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Falcons RBs coach Desmond Kitchings said Monday that "the door is wide open" for anyone to take over their backfield. (Source: Tori McElhaney on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is obviously a good sign for Mike Davis, who was brought in as a free agent this offseason. Atlanta also didn't draft a running back, so there's an opportunity for Davis to seize feature-back duties this season. He filled in admirably for Christian McCaffrey at times in 2020, and his three-down skill set will give him a leg up over his competition with the Falcons.

Category: Rumors


The Titans have signed free agent running back Brian Hill, according to an announcement from his agency. Terms haven't been announced, but it's presumably a one-year deal. (Source: The Sports and Entertainment Group on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hill will back up Derrick Henry in Tennessee, though Darrynton Evans might also compete for the No. 2 role. The former Falcons running back logged 100 carries for 465 yards and a score in 2020. He also caught 25 passes for another 199 yards. Hill is a deep stash option who will only have value if Henry goes down.

Category: Transactions


According to Peter King of NBC Sports, there’s a better than 50/50 chance of Falcons WR Julio Jones being traded before training camp. (Source: Peter King of NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: King stated, “the reason is, obviously the Falcons are basically in cap jail right now, and they could clear an awful lot of space by trading Julio Jones June 2 or after. They could separate his cap hit into two years, instead of taking it all now. So, that's why I still think there's a good chance he's gonna get traded.” A potential trade would have drastic fantasy football implications. Kyle Pitts would take over as the clear number two option behind Calvin Ridley, while Russell Gage could be locked into 100+ targets in 2021.

Category: Rumors


Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that Falcons have exercised the fifth-year option on star WR Calvin Ridley. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's official now. Falcons have locked up their star WR and deservedly so. $11.1M is what Ridley will be making on his fifth-year option. Ridley has been nothing short of spectacular since coming into the league. He is a route-running technician and a touchdown machine. He enjoyed a breakout season in 2020 catching 90 passes for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns. Him and Julio are one of, if not, the best WR tandemsin the NFL. Ridley is a lock and loaded WR1 in all fantasy formats in 2021.

Category: Transactions


The Atlanta Falcons will not exercise the fifth-year option on TE Hayden Hurst, making him a free agent ahead of the 2022 season. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This makes sense since the Falcons spent the 4th overall pick on a generational tight end in Kyle Pitts. Hurst is going to see his role as a pass-catching tight end decrease this season with Pitts working as the team’s primary pass-catching tight end. Hurst likely falls outside the top-20 tight ends this season.


Ito Smith released by Falcons

Thu, Apr 15th 1:44pm EDT
By Joshua Kellem

The Atlanta Falcons are releasing Ito Smith after three seasons, the organization's social media team announces. (Source: Atlanta Falcons )

Fantasy Impact: Smith totaled 63 carries for 268 rushing yards (4.3 YPC) and a touchdown last season. He totaled 17 receptions on 26 targets for 75 receiving yards, as well. Smith's release is a corresponding move with the team signing Cordarrelle Patterson, signaling Patterson's set to be used mostly in the backfield.

Category: Transactions


Per sources, the Atlanta Falcons have received multiple trade offers for the Number 4 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and are “open to moving” out of that slot if the price is right. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With the top three teams locked in to their draft slots, the Falcons have become willing to trade the Number 4 overall pick to a team that likely covets one of the top quarterbacks in the Draft. Atlanta has reportedly received multiple trade offers for the pick to this point.

Category: Rumors


Former Falcons C Alex Mack is expected to sign with the 49ers, as per NFL's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mack played under HC Kyle Shanahan in Cleveland and Atlanta, so they are quite familiar with one another. Combined with the resigning of LT Trent Williams, the 49ers' offensive line has really come together in the last two days. Mack's best years may be behind him, but adding a 3x second-team All-Pro and 6x Pro Bowler who is familiar with the coach's system is never a bad thing. This should be a bump for 49ers' RBs, but figuring out who to start for fantasy every week in a Shanahan backfield is the real issue.

Category: Transactions


Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has reportedly agreed to restructure his contract with the team heading into a reduced salary cap season in 2021. (Source: Zach Klein on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ryan and the Falcons agreed to restructure his contract, reducing it from $23 million to $21 million spread across the next three seasons via guaranteed bonus. This move reduces the Falcons' salary cap from $40.9 million down to $26.9 million. Ryan threw for 4,581 yards and 26 touchdowns for the Falcons in 2020 but will need help along the offensive line to provide more time for him to throw in the pocket, an issue that became evident as the 2020 season progressed. The NFC South promises to be one of the toughest divisions in 2021 and the Falcons opting to bring back their franchise quarterback will help establish continuity within the offensive scheme.

Category: Transactions, Rumors


Free agent guard and former Atlanta Falcon Justin McCray has agreed to a two-year, $4 million deal with the Houston Texans (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Texans will be the fourth team that McCray has suited up for in the last five seasons. He was with the Falcons in 2020. He projects to be a backup with Houston. This is a pretty low impact signing.

Category: Transactions


Per Josina Anderson the Atlanta Falcons have re-signed Younghoe Koo to a one-year deal. (Source: Josina Anderson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A move that was expected became official on Thursday as Koo, an exclusive rights free agent, will remain with Atlanta for 2021. Koo is coming off a Pro Bowl season where he made 37-of-39 field goal attempts and finished as the #2 kicker in fantasy football. The prospects for a repeat should be high as Koo is on a high octane offense which produces a lot of scoring opportunities.

Category: Transactions


Todd Gurley II, who played through 2020 in Atlanta on a one-year deal, is not expected to be brought back in for the 2021 season according to Tori McElhaney with The Athletic.

Fantasy Impact: Although this isn't official news, it is expected as Gurley's production and usage dwindled throughout the 2020 season. After tweaking his knee about midway through the season, Gurley saw just six carries for 15.7 yards per game over the Falcons' final six games. There's a chance that another team takes a shot on Gurley heading into next season. Realistically though, the days of being a featured back appear to be in the rearview mirror for the 26-year-old former 10th overall pick. Currently RB41 according to our Expert Consensus Rankings, Gurley probably won't offer much as a fantasy asset heading into his seventh season.

Category: Rumors


Falcons WR Russell Gage caught 9-of-11 targets for 91 yards and a touchdown and rushed one time for an 11 yard gain in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers.

Fantasy Impact: Gage had an erratic 2020 campaign but filled in the best he could with Julio Jones in and out of the lineup. Gage ends the season by scoring three times in his last five games.

Category: Game Recaps


Falcons TE Luke Stocker caught his lone target for a 13-yard gain in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers.

Fantasy Impact: Stocker will continue to serve as the primary blocking tight end in Atlanta assuming they bring the veteran back in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps


Falcons WR Laquon Treadwell caught 2-of-3 targets for 15 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers.

Fantasy Impact: Treadwell is trying to hang on an NFL roster after busting with the Vikings. He has a shot to be a reserve in Atlanta.

Category: Game Recaps


Falcons WR Brandon Powell caught 1-of-2 targets for a two-yard gain in Sunday's Week 16 loss to Kansas City.

Fantasy Impact: Powell is buried on the Falcons' wide receiver depth chart. He is just a guy entering the season finale.

Category: Game Recaps


Falcons RB Keith Smith caught all three of his targets for 32 yards in Sunday's Week 15 loss to Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact: Smith isn't normally used. This was an anomaly and it still was not enough to bring him fantasy relevance.

Category: Game Recaps


The Falcons placed WR Olamide Zaccheaus (toe) on injured reserve. (Source: Atlanta Falcons on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zaccheaus wasn't a consistent fantasy option even with Julio Jones sidelined at times this year. Laquon Treadwell was promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding move.

Category: Injury Updates


Saints TE Jaeden Graham caught 1-of-2 targets for an 11 yard gain in Sunday's Week 12 win over the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: Graham is slated behind Hayden Hurst in the pecking order. He is not worth consideration in fantasy unless Hurst is out.

Category: Game Recaps


Falcons WR Christian Blake caught his lone target for a 17 yard gain in Sunday's Week 12 win over the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: This is what to expect from an Atlanta supporting wideout this season. Blake is a non-factor in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps