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Atlanta Falcons fantasy preview

Who to target and avoid in fantasy football from the Atlanta Falcons.

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Warren Sharp’s Strength of Schedule: Warren Sharp projects the Atlanta Falcons to face the 17th easiest overall offensive schedule, yet the 5th-hardest run-defense schedule. The NFC South features high-scoring teams with bad secondaries. For this reason, the Falcons are a team to target in fantasy.

Must Draft

Matt Ryan had a downright dominant 2018 but was overshadowed by Patrick Mahomes. This offense is a behemoth, trust in its passer.

Julio Jones has five straight seasons crossing the 1,400 yard mark. What more do you need?

Devonta Freeman is in line for the biggest workload of his career with the departure of Tevin Coleman. That being said, the style of injury he suffered to both his PCL and MCL, in the same knee, will always be a problem -- the tendons stretched, they did not tear. This type of injury never fully heals and leaves the tendons somewhat slack. He is one of the highest injury risks of 2019.

Good values

Calvin Ridley is still playing behind Mohamed Sanu but will likely outproduce him as Ridley mans the fantasy-friendly slot and new OC Dirk Koetter frequently utilizes 3-wide sets.

Monitor

Ito Smith and Brian Hill have taken turns outplaying each other this preseason. Whichever back wins the No. 2 RB job will be worth rostering with your final draft pick.

Avoid

Mohamed Sanu is a fine football player but unless it’s a deep PPR league, aim higher.