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Falcons TE Kyle Pitts had his best receiving line of the season so far, with 5 catches for 87 yards in Sunday's win over the Seahawks. His 8 targets led the team and accounted for 40% of QB Marcus Mariota's total pass attempts. The downside: Pitts saw his playing time decrease in 2-WR sets. He played in 64 of 74 such snaps through the first 2 games (86.5%). That rate dipped to 54.3% at Seattle, according to Pro Football Focus numbers. WR Drake London followed with 6 targets, the only other Falcon to draw more than 2. Mariota threw for 229 yards and a TD to London on his 20 attempts. He added a 1-yard TD on the ground in the 1st quarter.

Falcons RB Cordarrelle Patterson ran for 141 yards and a TD on 17 carries in Sunday's win over the Seahawks. He ceded just 7 other rushing attempts to Tyler Allgeier (6) and Avery Williams (1). Patterson again didn't see much receiving work. He garnered 1 target for the 2nd straight game and ran just 2 more routes than the combined total for Allgeier and Williams. We're not sure Patterson is built to regularly log 17+ carries, as he has in 2 of the 1st 3 games. But we'll take the production from a guy whose ADP sat well outside of starter range in fantasy football drafts. A decent Week 4 matchup with Cleveland gives way to tougher defenses from Tampa Bay and San Francisco the following 2 games.

Falcons rookie WR Drake London absorbed 12 targets in Sunday's loss to the Rams, accounting for 46% of the team's total pass attempts. he caught 8 for 86 yards and 1 of QB Marcus Mariota's 2 TD passes. (Olamide Zaccheaus snagged the other.) No other Falcon topped 3 targets in the game, with TE Kyle Pitts tying WR KhaDarel Hodge for that #2 spot. Pitts caught 2 for 19 yards. His playing time remained strong, as Pitts played 7 more snaps and ran 1 more route than London. We'll need more than that going forward, though. Matchups with Seattle and Cleveland the next 2 weeks have potential to help.

Falcons RB Cordarrelle Patterson ran for 41 yards on 10 carries in Sunday's loss to the Rams. Atlanta trailed for most of the game, which didn't help. But Patterson also watched rookie RB Tyler Allgeier match his carry total. Patterson added just 1 target among 13 routes. Allgeier, Avery Williams and Caleb Huntley combined to run 11 routes. We'd like to see more separation for Patterson in at least 1 of the 2 areas -- especially the passing game -- vs. the rest of the backfield. There's some sell potential here, with proximity still to his big Week 1 and/or if he has big games in matchups with Seattle and Cleveland the next 2 weeks.

With Damien Williams on short-term IR with a rib injury, Falcons rookie RB Tyler Allgeier got his 1st pro action in Sunday's loss to the Rams. Allgeier matched RB Cordarrelle Patterson for the team carry lead (10), turning that into just 30 yards. He ran 5 routes but didn't get a target. Allgeier trailed only Patterson in playing time, with Avery Williams and Caleb Huntley factoring in behind them. Patterson ran for 41 yards on 10 attempts and garnered just 1 target (no catches).

Falcons WR Drake London drew 12 targets among just 26 Marcus Mariota pass attempts in Sunday's loss to the Rams. London racked up an 8-86-1 receiving line, while no teammate drew more than 3 looks. Through 2 games, the rookie has garnered 32.2% of Atlanta's total pass attempts. TE Kyle Pitts got just 3 targets against the Rams, tying WR KhaDarel Hodge for 2nd on the team. Pitts caught 2 for 19 yards.

The Falcons placed RB Damien Williams on IR with his rib injury. He's out for at least the next 4 games and can be dropped from fantasy rosters. Rookie RB Tyler Allgeier now has a nice opportunity to carve out a role behind RB Cordarrelle Patterson.

Falcons RB Damien Williams (ribs) is out for this weekend’s game vs. the Rams. That should mean that RB Tyler Allgeier makes his NFL debut on Sunday, but it’s unclear how big a role the rookie will play. Cordarrelle Patterson remains the only Atlanta RB worth using in fantasy lineups.

Falcons RB Damien Williams (rib) missed practice again on Thursday. He's in danger of missing this weekend's game vs. the Rams. Ashtun Edmonds of the team's official website confirms that RB Tyler Allgeier would "step into the running back rotation" if Williams can't play on Sunday.

Falcons RB Damien Williams (ribs) didn't practice on Wednesday. If he's unable to play vs. the Rams this weekend, we'd expect RB Tyler Allgeier to be active -- but for RB Cordarrelle Patterson to dominate backfield work.

Falcons rookie WR Drake London led the team in catches (5) and receiving yards (74) in Sunday's narrow loss to the Saints, despite entering the weekend questionable with a knee issue. London matched TE Kyle Pitts for the team target lead at 7. That accounted for 21.2% of the team's 33 pass attempts in the game, which would be a good level for both players. They'll need better QB efficiency than Sunday's 6.5 yards per attempt (and 0 TD passes) to capitalize, though.

Falcons QB Marcus Mariota was Atlanta's 2nd-leading rusher in Sunday's narrow loss to the Saints, taking 12 rushing attempts for 72 yards. That trailed Cordarrelle Patterson's 22-120-1 rushing line, but no other Atlanta player carried more than twice. Mariota even scored from 2 yards out in the 3rd quarter. That strong rushing line accompanied just 215 passing yards with no TDs. So Mariota will need to do more on the passing side to make him truly fantasy viable. But the rushing will be key if he is to work his way to starter consideration.

Falcons Swiss Army knife Cordarrelle Patterson racked up 22-120-1 on the ground in Sunday's narrow loss to the Saints, adding 3-16 receiving on 5 targets. Damien Williams' rib injury certainly didn't hurt. Rookie Tyler Allgeier was a healthy scratch, and Avery Williams claimed the only 2 other RB carries (beyond the 2 for Damien Williams). Atlanta would probably like to limit Patterson's touches more than that going forward -- especially on the ground. But the team might not have a choice until someone else in the backfield steps up.

Falcons RB Damien Williams left Sunday’s game with a rib injury. With Tyler Allgeier inactive, the Falcons are down to Cordarrelle Patterson and Avery Williams at RB.

Falcons RB Tyler Allgeier is a healthy scratch for today’s opener vs. the Saints. It’s only a minor surprise if you were paying attention to the preseason, when Allgeier was clearly behind RBs Cordarrelle Patterson and Damien Williams. The rookie is worth stashing in fantasy leagues of 12+ teams but probably won’t be a fantasy factor any time soon.

11:33am EDT 9/11/22

Falcons WR Drake London (ankle) is active for today’s opener vs. the Saints. The rookie was limited in practice all week coming off his August 12 knee injury, so it’s unclear if he’s ready for a full slate of snaps today. London would be a risky Week 1 fantasy play.

Falcons WR Drake London (knee) is expected to play vs. the Saints today, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. London was limited in practice all week after his August 12 knee injury, so it's unclear if he'll be ready for a full workload. We'd try not to use London in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Falcons WR Drake London (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's opener vs. the Saints. The rookie was limited in practice all week coming off his August 12 knee injury. HC Arthur Smith said a final decision on London's Week 1 status will come on Saturday. Even if he plays, it's tough to imagine London being ready for a full-time role. We'd try not to use him in Week 1 fantasy lineups.

Falcons HC Arthur Smith said the team will make a decision on WR Drake London's Week 1 status on Saturday. The rookie has been limited in practice so far this week after injuring his knee in the preseason opener. Even if London plays vs. the Saints this weekend, there's a chance that he's limited after missing so much time. We'd keep him on fantasy benches.

Falcons WR Drake London (knee) remained limited in Thursday's practice. We'll see what he's able to do tomorrow and how he's listed on the final injury report for this weekend's opener vs. the Saints.

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