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Falcons OLB Vic Beasley will make his return against the Dolphins today. It'll be his 1st action since a partial hamstring tear suffered in Week 2. We wouldn't push him back into IDP lineups yet, as we could see limited snaps in the return game. But getting Beasley back undoubtedly helps the sack outlook for an otherwise weak Atlanta pass rush.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) was limited in practice all week but isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’s good to go for Sunday’s game against a leaky Dolphins pass defense.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) was limited for the 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He's fully expected to play against the Dolphins this weekend, but it'd be nice to see him put in a full practice on Friday.

Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) was on the field for the start of Wednesday's practice. It's confirmation that he's on track to play vs. Miami this weekend. As usual, Jones will be a high-upside WR1 for that game.

Falcons OLB Vic Beasley put in a limited practice Monday for the 1st time since suffering a slight hamstring tear in Week 2, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. We'll see whether Beasley is ready for game action in Week 6, but don't be surprised if the team eases him back.

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.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Falcons don't expect WR Julio Jones to miss any games. He's dealing with a hip flexor injury but gets a well-timed Week 5 bye. We'll keep a close eye on Jones when Atlanta returns to work next week, but owners can tentatively plan on getting him back for Week 6.

Falcons WR Julio Jones exited in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Bills with a hip injury. He was shown heading back to the locker room with trainers. We'll update his status when we know more.

Update: Jones has been ruled out for the rest of the game.

Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Monday that WR Julio Jones is dealing with a lower-back injury. Quinn said Jones will be limited in practice this week but expressed no concern about his availability for Sunday's game against the Bills, per ESPN's Vaughn McClure. We'll keep an eye on the situation. Jones played a season-high 85.3% of Atlanta's offensive snaps and tallied a 7-91 line on 12 targets in the win over the Lions.

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.

Falcons OLB Vic Beasley suffered a "slight tear" in his right hamstring in Sunday night's win over the Packers, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. The injury is expected to cost him at least a month. That removes the top pass rusher from a defense that already delivers inconsistent pocket pressure. Fortunately for fantasy owners, neither Beasley nor the Atlanta defense generally make for terrific starting options.

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.

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.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman has received full clearance from his concussion, HC Dan Quinn said Tuesday. We'll file this away in case Freeman suffers another head injury at some point, but his fantasy stock is unaffected for now.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) will return to individual drills in Monday's practice, HC Dan Quinn said. “He’s still going through the protocol and part of that is returning to practice,” Quinn added. “He’ll do some individual work ... He’ll start the return to play process with us.” Freeman still hasn't received full clearance but is trending in that direction. He has 13 days before the opener. We haven't moved him down the RB rankings.

Falcons HC Dan Quinn revealed on Monday that RB Devonta Freeman is in the concussion protocol. Freeman departed practice on Sunday. “I didn’t think he was going to come back,” Quinn said after Sunday's practice. “He had some heat stuff that he dealt with from the first practice and again (Sunday.)” We'll update Freeman's status when we learn more.

The Falcons and RB Devonta Freeman have agreed to a 5-year, $41.25 million extension, according to NFL Network's Michael Silver. That $8.25 million annual average makes Freeman the highest-paid RB in the league. The extension locks him up in Atlanta through the 2022 season. Freeman will be 31 years old when the deal expires. This stabilizes the dynasty value of a RB who's finished top 6 in both PPR and non-PPR scoring the past 2 seasons. It also puts a dent in RB Tevin Coleman's ceiling. He's signed in Atlanta for another 2 seasons.

Falcons WR Julio Jones joined team drills Wednesday for the 1st time in training camp, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. More importantly, it marked his 1st full practice since the latest procedure on his left foot back in March. Jones said through the offseason that the operation wasn't a big deal, but it'll be nice to see him prove it on the field over the next few weeks. Of course, we already didn't have any trouble taking him in the middle of Round 1 of fantasy football drafts this year.

Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Wednesday that WR Julio Jones (foot) will be limited to begin training camp. That he'll be out there at all this early on is a good sign. Jones is returning from surgery to remove a bunion from his left foot on March 6. There's been nothing to suggest that it'll be an issue when Week 1 rolls around.

New Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian is looking to get WR Julio Jones more red zone targets this season. "When you have a player like Julio, it's making sure we maximize his opportunities because there is so much double-coverage, there are so many unique coverages that roll his way that when we don't get that, let's make sure he's one of the primary receivers on that play because it is such a tough matchup for anybody one on one," Sarkisian said. Hallelujah! Jones' 9 red zone targets last year ranked 6th on his own team. That number deserves to at least double in 2017. (Jordy Nelson led the league last year with 29 red zone looks.) A spike in TD production should follow for Jones, who scored just 6 times last year.


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