Julio Jones - WRPosted 3/23/17 11:27am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) is expected to be at full health in time for the start of training camp in late July. Jones was wearing a boot, but he appeared to be moving around well and was not using crutches. A minor procedure was performed on Jones' foot March 6 after he played with the injury for most of the second half of last season.
Huddle Up: Jones will be primed for another top WR1 season once he's recovered. He finished as the WR6 last season despite missing two games. Jones is a consensus first-round pick and should be one of the first three wide receivers taken in fantasy drafts.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 3/9/17 7:16pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman's next contract could be tough to negotiate, according to beat writer Jeff Schultz.
Huddle Up: Freeman has established himself as one of the most complete backs in the NFL, and he should be treated as a RB1 in all formats in 2017.
Taylor Gabriel - WRPosted 3/8/17 8:42am ET
Atlanta Falcons restricted free-agent WR Taylor Gabriel received a second-round tender Wednesday, March 8.
Huddle Up: Gabriel carved a niche last season and vaulted himself into the boom-or-bust fantasy picture. Reminiscent of Percy Harvin in years past, Gabriel has game-breaking ability and can be a low-target, high-scoring potential commodity. He's a WR4 that could have upside for more in fantasy.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 3/7/17 6:00am ET
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) had surgery to remove a bunion from his foot. He'll require four to five months to fully heal, but he's expected to be ready for training camp in July.
Huddle Up: The issue plagued Jones for the entire season, and he still managed to post an 83-1,406-6 line in 14 games. He is one of the best players at his position and a consideration early in fantasy drafts next season.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 3/6/17 5:45pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) underwent a procedure on his injured foot Monday, March 6. Jones is expected to be fully recovered by the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Jones probably will sit out all of the offseason workouts in order to rehab his foot. Owners should keep an eye on the situation to make sure he does not suffer any setbacks. Jones is one of the best receivers in the NFL and should be a first-round pick in all fantasy leagues.
Taylor Gabriel - WRPosted 3/3/17 10:10am ET
The Atlanta Falcons placed a second-round tender on restricted free-agent WR Taylor Gabriel at $2.81 million Friday, March 3, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Gabriel famously was cut loose by the Cleveland Browns prior to last season, only to emerge as a much-needed big-play threat for the Falcons' top-ranked scoring offense. The second-round tender will almost certainly keep them in Atlanta. Even with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan now in San Francisco, Gabriel should enter 2017 as a fantasy WR4.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 3/3/17 11:30am ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) is set to undergo foot surgery Monday, March 6, according to NFL.com Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Rapoport reports the surgery is minor and won't affect his training camp availability. Jones was a dominant force in the Falcons' run to the Super Bowl despite playing through a painful toe sprain. While Jones has multiple surgeries on his feet over the years, this injury doesn't appear to be related to his previous injuries. Assuming the surgery is in fact minor, Jones should be a no-brainer first-round pick in fantasy yet again this summer.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 3/3/17 12:07pm ET
Updating a previous story, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (toe) is not scheduled to undergo foot surgery Monday, March 6, but rather an appointment with noted foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson to determine if he needs to remove a bunion on his foot. The Falcons have yet to make a decision on whether or not Jones will have surgery.
Huddle Up: NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported earlier Jones was set to have minor foot surgery. Nearly a month removed from the Super Bowl, the clock is ticking for a decision to be made on Jones' sprained toe if the Falcons want him ready for offseason workouts. Atlanta is going to do whatever it can to help Jones enter 2017 healthy, so owners can still view him as a surefire first-round pick in fantasy.
Julio Jones - WRPosted 3/1/17 4:06pm ET
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot, toe) still has not decided if he will undergo surgery on his injured foot. Head coach Dan Quinn said Jones is scheduled to meet with doctors next week about the foot.
Huddle Up: Jones probably will decide on his foot in the near future and could miss some offseason workouts if he has the surgery. He should be fine for training camp and will continue to be one of the best receivers in the NFL. He will be a first-round pick in fantasy leagues and will be a weekly starting option.
Devonta Freeman - RBPosted 2/23/17 2:48pm ET
Atlanta Falcons RBs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman produced the best numbers of any backfield combination in 2016. Their main production came in the endzone, tallying a combined 24 total touchdowns. Freeman finished with over 1,500 total yards, while Coleman finished just shy of 1,000 total yards.
Huddle Up: Freeman will be the main guy going forward, but Coleman deserves credit. Despite backing up Freeman, Coleman ended the season as the RB18, one spot behind Lamar Miller and one spot ahead of Todd Gurley. It's hard to imagine they'll have similar seasons, but they have proven that they can successfully coexist. View Freeman as an RB1 with more value in PPR leagues, while Coleman should be drafted as an RB2.
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.
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