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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


Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday afternoon that the Falcons haven't been listening to any trade offers for Julio Jones this offseason and it's very likely he will return for the 2021 season. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Jones returns to Atlanta for another year with Matt Ryan we know what to expect at this point - another year of elite wide receiver play. However, father time catches up to everyone (except Tom Brady). Will this be the year that Jones loses a step? Expect more great fantasy production from the star wideout this season, with around a WR 6-16 finish.

Category: Rumors


NFL Network's Tom Pelissero on Tuesday afternoon: "Don't expect Falcons' Matt Ryan to go anywhere." (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ryan has been rumored to be on the NFL trade block this offseason, but apparently that is not the case. If Ryan is to stay in Atlanta for the long haul we can expect a high ceiling, high floor fantasy option that can sustain a high powered Atlanta fantasy offense. Pelissero added that Julio Jones isn't going anywhere either.

Category: Rumors


The Atlanta Falcons are hiring former Titans OC Arthur Smith as their next head coach. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a well deserved promotion for Smith, who bring a modern offensive philosophy to his new home. Atlanta still has plenty of talent on offense and Smith will now be tasked with unlocking it. The organization also has the No. 4 overall pick in the draft. Perhaps Smith will want to draft Matt Ryan's successor.

Category: Transactions


Falcons k Younghoe Koo was successful on both of his field-goal attempts and on all three of his extra-point tries in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers.

Fantasy Impact: Koo was one of the best fantasy kickers in the NFL. He will open 2021 as a top-five kicking option.

Category: Game Recaps


Falcons TE Hayden Hurst caught 4-of-6 targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers.

Fantasy Impact: While Hurst's first season with the Falcons had its ups and downs, he managed to sore in three straight games to end the year. Hurst has breakout potential if the Falcons keep their offense intact in 2020.

Category: Game Recaps


Falcons RB Ito Smith rushed three times for nine yards and caught 1-of4 targets for seven yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers.

Fantasy Impact: Smith had fewer touches than Brian Hill and Todd Gurley. This Atlanta backfield needs to be blown up for 2021.

Category: Game Recaps


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 WR Calvin Ridley caught 8-of-12 targets for 52 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers.

Fantasy Impact: Ridley could not get going in a solid matchup with Tampa Bay. Still, he was one of the better fantasy receivers in 2021 and picked up the slack with Julio Jones banged up for most of the year.

Category: Game Recaps


Falcons RB Brian Hill rushed nine times for 94 yards and caught all three of his targets for 42 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Buccaneers.

Fantasy Impact: Hill led all Atlanta backs with 136 total yards. The future of the Falcons' running back room may not be on this roster.

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


The Bengals claimed DL Takk McKinley off waivers. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McKinley will help bolster Cincinnati's defensive front. He was recently waived by the Falcons, who couldn't find a trading partner prior to the November 3rd deadline. It's worth noting that McKinley was claimed by multiple teams.

Category: Transactions


Falcons DE John Cominsky tested positive for COVID-19 and has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Fantasy Impact: Cominsky's diagnosis will not impact the Falcons and Vikings game on Sunday. The game is still scheduled to take place. Cominsky's absence shouldn't affect the Falcons D/ST too much as he's registered 20 total tackles in five games so far this season.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions, Rumors