Archive for the ‘Julio Jones’ Category

After we put what little there was remaining of some sort of Colin Kaepernick debate  to rest (DIE DIE DIE), this became a Sunday morning with very few serious, last minute injury decisions. And you know, that’s kind of nice, because now when Yahoo crashes in about an hour you’ll have no reason to say awful words and speak of death. You’re welcome?

As usual, we’ll have our roundup of the remaining notable actives and inactives shortly once the list becomes official. But for now, please note that as anticipated, we expect a positive decision on one of the few lingering injuries with a significant fantasy impact. Namely, Julio Jones will play.

That’s the word according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who reported earlier this morning that the Falcons’ receiver who’s been dealing with an ankle injury and was listed as questionable after he was unable to make it through Atlanta’s win oer Arizona last week will play. That’s terrific, but it’s news that still comes with a bit of uncertainty, which sucks.

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If you’re a fantasy owner of St. Louis Rams WR Danny Amendola, you’ve been blessed (and cursed) with a combination of above-average production and game-time uncertainty. In seven games this season, Amendola has 50 receptions for 538 yards receiving and two touchdowns. That’s good for 77 yards per game and 10.8 yards per catch.

Not bad for a guy you probably plucked from the waiver wire after his week two break-out (15 grabs for 160 yards and a TD).

But…that’s right, there’s a but.

Amendola has been hampered by a myriad of injuries, including one (an injured right foot) he suffered during a week 11 game against the New York Jets. His wonky foot has kept him out of practice all week, and he’s been listed as “doubtful” for the Rams game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

In conclusion, start Amendola at your own risk. Seriously, you probably shouldn’t start him. Especially if you’re trying to make a late season charge into the playoffs, do not risk leaving points on the bench.

Look out, here comes more hurt…

It’s not a good match up as it is, the Cardinals pass defense ranks second in the NFL. With that said Roddy White and Harry Douglas become stronger plays in most fantasy formats even if Julio Jones sees the field this afternoon. ‘Limited’ could mean a lot of things, but for Mike Smith and the Falcons there’s no sense in rushing Jones at this stage in the season. Unfortunately, sitting the Alabama product may be the best course of action.

Update: Jones is active, but the above remains true.

Julio Jones is on pace for 1,249 receiving yards this year, and he’s been particularly hot during the Falcons’ last three games since their Week 7 bye, with 327 yards during that stretch at a pace of 29.7 yards per catch, and in each of those games he’s logged a catch of at least 40 yards.

There, that’s the good news out of the way first. Now go find a quiet, comfy corner.

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UPDATE: Feel free to sigh heavily. Jones has returned, but how limited he is remains to be seen. He’ll need a late-game outburst to salvage his fantasy day.

All is not well for those undefeated Falcons who get no respect ever, which is why Tony Gonzalez wants to eat you. Drew Brees just did a thing that Drew Brees does often, tossing a 29-yard pass that landed in Jimmy Graham’s hands for a touchdown, making this Brees’ 52nd straight game with a TD pass.

Quickly, Atlanta’s early 10-0 lead has evaporated after 14 unanswered points which mostly came through a ground gashing highlighted by Chris Ivory’s 56-yard touchdown romp. Just four minutes into the second quarter the Falcons have already given up 96 total rushing yards at a pace of 10.7 per carry. For those without an abacus handy, that’s a first down every time the Saints run.

But it gets worse, because of course it does. While the above two paragraphs are depressing only to Falcons fans, this next item hurts you, the owner of a key player on an explosive offense.

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After two straight years of early playoff exits and questions surrounding both sides of the ball, the Atlanta Falcons finally appear to be a formidable force, flying high to a league-best 8-0 record through nine weeks of the season. A big reason for their success is the play of Matt Ryan and the offense, which has been producing on average 27.5 points per game through a lot of big plays off play action.

Former San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh would be proud of Ryan’s play-action execution, which Walsh called the “single best tool available to take advantage of a disciplined defense” at a coaching seminar many years ago. The eye-popping numbers Ryan has registered are prime evidence:  117.8 quarterback rating and 8.5 yards per attempt.

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"I'm going to catch all of the footballs today. Cool?"

That’s the same question we asked about Dennis Pitta on Friday when he didn’t have a reception while being targeted only once throughout the Ravens’ Thursday night win over Cleveland. We told you not to panic, because there’s plenty of reason to believe Pitta’s sudden disappearance was and will be an outlier.

Now Julio Jones didn’t have a reception in the first half of Atlanta’s game today against Carolina, and there’s at least a little reason to worry. But only your pinky toe should be dangling from a ledge.

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