QB - Atlanta Falcons
Falcons QB Taylor Heinicke is officially inactive for a Week 18 matchup with the Saints.
Heinicke was listed as questionable with an ankle injury and was not able to show enough in pregame warmups to draw the start. The Falcons will turn to Desmond Ridder in the regular season finale.
Atlanta Falcons QB Taylor Heinicke is dealing with a left ankle injury and "will do everything he can to play" in Week 18. The team will prepare QB Desmond Ridder in case Heinicke can not go.
Heinicke's status should be monitored during practices this week to see if he misses any time or is limited all week. The Falcons still have a narrow, yet possible, path to the playoffs, and they will likely look to do what they can to win. Heinicke hasn't wowed as a starter this season, but the team committed to him as the starter down the stretch.
Taylor Heinicke completed 10 of 29 passes for 163 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions during the Falcons' 37-17 loss to the Bears. He also took two sacks while rushing four times for 46 yards and an additional touchdown.
Heinicke's three turnovers ultimately cost him playing time as he was benched for Desmond Ridder in the fourth quarter. However, considering Ridder was intercepted during his only drive, it seems likely that Heinicke will remain the starter for Week 18 versus New Orleans.
Taylor Heinicke completed 23-of-33 passes for 229 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' 29-10 win over the Colts.
Heinicke was able to work perfectly as a game manager in the win for Atlanta. He will finish the season as the starter for Atlanta, but remains off the fantasy radar.
Falcons' coach Arthur Smith confirms that QB Taylor Heinicke will start this week and likely the final three games.
Desmond Ridder is expected to backup Heinicke after he was benched for the second time this season. The Falcons offense remains up in the air from a fantasy perspective given the unpredictability of Smith.