Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium | Coach: Dan Quinn
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense20th124.0 (8th)198.0 (23rd)
Defense27th115.0 (20th)246.0 (27th)

Schedule

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Thu Aug 10
L 20 - 23@MIA
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Sun Aug 20
L 13 - 17@PIT
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Sat Aug 26
L 14 - 24ARI
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Thu Aug 31
L 7 - 13JAC
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Sun Sep 10
W 23 - 17@CHI
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Sun Sep 17
W 34 - 23GB
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Sun Sep 24
W 30 - 26@DET
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Sun Oct 1
L 17 - 23BUF
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Sun Oct 15
L 17 - 20MIA
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Sun Oct 22
L 7 - 23@NE
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Sun Oct 29
W 25 - 20@NYJ
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Sun Nov 5
L 17 - 20@CAR
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Sun Nov 12
W 27 - 7DAL
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Mon Nov 20
W 34 - 31@SEA
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Sun Nov 26
W 34 - 20TB
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Sun Dec 3
L 9 - 14MIN
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Thu Dec 7
W 20 - 17NO
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Mon Dec 18
W 24 - 21@TB
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Sun Dec 24
L 13 - 23@NO
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Sun Dec 31
W 22 - 10CAR
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Sat Jan 6
W 26 - 13@LAR
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Sat Jan 13
L 10 - 15@PHI
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Standings

NFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
New Orleans11-5-04-2-0
Carolina11-5-03-3-0
Atlanta10-6-04-2-0
Tampa Bay5-11-01-5-0
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Falcons' Vic Beasley: Moving back to defensive end
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

According to head coach Dan Quinn, Beasley will move back to defensive end full-time next season, Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "I have re-assessed it," Quinn said. "He played six games at linebacker and two injured. I'm going to put him full-time, all-the-time back at pass rusher. I thought it was best for the team even though some of his production would go down. His best role is doing what he does. He won't go back to linebacker."

Beasley saw a serious dip in production in 2017, following up his league-leading 15.5-sack performance in 2016 with a disappointing five sacks this past year. A return to the defensive line for Beasley could spell the end for Adrian Clayborn's run with the team, as the starting defensive end enters the free agent market this offseason.

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Falcons' Devonta Freeman: Avoiding knee surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Dan Quinn revealed Thursday that Freeman won't require surgery on the MCL and PCL sprains in his right knee, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

After Saturday's divisional-round defeat at Philadelphia, Freeman discussed his health, noting the aforementioned knee issues. He was still a force as a runner and pass catcher throughout his fourth campaign, but his effectiveness in the former realm waned down the stretch. As evidence, he failed to reach 4.0 YPC in five of the Falcons' last seven contests, including each of the last four (including playoffs). Nonetheless, Freeman still averaged 84.4 yards from scrimmage per game and scored eight touchdowns in 14 regular-season outings, so he remains a valued fantasy asset, despite the presence of all-purpose RB Tevin Coleman in his own backfield.

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Falcons' Vic Beasley: Production tumbles in 2017
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Beasley recorded 29 tackles, five sacks, two pass breakups and one forced fumble over 14 games in 2017.

Beasley fell short of expectations in 2017 coming off a 15.5-sack performance in the season prior. Way short, in fact, as he graded out as Pro Football Focus' third-lowest-graded outside linebacker from a pass-rush standpoint. It's no coincidence that his production dipped simultaneously to that of the Falcons' offense -- which reached historic levels in 2016 -- as the Atlanta defense was much less frequently playing with a huge lead and Beasley consequently wasn't afforded as many pass-rush opportunities. In fact, the Falcons played the second-fewest third downs in 2017 (196) after having the 12th-most (213) the year before. If the Falcons offense, which averaged 33.8 points per game in 2016 compared to 22.2 this past season, can bounce back in even a modest way in 2018, Beasley's odds of doing so as well should be fairly high.

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Falcons' Dontari Poe: Tallies 39 tackles in 2017
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Poe produced 39 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two pass breakups over 16 games in 2017

After making a name as a premier defensive tackle during his five years with the Chiefs, Poe bolted for Atlanta on a one-year deal this past offseason and fared well with his new team, finishing with positive marks as both a pass rusher and run defender per Pro Football Focus. However, his statistical production expectedly remained modest while playing along within the interior of the defensive line. His fantasy value in 2018 will certainly depend on what team he signs with, but it's unlikely Poe becomes much of an IDP factor given the nature of his position.

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Falcons' Desmond Trufant: Continues solid play in 2017
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Trufant tallied 41 tackles, one sack, 12 pass breakups, two interceptions, one touchdown and two fumble recoveries across 15 games in 2017.

Trufant had another excellent season for the Falcons, ultimately finishing as Pro Football Focus' 16th-highest-graded cornerback. However, he again proved to be worth more as a real-life football player than as an IDP asset thanks to his low tackle totals. Considering he hasn't topped 42 tackles in each of the past three years, it's hard to place very much fantasy value on the Washington product in advance of the 2018 campaign, despite his reputation.

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