Atlanta Falcons

NFC South

Falcons coach Dan Quinn is calling Devonta Freeman a "full go" for training camp. (Source: D. Orlando Ledbetter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "He's having such an awesome off-season" were some of Quinn's exact words. Freeman dealt with a plethora of injuries last season, which included his knee, groin, and foot. Still just 27 years old, Freeman has a chance for a lot of run this year with Tevin Coleman gone to San Francisco.

Category: Injury Updates


Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Tevin Coleman and the 49ers have come to terms on a two-year, $10 million contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Coleman was linked mostly to the Jets over the last couple of weeks but they filled their running back need with Le’veon Bell. Coleman was arguably the second best back on the market despite his disappointing contract year. The ex-Falcons RB rushed for 800 yards and four TDs last season while adding an additional 276 yards (and five more scores) through the air. He should do well with Kyle Shannahan since the 49ers coach had him when he was in Atlanta. Coleman could settle as an upside RB2 pick in off-season fantasy drafts. It’s unclear what San Francisco plans to do with Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida now.

Category: Transactions


The Falcons and Matt Schaub have agreed to a two-year contract extension, according to Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Schaub has attempted 10 passes over the past three seasons, so this news obviously has no real relevancy to fantasy owners. But Schaub will continue to back up Matt Ryan in Atlanta and, should Ryan sustain an injury, Schaub would be an intriguing option at quarterback in light of the Falcons' weapons.

Category: Transactions


The Cardinals signed cornerback Robert Alford to a three-year deal Thursday. According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the deal has a base salary of $22.5 million and is worth a maximum of $24 million. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The deal comes just two days after Alford was released by the Falcons, saving the team $7.9 million in cap space. Alford started 76 games in six seasons in Atlanta. He will provide a much needed upgrade across the field from star cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Category: Transactions


Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff told Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com that the team intends to exercise safety Keanu Neal’s fifth-year option for the 2020 season. The team has until May 3 to pick up the option, which is expected to be around $7 million. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Neal, the 17th overall pick in 2016, is currently recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in the season opener. He has started 31 games in his career and was named to the Pro Bowl last season.


Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu caught 7-of-10 targets for 90 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: Sanu has played well in the past two games despite a dip in his production in the middle of the year. With Sanu, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Austin Hooper set to return next season, Matt Ryan and the Atlanta passing attack could be once again amongst the league's best in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps


Falcons WR Calvin Ridley caught 5-of-5 targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 win over Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: Ridley had an outstanding rookie campaign. Not only did he catch 64 passes for 821 yards, but he also scored 10 times, which led the Falcons. Ridley could be an impactful fantasy wideout entering year-two on the other side of Julio Jones in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps


Falcons WR Julio Jones caught 9-of-13 targets for 138 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 win over Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: Jones had one of the best seasons of his career in 2018 despite the Falcons struggling overall. If Jones can have a similar showing in 2019 and if the Falcons make enough moves in the offseason to make an impact, Atlanta could be a team to be reckoned with in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps


Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught 5-of-6 targets for 67 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: Hooper will end the 2018 season with career highs in receptions, (71), yards (660) and touchdowns (four). He will look to build on his totals in 2019 and attempt to emerge as one of the league's top pass-catching tight ends.

Category: Game Recaps


Falcons RB Brian Hill rushed eight times for 30 yards and caught his lone target for nine yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: While Hill played well in Week 17, it was Tevin Coleman acting as the Falcons top running back in the season finale. Hill will likely enter 2019 as the Atlanta RB3 if Coleman exits via free agency and the team retains both Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith as their top two backs.

Category: Game Recaps


Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 31-of-44 passes for 378 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception while adding a five-yard touchdown reception in Sunday's Week 17 win over Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: Ryan ended an outstanding season on a positive note. While he did throw a pick, he also threw for nearly 380 yards and totaled three touchdowns. The Falcons will look to reload and get healthy this offseason for a 2019 run with Ryan coming off of a hot year.

Category: Game Recaps


Falcons K Matt Bryant was successful on both of his field goal attempts and on all four of his extra point attempts in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Buccaneers.

Fantasy Impact: Bryant had an erratic year filled with missed opportunities and injuries, but he played better in the final week.s Byant's Week 17 performance was one of his better ones of the season. He was perfect on six tries. Look for Bryant to return in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps


The Atlanta Falcons D/ST surrendered 433 total yards and 32 points in Sunday's Week 17 win over Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: While the Tampa Bay offense had one of their best games in December, the Atlanta defense still managed to hold on for the win while getting to the quarterback and sacking him once and picking him off once. Despite playing well of late, their defense ended the year on a negative note. Look for big changes in Atlanta in 2019.

Category: Game Recaps


Ito Smith has knee scoped

Thu, Dec 20th 2:52pm EST
By Blaine Blontz

Ito Smith had his knee scoped recently, according to the Falcons. (Source: William McFadden on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith was placed on IR earlier this week due to the knee injury. It's good news that it wasn't more than this procedure, at least at this point. If this is all that he requires, he is expected to get a full offseason in with the Falcons. With Tevin Coleman hitting free agency this offseason, Smith is poised to take over Coleman's role behind veteran Devonta Freeman in 2019.

Category: Injury Updates


Atlanta rookie linebacker Foyesade Oluokun recorded nine combined tackles versus Baltimore Sunday. That amount slotted the rookie as the second on the team in tackles this contest.

Fantasy Impact: The knee injury will be one thing to keep an eye on for Week 14. The arrows continue to point up for Oluokun's fantasy owners. Nine combined tackles and sharing time on the field with Deion Jones. Dynasty owners should be excited about the possibilities. In a contest that would determine if Oluokun earned playing time over at least Duke Riley, this was as a positive sign as it gets.

Category: Injury Updates


Atlanta defensive tackle Grady Jarrett returned to form this contest and versus Baltimore's run game. He secured 4 solo tackles and two assists with a sack while recording two forced fumbles.

Fantasy Impact: IDP owners may wonder if this could be a result of linebacker Deion Jones returning to the lineup. That is a possibility, but the contest was an above average matchup for Jarrett, but having Jones back in the lineup had to help.

Category: Game Recaps


Atlanta Falcon's star linebacker Deion Jones returned to the lineup after a foot injury sidelined him in the Week 1 contest versus Philadelphia. Jones had a stellar second half making play after play as Baltimore stuck to the ground and pound run game. He stacked the box with 15 combined tackles, with thirteen of those being solo. He padded those numbers with one sack, a tackle for a loss, for good measure in his return as one of the better linebackers in the NFL.

Fantasy Impact: IDP owners now may enjoy the production we were hoping for with Jones at the start of the season. As long as there isn't a setback, Jones will be helping IDP owners win in the fantasy football playoffs.

Category: Game Recaps


Atlanta safety Damontae Kazee did manage an interception as well as four combined tackles. but overall was subject to missed tackles and being caught out of position as New Orleans Saints quarterback carved up all of the secondary players like a roasted turkey in the Atlanta loss. They allowed Brees to complete passes and touchdown to players of unknown origins such as tight end Dan Arnold, wide receivers Tommylee Lewis, Austin Carr, and Keith Kirkwood. While it was the entire defensive secondary running around like turkeys with their wings clipped, Kazee stood out with his struggles.

Fantasy Impact: In a situation that clearly looked like a production by default scenario, Kazee still holds IDP value heading into the fantasy playoffs as a bounce-back candidate to have better games in terms of play as well as IDP production. He has had a solid year after being forced into a starting role over injuries, but in this last contest, he did show he isn't perfect.

Category: Game Recaps


Atlanta linebacker Duke Riley has now been third in snap counts among the main three for five straight games. In this contest, he did manage to record six combined tackle, he still did not top 40% of the snaps allowed on defense.

Fantasy Impact: Dynasty wise IDP owners have had to move on by now. But the IDP production can be deceiving, he is a high-risk option for the rest of the season. The lack of time on the field will eventually catch up to his production in IDP.

Category: Game Recaps


Atlanta defensive end Bic Beasly had his best game of the season in the loss at home to Dallas Sunday. He recorded five combined tackles and managed two sacks in the contest.

Fantasy Impact: For IDP owners this is depressing. Beasley was slated by most to return to his 2016 fantasy football form switching back to the defensive end position when he recorded fifteen and a half sacks. This being his third on the season only caps off where his owners may be right now on his IDP value for the rest of the season.

Category: Game Recaps