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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. Nov 21 - 3:04 AM

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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.
Nov 11 - 11:53 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.
Nov 5 - 1:22 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.
Oct 31 - 3:20 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.
Oct 23 - 4:50 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.
Oct 15 - 4:38 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.
Oct 10 - 1:03 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.
Oct 3 - 9:30 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.
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