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The Atlanta Falcons are expecting Houston running back Arian Foster to play on Sunday.
Foster (groin) is questionable for Sunday's matchup between the Texans and Falcons, but Atlanta coach Dan Quinn is preparing his team to face the star running back. "We are going to prepare like he is playing," Quinn said. "It’s always easier to go that way. We’ve got great respect for him. We know the cutback ability is there. He can turn any play into a big play." Atlanta is allowing 4.8 yards per carry to opposing teams (fifth-worst in the NFL), but the matchup with QB Ryan Mallett makes the Falcons D/ST a mid-tier fantasy option this week. Oct 3 - 9:30 PM

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The Atlanta Falcons could get linebacker help in the near future as LB Brooks Reed (groin) was back at practice on Thursday.

Reed has been out since Week 3 of the preseason, but is nearing a return to game action. Atlanta coach Dan Quinn has yet to make a statement on Reed's Week 3 status, but the linebacker will likely make his 2015 debut in Week 4 vs. Houston. This week, the Falcons will face Brandon Weeden and the Dallas Cowboys. The Atlanta D/ST is worth a shot as a potential streaming target due to the matchup with Weeden, but will still be a mid-range Week 3 option overall.
Sep 25 - 1:05 AM

The Atlanta Falcons gave up 14 receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown to Philadelphia running backs in Week 1.

DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, and Darren Sproles carved up the Atlanta defense out of the backfield on Monday night. The Giants' pass catching specialist, Shane Vereen, will try to take advantage of the Falcons defense in similar fashion in Week 2. Vereen caught four of five Week 1 targets for 46 yards in his New York debut and could be a solid flex play in PPR leagues on Sunday. The Atlanta D/ST will not be start-worthy in Week 2 on the road against the Giants.
Sep 19 - 11:57 PM

The Atlanta Falcons will be rolling out five new starters on defense in Week 1 when they host the Philadelphia Eagles.

Defensive-minded head coach Dan Quinn is entering his first season in Atlanta, so a fair amount of turnover was to be expected with the Falcons defense turning in a miserable 2014 campaign. The focus on improving the Atlanta defense in encouraging, but fantasy owners will want to stay far from the Falcons D/ST in Week 1 when the Eagles visit the Georgia Dome.
Sep 10 - 3:00 AM

The Atlanta defense was dealt a blow as LB Brooks Reed underwent groin surgery and will miss six weeks of action.

Reed was signed as a free agent this offseason in hopes of bolstering the Atlanta defense that was dead last in the NFL in yards allowed last season. The loss of Reed hurts, but the Atlanta D/ST wasn't on the season-long fantasy radar and certainly won't be a Week 1 option when they host the Philadelphia Eagles.
Sep 3 - 11:51 PM

OLB Stansly Maponga was deemed a "player to watch" prior to Atlanta’s third preseason game.

Multiple members of the editorial staff stated that they would like to see Maponga, a third-year linebacker, build upon his successful preseason start. Maponga figures to provide depth for the Atlanta D/ST unit that had a disappointing 2014 season.
Aug 29 - 11:00 AM

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QB1Matt Ryan
2Sean Renfree
RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3Terron Ward
GLB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
3RB1Devonta Freeman
2Tevin Coleman
FB1Patrick DiMarco
WR11Julio Jones
2Devin Hester
3Justin Hardy
WR21Roddy White
2Leonard Hankerson
3Eric Weems
4Nick Williams
WR31Leonard Hankerson
TE1Jacob Tamme
2Levine Toilolo
3Tony Moeaki
LT1Jake Matthews
2Jake Long
LG1Andy Levitre
2James Stone
C1Mike Person
2Gino Gradkowski
RG1Chris Chester
RT1Ryan Schraeder
2Bryce Harris
K1Matt Bryant