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Atlanta will host the Cardinals and QB Carson Palmer in Week 12, who has thrown five interceptions and taken 14 sacks in the last three weeks.
Arizona has now allowed the third-most sacks among NFL teams and could have trouble with the Atlanta defensive front that has dropped opposing passers 12 times in their last four games. The Falcons will be well rested off a bye and will welcome the return of CB Desmond Trufant (shoulder), who missed Week 10. The Falcons D/ST is a stream-worthy fantasy option against Arizona in Week 12 and is owned in just 13 percent of Yahoo leagues. Nov 23 - 8:09 PM

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The Atlanta defense sacked Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston three times on Thursday night.

The Falcons have sacked opposing quarterbacks three or more times in four of the last five weeks and were led by DT Grady Jarrett's two sacks against the Bucs. Atlanta has given up plenty of points this season, but was in control of this game defensively until two Tampa Bay touchdowns in the back-half of the fourth quarter with the game already wrapped up. The Falcons D/ST will be a middling fantasy option on the road at Philadelphia in Week 10.
Nov 4 - 2:39 AM

Atlanta LB Vic Beasley has racked up 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles through seven weeks.

"He's been getting off on the ball, getting the ball out, looking like a Pro Bowl player," said Falcons CB Desmond Trufant. Beasley has helped spark the Atlanta pass rush that had major issues last season. The Falcons have 15 sacks in seven games compared to just 19 in all of 2015, and have dropped opposing quarterbacks 11 times in the last three weeks. Despite an improved pass rush, Atlanta has allowed 28.4 points per game this season, making the Falcons D/ST an undesirable fantasy option against Green Bay in Week 8.
Oct 25 - 7:24 PM

With Deion Jones (ankle) out, LaRoy Reynolds will start at middle linebacker for the Falcons on Sunday.

The veteran takes over in the center of the Atlanta defense and will hope to slow Denver running back C.J. Anderson. While the Falcons have excelled offensively, their defense is allowing 31.0 points and 317.0 passing yards per game. The Falcons D/ST is not on the streaming radar even in a potential matchup against rookie QB Paxton Lynch.
Oct 8 - 2:36 PM

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

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

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