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FANTASY PLAYS: Pivoting away from popular daily plays

It’s getting harder to gain an edge in daily fantasy football with more research tools and advanced statistics.Similar research processes lead many daily players to the same plays each given week.Last week, DailyRoto’s Colin Drew won more than $250,000 using a lineup optimizer to identify pivots — key spots to use players who won’t be […]

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Quinn, Falcons search for ways to end 3-game skid

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Coach Dan Quinn has been here before with a three-game losing streak.The Atlanta Falcons dropped three straight last year. They lost six in a row in Quinn’s first season in 2015.”None of us expected to be here with this losing record,” Quinn said Monday. “We also don’t expect to stay […]

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Falcons QB Ryan undergoes X-ray on foot, results negative

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had negative results on an X-ray of his foot following Sunday’s blowout loss at Pittsburgh.Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said Ryan is “100 percent good to go” this week against Tampa Bay after getting sacked six times and hit 11 additional times. Quinn did not say which […]

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Falcons sign former Jaguars DT Michael Bennett

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have signed defensive tackle Michael Bennett in a move which could reflect a new injury concern with starter Grady Jarrett.Jarrett left the final drive of the Falcons’ 37-36 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday with an ankle injury. Coach Dan Quinn said Monday that Jarrett is still being […]

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Ryan shines with arm and legs, Falcons beat Panthers 31-24

ATLANTA (AP) — The quarterback took off running, only to find three defenders waiting for him at the goal line.No problem. He simply ran right over them.Cam Newton?Nope, Matt Ryan.Ryan threw a pair of scoring passes, which wasn’t all that unusual, and also ran for two touchdowns for the first time in his career, leading […]

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Falcons RB Freeman (knee) out for Sunday’s game vs Carolina

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons will be missing another key starter for Sunday’s game against Carolina.Two-time Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman was ruled out after missing the entire week of practice with a knee injury, another blow to a team that was already reeling from injuries to defensive stalwarts Keanu Neal […]

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Falcons jarred by season-opening loss, 2 major injuries

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons came into the season with such high expectations.Then, a jarring dose of reality.As if a carbon-copy loss in Week 1 wasn’t bad enough, two significant injuries on defense have left this team reeling as it prepares for Sunday’s home opener against division rival Carolina.The Falcons lost hard-hitting […]

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Falcons place Pro Bowl LB Deion Jones on IR with foot injury

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons placed linebacker Deion Jones on injured reserve on Tuesday, taking a second 2017 Pro Bowler from the defense in less than a week.The move with Jones comes after coach Dan Quinn on Friday announced safety Keanu Neal suffered a torn ligament in his left knee and will […]

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