Player Outlook
Patterson may have saved your Fantasy season in 2021 thanks to his ninth-year breakout campaign, and, silly as it sounds, he could be fairly helpful again in 2022. Borderline automatic for about the first two-thirds of last year, Patterson carved out a role as a dual-threat touchdown machine, scoring nine times and averaging over 90 total yards per game before bottoming out in Week 14. A repeat performance might be hard to buy into, particularly since the Falcons may opt to utilize Patterson more as a receiver (they drafted rookie Tyler Allgeier to help improve their run game). But the point is that Patterson figures to remain a consistent part of the Atlanta offense in some form or fashion. That keeps him on the Fantasy radar, and getting him into lineups as a running back only helps his value. He's worth taking a chance on beginning in Round 8, especially if you find yourself thin at running back during your draft.

Fantasy Stats

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Year yds
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Rushing Touchdowns
Fumbles Lost
Receiving Yards
Receiving Touchdowns
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2021 618 4.04 6 52 548 5 18111.3
2020 232 3.62 1 21 132 422.6
3y Avg. 318 4.08 2 28 254 2 805
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: No touches versus Lions

    Patterson played but didn't get any touches in Friday's 27-23 preseason win over the Lions. Patterson was on the field for Atlanta's opening snap on offense, but he never got his number called during his brief appearance. The utility tailback should garner more work in the Falcons' next preseason game versus the Jets.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Wants to return kicks still

    Patterson said he plans to return kickoffs this year, hoping to set an NFL record of nine career kick return touchdowns, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.comreports. The 31-year-old former wideout is coming off his best NFL season on the offensive side of the ball, where he managed 1,166 total yards and 11 TDs in a struggling Atlanta offense. He's currently tied for the all-time lead with eight TDs on kickoffs, and Patterson said he'd give up the task once he set the record. For fantasy purposes, it's a minor concern, with the bigger issues being Patterson's workload, health and performance. He shared work with Mike Davis last season even when Davis continued to struggle, and the Falcons now have Damien Williams and fifth-round rookie Tyler Allgeier joining Qadree Ollison as competition for backfield snaps. Patterson is still the best athlete of the bunch at age 31, but his role is hardly airtight after he averaged only 31. 8 total yards over the final five games of last season.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Likely won't be workhorse back

    Atlanta rested Patterson during all of the team's spring workouts with the intention of heading into the regular season with him fully healthy, but expecting the converted return man to operate as a workhorse back in 2022 may be overly optimistic, per Josh Kendall of The Athletic. Patterson will be Atlanta's starting running back to open 2022 after his breakout performance (1,166 total yards and 11 touchdowns) last season. However, the Falcons are expected to continue taking a cautious approach with the running back to avoid another late-season decline, so it's possible the 2013 first-round pick finds himself in a timeshare to start the upcoming campaign. While the 31-year-old still is expected to garner a major role, Kendall urges fans to pump the brakes on him improving on last season's numbers and suggests that anything other than regression would be a win for Patterson and the Falcons.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Will be held out of minicamp

    Patterson won't practice during mandatory minicamp, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Falcons head coach Arthur Smith said before Tuesday's practice that Patterson is "working on a vet offseason program" instead of participating in minicamp practices. The converted kick returner experienced a breakout campaign during his first year in Atlanta, totaling 1,166 scrimmage yards and 11 touchdowns and emerging as the team's top running back. However, he fell off towards the end of the season, registering just 100 total yards and one score over his last four games. A better-conditioned Patterson could garner more opportunities on a game-by-game basis and may be more effective later in the season, which would bode well for his overall fantasy potential.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Returning to Atlanta

    Patterson signed a two-year, $10.5 million contract with the Falcons on Saturday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. There was some concern Patterson's breakout season might price the Falcons out of re-signing the do-it-all threat, but the market for running backs never materialized, thus allowing the 31-year-old to return. The Falcons did add former Chiefs and Bears backup Damien Williams on a one-year deal, which theoretically could cut into Patterson's carries, but it's hard to imagine the former really impacting Patterson's targets given Williams is averaging 7.6 yards-per-catch across his entire career. Given Patterson has tallied a combined 1,455 yards and eight touchdowns across his previous four seasons, it's certainly fair to wonder if the veteran is simply a one-year wonder, but with little standing in the way from a depth chart perspective, Patterson at least appears to be the frontrunner to start next season.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Pedestrian in loss

    Patterson ran four times for 11 yards and caught his only target for one yard during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Saints. Patterson posted his worst fantasy performance in the final game of what has been a breakout campaign for the versatile veteran. He finished the 2021 season with 153 rushes for 618 yards and six touchdowns while adding 52 receptions for 548 yards and five touchdowns through the air. Patterson signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Falcons last offseason and will certainly garner interest from around the league after his career year.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Posts 52 yards from scrimmage

    Patterson rushed nine times for 28 yards and brought in both targets for 24 yards in the Falcons' 29-15 loss to the Bills on Sunday. He also returned one kickoff for 23 yards. The versatile veteran was modestly involved in a game that eventually failed to favor the ground attack as the Falcons progressively fell behind in the second half. Patterson hasn't topped 30 rushing yards in three games or 30 receiving yards in seven, sending him into the Week 18 finale against the Saints with little momentum.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Finds end zone on ground

    Patterson rushed seven times for 14 yards and a touchdown, brought in one of two targets for minus-2 yards and returned three kickoffs for 79 yards in the Falcons' 20-16 win over the Lions on Sunday. The hybrid star was extremely inefficient on a yards-per-touch basis, but he still found a way to offer a serviceable fantasy return with his six-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Patterson also rewarded fantasy managers rolling him with him on rosters in formats that count return yardage, and despite the fact he's averaged a microscopic 0.6 yards per carry over his last two games, his nose for the end zone always gives him some upside. Patterson's next chance to build on his numbers in what has been a career-best season comes in an unenviable Week 17 road matchup versus the Bills.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Stymied in defeat

    Patterson rushed 11 times for 18 yards and caught both of his targets for five yards in Sunday's 31-13 loss to the 49ers. Patterson couldn't break free at any point during the one-sided affair, posting a single-play high of just four yards on his 13 touches. This was the breakout fantasy star's first dud since Week 10, which is a testament to how strong of an offensive asset he has been for both the Falcons and fantasy managers this year. Patterson will carry impressive marks of 1,089 combined yards and 10 total touchdowns into next Sunday's tilt against the Lions.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Gets into end zone in win

    Patterson rushed 16 times for 58 yards and a touchdown and brought in two of five targets for one yard in the Falcons' 29-21 win over the Panthers on Sunday. The hybrid star found tough sledding on the ground overall against a stingy Panthers front, but he salvaged his fantasy day with a five-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. Patterson was a non-factor through the air, however, limiting his overall output. The veteran now has three rushing scores over his last three games, and although he did see his streak of multi-catch efforts extend to three Sunday, he hasn't cleared 27 receiving yards over the last four games overall. Patterson's next opportunity to push the Falcons closer to a potential postseason berth comes in a Week 15 road battle against the 49ers.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Rushing success in tough matchup

    Patterson rushed 13 times for 78 yards and brought in three of five targets for 18 yards in the Falcons' 30-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also recovered a fumble. Patterson surprisingly found some success against the Buccaneers' typically impenetrable run defense, though a bulk of his production came on a 39-yard run. Nevertheless, it was Patterson's saving grace from a fantasy perspective and served as his second-highest rushing yardage tally of the season. The versatile veteran's next opportunity to wreak havoc on a defense comes in a Week 14 visit to the division-rival Panthers.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Scores twice in return

    Patterson (ankle) rushed 16 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 21-14 win over Jacksonville. He added two catches for 27 yards on three targets. Patterson was able to play through the ankle injury that kept him out of last week's game, and he made a major impact in his return. He scored from seven yards out on a nice dive to the pylon late in the first quarter, then doubled Atlanta's lead with a 12-yard touchdown in the second. Patterson topped 100 rushing yards for the first time this season, but he's reached triple digits in scrimmage yards five times to go with nine total touchdowns. His involvement as a pass-catcher should allow Patterson to maintain plenty of fantasy appeal in Week 13 despite a tough matchup against the stout Tampa Bay front.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Gets green light for Week 12

    Patterson (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports. After missing the Falcons' Week 11 loss to the Patriots due to the sprained ankle, Patterson was a limited participant in each of the team's three practices this week. Though he was listed as questionable and viewed as a game-time decision heading into Sunday's contest, Patterson apparently displayed enough progress in his recovery from the injury to receive the green light to play. The Falcons haven't indicated that Patterson will immediately step back into a lead role out of the backfield, so there's some risk of him ceding more work than normal to backups Mike Davis and Wayne Gallman as he rejoins the lineup.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Questionable for Sunday

    Patterson (ankle) remained limited at Friday's practice and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Jacksonville, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports. The Falcons listed Patterson as limited in every practice for a second straight week, though he'll now have the benefit of more time/rest after missing last Thursday's shutout loss to New England. The Falcons recalled Qadree Ollison from their practice squad and ended up using him as their lead runner in the contest, while Mike Davis saw only three carries and four targets on 48 percent of offensive snaps. It could be a similar plan this week if Patterson is out again, though multiple reporters have mentioned not seeing Ollison at practice this week (he's technically still on the practice squad, and therefore not listed on injury reports). In any case, it might be a moot point if Patterson is able to play, which certainly seems possible heading into the weekend. A 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff will make things easier on fantasy managers if there aren't any definitive updates on Patterson's status before Sunday.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Practicing again Friday

    Patterson (ankle) is participating at Friday's practice, Michael Rothstein of reports. Patterson was listed as limited Wednesday and Thursday, and it appears he'll at least be working in that capacity again Friday. It's unclear if the 30-year-old has shown enough to avoid an injury designation for Sunday's matchup with the Jaguars, but he should have a chance to return from his one-game absence this weekend because he's been on the practice field all week.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Reps capped in practice

    Patterson (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Scott Bair of the Falcons' official site reports. Patterson was also listed as limited on Wednesday's practice report, and after sitting out the Falcons' Week 11 loss to the Patriots, he may need to upgrade to full activity Friday in order to approach Sunday's game in Jacksonville without a designation. While Patterson was sidelined for the 25-0 loss to New England, practice-squad callup Qadree Ollison was the surprise leader in the Atlanta backfield with nine carries for 34 yards.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Limited in practice again

    Patterson (ankle) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Michael Rothstein of reports. He previously was listed as limited last Monday through Wednesday, prior to sitting out a Thursday's night loss to the Patriots after being characterized as a game-day decision leading up to kickoff. Patterson now hopes to make it back for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, a matchup that should allow the Falcons to be far more competitive than they were last week. With Patterson out of the lineup, Qadree Ollison came off the practice squad to lead the team in carries in Atlanta's shutout loss to New England.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Suits up for practice

    Patterson (ankle) will practice Wednesday, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports. Patterson was a limited practice participant Monday through Wednesday of last week, but reports suggested he didn't do much in those sessions, and he ultimately landed on the inactive list prior to the Falcons' Thursday night loss to the Patriots. He may be ready to play 10 days later in Jacksonville, in which case Qadree Ollison could be out of a role just one week after working as Atlanta's lead runner. Mike Davis also remains in the picture, but he could be the one to lose snaps if the Falcons try to keep Ollison (or Wayne Gallman) involved in the offense.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Trending toward sitting Thursday

    Patterson (ankle) remains questionable for Thursday's game against the Patriots and is being viewed as a game-time decision, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relays that Atlanta's top running back appears unlikely to play. "It sounds like he was very, very limited in practice [this week]. ... It seems like an uphill battle [to play]," Rapoport said during a radio appearance on Sportsradio 93.7 WEEI-FM's Gresh & Keefe program. Though Patterson was listed as a limited participant on each of Atlanta's three injury reports this week, he only got on the field Tuesday and Wednesday, as Monday's practice report was an estimate. According to Rapoport, the activity Patterson was able to do the past two days wasn't extensive, so the Falcons could be inclined to err on the side of caution and hold the 30-year-old out on a short week. A final word on Patterson's status should arrive when Atlanta releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to Thursday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff. If Patterson ultimately is sidelined, the Falcons likely would turn to Mike Davis and Wayne Gallman to share reps out of the backfield.
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  • Falcons' Cordarrelle Patterson: Deemed questionable for Thursday

    Patterson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against New England, with the Falcons treating him as a game-time decision, Michael Rothstein of reports. The official designation was a foregone conclusion following reports of Patterson being a game-time call ahead of Thursday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff. The Falcons listed him as a limited practice participant Monday through Wednesday, providing optimism Patterson can avoid an absence after sitting out the entire second half of a blowout loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. If Patterson can't go, the Falcons will lean on Mike Davis and Wayne Gallman in the backfield.
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