UPDATE: Recent reports suggest that Jacquizz Rodgers will start Week 17, but many believe that he will split the carries with Devonta Freeman. Keep in mind there is risk in starting either rusher, and the team could lean on the hot hand in Week 17. That said, everything we said below applies, as Freeman is a super sleeper of the future, but as this recent report suggests, the Falcons are very capable of mishandling the situation and wasting Freeman’s talents. Start either rusher at your own risk in Week 17, but we sure hope we see Freeman get his chance to get starter carries so that he can prove that he is a special talent that has been trapped in a situation where he has not been used properly. Looking for Week 17 Power Rankings?
PREVIOUS UPDATE: Devonta Freeman was one of our breakout candidates this year, and unfortunately, the Falcons failed to utilize his talents. This is a complete oversight on their part, and we are hoping Freeman gets enough work in Week 17 to prove us right. He is a dynamic rusher with tons of RB2 upside if given the carries. If you need a secret weapon of a flex in Week 17, this might be your guy. Be certain to check back on Steven Jackson’s status heading into Week 17, but if S-Jax sits, and if Atlanta is smart, they will unleash the player we had hoped to see all season long. Looking for Week 17 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: He was on the sideline again during Friday’s practice, so it’s very tough to tell how this situation is going to play out. This will likely be a game-time call, so stay close to both our News Wire and your Smart Alerts all weekend long! Oh, and as we said all last week and the week before, Harry Douglas is WR2/WR3-solid whenever Julio is out. He shouldn’t be available on waivers. If he is, grab him so at the very least, no one else gets to spot-start him this week should Julio sit. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: He was inactive last week but appears set to return against the Ravens. With Case Keenum/Thad Lewis as the top passers in Houston right now, it’s tough to know what you’re going to get out of anyone but Arian Foster in Week 16. AJ is a WR3 in most formats, though, and Hopkins can flirt with WR2-type numbers based on his talent alone, but again, with passers like Houston has, a dud week is just as likely as any sort of solid week. Horrible timing for Week 16. If Julio Jones sits (and he will be a Sunday morning call), make sure Harry Douglas (monitor his health) isn’t sitting on waivers, as he is a fine Week 16 plug-and-play if Jones sits. If Jones doesn’t sit, Douglas still has WR3 upside. Looking for Week 16 Power Rankings?
SMITTY: This is one of those true game-time calls, so you will have to be signed up for Smart Alerts and be checking this Breaking News Wire all morning on Sunday. This is a morning game on Sunday, so fantasy owners will at least have options should the receiver not play (Harry Douglas is a fine “grab and start” if Jones does in fact sit, and if you own Jones, grab Douglas now just in case). Roddy White will also see an uptick in targets should Julio sit, so he’d become a solid play this week as well, however, we like Douglas a bit more given Roddy (ankle) is still banged up. Looking for Week 15 Power Rankings?
Our friends over at FantasyPros again invited us to participate in an Expert Roundtable, this time for Week 10. Below are the two questions asked to every expert on the panel, and below you will also find my answer to both questions. Enjoy, and good luck in Week 10, everyone!
Q1. Give us 1 player destined to be a playoff stud (weeks 14-16) that you would target soon in a trade?
“He is ‘sruggling’ for sure, given he has fantasy WR1-3 overall upside and talent. However, he is still on pace for 106 receptions for 1,468 and 6TDs. That’s kind of crazy considering how ‘down’ of a year he is having. Buy-low, because I think we’re about to see him explode down the stretch. And, if he doesn’t, that risk is built into his current trade value. It’s no-risk/high-reward.”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)
Q2. On the flip side, name a player you would consider trading since he could be a playoff disappointment? (weeks 14-16)
“Ok, this is not to suggest that he will bust, however, I think if the price is right, now is the time to cash-in on his top 5 receiver value. He is playing out of his mind, and sure, he could continue his elite play. Given his injury risk and the fact that he lost his QB, it’s just smart fantasy management to explore trade offers. Do not sell-low. Sell-high or don’t sell at all! Something tells me most could sell-high, super-high… Try!”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)
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SMITTY: Folks, this is the best buy-low on the year, at least as far as studs go. Most consider him struggling, and sure, he is given how much upside he has… but ‘struggling’, he is on pace for 106 receptions for 1468 yards and 6TDs. That’s struggling for a guy like Julio. Buy-low! Looking for Week 10 Power Rankings?
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?
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?
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.
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?