Jacob Tamme - TEPosted 2/19/17 7:01am ET
The San Francisco 49ers could be interested in impending free-agent TE Jacob Tamme if he doesn't re-sign with the Atlanta Falcons, according to multiple sources.
Huddle Up: The soon-to-be 32-year-old had 22 catches for 210 yards and three touchdowns in eight games before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in November. Former Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is now the head coach in San Francisco but the 49ers recently gave TE Vance McDonald a five-year contract extension, so it's unlikely he would play a major role in the offense if he lands there. At best, Tamme should be viewed as a TE2 in deeper seasonal leagues regardless of where he's playing in 2017.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 2/8/17 4:08pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for 2,581 yards, 19 touchdowns and four interceptions at home this season while throwing for 2,363 yards, 19 touchdowns and three interceptions on the road.
Huddle Up: Ryan was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL this season and should have most of his weapons back next season. He should be considered a No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy leagues in 2017.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 2/8/17 5:03pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman rushed for six of his eight touchdowns on the road this season. He also recorded two of his three receiving touchdowns on the road.
Huddle Up: Coleman was not the starting running back this season but received plenty of work in the offense. He probably will have a similar role for the Falcons in 2017 and can be considered a No. 3 in most leagues and a No. 2 running back in some deeper leagues.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 2/8/17 5:04pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman rushed for 10 of his 11 touchdowns at home this season. He finished the season with 521 yards at home and 558 yards on the road.
Huddle Up: Freeman received most of the carries for the Falcons this season and finished in the top 10 in terms of rushing yards during the regular season. He should continue to be the top running back for the Falcons and should be considered a No. 1 fantasy running back for owners next season.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 2/7/17 9:20am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (ankle) was spotted wearing a walking boot on his left foot Tuesday, Feb. 7. Coleman suffered an apparent ankle injury in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI and did not return.
Huddle Up: There has been no indication Coleman is dealing with a significant injury, but it is also notable he has yet to be given a timetable for recovery. Barring something unforeseen, he should have no problem being ready for offseason workouts and figures to return to his role as Devonta Freeman's explosive sidekick in Atlanta's offense next season.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 2/7/17 9:21am ET
Updating a previous story, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) told ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure on Tuesday, Feb. 7, he will have his troublesome toe evaluated next month to decide if surgery is needed or not.
Huddle Up: It would not be surprising if Jones undergoes surgery considering the fact he dealt with the injury for most of the season. The ailment obviously did not hinder him all that much, however, as he amassed 19 catches for 334 yards and three touchdowns during the Falcons' playoff run. Jones' ongoing foot issues are something fantasy owners need to keep in mind going forward, but he's arguably the most dominant receiver in the game when healthy.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 2/7/17 11:14am ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (ankle) will not need surgery on his injured ankle, according to head coach Dan Quinn. A timetable for Coleman's recovery was not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Coleman is wearing a walking boot, as previously reported, but this ailment doesn't appear to be too serious. If he doesn't suffer any setbacks this offseason he should be good to go. He and Devontae Freeman arguably make up the best running back duo in the NFL. Interestingly, they don't damage each other's fantasy value too much. View Coleman as a low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 for next season.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 2/7/17 12:06pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman and the Falcons are 'in good space,' according to Thomas Dimitroff, in regards to a contract extension. Dimitroff said both sides will discuss a deal at the 'appropriate time.'
Huddle Up: That appropriate time is probably after the Falcons are done wondering what happened in the Super Bowl. Freeman has quickly proven himself as one of the most versatile running backs in the NFL over the last two seasons. Freeman is an RB1 candidate in all formats even with Tevin Coleman splitting time with him.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 2/6/17 1:12am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman ran 11 times for 75 yards and scored a touchdown in the team's 34-28 Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots.
Huddle Up: Freeman didn't do anything to damage his stock as a solid RB1 going into the 2017 offseason. New England had trouble stopping Freeman early on, which was key to Atlanta's surge.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 2/6/17 4:13pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) may undergo surgery this offseason to repair a toe injury.
Huddle Up: Jones dealt with the injury for most of the second half of the season but did not miss any of the playoff games. He may be limited during workouts this offseason but should be fine for training camp. Jones is one of the best receivers in the NFL and should be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 2/5/17 7:33am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe, ankle) may need to undergo offseason surgery for a sprained toe which has bothered him for most of the year, according to multiple sources. He will receive a full evaluation on his foot following Super Bowl LI. Jones has also been hampered by a sprained ankle but will not need to go under the knife for that injury.
Huddle Up: Jones was a limited participant in practice throughout the week but did not seem concerned about how the toe injury would affect his performance in the Super Bowl. He had nine catches for 180 receiving yards and two touchdowns versus the Packers in the NFC Championship Game, so owners should have no reservations about using him in any postseason fantasy contests. Jones should also be viewed as an elite WR1 option in all formats entering next year's drafts.
Matt Schaub - QBPosted 2/5/17 8:03am ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Schaub could be of interest to the San Francisco 49ers if offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan joins the organization as their new head coach, according to multiple sources. However, it is uncertain if Schaub would be used as a starter, backup or bridge to a future quarterback.
Huddle Up: Schaub, who will turn 36 before the start of the 2017 campaign, has only started two games over the last three seasons and should not be viewed as a viable option in any fantasy format at this stage of his career, even if he does win San Francisco's starting job.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 2/5/17 4:38pm ET
The Baltimore Ravens nearly had a deal in place to trade up for the No. 2 pick in the 2008 NFL Draft in order to select Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, according to sources, but the deal fell through when Baltimore wouldn't include its 2009 second-round pick.
Huddle Up: It's impossible to know how Ryan's career would have turned out had he landed in Baltimore, and the only thing that matters now is that Ryan is at the helm of one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL. He looks like a QB1 for the foreseeable future.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 2/5/17 4:47pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper became the first rookie tight end to catch a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, and he is the first rookie to have a receiving touchdown since retired WR Torry Holt in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Huddle Up: Hooper isn't a consistent part of Atlanta's passing attack yet, but he is one of the more promising young players at the position. For now, his fantasy value is limited to keeper formats.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 2/5/17 6:44pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (ankle) is questionable to return against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI Sunday, Feb. 5.
Huddle Up: If Coleman can't return, Devonta Freeman should dominate the backfield touches the rest of the way.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 2/5/17 8:07pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 17 of his 23 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-28 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI Sunday, Feb. 5.
Huddle Up: Ryan's solid performance will be forgotten thanks to Atlanta's epic meltdown. Despite the loss, Ryan should still be drafted as a QB1 next year.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 2/4/17 5:18pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan was the Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year Saturday, Feb. 4. He finished the year with 4,944 passing yards and 38 touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Ryan is the engine that drives Atlanta's high-powered offensive attack, and he should be one of the safest QB1 options in 2017.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 2/4/17 6:28pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan was named the 2016 NFL Most Valuable Player by the Associated Press Saturday, Feb. 4.
Huddle Up: Ryan has a chance to add a Super Bowl title to his list of accomplishments this season, and he looks like one of the top fantasy quarterback options heading into 2017.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 2/3/17 12:20pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) was limited in practice for the third consecutive day Friday, Feb. 3, but is not listed on the injury report and 'ready to go' for Super Bowl 51 on Sunday, Feb. 5.
Huddle Up: Jones has been maintaining all week that he's fine, so the trio of limited practices shouldn't really cause any concern. And who can doubt him? While playing through injury in the NFC Championship Game, he burned the Packers for nine catches, 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He's more likely than not to post another big stat line in Houston.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 2/3/17 7:22pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan will be 'compensated well' for his performance this season, according to owner Arthur Blank, and Blank said he expects Ryan to lead the franchise for a long time.
Huddle Up: Ryan is looking to cap an MVP-caliber season with a Super Bowl win, but regardless of the outcome, he has established himself as a sure-fire QB1 heading into 2017.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 2/2/17 6:46am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe, foot) said he's flying around and is a full go at practice Thursday, Feb. 2. Jones was listed as limited in practice Wednesday, Feb. 1.
Huddle Up: Jones is the best receiving option in fantasy Super Bowl pools by a long shot. However, the New England Patriots have a history of keying on other teams' best player and not allowing them to beat them.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 2/2/17 8:12pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman and RB Tevin Coleman complement each other well and are both 'three-down backs,' according to QB Matt Ryan.
Huddle Up: Both players have established themselves as valuable fantasy contributors. Freeman looks locked in as a RB1, and Coleman is a RB2.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 2/2/17 2:51pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe, foot) was officially listed as a limited participant in practice Thursday, Feb. 2. As previously reported, Jones had said that was full go at practice.
Huddle Up: The Falcons are understandably being cautious with their star receiver before the biggest game of his career. They want him in tip top shape in a tough matchup against Malcolm Butler and the Patriots. Regardless of the outcome, Jones will remain a top-tier WR1 in 2017.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 2/1/17 5:18am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will receive at least the lowest restricted free-agent tender of $1.8 million in 2017 after reaching the collective bargaining agreement's proven performance escalator.
Huddle Up: Freeman has rushed 28 times for 87 yards (3.1 yards per rush) and a touchdown with a 8-122-1 line through the air this postseason. He has the most upside for a big game of the backs in the Super Bowl.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 2/1/17 6:43am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe, foot) said he's ready to go and doesn't expect his foot injuries to limit him in the Super Bowl.
Huddle Up: Jones is the top option by a large margin in Super Bowl pools. However, the New England Patriots have a history of keying on the opposition's best player and not allowing them to beat them. Jones is the best receiver to be featured in the big game in years, and he's an elite option in all formats.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 2/1/17 3:29pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) was limited during practice Wednesday, Feb. 1.
Huddle Up: Jones probably will be limited during practice this but will be able to play against the New England Patriots. Jones should be considered a No. 1 fantasy receiver whenever he plays.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 1/31/17 9:49am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) 'looked great' during a limited practice Monday, Jan. 30, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: It's an upgrade over Jones looking 'good' in limited practice Friday. In all seriousness, Jones was not listed on the initial injury report for Super Bowl LI and should be expected to receive his full complement of snaps against the New England Patriots. The biggest concern for owners hoping for another big game from him this weekend will be to what degree the Patriots attempt to take Jones out of the game.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 1/31/17 12:01pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) said he will be a full participant in practice this week and that his ailing toe won't be an issue for the Super Bowl.
Huddle Up: Jones will have his hands full with Malcolm Butler this weekend. Butler defended Antonio Brown and the Steelers well in the AFC Championship, but perhaps Jones' size will give him a needed advantage. As long as Jones stays healthy this offseason, he should be one of the first receivers taken in fantasy drafts, per usual.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 1/31/17 4:37pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan is the only quarterback in playoff history to throw for at least three touchdowns in four straight playoff games.
Huddle Up: Ryan is proving that his MVP-worthy regular season was not a fluke. He has led the NFL's most prolific offense into the Super Bowl and has also led fantasy owners to view him as a QB1 for next season. He finished as the QB3 behind Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 1/31/17 8:08pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan is 0-2 in his career against the New England Patriots. His last meeting opposing them came back in Week 4 of the 2013 season, when the Falcons were defeated, 30-23.
Huddle Up: Of course, it's a small sample size, but it's worth noting that the Patriots are just one of two teams (Pittsburgh Steelers) Ryan has not defeated since entering the league in 2008. Even so, for what it's worth, he's put up solid numbers versus the Pats in those two games, totaling 620 yards and completing 62.2 percent (51-of-82) of his passes. Odds are he'll post similar numbers in what figures to be a high-scoring Super Bowl 51.
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