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Atlanta Falcons

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Falcons Star WR Calvin Ridley has had no setbacks on his surgically repaired foot and appears good to go for the start of training camp. (Source: Scott Bair on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ridley stated that "my foot is totally, definitely fixed" and he can't wait to be "unleashed" this season. But, if 90 receptions, 1374 yards, and nine touchdowns are the stat line he posts with a lingering foot issue, the sky is truly the limit for the fourth-year wideout. With Julio Jones exiting the picture in Atlanta, Ridley has a chance to be the WR1 overall in PPR formats.

Category: Injury Updates

Observing Sunday's training camp practice for the Falcons, Kevin Knight of The Falcoholic noted that: Kyle Pitts has lined up out wide, in the slot, and in-line thus far in practice. In motion a lot as well. (Source: Kevin Knight on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It is becoming more evident that Atlanta intends for Pitts to reach target monster status, as he'll have big shoes to fill with Julio Jones out of the picture. In addition, the Falcons don't have much talent in the backfield and aren't very deep defensively, setting up the team to be one of the more pass-heavy offenses in the league. Typically barely ranked outside of the top 5 tight ends in redraft leagues, Pitts could offer tremendous value in his rookie season.

Category: Rumors

Qadree Ollison is working as the Atlanta Falcons' No. 2 running back, according to Tori McElhaney. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: McElhaney wrote: Qadree Ollison never quite made it up the rotational ladder under the previous staff, and fans often questioned why that was. It seems this staff is pushing the 24-year-old and giving him a bigger chance than he’s ever had before. The Falcons released Brian Hill and Ito Smith this offseason. After Mike Davis, Ollison is the next running back up. He’s getting solid reps in practice, and he’s getting a chance. That said, if Mike Davis misses time, it appears Ollison is the "handcuff." In his first two seasons with the Falcons, the RB carried the ball 23 times for 53 yards and four touchdowns. He totaled one reception on two targets for seven yards as well.

Category: Rumors

J’Mon Moore signs with Falcons

Sat, Jul 31st 12:41am EDT
By Elvin Ryan

The Atlanta Falcons have signed WR J’Mon Moore. (Source: Atlanta Falcons on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Moore brings both size (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) and depth at wide receiver for the Falcons who are in desperate need of both following the Julio Jones trade. However, the former fourth-rounder hasn’t played in a regular season game in two seasons and has just two career catches for 15 receiving yards. While it’s hard to rule anyone out in Atlanta, with Julio gone, as of now Moore can be left on waivers in even the deepest of leagues.

Category: Transactions

Cordarrelle Patterson will be a major part of the special team's plan in Atlanta. He's most likely to be used in a gadget role but could also see a more traditional role for the Falcons. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: The depth chart at running back behind Mike Davis is wide open and it's possible Patterson could carve out a role as a gadget player in the backfield. However, a more traditional role may result in the former Bear playing more snaps at receiver where the Falcons are also lacking options behind Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage. Ultimately, the eight-year pro is unlikely to receive enough touches every week to be a dependable fantasy asset. Patterson continues to be off the radar for redraft and dynasty purposes except in the biggest of formats that score return yards.

Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that the Jaguars have signed WR Laquon Treadwell. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Treadwell gets another shot with a new team. This time, he gets Trevor Lawrence throwing him the ball. Treadwell didn't do much this past season in Atlanta catching six passes for 49 yards and two touchdowns. The Jaguars have a loaded WR room, so he will have to fight for playing time.

Category: Transactions

Atlanta's HC Arthur Smith envisions WR Russell Gage playing multiple spots this season. (Source: D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution )

Fantasy Impact: Gage enjoyed a nice season in 2020. He received 109 targets while catching 72 passes for 786 yards and four touchdowns. From Weeks 11-17, Gage scored 10 or more fantasy points, four times. He showed very good consistency and was a solid FLEX option in a high-octane passing offense. Now, with Julio gone, Gage is set to improve his numbers and will be moving around in different spots. He's a fine WR4 with upside in fantasy drafts.

Category: Rumors

The Atlanta Falcons have traded star WR Julio Jones and a 2023rd sixth-round pick to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for at a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023rd fourth-round pick. The move will save Atlanta $15.3 million in cap space. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In a blockbuster deal, the Titans acquired star wide receiver Julio Jones for draft picks. The deal should be finalized within the next 24-48 hours. Jones gives the Titans another massive weapon in the passing game, which includes star WR, AJ Brown. Julio is one of the most consistent receivers in football and has recorded over a 1,000 yards receiving in seven of his 10 seasons with Atlanta. Jones is currently 13th among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus rankings, but expect that number to fall with the move to a run-first Titans offense.

Category: Transactions

Former free-agent WR Tajae Sharpe has signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. (Source: Atlanta Falcons on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sharpe saw limited action with the Minnesota Vikings in 2020, playing in just four games and seeing three targets before finishing the season on the Chiefs' practice squad. The 26-year old wide receiver had success during his three-year tenure with the Tennessee Titans, catching 92 passes for 1,167 yards and eight touchdowns. His signing comes amidst increasing rumors and speculation that Falcons' All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones wants out and will be on a different roster to start the 2021 season. Sharpe is only worth consideration in fantasy as a late-round flier in deeper leagues.

Category: Transactions

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that free agent RB Todd Gurley is in Detroit to visit with the Lions on Thursday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Schefter notes that if Gurley signs with the Lions he'll be reunited with Jared Goff. He would also be teaming up with a fellow Georgia RB standout, D'Andre Swift. Fantasy players likely aren't pleased to hear that another running back could be joining this group, as there were already concerns over how much Jamaal Williams would eat into Swift's workload. We'll see if Gurley actually signs, though.

Category: Rumors

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

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

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