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Falcons WR Roddy White trying to eliminate the drops
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Falcons wideout Roddy White remains down on his play despite catching nine passes for 100 yards and a touchdown Week 7, reports ESPN.com. He has dropped five passes this year, tied for fourth-most in the NFL.

"Mentally, I feel like I'm in the game plan. Mentally, I feel prepared for the games. It's just ... I don't know what it is," he told the website. "I'm not finishing plays. I'm not doing what I'm supposed to do."

White, who turns 33 next month, vowed to fix the problem. And he said injuries are not a factor.

"It's frustrating me," he said. "I'll figure it out, though. I will figure it out."

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Falcons place Peter Konz on IR, sign Jonathan Scott
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Falcons announced Monday they placed center Peter Konz on injured reserve due to a knee injury suffered Week 7 against the Ravens. To take his spot on the roster, the Falcons signed offensive lineman Jonathan Scott.

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It's only getting worse for Steven Jackson
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

When Falcons running back Steven Jackson averaged 47.6 rushing yards in his first five games, it was bad. His Fantasy owners were by and large displeased.

So now that he's averaged 23.5 rushing yards in his last three games, where does that leave him? After the disappointment that was his 2013 season, how could he possibly redeem himself in Fantasy?

How indeed. It's one of those questions that doesn't need to be answered because you already know the answer. The Falcons' offensive line is in tatters. Their defense was never good to begin with. They're falling behind and struggling to keep up. The need for a volume running back -- the kind that eats up clock with a consistent 3 to 4 yards -- has dwindled to almost nothing.

It's not like Jackson has become less effective. The Falcons just aren't giving him the ball as much. He's gotten fewer than 10 carries in each of last two games after averaging 12.6 over his first five. And with Jacquizz Rodgers, Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith all better at catching the ball out of the backfield, that may not change.

You shouldn't plan on starting Jackson anytime soon, and you wouldn't be wrong to rid yourself of him altogether.

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The heartbreak begins for Antone Smith
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

After he delivered a touchdown of 35 yards or more in four straight games and five of six to begin the season, you really couldn't blame anyone for starting Falcons running back Antone Smith in Week 7, as happened in 26 percent of CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues. But those who started him had to know based on the limited number of opportunities he gets that whenever he had a week when he didn't break a long one, he'd leave them high and dry.

That's exactly what happened at Baltimore. He got his usual allotment of touches -- three carries and two catches -- and netted a total of 9 yards with them.

We may not have seen the last long touchdown from Smith this year, but he couldn't sustain the pace he was on. You're playing with fire every time you use him in Fantasy because for all the Falcons' big talk, they're not increasing his role. He played only 15 percent of their snaps in Week 7, less than any of their other three running backs. He has played the fewest snaps of the four in four of the team's seven games this season, and rookie Devonta Freeman was the only one with fewer in the other three.

Smith is and always has been a touchdown-or-bust player, and I predict a lot more bust in his future.

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Disturbing trend developing for Matt Ryan
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Through the first four weeks of the season, the FalconsMatt Ryan looked like he was back to being one of the elite quarterbacks in Fantasy after struggling with a depleted receiving corps behind a poor offensive line last year.

But after his third straight game with just one touchdown pass Week 7 at Baltimore, he's looking more like his 2013 self again.

It's understandable given all the injuries to his offensive line. Center Peter Konz, who hurt his knee in Week 7, becomes the fourth starter lost to injury, after Sam Baker, Joe Hawley and Lamar Holmes. Ryan's receiving corps may be intact, but his offensive line is again poor.

Now, he was still plenty usable in Fantasy in 2013, throwing for 4,515 yards and 26 touchdowns, including 1,355 and eight in his final five games. But he wasn't a slam-dunk starter every week, and he isn't now either.

With a tough matchup in London Week 8 against Detroit, he's a candidate to sit in Fantasy.

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