive an extension at some point this offseason and likely will become the highest paid receivers in the NFL. He should be one of the first receivers selected in fantasy drafts next season and will be a weekly starting option.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 3/14/19 11:16am ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman's two-year contract is worth $8.5 million. He will receive $3.6 million in the first year of the deal with no signing bonus. A maximum of $10.6 million can be earned with incentives.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 3/13/19 2:55pm ET
Free-agent RB Tevin Coleman (Falcons) agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday, March 13, worth $10 million, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Coleman has played for head coach Kyle Shanahan before but is role is uncertain with Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida on the roster. He could be a No. 2 running back in some fantasy leagues if he shares with only one back, but all bets are off if this is a three-way approach.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 3/1/19 9:09am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB and impending free agent Tevin Coleman is not expected to be retained in Atlanta with the team having too many other needs. 'Tevin's going to do well, wherever he is,' Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Wednesday, Feb. 27, at his NFL Scouting Combine news conference.
Huddle Up: With fellow RB Devonta Freeman injured and out most of the season, Coleman led the Falcons with 800 rushing yards and totaled 1,076 yards from scrimmage and nine TDs. However, he was a fantasy disappointment down the stretch with only three TDs and only one 86-total-yard-plus contest among his final eight games, and it's safe to say he's likely better as a complementary back in a timeshare rather than a leading man.
Ito Smith - RBPosted 2/27/19 7:11pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith is expected to have a more significant role in the offense next season, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Smith is in line to become the No. 2 running back for the Falcons will Tevin Coleman unlikely to receive. Smith had some success last season and probably will receive a handful of touches each game as long as Devonta Freeman can stay healthy. He can be a handcuff to Freeman in fantasy leagues or a No. 3 or No. 4 back in leagues.
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.
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