Julio Jones - WRPosted 5/18/18 1:48pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is not expected to report for organized team activities next week, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Jones is looking for a new contract, so he may not be on the practice field until training camp. He is a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues as long as he does not hold out during the season.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 5/18/18 7:22pm ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones is not expected to participate in organized team activities in part because he wants the team to update his contract. Jones has been in regular contact with head coach Dan Quinn and the team is open to updating Jones' contract. Jones is scheduled to make $10.5 million in 2018.
Huddle Up: It appears that Jones is on good terms with the team but could sit out the rest of offseason workouts. Jones is one of the best receivers in the NFL and should be a first- or second-round pick in all fantasy drafts in 2018.
Calvin Ridley - WRPosted 5/13/18 11:20am ET
Atlanta Falcons first-round WR Calvin Ridley lined up in the slot as well as outside during rookie minicamp Saturday, May 12. Ridley is also under consideration to return kickoffs and punts, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal- Constitution.
Huddle Up: Ridley is the Falcons' only unsigned draft pick, but he figures to have a fairly sizeable role in his first pro season. At the very least, Atlanta needs somebody to replace Taylor Gabriel. The slot may be a perfect place for Ridley to start out given his route-running precision and lack of size. Regardless, he should be able to steal snaps from Mohamed Sanu as the season progresses and has a shot to start over him at some point. The rookie is worth considering as a high-upside WR4 in most leagues.
Austin Hooper - TEPosted 5/10/18 12:26pm ET
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper has been working with QB Matt Ryan this offseason in hopes of building better chemistry with Ryan.
Huddle Up: Hooper had a decent 2017 season but will look to improve on the three touchdowns he posted last season. He probably will not be a main target for Ryan this upcoming season, which makes Hooper a No. 2 tight end in most fantasy leagues.
Matt Ryan - QBPosted 5/3/18 1:08pm ET
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Falcons Thursday, May 3, that will make him the first quarterback to make $30 million per season, according to sources. The deal includes $100 million in guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: Ryan has been a solid quarterback over the last several years and probably will spend the rest of his career with the Falcons. He has terrific weapons in the passing game and is adding Calvin Ridley to the receiving corps. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in leagues in 2018.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 5/2/18 9:58am ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) is able to run and cut now in his rehab from ligament damage in his knee.
Huddle Up: Freeman remains a low-end RB1 in fantasy as long as he's healthy.
Calvin Ridley - WRPosted 4/29/18 6:58am ET
The Atlanta Falcons could experiment with using WR Calvin Ridley as a kickoff returner and punt returner at the team's rookie camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Ridley returned just two punts for four yards at Alabama and did not return any kickoffs.
Huddle Up: The Falcons believe Ridley possesses the skill and explosiveness to be an effective return man despite his lack of experience in that role. He is likely to be the club's No. 3 receiver in 2018 behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, making him worthy of a late- round flier in most fantasy formats, with added value in keeper and dynasty leagues.
Ito Smith - RBPosted 4/28/18 10:18am ET
The Atlanta Falcons selected Southern Mississippi RB Ito Smith with the 126th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Saturday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Smith probably will not receive a lot of touches this season because he is behind Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman on the depth chart. Smith can be avoided in fantasy leagues this season.
Russell Gage Jr. - WRPosted 4/28/18 1:27pm ET
The Atlanta Falcons selected Louisiana State WR Russell Gage Jr. with the 194th pick (Round 6) of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: The Falcons sent two seventh-round picks to the Los Angeles Rams to move up for Gage, so they're apparently high on him. Of course, with Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu entrenched in the ATL, Gage is more of a project for future years and not someone to worry about for fantasy purposes right now.
Calvin Ridley - WRPosted 4/26/18 11:17pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley will play outside and in the slot, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Huddle Up: With Taylor Gabriel gone there's room for Ridley to contribute right away, though outside of Julio Jones the Falcons don't have a great history of productive rookie receivers. Speaking of Jones, there have been rumblings that he's unhappy with his contract, and while a holdout seems unlikely, it's worth remembering that Jones has dealt with his fair share of nagging injuries in recent years. That should give Ridley some late-round potential.
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.
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