Atlanta Falcons

Roddy White and Julio Jones Will Let You Down Against Jags

The Falcons receivers won't put up many fantasy points against Jacksonville
<p> The Falcons receivers won't put up many fantasy points against Jacksonville</p>

It’s semifinals weeks for most of us in the fantasy football world, and you start clinching up a little more when it comes to setting your lineups. Such is the case with the opening game of Week 15 as the Jacksonville Jaguars travel to play the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.

Falcons receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones are certainly two players many of us are counting on to get our semifinals started off the right way, but the numbers say they might not come through.

Matt Ryan Should Be in Your Starting Lineup Today Against Houston

The Falcons quarterback should put up big numbers against the Texans
<p> The Falcons quarterback should put up big numbers against the Texans</p>

I’m going with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan as a confident start in Week 13 at Houston.

It’s a tough matchup. Ryan’s got injuries on his side of the ball; the Texans are tough on the defensive side of the ball. But Ryan will come through for you this week as a starting fantasy QB in 12-team leagues.

Here’s what we’re looking at with the matchup.

Julio Jones Expected to Play Against the Texans; Should You Start Him?

The Falcons receiver has battled hamstring problems
<p> The Falcons receiver has battled hamstring problems</p>
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Julio Jones is expected to suit up against the Texans and make it into the starting lineup today after battling hamstring issues the last few weeks.

Jones missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday after missing the last two weeks of football, but should be playing today for the first time since November 13th.

The questions is, do you play him?

The short answer is yes. (The even shorter answer is y).

NFL Picks: Every Game, Week 13

A look at every NFL game for Week 13, with the consensus pick of Athlon Sports' editors.
<p> A look at every NFL game for Week 13 — including the Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons at Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers at New York Giants and Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints — with the consensus pick of Athlon Sports' editors.</p>

A quick preview of every game on the NFL schedule for Week 13, along with the consensus picks of Athlon Sports editors Mitchell Light, Rob Doster, Nathan Rush, Patrick Snow and Steven Lassan:

Harry Douglas Will Be Your Fantasy Savior This Week

The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver will have a breakout game on Sunday
<p> The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver will have a breakout game on Sunday</p>

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones missed three straight days of practice this week with the injured hamstring that forced the rookie out of the Falcons’ Week 10 game against New Orleans. It was the same hamstring injury that had made Jones a questionable play leading up to the Saints game. And now his availability today against the Tennessee Titans is highly in doubt.

Should Roddy White Be Benched Today Against the Titans?

The Titans Cortland Finnegan is a shutdown corner. That's bad news for the Falcons' Roddy White
<p> The Titans Cortland Finnegan is a shutdown corner. That's bad news for the Falcons' Roddy White</p>

Career paths cross Sunday in Atlanta when Tennessee cornerback Cortland Finnegan and Falcons receiver Roddy White meet in the Georgia Dome. Finnegan’s 2011 path has him on the way up, while White’s looks like it is going down.

According to Pro Football Focus, the Titans are the seventh best team in the league in the Website’s pass coverage rankings. Finnegan, Tennessee’s top corner, is allowing 6.3 points per game to fantasy receivers in Athlon’s half-PPR scoring format.

NFL Picks: Every Game, Week 11

A look at every NFL game for Week 11, with the consensus pick of Athlon Sports' editors.
<p> A preview of every NFL game for Week 11 — including the San Diego Chargers at Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons — with the consensus pick of Athlon Sports' editors.</p>

A quick preview of every game on the NFL schedule for Week 11, along with the consensus picks of Athlon Sports editors Mitchell Light, Rob Doster, Nathan Rush, Patrick Snow and Steven Lassan:

Mike Smith Made Right Call On Fourth Down

Falcons coach Mike Smith went for it rather than punt in overtime against the Saints.
<p> Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith went for it on 4th-and-Inches rather than punt from his own 29-yard-line in overtime against the New Orleans Saints.</p>

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith went for it rather than punt on 4th-and-Inches from his own 29-yard-line with 10:52 remaining in overtime against the NFC South division rival New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Hamstrung by Julio Jones this week? Let Falcon fly in Week 10.

Fantasy owners are wondering what to do with the Atlanta rookie. Is he a reliable start?
<p> Fantasy owners are wondering what to do with the Atlanta rookie. Is he a reliable start?&nbsp;</p>

Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones jumped back on the fantasy radar after his two-touchdown, 131-yard performance in a quarter and change against Indianapolis last week.

However, he did not come out unscathed from the Colts game. He has again battled the hamstring injury this week, being limited in practice on both Thursday and Friday. He is probable for Sunday’s game against AFC South rival New Orleans.

It leaves fantasy owners wondering what to do with the rookie. Is he a reliable start?

NFL Picks: Every Game, Week 10

A look at every NFL game for Week 10, along with the consensus pick of Athlon Sports' editors.
<p> A look at every NFL game for Week 10 — including Steelers at Bengals, Saints at Falcons, Lions at Bears, Giants at 49ers and Patriots at Jets — along with the consensus pick of Athlon Sports' editors.</p>

A quick preview of every game on the NFL schedule for Week 10, along with the consensus picks of Athlon Sports editors Mitchell Light, Rob Doster, Nathan Rush, Patrick Snow and Steven Lassan:

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