Monday, June 2, 2014

2014 Fantasy Football Team Outlook: Atlanta Falcons

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Julio Jones is the top fantasy target for the Atlanta Falcons. Despite only playing five games last year, Jones average 116 yards per game with two total touchdowns. Considering the pace he was, he probably would have finished 2013 as top three receiver if he didn’t get injured. Jones will be a late mid to late second rounder and one of the first five or six receivers selected.
Matt Ryan was forced to deal with a horrendous offensive line, bad running game and an injured receiving group. This season Julio Jones and Roddy White are both back at 100% and the Falcons drafted Jake Matthews to protect Ryan’s blind side. After a horrible season Matt Ryan will be more motivated than ever to put up big numbers, he’s a ttop 10 quarterback and should have no problem putting up over 4000 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Solid starters: Roddy White
Roddy White, like Julio Jones, was injured throughout 2013. During the first part of the season White was terrible but caught 43 passes for 502 yards and two touchdowns over his last five games. Also, White will be benefited by Julio Jones taking pressure off him. White could be considered a poor wide receiver two but is a rock solid wide receiver three.

Backups: Steven Jackson
Jackson really fell of the horse last season and his career is trending down. No more is he a start-worthy running back but could put up something along the lines of 700-800 total yards and eight touchdowns.

Freeman’s sleeper potential is directly tied to how the season plays out for Steven Jackson. If Jackson manages to play a full season then Freeman could provide similar numbers to Andre Ellington last year. If Jackson gets injured and misses multiple games then Freeman could be in for low-end RB2 numbers.

Levine Toilolo is a gigantic freak standing at 6’8. While he won’t get the 70-80 catches left behind by the retirement of Tony Gonzales, he should be able to at least wrangle in 40-50 catches with at least eight touchdowns. Toilolo has the opportunity to be a plus version of what Scott Chandler has been the past few years.

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