Until Logan Paulsen finds meaningful playing time with the Falcons this fall, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Paulsen re-signed Saturday with the Falcons on a one-year deal. It's a bit odd to see the Falcons bring back Paulsen given the team recently signed former Titans tight end Luke Stocker, who profiles similarly as a blocking-first option. Still, the veteran tight end was reliable in his first stint in Atlanta, playing in 362 offensive snaps across 15 games. The nature of both Paulsen's and Stocker's contracts would suggest that, should one outplay the other during training camp, the Falcons could opt to cut ties prematurely.
Paulsen recorded a 19-yard reception during Sunday's 34-32 win against the Buccaneers. Paulsen fought through knee and ankle injuries that kept him limited in Wednesday's practice, snapping a three-game catchless streak with his 19-yard reception against the Buccaneers' putrid pass defense. The 31-year-old tight end doesn't offer much in the way of receiving production with just 12 receptions for 106 yards over his past 31 appearances, but he's a proficient run blocker for a unit that needs all the help it can get in that category after finishing as the sixth-worst rush offense in 2018 (98.3 yards per game). With his contract set to expire in the coming months, it remains to be seen if Paulsen will be back in Atlanta for the 2019 season.
Paulsen (knee/ankle) was a full practice participant Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Paulsen began the week as a limited practice participant from the knee and ankle issues that have plagued him for most of December. Assuming the 31-year-old avoids a setback Friday, he should be good to go for Sunday's season finale at Tampa Bay.
Paulsen (knee) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Paulsen's status remains largely up in the air at the moment, but perhaps more clarity will surface as Sunday inches closer. Look for Eric Saubert to slide into the No. 2 tight end spot if Paulsen can't give it a go.
Paulsen (knee/ankle) does not have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Paulsen was limited in practice all week, but he appears on track to play through his lingering knee and ankle issues Week 16. Expect the depth tight end to see most of his offensive usage as a blocker, as per usual.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/20||Los Angeles Rams||23||7.89|
|10||11/10||@New Orleans Saints||14||6.22|
|12||11/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.88|
|13||11/29||New Orleans Saints||14||6.22|
|15||12/15||@San Francisco 49ers||4||4.75|
|17||12/29||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.88|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||7||4||35||0||2||8.75||3|