Fantasy Football News & Views
Falcons | Eli Howard let go Mon May 17, 01:00 PM
Atlanta Falcons DE Eli Howard was waived Monday, May 17.Link to story
Falcons | Eli Ankou gets a shot with Atlanta Sun May 16, 08:40 PM
Free-agent DT Eli Ankou (Cowboys) signed an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, May 16.Link to story
Falcons | Atlanta adding Olive Sagapolu Sun May 16, 03:28 PM
Free-agent DT Olive Sagapolu (Lions) agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, May 16. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Falcons | Atlanta invites five to try out Fri May 14, 10:02 PM
Free-agent QB Jake Dolegala (Patriots), DE Eli Ankou (Cowboys), DT Olive Sagapolu (Lions) and LB Curtis Bolton (Texans) are participating in the Atlanta Falcons rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. Undrafted free-agent WR C.J. Saunders (Ohio State) is also trying out for the team.Link to story
Falcons | Parker Hesse joins Atlanta Thu May 13, 09:31 PM
Free-agent TE Parker Hesse (Titans) signed with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, May 13. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Falcons | Atlanta adds Sam Jones Thu May 13, 06:02 PM
Former Indianapolis Colts OG Sam Jones was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, May 13.Link to story
Falcons | Elliott Fry released Tue May 11, 11:59 AM
Atlanta Falcons PK Elliott Fry was released Tuesday, May 11.Link to story
Falcons | No guarantees in Atlanta backfield Mon May 10, 07:22 PM
Atlanta Falcons RBs Mike Davis, Javian Hawkins, Caleb Huntley and Qadree Ollison are all expected to compete for touches in the backfield in 2021, according to comments made by running backs coach Desmond Kitchings. According to Tori McElhaney of The Athletic, Kitchens noted how competitive the running back group will be and that 'the door is wide open' for anyone to take over.
|Footballguys view: Davis has the experience and could come out on top but that's not a guarantee. We'll have to see how this competition shakes out during training camp. Davis (the first Falcons RB getting drafted) has a current ADP of RB35 (7.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Mike Davis player page
Qadree Ollison player page
Falcons | Atlanta adds Juwan Green Thu May 6, 03:39 PM
Free-agent WR Juwan Green (Falcons) signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, May 6. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Green is back with the Falcons. He originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Albany in 2020 and spent his rookie season on the team's practice squad. He'll compete for a spot on the 53-man roster this year.|
Falcons | Avery Williams to first play cornerback Wed May 5, 08:42 PM
Atlanta Falcons CB Avery Williams will start training camp at corner but could move inside to nickel, according to defensive backs coach Jon Hoke Wednesday, May 5.Link to story
Falcons | Atlanta has battle at left guard Wed May 5, 05:17 PM
Atlanta Falcons Gs Josh Andrews, Matt Gono, Jalen Mayfield and Drew Dalman could also see time at left guard as the team tries to determine the starter for the 2021 season, according to offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford Wednesday, May 5.Link to story
Falcons | Jalen Mayfield to move inside Wed May 5, 03:01 PM
University of Michigan OT Jalen Mayfield - the Atlanta Falcons' third-round draft pick in the 2021 NFL Draft - will be moved to guard, according to offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford.Link to story
Falcons | Atlanta adds 18 UDFAs Mon May 3, 01:44 PM
Undrafted free-agent OT Jack Batho IV (South Dakota School of Mines), DT Zac Dawe (Brigham Young), LB Dorian Etheridge (Louisville), OG Bryce Hargrove (Pittsburgh), RB Caleb Huntley (Ball State), LB Eli Howard (Texas Tech), S Dwayne Johnson (San Diego State), LB Kobe Jones (Mississippi State), CB Marcus Murphy (Mississippi State), OG Ryan Neuzil (Appalachian State), WR Antonio Nunn (Buffalo), S JR Pace (Northwestern), LB Alani Pututau (Adams State), TE John Raine (Northwestern), OG Joe Sculthorpe (North Carolina State), OT Keion Smith (Fayetteville State), LB Erroll Thompson (Mississippi State) and WR Austin Trammell (Rice) agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons Monday, May 3. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Huntley is an interesting running back to monitor. He's a strong runner with a low center of gravity and plenty of leg drive. Huntley wasn't proven as a receiver out of the backfield but he gives great effort anytime he touches the ball. The Falcons need running back help and Huntley could work his way onto the 53-man roster but as a priority free agent he's more likely to land on the practice squad.|
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Falcons | Calvin Ridley's option exercised Mon May 3, 01:11 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley had his fifth-year option was exercised Monday, May 3. He is scheduled to make $11.116 million in 2022.
|Footballguys view: Ridley had his breakout season in 2020 and finished as the no.4 fantasy receiver in standard scoring leagues. The Falcons will continue to use him as a featured part of their passing game. Fantasy GMs can lean on him as a WR1 and Ridley has a current ADP of WR6 (2.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Falcons | Hayden Hurst's option not picked up Mon May 3, 08:43 AM
Atlanta Falcons TE Hayden Hurst will not have his fifth-year option exercised, and he'll be a free agent after the 2021 season.
|Footballguys view: No surprise here. With the Falcons selecting TE Kyle Pitts with the no.4 overall pick it's a sign that they'll likely move on from Hurst after this season. After struggling to impress with the Ravens, Hurst did flash that first-round talent in his first year with the Falcons last season. When he hits the open market in 2022 there should be more than a few teams interested in making him a no.1 tight end.|
Hayden Hurst player page
Falcons | Kyle Pitts the total package Sun May 2, 08:23 PM
Atlanta Falcons TE Kyle Pitts led all tight ends in the 2021 draft class in average depth of target and yards per route run, and he didn't drop any of his 66 targets.
|Footballguys view: Pitts is the total package as a receiver, because that's what he basically is. There is "TE" next to his name, but his game is that of a "WR" and he is going to be tough for defenses to contend with.|
Falcons | Feleipe Franks heading to Atlanta Sat May 1, 07:50 PM
Undrafted free-agent QB Feleipe Franks (Arkansas) agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons Saturday, May 1, according to his agents. Terms of the contract weren't disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Franks is an athletic quarterback who can work the short-to-intermediate game. He's got good size and is known as a teachable prospect. We'll see what kind of development he can have as a passer (mainly needs to speed up his clock) in Atlanta.|
Falcons | Javian Hawkins plans to sign with Atlanta Sat May 1, 07:06 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Javian Hawkins (Louisville) agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons Saturday, May 1, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Hawkins is a gap runner with good burst to and through the hole. He's a smaller back (185 pounds) and won't push the pile, but he's not timid about running between the tackles.|
Falcons | Atlanta still on hunt for RBs Sat May 1, 04:55 PM
Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot said Saturday, May 1, the team will look for running backs in the UDFA market, as well as in post-June 1 cuts, after opting not to select an RB in the 2021 NFL Draft.Link to story
Falcons | AJ McCarron agrees to deal Fri Apr 30, 04:39 PM
Free-agent QB AJ McCarron (Texans) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons Friday, April 30. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
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Falcons | Kyle Pitts joins Atlanta Thu Apr 29, 08:51 PM
Florida TE Kyle Pitts was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Pitts is a super-sized wide receiver who happens to play tight end. He's a mismatch no matter where he lines up on the field. Pitts can make an instant impact as a fantasy asset and should be a reliable target for QB Matt Ryan in 2021. He's in consideration for TE1 production as a rookie.|
Falcons | Atlanta interested in three players Thu Apr 29, 03:08 PM
Florida TE Kyle Pitts, Ohio State QB Justin Fields and North Dakota State QB Trey Lance are candidates to be selected by the Atlanta Falcons if they do not trade the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, according to NFL Network's Steve Wyche.
|Footballguys view: Pitts would be a great fit for them. They could go with a young quarterback to groom behind Matt Ryan for a year or two. However, a player like Pitts could get them in deep playoff contention for 2021. We'll see what new GM Terry Fontenot decides on Thursday night.|
Falcons | Kyle Pitts would be fine consolation Thu Apr 29, 01:21 PM
University of Florida TE and 2021 NFL Draft prospect Kyle Pitts would be the selection the Atlanta Falcons would be eager to make with the fourth overall pick Thursday, April 29, if they don't trade the pick. The Falcons have received numerous trade offers, according to a source, but as of yet there hasn't been an offer good enough to accept.Link to story
Falcons | Calvin Ridley's option to be picked up Wed Apr 28, 09:57 AM
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley is expected to have his fifth-year option picked up. The option will be worth $11.116 million.Link to story
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Falcons | Julio Jones on trade market? Mon Apr 26, 08:52 AM
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has been the subject of trade calls this offseason. A trade couldn't happen before June 1, but it could happen this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Not a surprise here when you think about the new regime in Atlanta. The salary cap is cramped with the Falcons, so they could try and move the star veteran receiver to free up some space. Jones has a cap hit of $23 million in 2021 and $20 million in 2022. We'll see if some team in need of wide receiver help (Raiders?) tries to make something happen.|
Julio Jones player page
Falcons | QB coach to attend Trey Lance workout Mon Apr 19, 01:04 PM
Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach Charles London will be one the three representatives for the Falcons that will attend North Dakota State QB Trey Lance's workout Monday, April 19. Passing game specialist T.J. Yates and assistant college scouting director Dwaune Jones will also attend the workout.
|Footballguys view: The Falcons have the no.4 overall pick and may choose a quarterback like Lance to groom behind Matt Ryan for a year or two. Lance is one of the best quarterbacks in this draft class and reminds some in the scouting community of Cam Newton when he came out of Auburn.|
Falcons | Atlanta sending 3 to Trey Lance pro day Sat Apr 17, 01:11 PM
North Dakota State QB and 2021 NFL Draft prospect Trey Lance is holding his second pro day Monday, April 19, and the Atlanta Falcons, who currently hold the draft's No. 4 overall pick, will send their full allotment of three personnel members to observe. The trio will be different than the three the Falcons sent to Lance's first pro day, giving them six sets of eyes on the quarterback.
|Footballguys view: The Falcons could add a guy like Lance and give him one year to groom behind Matt Ryan. New GM Terry Fontenot will have that choice even though reports indicate owner Arthur Blank does not yet want to move on from his veteran quarterback. The Falcons could also deal the no.4 overall pick if they get a deal that interests them.|
Falcons | Ito Smith released Thu Apr 15, 01:31 PM
Atlanta Falcons RB Ito Smith on Thursday, April 15, was released by the team.
|Footballguys view: The Falcons are going to have a new-look running back room in 2021. Mike Davis should be the lead back and they just signed WR Cordarrelle Patterson who can be used as a runner or receiver. We expect them to be interested in running backs in the 2021 NFL draft.|
Ito Smith player page
Falcons | Duron Harmon signs with Atlanta Thu Apr 15, 12:44 PM
Free agent S Duron Harmon (Lions) on Thursday, April 15, signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons.Link to story
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Falcons | Cordarrelle Patterson signs with Atlanta Thu Apr 15, 11:26 AM
Free-agent WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Bears) agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: The Falcons get veteran depth added to the wide receiver room here. Patterson is a gadget player on offense who can work as a runner or receiver. Most of his value comes on special teams.|
Cordarrelle Patterson player page
Falcons | Cordarrelle Patterson nearing deal with Atlanta Wed Apr 14, 02:05 PM
Free-agent WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Bears) is visiting with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday, April 14, and the expectation is both sides will agree on a contract soon, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
|Footballguys view: Patterson would give the Falcons another veteran presence in the locker room at the wide receiver position. Most of his value would come on special teams and as a gadget player on offense.|
Cordarrelle Patterson player page
Falcons | Kyle Pitts destined for Atlanta? Tue Apr 13, 09:12 PM
Florida TE Kyle Pitts is gaining traction to be the first non-quarterback drafted April 29, as 'many around the league anticipate' the Atlanta Falcons will select him at No. 4 overall, according to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.
|Footballguys view: If the Falcons keep the no.4 pick, Pitts would be a great addition. He's one of the best tight ends to come into the NFL from the college ranks and that's why he may be drafted higher than any tight end in NFL history. The game has changed, and teams want big-bodied receivers like Pitts at tight end. Think of Darren Waller (Raiders) when you think about the impact Pitts could have in the NFL.|
Falcons | Ryan Becker catches on with Atlanta Tue Apr 13, 04:36 PM
Free-agent TE Ryan Becker signed an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday, April 13.Link to story
Falcons | Atlanta a possible suitor for Kenny Vaccaro? Sun Apr 11, 01:19 PM
Free-agent S Kenny Vaccaro (Titans) could be an option for the Atlanta Falcons given his connection with new defensive coordinator Dean Pees from their time together with the Tennessee Titans, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Bill Barnwell.Link to story
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Falcons | Five players on ATL draft radar Fri Apr 9, 01:12 PM
Oregon OT Penei Sewell, Florida TE Kyle Pitts, Ohio State QB Justin Fields, LSU WR Ja'Marr Chase and Alabama CB Patrick Surtain II are on the Atlanta Falcons' draft radar screen if they retain the No. 4 overall pick, according to a report Friday, April 9.
|Footballguys view: All of these players would be interesting for Atlanta...and some of them might be there if the Falcons decide to trade back. Fields could be a perfect quarterback to groom behind Matt Ryan for a year and then take over the franchise. Pitts is a playmaking tight end (think Darren Waller) who could make an instant impact on any offense.|
Falcons | GM, coach now aligned on draft pick Fri Apr 9, 01:03 PM
Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith, once reportedly at odds over what to do with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 draft, are now 'aligned' in a plan for the selection, with trading down remaining a possibility, according to a report Friday, April 9.Link to story
Falcons | Kenny Vaccaro an option for Atlanta? Wed Apr 7, 09:19 PM
Free-agent SS Kenny Vaccaro (Titans) could be an option for the Atlanta Falcons, according to Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com. Barnwell believes Vaccaro's previous experience playing under defensive coordinator Dean Pees would make him a good fit in Atlanta.Link to story
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Falcons | Atlanta signs Jonathan Bullard Thu Apr 1, 03:44 PM
Free-agent DT Jonathan Bullard (Seahawks) signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, April 1. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
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Falcons | Steven Means staying with Falcons Thu Apr 1, 03:42 PM
Free-agent DE Steven Means (Falcons) re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, April 1. He will receive a one-year contract, but financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
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Falcons | Atlanta showing interest in Kyle Pitts Wed Mar 31, 03:14 PM
Florida TE Kyle Pitts told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter that the Atlanta Falcons met with him twice over Zoom before his pro day Wednesday, March 31, and are scheduled to do so again.
|Footballguys view: Every team should be interested in Pitts. He's a super-sized wide receiver who plays tight end and creates nightmares for any defender tasked with covering him. Pitts could step in and start from day 1 in the NFL. He's a top-5 talent in this draft class, and the Falcons may be eyeing him with the no.4 overall pick.|
Falcons | Josh Andrews joining Atlanta Mon Mar 29, 04:05 PM
Free-agent OG Josh Andrews (Jets) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons Monday, March 29. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Falcons | Matt Gono signs tender Thu Mar 25, 04:02 PM
Atlanta Falcons restricted free-agent OT Matt Gono signed his one-year tender offer Thursday, March 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Falcons | Fabian Moreau joining Atlanta Wed Mar 24, 05:16 PM
Free-agent CB Fabian Moreau (Washington) agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons on a one-year contract, according to a source Wednesday, March 24. Financial terms weren't disclosed.Link to story
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Falcons | Barkevious Mingo signs with ATL Tue Mar 23, 08:28 AM
Free-agent LB Barkevious Mingo (Bears) agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, March 23. Financial terms weren't disclosed.Link to story
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Falcons | Mike Davis agrees with ATL Tue Mar 23, 08:27 AM
Free-agent RB Mike Davis (Panthers) agreed to a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, March 23. He'll receive $3 million fully guaranteed in 2021.
|Footballguys view: Davis steps in as the no.1 running back for the Falcons...but we expect the team to add more talent to the room in the 2021 NFL draft. He's a good all-around back who can bang it between the tackles or be a reliable receiver out of the backfield. Davis is a natural and powerful runner who can carry a large workload. Expect the Falcons to address the running back position with a premium pick (likely round 2) in the draft which adds competition to what should be a more balanced offense in 2021.|
Mike Davis player page
Falcons | Atlanta talks with Darius Stills Sun Mar 21, 06:44 PM
West Virginia DT Darius Stills recently met virtually with the Atlanta Falcons.Link to story
Falcons | Atlanta gets ink on paper for two free agents Fri Mar 19, 06:56 PM
Free-agent LB Brandon Copeland (Patriots) and S Erik Harris (Raiders) formally signed Friday, March 19, with the Atlanta Falcons.Link to story
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Falcons | Atlanta lands Brandon Copeland Fri Mar 19, 02:24 PM
Free agent LB Brandon Copeland (Patriots) on Friday, March 19, agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons, per his agent.Link to story
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Falcons | Erik Harris signs with Falcons Thu Mar 18, 11:37 AM
Free-agent S Erik Harris (Raiders) agreed to an undisclosed deal with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, March 18.
|Footballguys view: The Falcons needed to address a safety group that left the cupboard bare on the depth chart going into this offseason. Harris is in line to start, which is probably good news for opposing quarterbacks.|
Erik Harris player page
Falcons | Lee Smith officially acquired Wed Mar 17, 04:11 PM
Buffalo Bills TE Lee Smith was acquired by the Atlanta Falcons Wednesday, March 17, in exchange for a 2022 seventh-round draft choice.
|Footballguys view: Smith is a big-bodied blocking tight end and that's about it. With his size, tossing a pass or two at him in the end zone might happen but nothing too crazy in terms of production.|
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