Matt Ryan - QBPosted 6/24/19 3:12pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan said Monday, June 24, he's excited to be reunited with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. Koetter served as the Falcons offensive coordinator from 2012-14 before leaving to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers first as offensive coordinator in 2015, and then as head coach from 2016-18. He was re-hired on January 8 after being fired by the Buccaneers. He'll replace Steve Sarkisian, who spent the last two years as Atlanta's offensive coordinator.
Huddle Up: Ryan completed 67.4 percent of his passes for 13,928 yards and 86 touchdowns against 45 interceptions over Koetter's three-year run in Atlanta. Ryan was named to the Pro Bowl in 2012 and 2014. The 34-year-old is being taken as the sixth quarterback in standard (non-PPR) fantasy drafts. He's a safe option for those who don't like to gamble at QB.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 6/24/19 3:31pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan said Monday, June 24, he's happy with his team's selections of G Chris Lindstrom and OT Kaleb McGary in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. 'I'm really excited about those guys ... they're tough, they're physical, they move well and it's gonna be a lot of fun to play behind them,' Ryan said.
Huddle Up: Ryan was sacked 42 times in 2018, the most since 2013. Only seven quarterbacks were sacked more times than Ryan in 2018. Some extra time to make his reads could only help Ryan improve on a third-ranked interception percentage of 1.2 from last season.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 6/23/19 10:37pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman is considered the odds-on favorite to be the closest thing to a lead back, beat writer Matt Maiocco suggests, especially since he has a history in head coach Kyle Shanahan's system.
Huddle Up: Coleman was the only player among Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert to practice during the offseason, so he likely has a leg up, too. He is likely your best bet when diving into the San Francisco running back pool on draft day.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 6/21/19 7:47pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (groin) looks 'so much like himself' this offseason, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: With Tevin Coleman no longer in the mix, Freeman has a chance to return to the every-down force he was a few seasons ago. There's some injury risk, but he's worth grabbing as a RB2 as the lead back in a potent Atlanta offense.
Mohamed Sanu - WRPosted 6/21/19 8:33pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu has come into the offseason workouts in excellent shape, according to head coach Dan Quinn, and Quinn believes Sanu is ready to take his game to the 'next level' in 2019.
Huddle Up: Sanu topped 800 yards last year, but with Calvin Ridley looking like a potential star, Sanu could see his numbers dip a bit in 2019. Despite Quinn's praise, Sanu is probably more valuable to the Falcons at this point than he is to fantasy owners.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 6/18/19 10:54am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR JUlio Jones will have a long-term contract extension before training camp arrives, according to 'confident' team sources.
Huddle Up: Jones turned 30 in February but posted an NFL-most 1,677 receiving yards last season and is in a good spot to garner the last big contract of his career. As for fantasy 2019, Jones should be one of the top four receivers off the board in any format.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 6/10/19 5:34pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) will not participate in drills during training camp because of a foot injury, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Jones should be fine for training camp and will be one of the first receivers selected in fantasy drafts.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 6/6/19 6:25pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper (undisclosed) did not practice Thursday, June 6.
Huddle Up: At this point, there is nothing to indicate that Hooper is dealing with any type of serious injury. He doesn't have the athleticism to produce elite fantasy numbers, but he is a steady target for Matt Ryan. Hooper can be a dependable, albeit low-end, TE1.
Calvin Ridley - WRPosted 6/6/19 6:22pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) sat out practice Thursday, June 6, with a sore foot.
Huddle Up: The injury doesn't sound like anything for fantasy owners to worry about. Ridley flashed big-play potential as a rookie last year, and he should have no trouble delivering WR3 production as part of Atlanta's loaded passing attack.
Dan Quinn - HCPosted 6/5/19 4:30pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is expected to participate in minicamp next week, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: Jones has skipped all of the offseason workouts but should take part in minicamp and likely will receive a contract extension this offseason. He will be one of the first receivers selected in fantasy drafts.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 6/1/19 6:53pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman's 'pass-catching prowess' should put him at the top of the depth chart, in the opinion of Bucky Brooks of NFL.com, and Brooks believes Coleman can be a 1,000-yard rusher in head coach Kyle Shanahan's offense.
Huddle Up: Coleman has already put up big numbers with Shanahan when the two were together in Atlanta, and while it is a crowded backfield in San Francisco, Coleman appears to have the highest ceiling of the bunch. He should at least be a solid flex play with RB2 potential in PPR formats.
Tevin Coleman - RBPosted 5/25/19 12:28pm ET
San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman probably will receive the most touches among the running backs this upcoming season, in the opinion of NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.
Huddle Up: The 49ers have Coleman, Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert on the roster, so fantasy players will need to monitor the situation to see the roles for the running backs. They have all been successful in the past and can have fantasy value if they receive a solid offensive role.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 5/25/19 2:01pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (groin) said he has completely recovered from the groin injury he dealt with last season.
Huddle Up: Freeman will receive a majority of the playing time this upcoming season with Tevin Coleman no longer on the roster. He has been a reliable fantasy option over the years and can be a No. 2 running back in leagues in 2019.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 5/24/19 6:19pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan said he is excited to be reunited with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. 'We've come up with some really good stuff,' Ryan said.
Huddle Up: Ryan is coming off a career-high 35 touchdown passes last season, and Koetter has engineered some potent passing attacks. With plenty of weapons around him, Ryan is a safe bet to deliver QB1 production again in 2019.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 5/23/19 10:42am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee, groin, foot) is participating in OTAs Thursday, May 23.
Huddle Up: Freeman only played in two games last season due to multiple injuries, but is set up to be the main man in the Atlanta backfield with Tevin Coleman now gone. Value him as a low-end RB2 with some upside and also, of course, some injury risk.
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.
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