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Falcons WR Roddy White (elbow) will return to "some activity" next week, according to insider Vaughn McClure.  Next week starts preparation for Atlanta's season-opener against the Eagles.  The fact that White won't be a full-go means he's in danger of missing that game.  White will be tough to trust in fantasy lineups even if he plays.  If he's out, WR Leonard Hankerson would start in his price and be an intriguing value play in DFS.

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Falcons HC Dan Quinn views WR Leonard Hankerson as an "integral part of the offense," according to the team's official website.  “I think it’s the length, he’s got such a big catching radius,” Quinn said. “You’ve probably seen some of the sideline plays, he’s got such a knack for keeping it in bounds and going to stretch for the ball, so that’s probably one of the biggest things that stand out for me with Hankerson.”  Andrew Hirsch of notes that Hankerson has "displayed great hands" and "seems to be gaining the trust of Matt Ryan."  This follows a strong spring that had insider Vaughn McClure writing that Hankerson could push Roddy White for a starting job.  We're still not buying that, but Hankerson appears to have the #3 spot on the depth chart locked up.  That could make him a bye-week option in deeper leagues.  And an injury to White or Julio Jones could turn Hankerson into a weekly starter.

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ESPN's Vaughn McClure suggests that Falcons WR Leonard Hankerson could make a run at WR Roddy White's starting job this summer.  Hankerson is familiar with new OC Kyle Shanahan's offense from their time together in Washington and had a "strong offseason," per McClure.  White, meanwhile, continued to be nagged by a bum left knee.  "The veteran White has to have a strong training camp and show the left knee injury that has plagued him won't be a lingering issue," McClure writes.  We're ultimately expecting White to hang on to the starting job and finish 2nd on the team in targets behind Julio Jones this season.  But the situation certainly bears monitoring this summer.  White is currently being selected in the 6th round as the 31st WR off the board.

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The Falcons spent a 4th-round pick on WR Justin Hardy.  WR is quietly a position of need for the Falcons, who only have a 33-year-old Roddy White, Leonard Hankerson and Devin Hester behind Julio Jones.  Hardy is a smallish 5'10 and 192 pounds with mediocre speed.  But he's a smooth mover who runs good routes and has reliable hands.  That helped him set an NCAA record with 387 career receptions. He'll compete for the #3 WR spot in Atlanta right out of the gate.  We'll see if Hardy can eventually replace White as the #2.

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WR Leonard Hankerson has agreed to a deal with the Falcons.  The 2011 3rd-rounder has struggled with injuries and totaled just 6 TDs across his first 4 seasons.  But he's still only 26 with a 6'2, 211-pound frame and 4.4 speed.  For now, Hankerson becomes the favorite to replace Harry Douglas as Atlanta's #3 WR.  He'll only be a 2015 fantasy option if Julio Jones or Roddy White miss time.  We'll see if Hankerson shows enough to potentially replace White in the starting lineup down the road.

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It turns out Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson tore his LCL and ACL last weekend.  Doctors discovered the ACL damage when they went in for surgery today.  Hankerson is expected to be sidelined 7-9 months, according to HC Mike Shanahan.  He'll miss most of the offseason but should be ready for training camp.

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Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson needs surgery on the LCL injury he suffered this past weekend and is done for the season.  Hankerson turned in an uneven 3rd season.  He caught 5 balls in 3 games but finished another 4 with 2 or fewer.  He matched a career high with 3 TDs, but 2 of those came in the opener.  Don't be surprised in Washington looks to upgrade its #2 WR spot this offseason.  Hankerson isn't getting it done.  WRs Santana Moss, Josh Morgan and Aldrick Robinson figure to fill in for Hankerson by committee the rest of the way.  None of them is a recommended fantasy add.

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