TE Luke Stocker - Atlanta Falcons
|6-5, 258||Born: 7-17-1988||College: Tennessee||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2011|
News you need to know
General News (Thu Nov 14): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Nov 13): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 11: at Carolina Panthers
FBG says: Tough matchup. Matt Ryan has been one of football's most prolific passers here in 2019, topping 300 yards in 6 of his 7 full games. He hasn't been particularly efficient of late, though, posting just 5.5 yards per attempt over his last 2 games. Overall, it's fair to lower the Falcons' ceiling projections a bit, especially with injuries at the skill positions. Ryan always projects to strong volume, but his dynamic receiving corps takes a hit with Austin Hooper's multi-week injury. Hooper would make for a great mismatch against the Panthers, who struggle mightily with tight ends. Julio Jones has averaged 88 yards per game on the year, and he's topped 75 in 4 straight. Yet he hasn't found the end zone since Week 3 - he's just not much of a red-zone dominator - and will face tough outside coverage from James Bradberry and Donte Jackson. Perhaps Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage will have easier times in the slot. With both Hooper and running back Devonta Freeman on the shelf and Mohamed Sanu gone, Gage should be especially busy on quick-hitting throws and check-downs underneath. The Carolina pass defense has gelled beautifully here in 2019 as a borderline-shutdown unit. They've harassed and all but stifled more than their share of strong quarterbacks, including Jared Goff, Jameis Winston, Deshaun Watson, and Aaron Rodgers (a combined 6.2 yards per attempt and 2 touchdowns). They've allowed a handful of high-volume, high-yardage lines, but those numbers have been largely inflated by garbage-time play. Last Sunday, this group kept Rodgers under wraps for just 233 yards - and out of the end zone. Cornerbacks James Bradberry and Donte Jackson have both played at a Pro Bowl level, locking down most of the outside receivers they've faced. The Panthers struggle most inside, where the linebackers (even Luke Kuechly) and safeties are often liabilities up the seams. They've allowed big fantasy days to both slot receivers and tight ends, and Davante Adams had some success inside last week. At first glance, this matchup looks primed for an underneath battle, with Matt Ryan and the Falcons' slot men busy on quick-hitting throws.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Luke Stocker's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 8 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
He earned 17 yards up the right flat on a short dump-off with less than 30 seconds in the half.
2019 Week 6 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
He dove for a short gain on a target that Ryan threw off his back foot during the first drive of the game. This target could have gone for more if the pressure didn't disrupt Ryan's throw.
2019 Week 4 vs TEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Stocker dropped a flat route in the red zone during Atlanta's first drive in the second half.
2019 Week 3 vs IND (4 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
He earned a quick five yards on an adjusted play pre-snap during the first drive. He earned a target to open the second half in the right flat for a quick gain of five. Stocker earned a short target underneath on a play-action rollout but earned a minimal amount inside the five.
2019 Week 2 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
He fumbled a play action reception late in the third quarter and Sanu made a great effort to recover it. He also missed a crack back on a pitch play that led to a six-yard loss early in the game on a carry for Freeman
Latest NewsFalcons | Thursday practice report for Atlanta (Thu Nov 14, 04:28 PM) - Atlanta Falcons S Kemal Ishmael (concussion) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 14. CB Desmond Trufant (toe), DE John Cominsky (ankle), P Ryan Allen (ankle) and OG Wes Schweitzer (concussion) were limited during practice. S Damontae Kazee (shoulder), S Sharrod Neasman (hamstring) and TE Luke Stocker (knee) fully participated in practice. link to story Falcons | Jaeden Graham to see increased work (Wed Nov 13, 09:07 PM) - Atlanta Falcons TE Jaeden Graham is expected to see more opportunities in Week 11 against the Carolina Panthers with TE Austin Hooper (knee) ruled out and TE Luke Stocker (knee) nursing an injury. link to story Falcons | Atlanta's Wednesday practice report (Wed Nov 13, 07:32 PM) - Atlanta Falcons S Kemal Ishmael (concussion) and OG Wes Schweitzer (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 13. CB Desmond Trufant (toe), S Sharrod Neasman (hamstring), DE John Cominsky (ankle), TE Luke Stocker (knee) and P Ryan Allen (ankle) were limited during practice. S Damontae Kazee (shoulder) fully participated in practice. link to story
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|11||@ Carolina Panthers|
|12||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|13||vs New Orleans Saints|
|14||vs Carolina Panthers|
|15||@ San Francisco 49ers|
|16||vs Jacksonville Jaguars|
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