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It was easy to write off Falcons TE Hayden Hurst after the team drafted Kyle Pitts 4th overall and declined the 5th-year option on Hurst's rookie contract (making this the final year on his deal). But Matt Urben of Falcons Wire says to "look for Hurst to be a featured player" in the offense this year, which is expected to deploy multiple TEs as part of the plan to replace WR Julio Jones' production. We'll have to see just what Hurst's role looks like, but we saw HC Arthur Smith use Jonnu Smith and Anthony Firkser simultaneously with last year's Titans. The biggest draw to Hurst is an ADP that will find him undrafted in most fantasy football leagues.

Tori McElhaney of The Athletic reports that Falcons TE Hayden Hurst has shed 18 pounds vs. last year's playing weight (down to 250). Hurst -- who had his 5th-year option declined by the team this offseason -- still appears headed for a significant role in the offense. McElhaney writes: "Because of [Arthur] Smith's scheme, there are just as many opportunities for Hurst as [Kyle] Pitts. And if training camp is any indicator, we'll see both of them on the field together a lot." That's worth keeping in mind as you navigate reserve TE territory in best-ball drafts. Hurst sits just 27th among TEs in current FFPC best-ball ADP.

The Falcons selected Florida TE Kyle Pitts with the 4th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. It’s the highest a TE has ever been picked. Pitts stands nearly 6’6 and 245 pounds with a massive, 83 3/8” wingspan. As a junior in 2020, he tallied 43-770-12 across only 8 games. That sample included monster lines against Alabama (7-129-1), Tennessee (7-128) and Ole Miss (8-170-4). The 20-year-old has the movement skills and versatility of a future WR1, making him a bit of a cheat code at TE. For further confirmation of his dominance, Pitts tested very well with a 4.44 forty time (98th percentile) and a 129-inch broad jump (97th percentile). He joins Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley to give the Falcons 1 of the best groups of pass-catchers in the league. We’ll probably see a lot of 2-TE sets in Atlanta this year with Pitts and Hayden Hurst under former Titans TEs coach and new Falcons HC Arthur Smith.

The Falcons have hired Arthur Smith as HC. Smith spent the past 2 seasons as OC in Tennessee, leading the Titans to top 12 finishes in points and yards both years. He leaned heavily on RB Derrick Henry but also helped QB Ryan Tannehill to his 2 best seasons as a pro. Tannehill notably ranked 9th and 1st, respectively, in percentage of passes to come off play-action the past 2 years. Consider the hire good news for QB Matt Ryan and the Falcons passing game.

Buffalo
11:11am EST 11/29/20

Falcons TE Hayden Hurst (ankle) is active for today’s game vs. the Raiders. He only got in a limited practice on Friday, so he obviously won't be at 100%. But Hurst might get a target boost with WR Julio Jones out.

Falcons TE Hayden Hurst (ankle) is expected to play Sunday against the Raiders, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Hurst managed only a limited Friday practice after sitting out the previous 2 days, so he'll present some risk even if active. Las Vegas also rates 9th in TE coverage, according to Football Outsiders. We'll confirm Hurst's status when the early-game inactives come out.

Falcons TE Hayden Hurst (ankle) is questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Raiders. He only got in a limited practice on Friday, so he obviously won't be at 100% if he suits up. We'll get Hurst's game status by noon ET on Sunday.

Falcons TE Hayden Hurst has missed the first 2 practices of the week with an ankle issue. We don't have any other details, but his availability for Sunday's game against the Raiders appears to be in doubt. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) is inactive for today’s game against the Broncos. We’re expecting WR Christian Blake to replace him in the starting lineup, but Blake would be a desperation fantasy play. WR Julio Jones and TE Hayden Hurst should get target boosts with Ridley out.

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Broncos. He didn’t practice all week, so we’re not expecting him to play. But we’ll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. Ridley’s absence would boost the target projections for WR Julio Jones and TE Hayden Hurst.

The forecast for tonight's Falcons-Panthers game calls for a 40% chance of rain with winds of 10-20 mph and gusts up to 25 mph. That's not quite enough wind for us to adjust our projections for this game. But you might use the weather as a tie-breaker if deciding between 2 similarly ranked players.

The Falcons have been cleared to re-open their facility after no positive COVID results from Thursday's round of testing, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. The Atlanta-Minnesota game remains on for Sunday as of now. We'll let you know if that changes.

The Falcons are shutting down their facility after getting back 4 positive COVID tests on Thursday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Atlanta's game against the Vikings this weekend is now in question. Stay tuned.

Update: A source tells Schefter that the Falcons had just 1 positive test, and it wasn't a player. That has us a bit more optimistic that this game will happen this week.

Falcons TE Hayden Hurst told ESPN's Mina Kimes that he's been making the 5-hour drive from Jacksonville to Atlanta to catch passes from QB Matt Ryan for the past 4 weeks. "That’s helping me a lot," Hurst said. "That’s really going to pay off during training camp." Acquired from the Ravens in March, Hurst hasn't been able to get any official workouts in with his new team due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But any chemistry he can build with his QB is good news for his 2020 fantasy outlook. Hurst as TE1 upside this season as he replaces Austin Hooper, who averaged 6.4 targets per game over the last 2 seasons.

The Ravens have traded TE Hayden Hurst and a 4th-round pick to the Falcons in exchange for 2nd- and 5th-rounders. The 25th overall pick of the 2018 draft was a bust in Baltimore, totaling just 43 catches for 512 yards and 3 TDs over the past 2 seasons. Hurst is still just 26, though, and closed his college career with 48-616-1 and 44-559-2 receiving lines. There should be untapped pass-catching potential here. And Hurst now gets a major opportunity in Atlanta, where TE Austin Hooper and his 6.4 targets per game over the last 2 seasons just walked out the door.

Ravens TE Mark Andrews (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Jets after putting in limited practices on Tuesday and Wednesday. We'll get his official status around 7 pm ET tomorrow. Andrews will be a risk/reward TE1 if active. If not, Hayden Hurst figures to step in as Baltimore's lead pass-catching TE.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Ravens TE Mark Andrews has been diagnosed with a contusion between his knee and thigh. "Indication is it’s nothing major," Schefter adds. It sounds like Andrews isn't looking at a long-term absence, but it's unclear if he'll be ready for Thursday night's game against the Jets. His absence would leave Baltimore with TEs Hayden Hurst and Nick Boyle.

Buffalo
11:10am EDT 10/7/18

Ravens TE Hayden Hurst (foot) is active for today’s game against the Browns. It’s unclear how big a role the rookie will play in his debut. Hurst would be a flier in fantasy lineups today.

The Ravens expect rookie TE Hayden Hurst (foot) to play Sunday against the Browns "and even start," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. We'll watch to see the 1st-round pick's role in his return, but there are TE targets available. Maxx Williams, Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle have combined for 41 targets -- a 23.4% share -- all falling between 12 and 16 looks so far.

Ravens TE Hayden Hurst (foot) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Browns. We're expecting him to make his debut in this one but will find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. Hurst would be a flier in Week 5 fantasy lineups, but he could quickly become a viable spot-start option.

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