TE Tony Gonzalez - Atlanta Falcons
|6-4, 244||Born: 2-27-1976||College: California||Drafted: Round 1, pick 13|
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Week 14: at Los Angeles Rams
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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Julio Jones (toe) is dealing with turf toe, according to head coach Dan Quinn on Monday, December 5. The injury is not believed to be long-term - but this is known to be a painful injury to attempt to play through, so Jones is definitely iffy for Week 14 - owners of Jones (and Matt Ryan, and the entire Atlanta offense) should pay attention to Jones' practice participation during the upcoming week. Also, #2 wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has a groin injury and also checked out early last Sunday during the one-point loss to Kansas City. The entire Atlanta passing attack is in flux at mid-week, friends.
Matt Ryan did what he could to pull out a 'W' last week with 22/34 for 297 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown (returned by Eric Berry for a TD) - he also threw a second, disastrous interception on a two-point conversion play that Berry returned for a two-point swing that led Kansas City to the 'W'. Four players were over 30 yards receiving last week - Jones (nine targets for 7/113/0); Devonta Freeman (five for 4/49/0); Taylor Gabriel (six for 5/44/0); and Levine Toilolo (one for 1/42/0).
The Rams allowed 33/46 for 269 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions with zero sacks to Tom Brady last weekend - Drew Brees threw 28/36 for 296 net yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions (with two sacks taken for -14 yards) two weeks ago, joined by Willie Snead for 1/1 for 50 yards passing and another TD. Suffice to say that L.A. has been vulnerable in this phase of the game lately - From Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Los Angeles has averaged 21 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (12th-most in the NFL); and 26.4 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (10th-most); with 4.1 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (third-least).
This looks like a neutral matchup for the wounded Falcons vs. a shaky pass defense - upgrade it to 'good' if Jones can play on Sunday.
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