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Falcons RB Tyler Allgeier is a healthy scratch for today’s opener vs. the Saints. It’s only a minor surprise if you were paying attention to the preseason, when Allgeier was clearly behind RBs Cordarrelle Patterson and Damien Williams. The rookie is worth stashing in fantasy leagues of 12+ teams but probably won’t be a fantasy factor any time soon.

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Falcons RB Tyler Allgeier led the backfield in playing time and rushing work in the 1st game since RB Cordarrelle Patterson landed on IR. Allgeier drew 13 of the team's 24 RB rushes, totaling 45 yards but losing the only rushing score to Avery Williams. That came on 1 of 3 attempts for Williams. Caleb Huntley took the other 8 carries for 34 yards. Williams also claimed the backfield's only 2 targets, but Allgeier beat him 19-8 in routes run, according to Pro Football Focus. Week 6 brings another difficult RB matchup in the 49ers. Allgeier should be the RB target if you need someone from the Atlanta backfield, but don't expect him to crack the top 24 in our Week 6 RB rankings.

With Damien Williams on short-term IR with a rib injury, Falcons rookie RB Tyler Allgeier got his 1st pro action in Sunday's loss to the Rams. Allgeier matched RB Cordarrelle Patterson for the team carry lead (10), turning that into just 30 yards. He ran 5 routes but didn't get a target. Allgeier trailed only Patterson in playing time, with Avery Williams and Caleb Huntley factoring in behind them. Patterson ran for 41 yards on 10 attempts and garnered just 1 target (no catches).

The Falcons rested RBs Cordarrelle Patterson and Damien Williams for Saturday night's preseason finale against the Titans. Rookie Tyler Allgeier opened in the backfield, with Qadree Allison and Caleb Huntley working in early. That usage makes it appear that Williams will enter the season ahead of Allgeier in line for carries. We'll see whether the rookie can work his way up. If he is 3rd at the moment, that would at least mark progress from how the preseason started. This looks like a backfield to avoid beyond Patterson for now.

Josh Kendall of The Athletic believe’s there’a “scenario in which RB Tyler Allgeier becomes Atlanta’s starting RB” in 2022. Kendall points out the rookie’s “physical style,” one that was unmistakable on tape. With hybrid Cordarrelle Patterson and Damien Williams as top competition, it certainly wouldn’t surprise us if Allgeier eventually sees starter-level work. We’ll be tracking all of the action closely as training camps begin to open league-wide.

BYU RB Tyler Allgeier went to the Falcons in Round 5 of the NFL Draft. Allgeier arrived at BYU as a non-scholarship player who spent time at both RB and LB. He eventually earned a scholarship, though, and topped 1,100 rushing yards each of his final 2 seasons. Allgeier reached workhorse status as a senior, delivering a 276-1,601-23 rushing line along with 28-199-0 receiving. He’s not especially speedy or athletic but brings a decent all-around package at 5’11 and 224 pounds. Although he dropped to Round 5, this is as strong a landing spot as Allgeier could have hoped for. He joins a Falcons RB room alongside Cordarrelle Patterson, Mike Davis, Damien Williams and Qadree Ollison. There’s a chance that Allgeier carves out a real role in 2022.

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