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The Atlanta Falcons announced on Monday that they have signed free agent WR Geronimo Allison. (Source: Atlanta Falcons )

Fantasy Impact: Allison was invited to participate in the Falcons rookie minicamp over the weekend and impressed the team enough for them to offer him a contract. Allison will join a WR room that includes 2022 1st round pick Drake London, Bryan Edwards, Olamide Zaccheaus, Auden Tate, and KhaDarel Hodge. This isn’t a deep WR group behind London, so Allison may have a chance to see the field more often than he has in past seasons. Allison opted out of the 2020 COVID-19 season and appeared in three games for the Lions last season but didn’t record a reception. Allison shouldn’t be viewed as a draftable player in redraft leagues at this point, and he should be left on the waiver wire in most dynasty leagues unless reports from Falcons training camp this summer indicate he is impressing.

Category: Transactions

The Atlanta Falcons signed their first-round draft pick WR Drake London to a four-year, guaranteed deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: London was the No. 8 overall pick by Atlanta in last month's draft. He and Kyle Pitts should lead the Falcons' passing attack led by QB Marcus Mariota. His fantasy impact will be limited as the Falcons are in rebuild mode, but he does have some value in dynasty leagues.

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The Atlanta Falcons and DT Grady Jarrett have agreed to terms on a three-year deal worth up to $51 million. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 6-foot-5, 305-pound defensive tackle has played his entire career with the Falcons, appearing in 110 games. He has tallied 359 tackles, five forced fumbles, and 26.5 sacks. With the deal, Atlanta also saves money against the salary cap for 2022.

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According to NFL reporter Jordan Schultz, the Falcons have released veteran RB Mike Davis. (Source: Jordan Schultz)

Fantasy Impact: Just two days after the NFL draft and the drafting of rookie RB Tyler Allgeier, the Falcons decided to release veteran RB Mike Davis. The 29-year-old ran for 503 yards and three touchdowns last year after inking a two-year deal with the club. The move leaves the Falcons with $750,000 in dead cap space but a savings of $2.5 million. The Falcons now have Allgeier, Darrell Williams, Cordarelle Patterson, and Quadree Ollison on the active roster at the RB position.

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The Atlanta Falcons have selected TE John FitzPatrick with the No. 213 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Fantasy Impact: FitzPatrick has no fantasy value in Atlanta. While the Falcons lack proven receiving threats, FitzPatrick won't see many targets with Kyle Pitts healthy.

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The Raiders signed veteran safety Duron Harmon. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The nine-year veteran has played for New England, Detroit, and Atlanta in his career. He has recorded 21 interceptions, 38 passes defended, three fumble recoveries, and 315 tackles.

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Matt Ryan being traded to Colts

Mon, Mar 21st 1:49pm EDT
By Mike Maher

According to multiple reports, the Atlanta Falcons are trading quarterback Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2022 third-round pick. The Falcons will incur a $40.525 million dead cap charge in 2022—the largest in NFL history—due to the trade. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Word came out earlier this morning that the Colts were the likely landing spot for Ryan if he did end up getting traded. Apparently, a deal came together quickly. The Atlanta offense will look drastically different in 2022 with Calvin Ridley suspended for the entire season and Ryan moving on to Indianapolis. Early reports indicate that the Falcons are targeting Marcus Mariota, who was with Atlanta head coach Arthur Smith in Tennessee, for their quarterback vacancy. For the Colts, they trade for a new quarterback for the second offseason in a row and will likely look to upgrade some of their other offensive weapons in the coming weeks.

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Atlanta and defensive end Lorenzo Carter have agreed to terms on a one-year deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The former third-round pick has played his entire career with the Giants. In those four years, he collected 14.5 sacks, five pass deflections, one interception, and 153 tackles.

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According to Mike Garafolo, Cordarrelle Patterson has agreed to re-sign with the Falcons. (Source: Mike Garafolo)

Fantasy Impact: Coming off a career year in which Patterson posted touches (205), yards from scrimmage (1166), and TDs (11), the Falcons prioritized re-signing their veteran WR. With Calvin Ridley out of the picture and Russell Gage gone to the Buccaneers, the signing comes huge. Patterson will look to continue as a top-12 WR/RB this season on a rebuilding Falcons team with very few weapons.

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Per Ian Rapoport, running back Damien Williams is signing a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams will be joining a Falcons squad that is in desperate need for offensive weapons. Cordarrelle Patterson, who was a fantasy darling last season, is an unrestricted free agent. With Mike Davis as the only other fantasy relevant running back on the current Falcons depth chart, Williams could see a nice workload. The Oklahoma product has a pass-catching skill set in a Falcons offense with a lot of vacated targets from 2021. Of course, the Falcons might still invest in a running back through the draft which would change everything.

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The Atlanta Falcons and DB Casey Hayward Jr have agreed to a 2-year, $11 million contract. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hayward Jr has been an impactful piece on defence, at times in his career shadowing opposing top receivers, but has struggled recently. He has battled injuries, but is still a skilled defender, and a valuable veteran presence in the Atlanta locker room.

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Russell Gage has reportedly agreed to a contract with Tampa Bay, per Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Check back shortly for the fantasy impact.

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Younghoe Koo and Atlanta have agreed to terms on a five-year, $24.25 million contract. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Of the $24.25 million, $11.5 million is guaranteed. In 2021, Koo was the third most accurate kicker with a FG percentage of 93.1. As the Falcons look to improve in all offensive categories, they can feel confident they have one of the league's most accurate and consistent kickers shored up until 2027.

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The Falcons tendered Olamide Zaccheaus with a right-of-first-refusal number of $2.433 million. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With the tag, the 24-year-old is free to explore contracts with other teams, but Atlanta can match any offer. The three-year veteran has spent his career buried on the depth chart behind the likes of Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Russell Gage. However, with Ridley being suspended for the season, there may be room for Zaccheaus to gain some fantasy relevance. If no other wideouts are added, he should be third on the depth chart behind Gage and Tajae Sharpe.

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Offensive lineman Jake Matthews and the Falcons have agreed to terms on a three-year extension. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The extension is worth $52.5 million over the first three years with a new average of $18.5 million. It also frees up some cap space for the Falcons heading into free agency.

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Per Jay Glazer, the Eagles were closing in on a deal to acquire Falcons WR Calvin Ridley before he was suspended by the NFL for gambling. (Source: Jay Glazer)

Fantasy Impact: With the Eagles rumored to be aggressively pursuing WR help via free agency, trade, and the draft, reports dropped Thursday that the team was close to acquiring Calvin Ridley before he was suspended by the NFL for gambling.

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Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts (hamstring) is officially active for Week 18 against the Saints. (Source: Michael Rothstein on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pitts has yet to miss a game in his rookie season, registering 66 catches for 1,018 yards and one touchdown. The 21-year-old should be viewed as a mid-range TE1 heading into Sunday's regular-season finale.

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The Atlanta Falcons D/ST surrendered 351 total yards and 29 points in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Bills.

Fantasy Impact: The Falcons are a mess, but they still stymied Josh Allen on Sunday, picking him off three times. Outside of that, it was another dismal day in the office for the Falcons.

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Hayden Hurst was officially placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday. (Source: Mike Rothstein on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hurst has been putting together a few nice weeks as of lately, but COVID is running rampant in the Falcons locker room right now. As far as fantasy goes, this should give Kyle Pitts a slight boost.

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Falcons RB Qadree Ollison ran the ball one time for three yards and caught his only target for a four-yard gain in Sunday's Week 15 loss to the 49ers.

Fantasy Impact: Ollison is clearly behind Mike Davis and Cordarrelle Patterson in the pecking order for touches. He has zero fantasy relevance.

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