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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Atlanta Falcons will look to blitz more in Week 2 when the team travels to Oakland.
The Falcons failed to record a sack in Week 1 and are coming off an abysmal season of pressuring opposing quarterbacks, as the team finished dead-last among NFL teams in sacks in 2015. DC Richard Smith has work to do in order to get this group productive on a weekly basis, but perhaps the change in pass-rush strategy will help. The Falcons D/ST will not be worth fantasy consideration in Week 2 at Oakland. Sep 14 - 3:30 PM

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The Atlanta defense has forced just 19 sacks in 15 games this season.

The Falcons are last among NFL teams in sacks and have failed to perform under defensive-minded coach Dan Quinn in his first year. The New Orleans Saints, who average 404.7 total yards per game, will visit Atlanta in Week 17, making the Falcons D/ST an afterthought in fantasy leagues.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 12:24:00 AM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution tabbed the Falcons' linebackers as the key for the Atlanta defense in Week 16 against Carolina.

The Falcons coughed up 142 yards on the ground when these two teams met in Week 14, and Atlanta will look to improve on that mark on Sunday. This time around, Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart (foot) will be out, leaving rookie Cameron Artis-Payne to handle the rushing duties for the Panthers. Whether or not the Atlanta linebackers are up to the task this week, the Falcons D/ST is not a startable option in fantasy leagues.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 02:04:00 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have allowed 166.3 rushing yards per game over the last three weeks.

Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin, and Jonathan Stewart all turned in strong performances against Atlanta in recent weeks with the Falcons' nosedive continuing. Week 15 brings a matchup with Jacksonville, who tallied 154 rushing yards last week in a win over Indianapolis. Denard Robinson will likely get the start at running back for the Jaguars, and should find success against the slumping Atlanta defense. The Falcons D/ST is not a viable fantasy option this week.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 04:03:00 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have recorded just three sacks in the last five weeks.

Atlanta is last among NFL teams in sacks on the season, bringing down opposing quarterbacks only 13 times this season. First-year coach Dan Quinn has a defensive background, but hasn't been able to turn this defense around in his first season. Atlanta has lost five-straight games and won't be a recommended fantasy option in Week 14 on the road against the undefeated Carolina Panthers.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 03:50:00 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have allowed just 190.5 passing yards per game over their last four contests.

This statistic is a bit misleading, as the Falcons have not exactly faced a murderer’s row of opposing quarterbacks in recent weeks. Matchups with Matt Hasselbeck, Blaine Gabbert, Jameis Winston, and Zach Mettenberger make up the aforementioned four-game span so the numbers should be taken with a grain of salt. Week 12 brings a matchup with Minnesota QB Teddy Bridgewater, who is 23rd among NFL quarterbacks in passing yardage this season. The Falcons D/ST is a reasonable fantasy option at home in Week 12.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 12:26:00 AM

The Atlanta defense will flip defensive ends in Week 11 in an effort to boost pass rushing efficiency.

Vic Beasley will flip to the left side and O’Brien Schofield will rush from the right side against Indianapolis this week. "I like that package together. I wanted to just mix it up and try some different fronts and alignments to help bolster the rush," said Falcons coach Dan Quinn. The Atlanta defense is last among NFL teams in sacks this season, with just 10 sacks in nine games. The home matchup with Indianapolis QB Matt Hasselbeck makes the Falcons D/ST a potential streaming option in Week 11 and an increased pass rush will only help this unit's efforts.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 03:04:00 AM

The Atlanta Falcons will host the Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings at home after their Week 10 bye.

The home matchups could be advantageous for the Falcons D/ST, as Matt Hasselbeck will be starting under center for the Colts and Minnesota QB Teddy Bridgewater is currently dealing with concussion issues. The Falcons D/ST is worth watching as a potential streaming target in Weeks 11 and 12 after they come out the bye.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 11:53:00 PM

The Atlanta Falcons will face San Francisco QB Blaine Gabbert on Sunday after the benching of Colin Kaepernick.

Gabbert has thrown 23 career touchdown passes and 24 career interceptions to go with a paltry 53.2 career completion percentage. The San Francisco offense has struggled mightily this season and will have a hard time improving with Gabbert under center. The Falcons D/ST is a top-five fantasy option this week.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 01:22:00 AM

The Atlanta defense will be without SS William Moore on Sunday, as he has been ruled out with a groin injury.

Moore has two of the Falcons' eight interceptions this season and will be missed in the Atlanta secondary this week. The Atlanta D/ST will catch a break however, as the they host the Bucs who will be limited on receiving options with WR Vincent Jackson and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins unlikely to play. The Falcons D/ST has performed well at home this season and is a borderline top-12 fantasy option this week in the Georgia Dome.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 03:20:00 AM

The Atlanta Falcons will look to slow the Tennessee Titans' tight ends on Sunday.

The Falcons were roasted by New Orleans tight end Ben Watson in Week 6 and will try to prevent a similar occurrence on Sunday when they travel to Tennessee. Atlanta DC Richard Smith said, "We feel that they will utilize (Walker) and try to attack us in that area because of last week as the tight end had so many catches in the New Orleans game. We’ll be prepared for that." Despite the tight end troubles of the Atlanta D/ST, the group is a startable unit in fantasy leagues with Zach Mettenberger potentially starting at quarterback for Tennessee.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 04:50:00 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have allowed just one opposing running back to run for more than 50 yards this season.

The lone back was Dallas' Joseph Randle, who racked up 87 yards rushing in Week 3. The Falcons are allowing an NFL best 78.4 rushing yards per game, including just 52.5 yards per game over their last two contests. Atlanta faces New Orleans in Week 6, who is 29th in the NFL in rushing. While the Falcons D/ST should find success against the run, they will be just outside the top-12 fantasy options this week on the road.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 04:38:00 AM

The matchup between Washington WR Pierre Garcon and Atlanta CB Robert Alford has been named a "key matchup" for Week 5 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Alford leads the Atlanta secondary with five pass breakups and will look to slow wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who is coming off a solid game against Philadelphia in Week 4. With tight end Jordan Reed and fellow receiver DeSean Jackson both ruled out for Week 5, Garcon will be the focal point of the Washington passing game. The Falcons D/ST is a borderline startable unit in fantasy leagues this week at home after a strong showing in Week 4.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 01:03:00 AM

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.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 09:30:00 PM

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.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 01:05:00 AM

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