Falcons Defense | D/ ST
Defensive Coordinator: Mike Nolan
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Fantasy Football Outlook: As a life time 49ers fan I have respect for what Mike Nolan can do on the defensive side of the football. He will find a way to make most defenses play at least respectable defense, but I’m not sure this group will play at the same level we saw a year ago.
Brent Grimes won’t return (although he did miss most of last year with an Achilles injury), and Dunta Robinson is gone to the Chiefs. That’s two veteran corners in one off-season, but at least they did a nice job in the draft by landing Desmond Trufant in the first round.
While John Abraham was the teams top pass rusher over his time in Atlanta, he wasn’t retained and they will count on free agent Osi Umenyiora to fill the gap to help rush the quarterback.
Don’t look to Atlanta as a draft day defensive pickup, but they might prove to be worth a matchup play off the waiver wire. At the end of the day, Atlanta is in one of the better offensive divisions in football and it will be challenge to consistently provide start-worthy fantasy points.
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
With Mike Nolan coming to town, the early thought was the Falcons were going to transition to a 3-4 base. That doesn’t appear to be the case, and it’s a good thing because this team isn’t suited for it.
Ray Edwards was a disappointment last year but perhaps an early knee injury was to blame. While Korey Biermann has played well as a rotational end, it’s aging veteran John Abraham that leads the Falcons pass rush.
Atlanta has a solid rotation up front as Corey Peters played well, and Peria Jerry gives them good minutes off the bench.
I do like the addition of Asante Samuel in terms of adding a play making corner, but he’s also susceptible to gambling and giving up big plays. Defending the vertical passing game was a major problem for this team a year ago, and will be again.
Often I agree with Pro Football Focus but where their numbers (ranked Atlanta 10th defense overall last year) and fantasy numbers collide is that the Falcons are not a shut you down type of defense. Nor are they a great at accumulating a lot of sacks, and with the loss of middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (Lofa Tatupu as replacement), this squad won’t be on my list to draft.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
Atlanta did a fine job of keeping key free agents in house on and with the addition of Ray Edwards, they now have to legit pass rushers on both sides of the front line. Look to the Falcons as one of the top ten defenses to select this season as they will be a playoff team.
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While the Falcons have a solid defense that can help them win many football games, they’re not the greatest for fantasy leagues. I do hold out hop that Sean Weatherspoon can up his game and maybe make this team more of a presence for turnovers and sacks, but he’s no Cameron Wake of the Dolphins by any stretch.
The Falcons may very well go as someone’s starting defense in your fantasy league but that is mostly because they were a winning team last season, but don’t you be the one to fall for them.
If you’re going to have hopes of winning in the NFC South you need a good secondary when you face the Saints. Signing corner back Daunta Robinson was a great start in the right direction for the Falcons.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
2009 Fantasy Year In Review: The Falcons defense had a let down after making the playoffs in 2008. For the season, they finished 28th against the pass and posted only 28 total sacks on the season. These numbers won’t get it done to make the playoffs, and they didn’t make this group a good fantasy option.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: This offseason the organization addressed their secondary issues when they signed corner back Dunta Robinson in free agency. Robinson will help this secondary improve, but they will need better play overall to be a top twenty group in this area.
In the draft, the Falcons used their first pick to draft linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, and he should help this team right away. Even with these additions, it is going to take a great season from their offense to help them be a fantasy relevant defense.
If Matt Ryan can give this defense consistent leads it will allow them to be more aggressive towards sacks and turnovers. Look for the Falcons as a defense to be had on the waiver wire should they start performing will early in the season.
- Good Against The Run (10th Overall Last Year)
- Bad Against The Pass
- Need More Sacks
More Fantasy Football Player Info About The Falcons Team Defense
Falcons Defense | D/ ST
Points 20.3 (14th) | Pass 242 (28th) | Run 107 (10th) |
Sacks 28 | Int 15 | FF 20 | TD: D 3 | ST 0
Defensive Style: 4-3
Bye Week Conflicts (WK 8): Giants, Eagles, Bears, Browns, Ravens
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