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  Falcons | Julio Jones looking to improve    Wed Oct 22, 01:35 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones said he should be blamed for the team's offensive struggles, because he needs to make plays when given the chance. 'It starts with me,' Jones said. 'I got to go out there and make plays when they are presented to me. I got to go out there and catch the ball, be more of a deep threat. ... We are out there misreading or dropping balls. We have to fix that. It's nothing that the defense is doing, we have to fix that here.'

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to stick with Jones. He's a huge part of the passing game, and the team lacks a ton of assets on offense. We like Jones as a WR1 in Week 8 even though he's been a bit disappointing over the last two weeks.

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  Falcons | Wednesday practice report    Wed Oct 22, 12:21 PM

Atlanta Falcons DT Jonathan Babineaux (foot) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. OG Justin Blalock (back) and LB Prince Shembo (knee) were limited during practice.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones limited    Wed Oct 22, 12:08 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners have been disappointed with Jones in the last couple of weeks. He's a little banged up with this ankle injury, but he needs to be in your lineup as a low-end WR1.

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  Falcons | Harry Douglas not practicing    Wed Oct 22, 08:43 AM

Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) will not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. Douglas traveled to London with the team and hopes to play in Week 8.

Footballguys view: We're not trusting anyone in the Falcons passing game not named Julio Jones or Roddy White. Douglas may play, but fantasy owners don't need to pay much attention to it.

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  Falcons | Matt Ryan heavily pressured    Mon Oct 20, 05:20 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan was sacked five times as the team's offensive line continues to struggle with injuries and poor play. 'We had way too much pressure,' head coach Mike Smith said. 'Our quarterback was hit and sacked way too much. There were times where we really didn't have a chance to get the play off, and that's very difficult for a quarterback, and we have to do better with our protection.'

Footballguys view: Ryan is getting blitzed on 29.3 percent of his dropbacks (league average is 29 percent). However, the pressure is getting to him on 26.7 percent of his dropbacks, above the league average of 24.4 percent.

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  Falcons | Peter Konz has torn ACL    Mon Oct 20, 04:12 PM

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons C Peter Konz (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 7. Konz was placed on Reserve/Injured and is out for the year.

Footballguys view: More trouble for the Falcons here. Konz was the team's second-string center as starter Joe Hawley was lost for the year in Week 4. Now, they'll be turning to UDFA James Stone as their starting center.

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  Falcons | Make two roster moves    Mon Oct 20, 02:44 PM

The Atlanta Falcons placed C Peter Konz (knee) on Reserve/Injured and signed OT Jonathan Scott Monday, Oct. 20.

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  Falcons | Peter Konz to have exam Monday    Sun Oct 19, 09:01 PM

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons C Peter Konz (knee) left the Week 7 game against the Baltimore Ravens due to a knee injury, and he was unable to return. He will be examined Monday, Oct. 20.

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  Falcons | Peter Konz injury update    Sun Oct 19, 01:55 PM

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons C Peter Konz (knee) suffered a knee injury in Week 7 and is considered questionable to return.

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  Falcons | Peter Konz helped off field    Sun Oct 19, 01:28 PM

Atlanta Falcons C Peter Konz (undisclosed) was helped off the field after suffering an undisclosed injury in Week 7.

Footballguys view: The Falcons offensive line was not a team strength heading into the season, and they have already suffered multiple injuries. Matt Ryan's job is not getting any easier.

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  Falcons | Week 7 Inactives    Sun Oct 19, 11:35 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have declared OT Cameron Bradfield, DL Cliff Matthews, OG Harland Gunn, WR Harry Douglas, CB Javier Arenas, QB Sean Renfree, LB Tyler Starr inactive for Week 7.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones probable     Fri Oct 17, 01:23 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is probable for Week 7.

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  Falcons | Friday injury report for Week 7    Fri Oct 17, 01:10 PM

Atlanta Falcons DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee), OG Justin Blalock (back), WR Devin Hester (hamstring), LB Prince Shembo (knee) and Nathan Stupar (knee) all fully practiced Friday, Oct. 17, and are probable.

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  Falcons | Harry Douglas ruled out    Fri Oct 17, 01:08 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) has been ruled out of the team's Week 7 game.

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  Falcons | Thursday injury report    Thu Oct 16, 03:44 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Prince Shembo (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 16, while OG Justin Blalock (back), DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee) and LB Nathan Stupar (knee) fully participated in practice.

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  Falcons | Devin Hester does some drills    Thu Oct 16, 03:35 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (hamstring) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

Footballguys view: Hester remains a not-very-exciting receiver and with a hamstring injury, we have to wonder how much he'll show in the return game. He's not worth a start in leagues unless you get points for return yards and even then he is a long shot.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones limited    Thu Oct 16, 03:19 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

Footballguys view: We're not worried as Jones is probably just getting a little extra time off. Even as bad as the offense has played, Jones remains a solid WR1 every week.

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  Falcons | Harry Douglas could return soon    Thu Oct 16, 03:13 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) has a chance to play in Week 8, according to WR Roddy White. Douglas did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 16, and head coach Mike Smith said there is no timetable for Douglas' return.

Footballguys view: Watch and see if he practices on Friday because if he doesn't, he probably won't play. If--BIG IF--he plays, we don't see him as more than a WR5 or WR6 and he remains nothing but a hail mary start.

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  Falcons | Roddy White looking to play better    Thu Oct 16, 03:00 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White said he knows has been off to a slow start this season and will try to improve his play. 'I've gotten off to a really slow start,' White said. 'Not one of my favorable years that I'm having. But I've got to turn my game around for our team to start playing better. I'm a leader on this team, and I haven't been going out there and playing like Roddy White football. I've got to get back to just being myself - go out there and just cut it loose - and whatever happens, happens.' White has dropped three passes on 39 targets this season, which is tied for fourth most among receivers.

Footballguys view: White's age may have become a factor, and he's no more than a WR3/flex these days, though it's not all his fault. The offense and defense have both struggled over the season and White's struggles may just highlight that as much as it does his age.

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  Falcons | Levine Toilolo dropping passes    Thu Oct 16, 01:49 PM

Atlanta Falcons TE Levine Toilolo has dropped six passes on 21 targets this season. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said Toilolo has been working hard on his catching ability during practice.

Footballguys view: For a while some fantasy owners thought Levine Toilolo would be the next big thing, but the only thing big about him seems to be the cement gloves on his hands. Dropping a third of your targets is never good but he'll still get some looks on occasion given the options after Julio Jones and Roddy White. Still, he's not worth a start and really not worth rostering unless your bench is deep.

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  Falcons | Wednesday practice report    Wed Oct 15, 04:06 PM

Atlanta Falcons DT Jonathan Babineaux (knee), OG Justin Blalock (back), WR Devin Hester (hamstring), LB Prince Shembo (knee) and LB Nathan Stupar (knee) were limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones limited    Wed Oct 15, 04:01 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Footballguys view: We should see Jones participate fully on Friday at the latest. Check back to see if he's able to do that.

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  Falcons | Harry Douglas misses practice    Wed Oct 15, 04:00 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones nicked up    Wed Oct 15, 10:48 AM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) was spotted slowly dragging his left foot as he left the locker room Monday, Oct. 13. His left ankle has bothered him since the Week 4 game. He rarely practices fully early in the week because of the ailment, but it's not the same foot that he had surgically repaired twice.

Footballguys view: Jones should be limited in practice all week if this ankle injury hangs around.

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  Falcons | Antone Smith doing a lot with little    Mon Oct 13, 04:21 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith is RB10 in non-PPR scoring leagues despite having just 23 total touches (13 carries, 10 receptions). What's helped Smith so far is his ability to break long touchdowns. He has five so far on the season.

Footballguys view: Smith is a flex start for your fantasy team every week. He can hide behind his offensive linemen, then burst into the open field for big gains.

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  Falcons | Another long TD for Antone Smith    Sun Oct 12, 06:09 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith hauled in a 41-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter of the Week 6 game against the Chicago Bears.

Footballguys view: Smith now has five long scores in six games after having two on eight touches last year. It's time to anoint him at least a weekly flex play, even though he has been a legit RB2 if you kept in your lineup all this time. Next week he goes to Baltimore in a tougher matchup.

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  Falcons | Roddy White leaves briefly    Sun Oct 12, 05:24 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (head) appeared to suffered an apparent head injury in the second quarter of the Week 6 game against the Chicago Bears, but no foul was called. The training staff is working on him on the sidelines, and he was able to return after a brief absence.

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  Falcons | Week 6 Inactives    Sun Oct 12, 02:46 PM

The Atlanta Falcons have declared QB Sean Renfree, CB Javier Arenas, LB Tyler Starr, OT Cameron Bradfield, OG Harland Gunn, WR Harry Douglas, DT Cliff Matthews inactive for Week 6.

Footballguys view: Devin Hester gets to be the uncontested #3 receiver in his matchup against his old team with revenge on his mind.

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  Falcons | Devin Hester expected to play    Sat Oct 11, 11:49 AM

Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (hamstring) is expected to play in Week 6 even though he is listed as questionable, according to head coach Mike Smith. Hester likely would be the No. 3 receiver if he is active for the game.

Footballguys view: Hester doesn't have much fantasy value - perhaps as a WR6 if you don't get points for return yards, perhaps WR5 if you do. In the end, even with return yards you are just rolling the dice and probably have better options.

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  Falcons | Antone Smith is on the rise    Fri Oct 10, 09:14 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith has averaged 17.2 yards per touch in the offense in five years with the team, and he is the only player since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger with six offensive touchdowns of at least 35 yards in his first 25 career touches. Smith had the second-most snaps of his career (11) last week, and head coach Mike Smith conceded this week that the back has earned more touches.

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  Falcons | Work out Nick Williams    Fri Oct 10, 03:59 PM

The Atlanta Falcons worked out free-agent WR Nick Williams (Steelers) Friday, Oct. 10.

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  Falcons | Friday injury report    Fri Oct 10, 03:13 PM

Atlanta Falcons OG Justin Blalock (back) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 10, and is listed as questionable for Week 6. OT Jake Matthews (ankle), LB Prince Shembo (knee) and FS Kemal Ishmael (ankle) fully participated in practice and are listed as probable.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones probable    Fri Oct 10, 03:12 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 10, and is listed as probable for Week 6.

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  Falcons | Devin Hester questionable for Week 6    Fri Oct 10, 01:18 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 6 against the Chicago Bears.

Footballguys view: Hester is only a fringe player in very deep leagues that don't have return yards, but he could have something extra in the tank against his old team this week.

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  Falcons | Harry Douglas ruled out    Fri Oct 10, 01:16 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) has been ruled out for Week 6 against the Chicago Bears.

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  Falcons | Roddy White staying busy    Thu Oct 9, 11:50 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White is running an NFL-leading 40.5 routes per game this season.

Footballguys view: He's running routes, but his 20.4 percent average of targets per route run is below the league average (23.6). His reception per route run average (9.9) is well below the league average of 15.7 percent. We'll see if White's routes start turning into more fantasy production going forward.

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  Falcons | Thursday practice report    Thu Oct 9, 03:50 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 9. OG Justin Blalock (back), FS Kemal Ishmael (ankle), OT Jake Matthews (ankle) and LB Prince Shembo (knee) were limited during practice.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones limited    Thu Oct 9, 03:45 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 9.

Footballguys view: We aren't worried and expect him to be a top three fantasy WR this week.

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  Falcons | Harry Douglas not practicing    Thu Oct 9, 01:13 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) is not participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 9.

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  Falcons | Ryan Spadola added to practice squad    Thu Oct 9, 11:01 AM

The Atlanta Falcons signed free-agent WR Ryan Spadola (Dolphins) to their practice squad Thursday, Oct. 9.

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  Falcons | Wednesday practice report    Wed Oct 8, 05:11 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 8. OG Justin Blalock (back), FS Kemal Ishmael (ankle), OT Jake Matthews (ankle) and LB Prince Shembo (knee) were limited during practice.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones limited    Wed Oct 8, 05:07 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 8.

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  Falcons | Harry Douglas not on the field    Wed Oct 8, 05:01 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 8.

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  Falcons | Make two roster moves    Tue Oct 7, 07:31 PM

The Atlanta Falcons released WR Courtney Roby and promoted WR Freddie Martino from their practice squad Tuesday, Oct. 7.

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  Falcons | More touches for Antone Smith?    Mon Oct 6, 11:45 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith has earned more touches because of his play this season, head coach Mike Smith said Monday, Oct. 6.

Footballguys view: Yes please! Smith makes big plays happen. We'd like to see him more involved in the offense, and he's a solid flex play going forward for fantasy owners.

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  Falcons | Antone Smith making most of opportunities    Mon Oct 6, 02:22 PM

Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith has four touchdowns so far this season on just 17 touches. He is averaging 16.29 yards per touch.

Footballguys view: Smith needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues. Yes, the Falcons are using a four-headed RBBC. Yes, Steven Jackson has not fallen off the face of the earth just yet. Yes, rookie Devonta Freeman is getting used more. However, Smith is making plays--and the team is using him in the right way. Start him as a flex play with RB2 upside each week until something changes.

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  Falcons | Roddy White hits milestone    Sun Oct 5, 05:55 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White had just two catches for 26 yards in the Week 5 game against the New York Giants. He was able to reach 700 receptions for his career, becoming just the 43rd player in NFL history to reach that number.

Footballguys view: White still appears to be fading to the "not Julio Jones" targets in the Falcons passing game. He seems unlikely to deliver on his fourth round value at this point.

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  Falcons | Harry Douglas inactive    Sun Oct 5, 11:30 AM

Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas (foot) is inactive Sunday, Oct. 5, for the Week 5 game.

Footballguys view: Devin Hester's resurgence as an offensive force should continue against the Giants.

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  Falcons | Week 5 Inactives    Sun Oct 5, 11:28 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have declared OT Cameron Bradfield, DL Cliff Matthews, WR Harry Douglas, CB Javier Arenas, OT Justin Blalock, QB Sean Renfree, LB Tyler Starr inactive for Week 5.

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  Falcons | Roddy White promises TD    Sat Oct 4, 08:47 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White has not scored a touchdown in five career games against the New York Giants, but he guaranteed that he will change that when the team's meet in Week 5.

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