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Falcons Top Fantasy Players

These are the top fantasy football players of the Atlanta Falcons as ranked by Average Draft Position (ADP) in PPR-format mock drafts.

Data as of June 7, 2023.

# Name Pos Team ADP Bye

Atlanta Falcons 2020 Schedule

Week Home/Away Opponent
1 Home Seattle Seahawks
2 Away Dallas Cowboys
3 Home Chicago Bears
4 Away Green Bay Packers
5 Home Carolina Panthers
6 Away Minnesota Vikings
7 Home Detroit Lions
8 Away Carolina Panthers
9 Home Denver Broncos
11 Away New Orleans Saints
12 Home Las Vegas Raiders
13 Home New Orleans Saints
14 Away Los Angeles Chargers
15 Home Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16 Away Kansas City Chiefs
17 Away Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Atlanta Falcons News

Hayden Hurst, Should practice Friday

Coach Frank Reich said he expects Hurst (sports hernia) to participate in individual drills at OTAs on Friday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The 29-year-old has been sidelined for the start of Carolina's voluntary offseason workouts after he underwent offseason surgery for a sports hernia, but he's nearing his return to the field. Hurst agreed to a three-year contract with the Panthers in March and should have plenty of time to get back to full health before the start of training camp.

Hayden Hurst player page.

June 1, 2023 12:44 PM EST


Calvin Ridley, Getting eased back into action

Speaking Tuesday, coach Doug Pederson said the Jaguars are limiting Ridley's reps at OTAs as a way to ease him back into football shape, ESPN's Michael DiRocco reports.

Analysis: Pederson said Ridley will be limited at OTAs and minicamp before gaining full clearance for training camp in July. "He hasn't played in a while plus the injury, so we're just trying to be careful with him," Pederson said. "But he's doing a great job. He's picking up the offense well." Ridley hasn't played in a game since October of 2021 when he was injured with the Falcons before being suspended for all of the 2022 campaign. Ridley should have no problem displacing Zay Jones as the Jaguars' top weapon next to Christian Kirk.

Calvin Ridley player page.

May 30, 2023 12:13 PM EST


Austin Hooper, Facing competition for No. 1 role

Hooper could slide to No. 2 on the depth chart after the Raiders selected fellow tight end Michael Mayer with the 35th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, Vic Tafur of TheAthletic.com reports.

Analysis: Hooper originally faced little competition for the No. 1 role at tight end when he signed with Las Vegas in March after the team dealt Darren Waller to the Giants, but a second-round rookie has since entered the conversation as Mayer projects to vulture first-team reps sooner rather than later. Mayer's introduction therefore limits the ceiling on Hooper's fantasy outlook, and 2017 first rounder O.J. Howard could factor into the TE mix as well.

Austin Hooper player page.

May 30, 2023 8:57 AM EST


Kyle Pitts, Not practicing yet

Pitts (knee) isn't practicing this week, Josh Kendall of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Pitts spent the winter rehabbing from November surgery on a Grade 2 MCL sprain, and given the typical return timeline it's possible he's already back to full strength and is just absent from voluntary OTAs or being brought along cautiously. Earlier reports had him on schedule in the recovery process, and Falcons coach Arthur Smith said this week that he expects all the guys absent from practice this week to be ready for training camp. The knee is probably less of a concern than how Pitts fits in Smith's run-heavy offense, after he dropped from 60.4 yards per game and 9.4 per target as a rookie to 35.6 YPG and 6.0 YPT last season. The Falcons will continue running often after using the eighth overall pick on RB Bijan Robinson, but it's at least a safe assumption that whatever passing volume they have will largely go to Pitts and WR Drake London. It's harder to say if the trio of top-10 picks -- one from each of the past three drafts -- can help second-year QB Desmond Ridder become an efficient passer.

Kyle Pitts player page.

May 25, 2023 11:59 AM EST


Calvin Ridley, Making strong early impression

Jaguars offensive coordinator Press Taylor was "really impressed" by Ridley after the first practice of OTAs on Monday, Demetrius Harvey of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: "I've been impressed with him," head coach Doug Pederson said. "He's been here, he's been focused, engaged, doing the things we've asked him to do." Ridley was suspended for the entire 2022 campaign for violating the league's gambling policy and played in only five games during 2021 in order to focus on his mental health, but he appears to be in top shape after being acquired by Jacksonville in November. Pederson also indicated the 28-year-old has been active in the offseason program, which should put him in a strong position to establish an on-field rapport with QB Trevor Lawrence.

Calvin Ridley player page.

May 23, 2023 8:45 PM EST