Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Football News | Shark Bites

Seahawks RB Mike Davis (groin) is listed as doubtful for Week 12. He didn’t practice all week and won’t play against the 49ers on Sunday. RBs Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls and J.D. McKissic figure to be active in Seattle’s backfield. McKissic is the most intriguing fantasy play at this point — especially against a ‘Niners defense ranked dead last in receiving yards allowed to RBs.

Seahawks HC Pete Carroll on Tuesday called RB Mike Davis (groin) "unlikely" to play against the 49ers this weekend. Considering the rose-colored glasses Carroll is always wearing, consider Davis out for Week 12. It's a tough break for a guy who gave Seattle's backfield a bit of a spark on Monday night. RB Thomas Rawls figures to be active again this weekend, but neither he nor Eddie Lacy can be trusted in fantasy lineups. J.D. McKissic is the closest thing to a fantasy option in the Seahawks' backfield right now.

The Seahawks started recently signed RB Mike Davis in Monday night's loss to the Falcons, even with Eddie Lacy back from his groin injury. Davis carried 6 times for 18 yards and produced a pair of big gains on screen passes but then left in the 3rd quarter with a groin strain. According to the Seattle Times, Davis "thinks he'll be OK" but will have an MRI this week. If Davis proves ready for Sunday's visit to San Francisco, there could be some deep appeal for fantasy owners. The Niners present the league's best scoring matchup for RBs.

The forecast for today's Falcons-Jets game calls for a 100% chance of rain with 17-20 mph winds. The weather will definitely impact this game -- and probably more so for a dome team in Atlanta. We've moved passing-game guys and kickers in this game down the Week 8 Rankings.

The Chargers have cut K Younghoe Koo. He connected of just 3 of 6 FG attempts, although all 3 of his misses came in the first 2 weeks. Los Angeles has signed K Nick Novak to replace Koo. The 36-year-old made 85.4% of his FG attempts for Houston last year and will be a spot-start option in plus matchups.

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon (ankle) is inactive for tonight's game against the Cowboys. There had been hope he'd be ready to make his 2017 debut vs. Dallas, but Bucannon clearly needs more time. We'll need to see him in at least 1 game before putting him into any IDP lineups. Don't be surprised if he returns to a limited role early on.

Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon is expected to make his season debut Monday against the Cowboys. According to Mike Jurecki of 98.7 FM in Arizona, Bucannon will be on a snap count in his return game. The veteran put in limited practices all week and missed the full offseason, training camp and preseason following ankle surgery. Karlos Dansby remains the only usable Cardinals ILB in IDP leagues.

The Chargers are sticking with K Younghoe Koo, HC Anthony Lynn said Monday. The rookie missed the would-have-been game-winning 44-yard FG on Sunday. He missed a 43-yarder earlier in the game and had a 44-yarder blocked in the opener. Koo's leash can't be very long at this point. Find a safer option for your Week 3 fantasy lineups.

Titans S Johnathan Cyprien suffered a hamstring strain in the 4th quarter of Sunday's loss to the Raiders and will miss "a few weeks," HC Mike Mularkey said at his Monday press conference. Da'Norris Searcy is expected to step into the lineup for Cyprien. He started most of last season but was not much of an IDP option.

The Cardinals have ruled LB Deone Bucannon out for Sunday's game at Detroit. It's not surprising after he missed practice all week. We'll see if the veteran is ready to participate in Week 2. Rookie Haason Reddick figures to start in his place after spending training camp and the preseason working there.

After releasing kicker Josh Lambo, the Chargers are poised to role with Younghoe Koo atop the depth chart. A UDFA from Georgia Southern, Koo made just 1 FG this preseason (27 yards). He went 3 for 3 on XPs. We’d take a wait-and-see approach here, but the Chargers’ loaded offense certainly provides fantasy upside.

Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon returned to actual practice Tuesday for the 1st time since having ankle surgery back in May. "He's right on schedule," HC Bruce Arians said, per 98.7 FM in Arizona. "He's got to get in football shape real fast." The coach said they'll need to track Bucannon's progress, but the plan is reportedly for him to start next to Karlos Dansby in Week 1 at Detroit if the veteran proves ready. We wouldn't bet on a full load of snaps right away after such a long layoff, however. Look for rookie Haason Reddick -- who has been filling in for Bucannon -- to mix in. Dansby looks like the best IDP bet among the 3 to open the year.

The Cardinals on Tuesday activated LB Deone Bucannon off the PUP list, but he's not yet practicing. The team website reports that HC Bruce Arians wanted Bucannon active so that he could participate in walkthroughs, with the hope that the LB will be ready to practice next week. “We haven’t been counting on Deone,” Arians said. “That’s going to be a blessing (if he plays).” Bucannon has been out since spring ankle surgery and makes for a high-risk pick in IDP leagues.

Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon recently had surgery to repair the ankle injury that landed him on IR in December. Bucannon played through the issue for much of the year, according to the team website, before missing the final 3 games. He hoped to be able to rehab the injury without surgery but finally had to go under the knife. “We think, if everything goes perfect, he’ll be ready,” HC Bruce Arians said, referring to the start of the regular season. “But there’s always that chance that it won’t.” We'll see this summer how perfectly everything works out. In the meantime, rookie Haason Reddick is expected to work in Bucannon's spot.

The Seahawks claimed RB Mike Davis off waivers from the 49ers on Monday. A 4th-round pick 2 years ago, Davis averaged just 2.0 yards per carry on 52 attempts and caught 10 of 18 targets over the past 2 seasons. He doesn't look like a good bet to make Seattle's roster, assuming Eddie Lacy's ankle is ready to go.

The Raiders have signed WR Cordarrelle Patterson to a 2-year deal. A mega-bust former 1st-rounder, Patterson failed to reach 500 yards or 5 TDs in any of his 4 seasons in Minnesota. He actually set a career high with 52 catches this past year, but they amounted to just 453 yards (8.7 YPC) and 2 TDs. Now he joins a Raiders squad that saw WRs Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree hog 46.5% of the targets last season. Patterson will battle for the #3 WR gig with Seth Robert, who garnered just 12.9% of the targets (77 total) in 2016. Patterson is unlikely to come into fantasy value in Oakland, outside of return-yardage leagues.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that former Jaguars S Jonathan Cyprien has reached a deal with the Titans. Cyprien heads to a defense that supplied little fantasy football production from safeties in recent seasons. DC Dick LeBeau's system also didn't tend to produce big tackle numbers from the safeties. That category has driven Cyprien's IDP value to date, so it's tough to like his outlook. Unless his ADP falls, we'd bet on Cyprien being overrated in 2017 drafts.

The 2016 Falcons led the league in scoring and finished 2nd in total yards. So, not surprisingly, they don't want to alter the offense, despite the departure of OC Kyle Shanahan. "We love the way that we attack, and it took a lot of work to put that system in place," HC Dan Quinn said. "Along with [GM Thomas Dimitroff], we have a real emphasis now on how we can fit guys into that system. It's very important that we stay consistent with that." In theory, it's good news for QB Matt Ryan and Atlanta's skill-position guys. But we'll see exactly how similar the offense is under new OC Steve Sarkisian.

The Falcons are set to hire Steve Sarkisian as their new OC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 42-year-old has spent the bulk of his coaching career so far in the NCAA. His only NFL experience was as the Raiders' QB coach in 2004. (Kerry Collins was his starter.) Sarkisian has loads of talent to work with in Atlanta. But, at least on paper, he's a significant downgrade from Kyle Shanahan.

The Cardinals on Tuesday placed LB Deone Bucannon on IR with an ankle injury. The team website lists Sio Moore -- previously with the Colts and Chiefs -- as the next guy up at Bucannon's spot. Moore has showed the ability to post numbers, but this isn't the time of year to bet on unknown playing time, especially for a guy who has already been dumped by 2 other teams this season.

 
 
 

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