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NEWS: Roddy White and Doug Martin both inactive for Week 3; Bobby Rainey a RB1 this week and Harry Douglas a sneaky fantasy WR3?

SMITTY: Bobby Rainey is a fantasy RB1 against a Falcons rushing defense that gives up over 150 rushing yards per game and has surrendered 5TDs through the first two weeks. Get Roddy White out of your line-up, and consider Harry Douglas as a spot play this week if you’re in need. Even if you don’t own White, Douglas is a sneaky start if desperate at your fantasy WR3. Julio Jones owners better get ready for a big Week 3! Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Roddy White (hamstring) is likely going to sit out his Week 3 Thursday night contest against Bucs.

SMITTY: This report is from PFT, and it’s suggesting he is likely out. Clearly check back, and sign up for our Smart Alerts in order to get real-time updates on this, but White owners should start getting an alternative plan in place right now. Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Roddy White ready to play Week 2.

According to reports, Falcons WR Roddy White (knee) is ready for Week 2 against the Bengals.

SMITTY: That Falcons attack will be ready to have another big game in Week 2. Julio Jones has No. 1 overall WR upside moving forward, and Roddy White, who had a strong Week 1 with five receptions for 72 yards and 1TD, is a fine fantasy WR3 assuming he stays healthy. This could be White’s last strong season, so if you’re in a dynasty league, consider selling high at some point this year. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts so that you get alerted should White’s Week 2 status change.

NEWS: Julio Jones pulls in 63 yards and 1TD against Titans; Ryan tosses for 2TDs.

Falcons WR Julio Jones pulled in two passes for 63 yards and 1TD against the Titans tonight; Matt Ryan completed 18-of-23 passes for 224 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

SMITTY: Yep, Julio Jones looks full-go alright… So does Matt Ryan. If healthy, and there still is some risk with the foot, I fully expect Julio Jones to make a run for this year’s top scoring fantasy wide receiver. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Julio Jones ready to return to normal

According to ESPN, Falcons WR Julio Jones is “set to return to a normal practice routine” after his final day of rest on Tuesday.

SMITTY: All signs point to Julio Jones being ready to rumble — Unless he suffers a setback, he remains locked into my top 2-4WRs for 2014, and he sits at my #1WR in dynasty. No player since Randy Moss has had this kind of triple-threat upside in all three categories of receptions, yards and TDs. Looking for Week 1 Julio Jones Power Rankings?.

NEWS: Julio Jones wearing a custom shoe to protect foot.

According to, Falcons WR Julio Jones will wear a custom-designed pair of shoes in 2014 in order to protect his surgically-repaired foot.

SMITTY: While there is some risk when it comes to Julio Jones, he is by far No. 1 on my personal set of dynasty rankings if we’re talking about talent and max upside. Of course, in dynasty or redraft, I only select him, or trade for him, at his current value, which is around the 4th- to 5th-ranked fantasy wide receiver in the game. Being ranked in that 4-5 range makes him a great redraft value grab in 2014, and it makes him a strong buy-low candidate in dynasty. Looking for Julio Jones 2014 Fantasy Football Projections?

NEWS: Julio Jones looks explosive and is stopping on a dime.

According to ESPN’s Vaughn Mcclure on Twitter, Falcons WR Julio Jones is stopping on a dime right now. “Every part of Julio Jones’ day has looked explosive. He’s stopping on a dime. Showing no ill effects,” Mcclure tweeted.

SMITTY: Julio Jones has the upside to lead the league in receptions, yards and touchdowns during any given season. He has Randy Moss like ability, meaning he can be one of the only receivers in the league that can pull in 100+ balls, pull in 1,400 receiving yards while snagging 15+ touchdowns. No one can do that season after season, but if anyone in the NFL can have multiple campaigns like that, it’s Julio. We will continue to monitor his health and report back to you on it, but he looks full-go and well on his way to becoming a top 1-4 fantasy wide receiver season in 2014. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings on both Julio Jones and Roddy White?

NEWS: Julio Jones certain to return to explosive self?

According to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, the Falcons “are certain” that Julio Jones (foot) will “return to his old explosive self.” McClure also writes, “At his best, Jones is probably one of the top two receivers in the league, along with Calvin Johnson.

SMITTY: I can’t argue with calling Julio Jones the second-best receiver in the league behind Calvin JohnsonJones is that good. In fact, if it weren’t for his foot injury, he’d be ranked as my No. 1 wide receiver of the future, even ahead of Calvin. While there is risk investing in Julio this year, and there is always risk with injuries such as Julio’s, he has the upside to league the league in receptions. Before getting hurt last year in Week 5, Jones was on pace to pull in 131 receptions for 1,856 receiving yards. No receiver in the league has more long-term upside (if healthy), and soon as we see proof that he is back on the field full-go, he will returned to my No. 1-ranked receiver in dynasty.

NEWS: Devonta Freeman being groomed as future starter in ATL?

According to ESPN, Falcons RB Steven Jackson enters 2014 as the team’s starter, but the Falcons plan is to groom rookie Devonta Freeman as the future three-down back.

SMITTY: While we still need to see Devonta Freeman take an NFL snap, he is a promising young rookie running back. He isn’t a big runner, as he stands 5-8, 206 pounds, but the position is changing. Smaller backs are the new trend, and I firmly believe Atlanta will give Freeman every opportunity to grab the starting gig by mid-season (if not sooner). Freeman looks like one of the better rookie rushers for 2014, even if some rookie rushers have more long-term upside. If you ask me, Tre Mason is the most talented rookie in this 2014 rookie running back class, but he has Zac Stacy, a top 8-12 caliber fantasy/NFL rusher, sitting in front of him. Now, despite Stacy being a serious talent, I eventually see Mason thriving in this league. Bishop Sankey is really the only rookie rusher walking into a better immediate situation than Freeman. Terrence West, my second favorite rusher from this 2014 rookie class, has Ben Tate (potenital top 10 fantasy rusher this year) sitting in front of him, and Carlos Hyde still has Frank Gore and still-promising Marcus Lattimore sitting in front of him. West and Hyde will both likely thrive in time, maybe even as soon as 2015, but Freeman has strong immediate upside entering this upcoming season. Our 2014 fantasy football cheat sheets are 2014-ready, so see where all these guys rank!

QB Matt Ryan could be top five in yardage; Julio Jones the best WR in football?

According to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, Falcons QB Matt Ryan will “be among the top five quarterbacks in passing yards for a third consecutive season.” As for Julio Jones, reported Jones claiming that he feels “stronger” than ever (despite not being full-go yet).

SMITTY: If Julio Jones can enter 2014 ready to rumble, he will move to my No. 1-ranked receiver spot heading into 2014; he already is my No. 1-ranked dynasty wide receiver. Before getting hurt in Week 5 last year, Julio pulled in 41 passes, which had him on pace for 131 receptions and 1,856 yards (116 yards per-game); he is the kind of receiver that can crank out Calvin Johnson-like receptions and yardage, but with Randy Moss-like touchdown production. His availability for Week 1 is still not yet known, although things look good. Below you will find a June 17th Julio Jones/CBSSports interview, which touches on topics like Jones’ injury, his recovery, his confidence and his skill set/talent. If cleared for Week 1, we’re going to drop jaws with our Julio Jones projections, which can be found using our 2014 Draft Analyzer (which is 2014-ready!).

Julio on foot injury: “I feel like I’m the best receiver in the league.”

Julio Jones breaking down his game film