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Same old, same old for Falcons DST


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/19/2014) The Falcons had another lackluster performance on the defensive side of the ball Week 7 at Baltimore. True, they doubled their season total with two interceptions, both by Robert Alford (and in the end zone, no less), but that just prevented the game from being even more of a beat down than it already was.

In all, the Falcons allowed 29 points on 371 yards. They've allowed at least 27 points in each of their last four games. The 371 yards were actually their third lowest single-game total of the season. That's no kind of accomplishment.

Neither was their one sack against the Ravens considering it gave them all of seven on the season. Clearly, the Falcons are lacking in big-play ability on the defensive side of the ball, and it's not like they make up for it by keeping the opponent out of the end zone. You can leave the Falcons DST on waivers for Week 8 against the Lions in London.


Harry Douglas among Falcons inactives Week 7


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Falcons quarterback Sean Renfree, cornerback Javier Arenas, linebacker Tyler Starr, wide receiver Harry Douglas, defensive tackle Cliff Matthews, tackle Cameron Bradfield and guard Harland Gunn were ruled inactive Week 7 at Baltimore.

Nothing doing for Falcons DST again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/2014) The Falcons continued to flounder on the defensive side of the ball Week 6 against Chicago, allowing 27 points on 478 yards. They did equal a season high with three sacks (to give them an underwhelming total of seven on the year), but they didn't have any takeaways.

Week 3 against Tampa Bay was the one good defensive showing for the Falcons this season. Apart from that, they've allowed an average of 31.2 points on 459.4 yards in five games.

Clearly, the Falcons DST is nothing more than a last resort in Fantasy. You should bypass it again week Week 7 at Baltimore.


Falcons DST uninspiring again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/5/2014) Though the Falcons weren't quite as bad defensively Week 5 at the Giants as they were Week 4 at the Vikings, when they allowed 41 points on 558 yards, they weren't much help in a losing effort either, allowing 30 points on 317 yards.

It marked just the second time this year that they allowed fewer than 450 yards in a game, but their lack of big plays hardly made it a breakthrough performance. They recorded just one sack and recovered two fumbles.

The Falcons DST has been one of the most uninspiring units in Fantasy this season, so you certainly wouldn't want to resort to it Week 6 against the Bears.


Falcons list Harry Douglas among Week 5 inactives


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Falcons quarterback Sean Renfree, cornerback Javier Arenas, linebacker Tyler Starr, guard Justin Blalock, tackle Cameron Bradfield, wide receiver Harry Douglas and defensive lineman Cliff Matthews were all ruled inactive Week 5 at N.Y. Giants.

Falcons DST shows its true colors


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/29/2014) 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.


Falcons DST wrecks havoc on Bucs Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) The Falcons DST had a big game Thursday against the Buccaneers. 

Atlanta held the Bucs without a score until 8:46 was left in the game. The team was already ahead 56-0 at that point. Some of those points came as a result of strong defensive play. Atlanta managed one defensive touchdown after picking off Josh McCown. Devin Hester also returned a punt, putting Atlanta on the board for a second time. Overall, the team forced five fumbles, four of which were recovered. 

Atlanta will look for more Week 4 against the Vikings. 


Falcons defense doesn't impress


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) After making a couple big plays to help secure a victory against the Saints in Week 1, the Falcons defense didn't do anything noteworthy Week 2 at Cincinnati.

Instead, it allowed 24 points on 472 yards. And that score would have been worse if kicker Mike Nugent hadn't missed three field goals.

Even worse, the Falcons didn't record a single sack or turnover in the game. They have yet to record a sack all season.

They'll hope for better results Thursday night against the Buccaneers.


William Moore contributes six more tackles


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Falcons defensive back William Moore, who recorded six tackles in the season opener last week, had six more, including two solo, Week 2 at Cincinnati. He didn't force any fumbles like he did Week 1 against the Saints, though.

Moore averaged 5.4 tackles in his 16 games last season.


Joplo Bartu gets a bunch more tackles


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Falcons linebacker Joplu Bartu, who had 10 tackles in the season opener last week, recorded another nine, including eight solo, Week 2 at Cincinnati.

Bartu now has more tackles through two games than he had during any two-game stretch as a rookie last season.


Paul Worrilow keeps piling up tackles


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow, who had 15 tackles in the season opener last week, finished one short of that Week 2 at Cincinnati. He had 14 tackles, including six solo.

Worrilow averaged 12.2 tackles in his final nine games last season after beginning the year in a reserve role.


Falcons defense does as expected


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) The Falcons defense wasn't expected to slow the Saints' mighty offense Week 1 at Atlanta, and it didn't, allowing 34 points on 472 yards. But it at least had a couple of big plays.

Robert McClain made a nice play on the ball late in the third quarter, intercepting quarterback Drew Brees in the end zone, and William Moore forced a fumble out of Marques Colston in overtime. The Falcons didn't record a sack on the day.

They'll hope for better luck against the Bengals in Week 2.


Dwight Lowery makes good first impression


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Defensive back Dwight Lowery, who is beginning his first year with the Falcons after spending the last three with the Jaguars, was among the team's top tacklers Week 1 against the Saints. He finished with 11, including seven solo.

Lowery has never had more than 64 tackles in a season, and those came as a rookie in 2008.


Robert McClain picks off Drew Brees


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Though not even a starter, Falcons defensive back Robert McClain had one of the team's biggest defensive plays Week 1 against the Saints, intercepting quarterback Drew Brees in the end zone late in the third quarter.

It was only the second interception of McClain's career. He also had five tackles, including four solo.


William Moore gets big strip in Week 1


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Falcons defensive back William Moore had only a decent performance statistically Week 1 against the Saints, finishing with six tackles, including four solo. But he made arguably the biggest play of the game, stripping the ball away from wide receiver Marques Colston at the start of overtime to put the Falcons in position for a game-winning field goal.

"You've only got two eyes. You can't see behind you," Moore said of the play. "I'm going to continue to work on that and hopefully I can get some more throughout the season."

Moore forced three fumbles last season to go along with 86 tackles and three interceptions.


Paul Worrilow picks up where he left off


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow, who stepped up as an injury replacement last year to become one of the leading tacklers in the NFL, showed Week 1 against the Saints that he didn't lose anything in the offseason, leading the way with 15 tackles, including seven solo.

He averaged 12.2 tackles in his final nine games last season.


Two lone Falcons on injury report expected to play


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) The Falcons should have a full complement of players for Week 1 against the Saints, as they enter Sunday's game with only two players listed on the official injury report.

Defensive lineman Corey Peters (Achilles) and defensive back Dezmen Southward (concussion) were both able to participate in practice without limitation throughout the week and are officially probable for Sunday's game. There are no other players on the injury report for the game.


Falcons defense doesn't stand a chance


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/2/2014) Coming off a poor showing in 2013, the Falcons defense couldn't ask for a tougher test to begin 2014. The Saints come to town in Week 1.

The Saints, of course, are an offensive juggernaut coming off another fine season in which they ranked fourth in total offense and second in passing offense. The Falcons, conversely, tied for 27th in total defense and 21st in passing defense. They allowed a 102.4 passer rating, second-best in the league.

The Falcons made some changes to their defense this offseason in the hope of better results, signing Dwight Lowery to play free safety and switching to a 3-4 scheme, but those changes won't be enough to slow down Drew Brees and company. And if the Saints jump out to an early lead and can rely on the ground game more than usual, the matchup is even more in their favor. The Falcons ranked 31st against the run last season, allowing 135.8 yards per game.

Clearly, this isn't the week to gamble on the Falcons DST.


Dezmen Southward sits out finale with concussion


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Falcons rookie safety Dezmen Southward will not play Thursday against the Jaguars because of a concussion, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. It remains to be seen if he'll be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

Dwight Lowery, Pat Angerer both take part in light workout


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Falcons safety Dwight Lowery and linebacker Pat Angerer both participated in a light workout session Saturday afternoon, just a day after missing the team's first preseason game. Both players were working back from a concussion and could be cleared to return to practice on Monday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jacques Smith feels fine after helmet-to-helmet hit


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Falcons linebacker Jacques Smith left Friday's preseason game at home against the Dolphins after taking a a helmet-to-helmet hit in the fourth quarter. He told ESPN after the game that he was"fine" and could have returned into the game.

Falcons rookie LB Marquis Spruill to miss 2014 season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) The Falcons announced Thursday linebacker Marquis Spruill will miss the entire 2014 season after suffering a torn ACL in practice Wednesday. Spruill was drafted in the fifth round (168th overall) out of Syracuse.

Ra'Shede Hageman did not suffer fractured wrist


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Updating a previous report: Falcons defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman, who was involved in a fight on Sunday, did not suffer a broken wrist or any broken bones, according to the NFL Network. The second-round selection out of Minnesota in this year's draft threw a punch at center Joe Hawley during pass rush drills. 

Sean Weatherspoon out for season


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/11/2014) The Falcons announced Tuesday that linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will miss the entire 2014 season after rupturing his Achilles tendon during a workout.

"During Sean's run today with our medical staff, he suffered an injury," coach Mike Smith said in a statement. "We sent Sean to the doctor for some additional testing and evaluation and unfortunately the results showed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon. Sean had been working extremely hard to get back on the field, but regrettably he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have a procedure done in the near future and we expect him to make a full recovery."

Weatherspoon is entering the final year of his contract and will be a free agent after this year.


Falcons re-sign Robert McClain


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) The Falcons re-signed defensive back Robert McClain Friday, though the terms of the deal are not yet known.

McClain played in all 16 games for the Falcons last season, with six starts, and recorded 66 tackles and five pass defenses. He was a restricted free agent this offseason, but did not find much interest with a seventh-round tender attached to him.