The Falcons surprisingly left LB Foye Oluokun off the final injury report for Monday night's game against the Packers. Oluokun managed only limited practices all week coming off a hamstring injury that knocked him out of the Week 2 loss at Dallas and kept him out for Week 3. It looks like Atlanta expects Oluokun to return to the starting lineup -- in place of Mykal Walker -- at Green Bay. We've added him to the Week 4 LB rankings.
Falcons WR Russell Gage (concussion) put in a full practice on Friday. Barring a setback, he's on track to play against the Packers on Monday night. Gage's fantasy value will depend on whether Julio Jones and/or Calvin Ridley suit up.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley returned to a limited practice on Friday -- although he's now listed on the injury report with ankle and calf issues. Check back tomorrow for another update on his status for Monday night's game against the Packers.
Falcons WR Russell Gage (concussion) put in a limited practice on Thursday. That means he's made some progress through the protocol. We'll see if Gage can get full clearance ahead of Monday night's game against the Packers.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (ankle) did not practice on Thursday. It's the 1st we've heard of an ankle issue after Ridley played a full allotment of snaps in last week's loss to the Bears. This might just be a day off for Ridley, but check back tomorrow for another update. He has an extra day to get ready for Monday night's game vs. Green Bay.
The Falcons signed K Elliott Fry. He'll replace K Younghoe Koo (groin) for at least Monday night's game against the Packers. Fry is a fine Week 4 replacement for Koo owners.
Falcons K Younghoe Koo played through a groin strain in Sunday's loss to the Bears but is expected to "miss some time" going forward, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The team reportedly might consider short-term IR for Koo. Expect a kicker tryout and/or signing before practice starts for Atlanta this week.
Falcons WR Russell Gage sustained a concussion in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Bears. We'll track his progress through the protocol this coming week.
Falcons DE Dante Fowler (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Bears. He missed practice all week, though, and looks like a poor IDP option. DE Takk McKinley (groin) and LB Foye Oluokun are inactive.
Falcons DE Dante Fowler (ankle) and DE Takk McKinley (groin) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears. McKinley missed practice all week and looks like a bad bet to play. Fowler missed the first 2 days before returning for a limited Friday. Neither should be in your IDP lineups, if you can help it. Elsewhere on the Atlanta defense, S Ricardo Allen (elbow) is out and LB Foye Oluokun (hamstring) is questionable. Oluokun missed Wednesday's practice but returned for limited workouts the past 2 days. There's upside to him in deeper IDP leagues, but obvious re-injury risk with the hamstring.
ESPN's David Newton believes RB Mike Davis "might have the edge" for the Panthers' #2 RB job. His competition is Reggie Bonnafon and Jordan Scarlett. The battle is irrelevant as long as RB Christian McCaffrey is healthy, of course. We wouldn't bother spending a pick to "handcuff" CMC at this point.
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 Falcons traded up in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft to take DT Marlon Davidson out of Auburn. Davidson showed the ability to play end or tackle in college. After playing at about 275 pounds last season, he weighed 303 at the Combine and then ran a 5.04-second 40. So Davidson is a DT with pass-rushing upside joining a defense that could use it. He tallied 6.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss as a senior. Davidson also finished each of his 4 seasons in the 38-48 tackle range and deflected 9 passes for his career.
The Falcons selected Clemson CB A.J. Terrell with the 16th pick of the NFL Draft. Terrell totaled 5 INTs over 2 starting seasons but just 6 other pass breakups. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. said Terrell needs to work on his tackling, while Louis Riddick cited inconsistency in his performance. Terrell joins an Atlanta secondary that needs him to start immediately, though. That will help his chances of quickly putting up numbers.
The Falcons have reached a 3-year deal with EDGE Dante Fowler worth up to $48 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Fowler was a bust in Jacksonville after arriving as the 3rd pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. But he rebounded with the Rams, delivering 11.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss and 16 QB hits last season. Fowler will be just 26 when the season begins. If he can continue performing the way he did as a Ram, Fowler would help Atlanta and be fantasy relevant. He'll carry more IDP upside if his new situation means a DL designation. The Rams, meanwhile, signed EDGE Leonard Floyd to a 1-year deal to take Fowler's place. The Bears dumped Floyd this week, but he arrives with more production behind him than Fowler brought with him from Jacksonville.
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.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Falcons WR Calvin Ridley will miss the rest of the season with the abdominal injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the Panthers. That leaves playing time and targets available for WRs Russell Gage and Christian Blake, though a Week 15 trip to San Francisco leaves us unexcited. A home date with Jacksonville in Week 16 looks more attractive, as does a Week 17 trip to Tampa Bay if your league plays that long.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley was knocked out in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Panthers with an abdominal injury. We'll look for more information on his status.
The Panthers claimed RB Mike Davis off waivers. He's obviously no threat to Christian McCaffrey, but Davis might be the favorite for touches over Reggie Bonnafon if McCaffrey goes down.
The Bears have released RB Mike Davis. He's totaled just 3 carries and 1 target over the past 5 games, so there's no fantasy impact here in Chicago. Davis, though, could gain fantasy value if he lands somewhere like Detroit or Miami.
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