Shark Bites

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.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Bucs. He ends up missing 5 of the season’s final 6 games. Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage will again operate as Atlanta’s top 2 WRs this weekend.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage will continue to operate as Atlanta’s top 2 WRs. Jones’ absence makes Matt Ryan a shaky QB1 play.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. Interim HC Raheem Morris said Jones is "a bit closer" to returning but wouldn't commit to him playing vs. the Chiefs this weekend. We'll continue to track his progress, but fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on Jones in Week 16 lineups.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Falcons WR Julio Jones is still hoping to play again this season, despite a lingering hamstring injury and his team being out of playoff contention. Jones recently received a platelet-rich plasma injection in that bum hamstring in hopes of speeding up the healing process. We'll see if he can make it back for next weekend's game vs. the Chiefs.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. WR Calvin Ridley will continue to serve as Atlanta’s alpha, with Russell Gage as the #2 WR. QB Matt Ryan has been unusable in fantasy without Julio this season.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. “We’ll take Julio as far as we can take him each week to see if we can get him to play and be productive,” interim HC Raheem Morris said. “If we can’t, we’ll just have to move on for that week and give him another opportunity the following week. We’ll see where he is this week.” We'll continue to keep an eye on Jones, but fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on him in Week 15 lineups.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is out for Sunday's game against the Chargers. It looks like he suffered a setback with that hammy this week. Atlanta's passing game has struggled without Jones this season, so downgrade QB Matt Ryan. WR Calvin Ridley, WR Russell Gage and TE Hayden Hurst should get target boosts with Jones out.

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Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is active for today’s game vs. the Saints. He only got in limited practices on Wednesday and Friday, so don’t expect him to be at 100% for this one. That leaves Julio as a risk/reward WR2 in fantasy lineups.

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Falcons RB Todd Gurley (knee) is active for today’s game against the Saints. He got in just 2 limited practices this week and probably still isn’t at 100%. He’s a weak fantasy play vs. New Orleans’ top-ranked RB defense.

Falcons RB Todd Gurley (knee) is expected to return for today's game vs. the Saints, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He got in just 2 limited practices this week, and it's unclear if he'll be ready for his usual role. That -- plus the matchup vs. the league's top-ranked RB defense -- leaves Gurley as just a RB3 or flex play.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is expected to play against the Saints today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Jones got in just 2 limited practices this week, so don't expect him to be at 100% today. It makes Jones more of a risk/reward WR2 than his usual WR1 status. His return is good news for QB Matt Ryan.

Falcons RB Todd Gurley (knee) is questionable for this weekend’s game against the Saints after getting in limited practices on Wednesday and Friday. It’s unclear if he’ll be able to play his normal role if he ends up active. Try to avoid Atlanta’s backfield vs. New Orleans’ top-ranked RB defense.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Saints. He got in limited practices on Wednesday and Friday and said Friday that he was feeling good. We’ll continue to look for updates on Jones and will get his game status around 11:30 am ET on Sunday.

After putting in a limited practice on Wednesday, Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) did not practice on Thursday. No bueno. Fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on Jones in Week 13 fantasy lineups. His absence would keep Matt Ryan well outside QB1 territory in the rankings.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hamstring) will remain limited in Wednesday's practice, HC Raheem Morris said. Jones put in limited practices last Wednesday and Thursday before missing Friday's practice and the Raiders game. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Falcons RB Todd Gurley (knee) will be limited in Wednesday's practice, HC Raheem Morris said. It's an upgrade from last week, when Gurley didn't practice at all. We'll keep an eye on his progress over the next couple of days.

Falcons WR Calvin Ridley got his left ankle twisted on a 3rd-quarter catch against the Raiders on Sunday. We'll pass along an update on his status when we get one.

Update: Ridley was able to return after missing just 1 play.

Falcons WR Olamide Zaccheaus is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Raiders with a toe injury. He was filling in for the injured Julio Jones. We'll update his status when we know more.

Falcons DE Dante Fowler (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Raiders. Fowler hasn't played since Week 8, which makes an already low-floor option even riskier.

 
 
 

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