2013 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Atlanta Falcons
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Falcons have all the pieces in place to make a strong run this season. Their defense might be the key. If they can make more strides and do a better job stopping the pass, Atlanta is a team that could win it all in 2013. The Falcons can make a case for best offense in the league, which should keep them in most games even if the defense has some issues. This is a double-digit win team and legit Super Bowl contender.

FANTASY BREAKOUT

Harry Douglas, WR. Douglas got a little more work last season but still didn't produce big, consistent numbers. He was a little hit or miss as the fourth option in the Falcons passing game. But he makes plays when given the chance and the Falcons find ways to get their playmakers involved. And with Tony Gonzalez another year older, Douglas could get a few more targets this season. It wouldn't surprise to see him top 50 receptions and get a few more scores. The Falcons throw often, so Douglas will get his chances. He could provide more value in PPR leagues this season.

FANTASY DUD

Steven Jackson, RB. You have to like his touchdown potential in this offense but we aren't thrilled with his yardage potential in this pass-first offense. Jackson also has a history of getting nicked and isn't getting any younger. He has a ton of carries under his belt and you have to wonder if he can hold up much longer. His numbers won't be awful but we aren't sure he'll be worth his draft spot this season. He'll probably go higher than he should.

Team Notes

Apr 08, 04:53 PM The Atlanta Falcons singed CB Josh Wilson (Redskins) Tuesday, April 8 to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Apr 08, 03:43 PM The Atlanta Falcons signed SS Dwight Lowery (Jaguars) Tuesday, April 8. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Apr 02, 12:13 PM The Tennessee Titans are scheduled to meet with free-agent OG Garrett Reynolds (Falcons) Wednesday, April 2.
Mar 31, 08:32 AM Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan will receive $15 million Monday, March 31, as a deferred payment from his 2013 signing bonus.
Mar 28, 07:42 PM The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed restricted free-agent CB Robert McClain. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Mar 28, 02:12 PM Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is optimistic that RB Steven Jackson will bounce back from a disappointing 2013 season in which he played in only 12 games due to a hamstring injury and averaged a career-low 3.5 yards per carry. Jackson finished the year with six touchdowns in the final six games, however. Atlanta uses a committee at running back with Jackson and RBs Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith.

Fantasy Impact: We aren't so sure. Jackson just can't stay healthy these days, which is a concern.
Mar 26, 01:33 PM Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said WR Julio Jones (foot) is ahead of schedule in his recovery after having surgery on his foot last season. Smith said Jones has resumed running, and the team expects him to be 100 percent healthy soon.
Mar 25, 10:53 AM Updating previous reports, Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester received a three-year, $9 million deal with $4 million guaranteed. He received a $2.5 million signing bonus and has salaries of $1 million, $2.5 million and $3 million.
Mar 23, 02:32 AM Atlanta Falcons DEs Osi Umenyiora and Kroy Biermann will be back with the team in 2014 without having to restructure their contracts. The team originally wanted Umenyiora to take a pay cut but backed off when they saw how he was mentoring younger players.
Mar 20, 04:52 PM The Atlanta Falcons plan to use WR Devin Hester in 'creative ways' this season. He played both wide receiver and defensive back in his time with the Chicago Bears, although he didn't play receiver last season.
Mar 20, 03:22 PM The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with WR Devin Hester (Bears) on a three-year contract Thursday, March 20. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: Hester probably won't get a ton of work in the passing game but gives the Falcons a boost in the return game.
Mar 19, 09:03 PM The Atlanta Falcons and free-agent DT Peria Jerry (Falcons) agreed to terms Wednesday, March 19. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
Mar 19, 03:33 PM Updating a previous report, the Atlanta Falcons signed CB Javier Arenas to a one-year deal worth $795,000.
Mar 19, 03:03 PM The Miami Dolphins have not scheduled a meeting with free-agent WR Devin Hester (Bears) at this point even though they have expressed interest in him.
Mar 19, 12:53 PM The Green Bay Packers could show interest in free-agent WR Devin Hester (Bears) if they are comfortable with his asking price. The team has not pursued Hester at this point.
Mar 19, 12:53 PM Free-agent WR Devin Hester (Bears) is currently looking for $4 million per season in his next contract.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
RB Steven Jackson, DL Osi Umenyiora. 

Losses:
QB Luke McCown, RB Michael Turner, WR Kerry Meier, OT Tyson Clabo, OT Will Svitek, DL John Abraham, LB Mike Peterson, CB Dominique Franks, CB Brent Grimes, CB Dunta Robinson. 

2013 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  22 Desmond TrufantDB
 # 2  28 Robert AlfordDB
 # 4  30 Malliciah GoodmanDL
 # 4  36 Levine ToiloloTE
 # 5  20 Stansly MapongaDL
 # 7  37 Kemal IshmaelDB
 # 7  38 Zeke MottaDB
 # 7  43 Sean RenfreeQB
 Undrafted Donald RussellRB
 Undrafted Darius JohnsonWR
 Undrafted Paul WorrilowLB
 Undrafted Joplo BartuLB

2013 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     at New Orleans
2     Sep 14 1:00PM     St Louis
3     Sep 21 4:05PM     at Miami
4     Sep 28 8:30PM     New England
5     Oct 6 8:40PM     New York Jets
-- Week 6 Bye --
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
8     Oct 26 4:25PM     at Arizona
9     Nov 2 1:00PM     at Carolina
10     Nov 9 1:00PM     Seattle
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
12     Nov 20 8:25PM     New Orleans
13     Nov 30 4:05PM     at Buffalo
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     at Green Bay
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     Washington
16     Dec 22 8:40PM     at San Francisco
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     Carolina
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