|Offense||20th||124.0 (8th)||198.0 (23rd)|
|Defense||27th||115.0 (20th)||246.0 (27th)|
|23||Alford, Robert||DB||5-10||186||11/1/1988||6||Southeastern Louisiana|
|5||Bosher, Matt||P||6-0||208||10/18/1987||8||Miami (Fla.)|
|35||Branch, Marcelis||DB||5-11||180||1/19/1994||1||Robert Morris|
|76||Brunskill, Daniel||T||6-5||260||1/27/1994||1||San Diego State|
|87||Burton, Deante||WR||6-2||205||7/12/1994||1||Kansas State|
|40||Coleman, Derrick (FA)||RB||6-0||233||10/18/1990||5||UCLA|
|95||Crawford, Jack||DE||6-5||274||9/7/1988||7||Penn State|
|75||Douglas, Jamil||G||6-4||308||2/28/1992||2||Arizona State|
|24||Freeman, Devonta||RB||5-8||206||3/15/1992||5||Florida State|
|Fusco, Brandon||C||6-4||306||7/26/1988||8||Slippery Rock|
|63||Garland, Ben||DE||6-5||308||4/6/1988||5||Air Force|
|89||Gray, Alex||TE||6-4||231||5/1/1991||1||No College|
|Grayson, Garrett||QB||6-2||220||5/29/1991||2||Colorado State|
|14||Hardy, Justin||WR||5-10||192||12/18/1991||4||East Carolina|
|64||Harlow, Sean||G||6-4||284||3/28/1995||2||Oregon State|
|36||Ishmael, Kemal (FA)||DB||6-0||206||5/6/1991||6||UCF|
|55||Jones, JT||DE||6-3||245||11/12/1993||1||Miami (Ohio)|
|27||Kazee, Damontae||CB||5-10||174||6/5/1993||2||San Diego State|
|67||Levitre, Andy||G||6-2||303||5/15/1986||10||Oregon State|
|70||Matthews, Jake||T||6-5||309||2/11/1992||5||Texas A&M|
|35||McFadden, Leon (FA)||DB||5-10||195||10/26/1990||4||San Diego State|
|20||Neasman, Sharrod||SAF||5-11||213||10/14/1991||3||Florida Atlantic|
|68||Pasztor, Austin (FA)||G||6-7||305||11/26/1990||6||Virginia|
|53||Reynolds, LaRoy (FA)||LB||6-1||240||11/3/1990||6||Virginia|
|19||Roberts, Andre (FA)||WR||5-11||195||1/9/1988||9||The Citadel|
|79||Rubin, Ahtyba (FA)||NT||6-2||310||7/25/1986||11||Iowa State|
|2||Ryan, Matt||QB||6-4||217||5/17/1985||11||Boston College|
|74||Sambrailo, Ty||T||6-5||311||3/10/1992||4||Colorado State|
|73||Schraeder, Ryan||T||6-7||300||5/4/1988||6||Valdosta State|
|71||Schweitzer, Wes||G||6-4||300||9/11/1993||3||San Jose State|
|90||Shelby, Derrick (FA)||DE||6-2||280||3/4/1989||7||Utah|
|80||Toilolo, Levine (FA)||TE||6-8||265||7/30/1991||6||Stanford|
|52||Tripp, Jordan (FA)||LB||6-3||234||4/3/1991||5||Montana|
|91||Upshaw, Courtney (FA)||LB||6-2||272||12/13/1989||7||Alabama|
|28||Ward, Terron||RB||5-7||201||2/15/1992||4||Oregon State|
|Weatherspoon, Sean (FA)||LB||6-2||244||12/29/1987||8||Missouri|
|43||Van Dyke, DeMarcus (IR)||DB||6-1||185||1/17/1989||4||Miami (Fla.)|
The defensive players gone from the roster are safeties Jonathon Amaya and Malcolm Bronson, linemen Dominique Hamilton, Kyle Love and Kona Schwenke, linebackers Alonzo Highsmith, Devan Walker and Nico Johnson and cornerbacks Justin Rogers and DeMarcus Van Dyke .
Shraeder has been in concussion protocol since suffering a head injury Week 2 against the Packers. It appears the 29-year-old made enough progress with his recovery during the team's bye week, and he's seemingly on track to start at right tackle Sunday against the Dolphins barring any setbacks.
The back issue prevented Saubert from practicing at any point this week and will force his first absence of the 2017 campaign. Exclusively a blocking tight end and special-teams contributor, Saubert doesn't offer any appeal in the fantasy realm.
Tupou will assume the roster spot of defensive end Jack Crawford (biceps), who was placed on injured reserve last week. The 24-year-old defensive tackle, who previously attended training camp with the Falcons before being cut in September, is expected to serve as the primary backup to Dontari Poe.
Sanu only saw five targets on a day where a whopping 16 targets went to Julio Jones. Sanu's 67 receptions on the year were a personal best, and his five touchdowns tied his career high, but it was hardly a breakout season for the sixth-year receiver. He's under contract for three more years, and as of now there's little reason for a big change in his expected production in 2018.
Crawford tore his biceps and is hopeful to return for Offseason Team Activities. However, even if his recovery takes longer than anticipated, he'll be back to full participation in time for training camp.
Magee played a depth role in two games earlier this season as Devonta Freeman battled a concussion, but he was released when Freeman completed the league's protocol. Freeman is currently nursing a knee injury ahead of Saturday's playoff game, but Magee will likely still only play on special teams either way.
Coleman last played for the Seahawks in 2015. Legal troubles prevented him from taking the field last season. He joins the Falcons alongside fullback Soma Vainuku, as the two will compete for a starting gig with the reigning NFC champions. In 31 games (seven starts) over three seasons with the Seahawks, Coleman recorded 11 receptions for 91 yards with two receiving touchdowns. He also rushed the ball 10 times for 35 yards.
Garland is thus set to spend the 2018 campaign with Atlanta while seeing a significant pay raise from the $690,000 he made last season.
His 116 total tackles were the second highest on the team behind Deion Jones, and he's now topped 100 total tackles in both his seasons in the league. He also has a knack for getting his hands on the ball, as he has eight forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 30 career games. He won't do much in the sack department, but he'll be a solid IDP option for the foreseeable future.
Despite ripping off an 88-yard touchdown in the first game of the year, Hooper saw his average per reception drop from 14.3 yards as a rookie to 10.7 in 2017. He had a couple drops in crucial moments and finished the season with 49 catches for 526 yards and three touchdowns on 65 targets, failing to top 50 yards in any game after Week 1. The 2016 third-round pick appears locked in as Atlanta's top tight end, but he'll need to display major improvement to earn consistent volume, as the Falcons have the luxury of leaning on wideouts Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, in addition to the impressive backfield duo of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Hooper was third on the team in targets, but it was a distant third behind Jones (149) and Sanu (97). The 23-year-old hopes to get a head start toward a potential breakout campaign by working with Ryan early in the offseason while many of his teammates are still on vacation.
Kazee has been slowed down by an ankle injury since mid-August, but is seemingly on track to play in the Falcons' opener against the Bears on Sunday. The 2017 fifth-round pick projects to provide depth in the secondary.
Poole finished fifth on the team in tackles, which is impressive considering it's only his second year in the league. There are better IDP options on this Falcons defense, but Poole has been a model of consistency in his two years in the league, and he should continue to see plenty of tackle opportunities next season.
Allen has been a dependable member of the Falcons' secondary over the past three seasons, starting in 45 of 48 regular season games. During that span he recorded two postseason interceptions amidst the team's Super Bowl run in 2016. Atlanta's decision to designate Allen with a second-round tender is an initial step toward securing the 26-year-old to a long-term contract, providing the Falcons with a talented safety tandem for the foreseeable future between him and Pro Bowl selection Keanu Neal.
Head coach Dan Quinn indicated Riley has began running and is coming closer to a return, but he will miss his third consecutive game after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in late October. Kemal Ishmael should continue to see an increased role on the Falcons' defense.
He only had one interception this year, which is surprising considering he's had at least two interceptions in all four previous seasons. He's under contract for three more years, so he should continue to be a decent IDP option with 50 to 70 expected tackles and the chance at a couple of interceptions.
Grayson has only suited up in one NFL game during his three-year career, but he has never played an offensive snap. He'll likely need a stellar training camp to prove he's worthy of being Matt Ryan's backup, since current backup Matt Schaub is an established veteran and has one year remaining on his contract.
Toilolo signed a three-year, $12 million contract last offseason, but the structure of the deal meant his status with Atlanta was still a year-to-year proposition. The 26-year-old tight end caught 12 passes on 421 offensive snaps in 2017, stuck behind Austin Hooper on the depth chart all season. Toilolo doesn't offer much as a receiver and likely will have to settle for backup work elsewhere.
After recording nine sacks in four seasons with the Dolphins, Shelby signed a four-year, $18 million deal with Atlanta in 2016 to compete for the role of starting defensive end. The acquisition proved to be non-lucrative for the team, as Shelby tore his Achilles midway through the regular season in 2016, and recorded just one sack in 18 regular season and postseason games during 2017. Now the Utah alum aims to find a seamless fit in free agency to revive his recently stagnant production.
Reynolds landed on injured reserve to start the season and recently returned to practice in preparation for Week 7. He could return to action for Sunday's game against Carolina, where he will once again primarily serve a special teams role.
After the Falcons signed Devonta Freeman to a five-year, $41.25 million extension in August, there was speculation Coleman would be available for trade in the 2018 offseason or else would be one of the major prizes in 2019 free agency. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff isn't ready to write off Coleman's long-term future with the organization, recently saying he can envision a scenario in which both running backs are handsomely paid. It still seems likely that Coleman could find a larger contract elsewhere, but Freeman's deal isn't so cumbersome as to entirely prevent the Falcons from discussing an extension with Coleman. The 2015 third-round pick dropped off to 4.0 yards per carry last season, but he remained efficient in the passing attack with 7.7 yards per target, also piling up 223 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a three-game stretch when Freeman missed time with a concussion.
Wreh-Wilson signed his third one-year deal with Atlanta in as many years. In eight games last season, the cornerback recorded just four tackles and one pass defensed. He'll continue to be a depth secondary and special teams player for the team in 2018.
Jones built on a strong rookie campaign, and he's racked up more than 100 total tackles in each of his two seasons in the league. His 91 solo tackles ranked sixth in the league, and he tied for fourth overall in total tackles. He should be a top IDP option entering next year.
Trufant isn't expected to practice Wednesday and appears in serious jeopardy of missing Sunday's game against the Vikings. With another key cornerback in Brian Poole (back) limited in the team's first practice of the week, the Falcons could be shorthanded in the secondary for the Week 13 matchup.
The reduction of Reed's $5.44 million cap hit affords Atlanta some much needed financial wiggle room, with the Falcons entering the offseason as a bottom-10 team in terms of available cap space. The eight-year veteran out of Cal proved to be more than a rotation player in 2017, starting in 14-plus games for the first time since 2013 and accounting for the second-highest sack total of his career with four.
Mack will suit up in Week 17, despite failing to participate in practice Thursday and Friday. If Mack were to re-injure his calf Sunday, Ben Garland could fill in at center.
Fuller, who tore his ACL last week, cleared waivers and will now spend a second consecutive year on the Falcons' IR.
Tripp has missed the last two games of the season due to the concussion and will now likely be out for the rest of the season. Tripp served as a depth option on the defensive front for the Falcons.
Ward didn't receive substantial playing time during his three seasons in the crowded Falcons' backfield, but the undrafted back out of Oregon State was a gritty performer during his tenure in Atlanta. He accumulated only 90 carries between 2015 and 2017 but performed reasonably well with limited opportunity, averaging 4.2 yards per carry and fumbling only once.
Davis spent a better part of the 2017 season off NFL rosters, but the 5-foot-11, 170-pound wideout will get another shot with the Falcons for the 2018 campaign. The Falcons have plenty of talent at receiver with Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, so Davis may have to find a spot on special teams to garner a roster spot.
In an effort to improve financial flexibility with the free agency period fast approaching, Levitre and the Falcons have agreed to terms which will better allow the team to add difference makers to the roster in the coming months. The veteran offensive guard has displayed remarkable durability in his career, starting in 140 consecutive games before being sidelined late in the season with a triceps injury. Despite head coach Dan Quinn hinting at the probability of Atlanta infusing youth into their interior offensive line, the 31-year-old Levitre returns to a group that tied for the third-fewest sacks allowed in 2017.
Upshaw exited Sunday's game in the first quarter, but the severity of his injury is currently unknown. Both Adrian Clayborn and Derrick Shelby likely will see extended snaps at defensive end in Upshaw's absence.
The Falcons waived Taniela Tupou from the 53-man roster to make room for Rubin, who will presumably take over Tupou's role as the top backup to defensive tackle Dontari Poe. The 31-year-old Rubin was once a high-end IDP asset along the defensive line with a pair of 80-tackle campaigns on his resume, but he's seen his effectiveness wane in recent years. Rubin's decline has resulted in him bouncing around the league a bit, as the Falcons are the third team he'll suit up for since 2016.
It was reported earlier in the offseason that Ishmael would be working with the linebackers when he recovered from shoulder surgery. Formerly a free safety, Ishmael played in just 27.9 percent of Atlanta's defensive snaps in 2016, but he managed to record 52 tackles. The position change will allow him to better utilize his skills as a tackler and could result in an increase in snaps for the 26-year-old defender.
Douglas is competing with Dallas Thomas for the starting job. Over the last few weeks, he's gone from occasional snaps to a 50/50 split of starting snaps.
"I like the fact that when he’s been in there he doesn’t make a lot of mental mistakes,” coach Joe Philbin said, per the Palm Beach Post. “I think he’s grasped the system relatively well. I think his play speed’s been pretty good. He doesn’t seem to hesitate a lot and that’s a good sign for a young guy. ... I really like what I see."
Jarrett took a step forward in his third season, ultimately finishing the year as Pro Football Focus' fourth-best defensive tackle against the run and ninth-highest-graded at his position overall. However, he still wasn't worth much as an IDP asset given his modest statistical production. While he remains under contract with Atlanta for another season, Jarrett is only worth a look in deep fantasy formats in advance of 2018 drafts.
After posting 48 tackles in 11 games last season, Campbell made his presence known in his second year, nearly doubling his tackle total and getting to the quarterback twice, something he never did in his rookie season. His 92 tackles ranked third on the team, and he should continue to see plenty of tackle opportunities in his third year in the league.
Sambrailo is expected to be replaced by Austin Pasztor during Sunday's game.
Shortly after the Falcons were eliminated from the playoffs in their divisional-round loss to the Eagles, Freeman relayed that he was playing through a sprained MCL and PCL in the knee, an injury he initially suffered in a Week 17 win over the Panthers. The two-time Pro Bowler was able to avoid surgery to address the matter, but remains conscious of easing up on his workload leading up to training camp in order to avoid a potential setback. It's not expected that Freeman will face many limitations -- if any -- by the time camp opens, so he should enter the 2018 campaign as a borderline top-10 fantasy option at running back in most settings after amassing 1,100 or more yards from scrimmage in each of the past three years.
He got past the Miami defense for a 40-yard touchdown back in October, but he did little else in the eight games he played this season. The Falcons have decent depth at wide receiver, and Hall will do everything he can to expand his role next year, as it's his final year under contract. Even though he's signed until 2019, there's no guarantee he'll be on the final 53-man roster when rosters are trimmed next year.
Prior to the report, Weatherspoon had been dealing with an illness of sorts. With his name clear from the dreaded weekly report, the expectation is that Weatherspoon will be ready for the team's game against the Saints on Thursday.
Barring the acquisition of another wide receiver to address Gabriel's departure, Hardy becomes a viable candidate to garner amplified attention in the Falcons' passing attack. Having hauled in a healthy 69 percent of passes thrown his way in 2017, Hardy has proven to possess sufficiently reliable hands to at least earn an audition as Atlanta's slot receiver. Hardy will aim to break out in his fourth pro season after racking up a monstrous 235 combined receptions during his junior and senior seasons at East Carolina.
Williams played in only one game for the Falcons this past season, catching three of four targets for 30 yards against the Bills in Week 4. However, he didn't see the field again until the playoffs, when he was almost exclusively used on special teams. It isn't clear what kind of attention he'll receive on the open market, but it's unlikely he'll find himself in a fantasy-relevant role ahead of the 2018 season.
It's the second year in a row McKinley has undergone shoulder surgery, as he will now focus on returning to full strength in time for the offseason program. McKinley played 401 defensive snaps across 16 regular season games in 2017.
The reason for Ryan's absence Tuesday was explained as a personal matter by the organization, per McClure. Ryan wouldn't elaborate on the topic Wednesday, but his ability to log every practice rep returns the Falcons offense to status quo. Over the past four contests, including Saturday's wild-card win against the Rams, he's completed 62 percent of his passes, averaged nearly 259 yards per game and recorded four touchdowns versus one interception.
The Falcons' injury report has included a number of key skill-position players in both weeks of postseason prep to date, including Jones, who followed a DNP/DNP/limited practice regimen prior to this contest. He's carried an ankle injury for most of the second half of the season, but his production hasn't experienced any dips. As evidence, Jones averaged six receptions (on 10 targets) for 97.8 yards per outing and reached the end zone three times over the last nine games. Consequently, he's a must-play, per usual, in the second round of the playoffs.
Bosher, who is nursing an ankle injury, was considered a game-time decision heading into the evening. The Falcons do not have another punter on their roster, so it is possible Bosher could still be playing through some pain. However, he will likely take on his usual responsibilities barring any setbacks.
Fusco becomes the Falcons' first external acquisition of the 2018 offseason, bringing with him a sound familiarity of the team's run scheme due to his time playing under former Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. The 29-year-old offensive guard played his first six NFL seasons in Minnesota before being signed by San Francisco last May, and he has missed only two starts over the past three seasons due to injury. Fusco is an injury-resistant player who possesses respectable run-blocking abilities, as 49ers backs averaged 3.9 yards per carry on runs behind him last season.
As a 2015 first-round pick, Beasley's salary for 2019 is guaranteed for injury only. After racking up 15.5 sacks while helping lead the Falcons to the Super Bowl in 2016, Beasley regressed badly last season, finishing with just five sacks across 14 games. The Falcons plan to move Beasley from outside linebacker to defensive end during the upcoming campaign with the hope of sparking his pass-rush production.
Roberts had the worst season of his career, as he finished this season with one more reception and 12 more yards than anyone in the viewing audience, assuming you're not a professional football player. The Falcons simply have too many offensive weapons for Roberts to see much action, as he only saw four targets this season. It seems likely that he'll try to find a new home this offseason, as he's an unrestricted free agent.
Bryant's lengthy career continues onward. After splitting the first seven years in the NFL with four different organizations, the 42-year-old just completed his ninth campaign with the Falcons, during which he's racked up at least 111 points in his seven full seasons with the squad. In 2016, in particular, Bryant notched a league-leading 158 points in the backs of a whopping 56 extra points and 37 field goals en route to an appearance in Super Bowl LI. With a commitment through the 2020 season, he'll have a chance to continue marching up the ranks of all-time leading scorers (he ranks 17th, as of the conclusion of 2017).