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Atlanta Falcons

Stadium: Georgia Dome | Coach: Mike Smith
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense1st121.8 (14th)322.2 (2nd)
Defense31st153.5 (27th)276.2 (29th)

Last Game

Sun, September 28
TCF Bank Stadium
TV: FOX
Atlanta Falcons
at
Minnesota Vikings
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Game Leaders

ATL
Passing: M. Ryan (25-41, 298)
Rushing: A. Smith (4-62)
Receiving: J. Jones (6-82)

MIN
Passing: T. Bridgewater (19-30, 317)
Rushing: J. McKinnon (18-135)
Receiving: J. Wright (8-132)

Schedule

Sun Sep 7
W 37 - 34NO
Recap
Sun Sep 14
L 24 - 10at CIN
Recap
Thu Sep 18
W 56 - 14TB
Recap
Sun Sep 28
L 41 - 28at MIN
Recap
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 5
FOXat NYG
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 12
CHI
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 19
at BAL
9:30 am EDT
Sun Oct 26
DET
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 9
at TB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 16
at CAR
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 23
CLE
4:05 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
ARI
8:30 pm EST
Mon Dec 8
at GB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 14
PIT
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 21
at NO
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28
CAR

Standings

NFC
South
CONF
W-L-T
Overall
W-L-T
Atlanta2-1-02-2-0
Carolina2-0-02-2-0
New Orleans1-2-01-3-0
Tampa Bay0-3-01-3-0
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Falcons expect Harry Douglas to return to practice this week
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Falcons coach Mike Smith said Monday he expects wide receiver Harry Douglas, who sat out Week 4 due to a foot injury, to return to practice this week. The Falcons will play the Giants in Week 5.

Douglas is fourth on the Falcons in receiving yards (121). He has been targeted 18 times in three games and has 12 receptions and one touchdown.

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Report: Falcons center Joe Hawley unlikely to play Week 5
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

While the Falcons are still evaluating the MRI results on center Joe Hawley's injured knee, it remains unlikely Hawley will play Week 5 at N.Y. Giants, per ESPN.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1412009378
Devin Hester reflects well on Harry Douglas
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

With Harry Douglas inactive because of a foot injury, Devin Hester played the role of third wheel to Julio Jones and Roddy White Week 4 at Minnesota, catching five passes for 70 yards and a touchdown.

The 70 yards were more than Douglas has had in a game this season. Yet because the performance came with Douglas sidelined, it only further validated that the Falcons offense is designed for three wide receivers and able to sustain three wide receivers. Between quarterback Matt Ryan's poor showing in Week 2 and the early injury to Douglas in Week 3, Douglas' relevance to Fantasy owners had been in doubt.

When Douglas returns, Hester won't just go away, but he was clearly a lesser part of the passing game in Week 2 and before Douglas went down in Week 3. I'm thinking Douglas is still the better choice as a bye-week replacement and occasional start in points-per-reception leagues.

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Antone Smith's proclivity for TDs kind of stupid
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Falcons running back Antone Smith broke off a 48-yard touchdown run Week 4 at Minnesota, giving him three scores of 35 yards or more in four games this season. The problem is he's gotten the ball only 13 times.

His proclivity for the big play has been consistent enough that you can't just dismiss it as a total fluke -- he had two scores of 35 yards or more over the last six weeks last year, too -- yet I don't know how else to approach it. He's probably going to get some attention on waiver wire this week just because Fantasy Football at its essence is little more than the meaningless pursuit of touchdowns, but what I wonder is, in his current role, when would he be worth starting? Is the chance of him giving you 10 or 11 Fantasy points really worth the even greater chance of him giving you nothing? I think most Fantasy owners would agree the reward doesn't justify the risk there.

Don't get caught up in the big plays. Smith is a sparsely used change-of-pace back who happens to be better than most.

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Falcons DST shows its true colors
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

One week after stunning Tampa Bay with a dominant performance in which they scored two touchdowns on the defensive side of the ball, the Falcons were back to their old tricks Week 4 at Minnesota. Against a rookie quarterback making his first career start, they allowed a season-high 41 points on a season-high 558 yards, and for the second time this season, they didn't record a sack or interception.

The Falcons have now allowed 450-plus yards in three of their four games. The one exception was that Thursday night game against the Buccaneers.

Don't let that game shape your perception of the Falcons DST. It's one of the worst units in Fantasy, and you should avoid it for Week 5 at the Giants.

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