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Falcons QB Matt Ryan was an efficient 18-of-28 for 237 yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs in Sunday's dismantling of the Rams. The performance was even more impressive considering stud WR Julio Jones was sidelined. Ryan connected with 8 different pass-catchers, but none had more than 4 receptions. He found WR Justin Hardy and RB Tevin Coleman for short scores and then connected with WR Taylor Gabriel for a 64-yard bomb. Jones' availability and effectiveness going forward remains uncertain, but Ryan's performance in this one should make you feel better about using him the rest of the way. The matchups help, too: home for the 49ers' 29th-ranked QB defense next week and then at Carolina's 26th-ranked unit in Week 16.

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (concussion) is active for tonight’s matchup with Chicago. Patterson has emerged over his last 2 games, snagging 11 of 13 targets for 106 yards and 2 scores.

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (concussion) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Bears. He returned to a limited practice on Saturday, so he's making progress through the league's protocol. We might not know his official status until 7 pm ET on Monday, though. He needs to be on fantasy benches.

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson missed Thursday's practice with a concussion. It's the 1st we've heard of it, but it has Patterson iffy for Monday night's game against the Bears. We'll have another update tomorrow.

The forecast for today's Falcons-Seahawks game calls for a 50% chance of rain with winds of 11-15 mph. That's not quite enough for us to alter our projections, but you could certainly use it as a tiebreaker when considering guys from these 2 passing and kicking games. The weather is a bigger concern for the Falcons, who play their home games in a dome.

Falcons LB De'Vondre Campbell (ankle) put in a full practice Friday after limited workouts the previous 2 days. He has been out since suffering his injury in practice heading into Week 2 but could be busy in coverage against TE Jimmy Graham -- among other things -- Sunday in Seattle. Atlanta also expects to have LB Deion Jones (ankle) available after he missed last week's game. Jones put in limited practices all week. The team website reports that both will be a "full go" against the Seahawks.

Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson injured his hip in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Texans. He's questionable to return. Patterson had 3 catches for 30 yards before exiting.

Update: Patterson returned for the 2nd half.

The Falcons have ruled LB Deion Jones (right ankle) out for Sunday's game at Denver, along with LBs De'Vondre Campbell and Paul Worrilow. Atlanta, of course, previously placed LB Sean Weatherspoon on IR (Achilles' tear) as well. That will leave LaRoy Reynolds starting in Jones' place. There's certainly tackle upside to Reynolds, but don't overplay him in your IDP leagues.

Falcons S Dashon Goldson is active for today’s game against the Bucs after entering the weekend questionable with a hamstring injury. The situation still makes him a risky start. We’d opt for a sturdier option if you can get one. Check our DB rankings for options.

Falcons HC Dan Quinn confirmed Monday that he'll start rookie LBs Deion Jones and De'Vondre Campbell in Week 1, according to Knox Bardeen of 92.9 The Game in Atlanta. Jones has passed Paul Worrilow at ILB, while Campbell has overtaken Sean Weatherspoon on the weak side. Quinn said Worrilow and Weatherspoon will still get snaps, which could cut into the upside of the rookies. We'll see exactly what the roles look like as we get into the regular season. But Jones and Campbell are the far more exciting athletes, so it's nice to see them get the starting gigs from the beginning.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota had more good things to say about rookie WR Tajae Sharpe on Sunday, according to NFL Network's Rand Getlin: “[Tajae] makes it easy...creates separation in and out of [routes]...going to continue to expect these kinds of things out of him.” It can only help a receiver when his QB knows what to expect from him. Each passing week makes Sharpe look more intriguing at the late-round draft price he has continued to carry.

Titans WR Tajae Sharpe hauled in 6 balls for 68 yards in Saturday's preseason game. All 6 grabs came from QB Marcus Mariota, who said afterward that Sharpe has "made it easy to trust him." HC Mike Mularkey added that the rookie has "gained the trust of the coaching staff." This all follows what's reportedly been an impressive spring and summer for Sharpe. He appears locked in to 1 of the starting outside WR spots and has a shot to lead Titans WRs in fantasy points.

Lance Moore's illustrious Falcons career is over. The WR announced his retirement 3 days after signing with Atlanta. Justin Hardy remains the favorite for the #3 WR gig behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu.

The Tennessean reports that Titans rookie WR Tajae Sharpe continues to work with the 1st team, ahead of incumbent former 2nd-round picks Dorial Green-Beckham and Justin Hunter. “I would put him in the category of a natural football player who understands the game,” WRs coach Bob Bratkowski said. “He operates at a level of a third-year professional. He’s got it figured out. He knows what it takes to be a pro, which is rare for a rookie.” That doesn't sound like a guy who's about to cede his spot -- or a coach who's apprehensive about starting a 5th-round pick right away. The Tennessee offense doesn't sparkle with fantasy promise, but Sharpe's all upside with an ADP at the Round 19-20 turn. He's only even getting picked at all in about 32% of MFL10 drafts right now.

Titans rookie WR Tajae Sharpe is off to a strong start in spring practices. “He’s been the most consistent (receiver)," HC Mike Mularkey said. "And we’re letting guys who have been the most consistent get more reps.” Sharpe has worked in with the 1st-team offense in OTAs and minicamps. The 5th-rounder is a lanky 6’2, 194 pounds with subpar athleticism. But he racked up 196 catches, 2,600 yards and 12 scores over the past 2 seasons at UMass. Sharpe will head to training camp behind at least Dorial Green-Beckham, Kendall Wright and Rishard Matthews on the depth chart, but none of those guys are locked into roles. The rookie will be worth monitoring this summer.

The Titans added WR Tajae Sharpe in the 5th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. A stat-piling machine at UMass, Sharpe totaled 196 catches, 2,600 yards and 12 scores over the past 2 seasons. He’s a rangy 6’2, 194-pounder but finished with a SPARQ score in the 17th percentile among WRs. The good news is that there’s opportunity in Tennessee. Dorial Green-Beckham remains unproven, and Kendall Wright will hit free agency next offseason.

The Falcons have spent a 2nd-round pick on LB Deion Jones. The former LSU 'backer should compete for a starting job right away with Paul Worrilow and Sean Weatherspoon the top options currently on the roster. Jones spent just 1 full season starting for the Tigers, however. A smallish, speedy player with 5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss among 88 total tackles last year, Jones might be a top 5 LB in IDP dynasty rookie drafts.

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said Wednesday that if Cordarrelle Patterson is going to develop into a starting WR, "this is the year he has to do it."  The 2013 1st-round pick has been trending in the wrong direction, with his catches sinking from 45 to 33 to 2.  "I don't know if it's gonna happen," Zimmer added.  "I hope it does for our sake."  Minnesota isn't counting on Patterson emerging and fantasy owners shouldn't be either.  There is at least opportunity in an unproven WR corps that includes Stefon Diggs, Jarius Wright and Charles Johnson.

The Falcons on Monday released S William Moore and OLB Justin Durant. Moore will turn 31 in May and lost a combined 14 games to injuries over the past 2 seasons. He has played more than 12 games in just 2 of his 7 pro campaigns. Durant -- who will turn 31 in September -- missed 3 games last year and has reached 14 games only twice in 9 NFL seasons. Neither makes for an attractive free agent, and their departures don't alter the outlook for an Atlanta D that didn't do much well in 2015. The move freed up about $5.8 million in cap space, according to The Associated Press, while generating a $4.1 million hit on the team's 2016 cap.

Bengals HC Marvin Lewis confirmed on Tuesday that the team is preparing to start QB A.J. McCarron in Saturday night's game against the Steelers.  QB Andy Dalton is out of his cast but is unlikely to receive full clearance by the weekend.  McCarron has been solid in relief over the last 4 weeks, completing 66% of his passes with 6 TDs and 2 INTs.  That includes a 280-2-2 line vs. Pittsburgh.  The playoffs are a different animal, though.  McCarron will be a risk/reward DFS play in the Wild Card Round.

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