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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 07

    NO @ ATL

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    ATL @ CIN

  • Week 3 - Sep 18

    TB @ ATL

  • Week 4 - Sep 28

    ATL @ MIN

  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    ATL @ NYG

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    CHI @ ATL

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    ATL @ BAL

  • Week 8 - Oct 26

    DET @ ATL

  • Week 9 - Nov 02


  • Week 10 - Nov 09

    ATL @ TB

  • Week 11 - Nov 16

    ATL @ CAR

  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    CLE @ ATL

  • Week 13 - Nov 30

    ARI @ ATL

  • Week 14 - Dec 08

    ATL @ GB

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    PIT @ ATL

  • Week 16 - Dec 21

    ATL @ NO

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    CAR @ ATL

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    ATL 40 @ KC 24

  • Week 3 - Sep 17

    DEN 21 @ ATL 27

  • Week 4 - Sep 30

    CAR 28 @ ATL 30

  • Week 5 - Oct 07

    ATL 24 @ WAS 17

  • Week 6 - Oct 14

    OAK @ ATL

  • Week 7 - Oct 21


  • Week 8 - Oct 28

    ATL @ PHI

  • Week 9 - Nov 04

    DAL @ ATL

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    ATL @ NO

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    ARI @ ATL

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    ATL @ TB

  • Week 13 - Nov 29

    NO @ ATL

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    ATL 12 @ CHI 30

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    PHI 31 @ ATL 35

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    ATL 13 @ TB 16

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    ATL 30 @ SEA 28

  • Week 5 - Oct 09

    GB 25 @ ATL 14

  • Week 6 - Oct 16

    CAR 17 @ ATL 31

  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    ATL 23 @ DET 16

  • Week 8 - Oct 30


  • Week 9 - Nov 06

    ATL 31 @ IND 7

  • Week 10 - Nov 13

    NO 26 @ ATL 23

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    TEN 17 @ ATL 23

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    MIN 14 @ ATL 24

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    ATL 10 @ HOU 17

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    ATL 31 @ CAR 23

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    ATL 16 @ NO 45

  • Week 1 - Sep 12

    ATL 9 @ PIT 15

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    ARI 7 @ ATL 41

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    ATL 27 @ NO 24

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    SF 14 @ ATL 16

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    ATL 20 @ CLE 10

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    ATL 17 @ PHI 31

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    CIN 32 @ ATL 39

  • Week 8 - Oct 31


  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    TB 21 @ ATL 27

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    BAL 21 @ ATL 26

  • Week 11 - Nov 21

    ATL 34 @ LAR 17

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    GB 17 @ ATL 20

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    ATL 28 @ TB 24

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    ATL 31 @ CAR 10

  • Week 15 - Dec 19

    ATL 34 @ SEA 18

  • Week 16 - Dec 27

    NO 17 @ ATL 14

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    CAR 10 @ ATL 31


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Julio Jones

Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones - Don Julio, the most intersting man in the world

Julio Jones was a highly sought after player heading into the 2011 NFL draft.  Jones ended up being the second wide receiver drafted, behind AJ Green, but the Jones pick ended up creating the most buzz.  The Atlanta Falcons were desperate to get Green or Jones, and when they lost out on Green, they made the Cleveland Browns an offer they could not refuse, in order to acquire Jones.

The Falcons gave the Browns their 2011 1st, 2nd and 4th round picks, in addition to the Falcons 1st and 4th round picks in 2012.  The Browns used those picks to draft Phil Taylor, Greg Little and Owen Marecic in 2011, and Brandon Weeden in 2012.  The Browns used the 4th round pick as part of a trade that allowed them to trade up to get Trent Richardson.  In the short time since this trade has happened it looks like the Falcons made the right move.

Jones has been an impact receiver on one of the best teams in the NFC, and he has not even begun to scratch the surface on his potential.  Jones is a big play receiver as evidenced by his career 16.2 yards per reception.  Jones also averages 4.59 catches for 74.38 yards and 0.62 touchdowns per game.  Jones reaches 100 yards receiving in 31% of the games in which he plays and scores 2 touchdowns or more 17% of the time.  Jones also has 5 or more catches in 52% of his games, showing his ability to make a big impact.   While these numbers are impressive, it is more important to look deeper into Jones’ production, as he is a completely different player on the road than he is at home.

Jones has the benefit of playing in a dome for the Falcons, which would lead you to believe that he would be a better player at home, but that is not the case for the Jones.  In the Georgia Dome Jones only averages 3.2 catches for 47.3 yards and 0.36 touchdowns per game.  Those numbers do not indicate the type of player that Jones is, but, for whatever reason, Jones has struggled playing at home, while his team has gone on to win 79% of those games.

In contrast, Jones is an absolute beast when on the road.  Jones averages 5.9 catches for 99.7 yards and 0.87 touchdowns per game.  Jones is a young player, but the ability to have this type of an average on the road demonstrates that he does not let the fans get into his head, but it begs the question; what is going on in his head during home games? Jones is an entirely different player at home versus on the road, but that trend should begin change for him.

Jones came in as the second receiver to Roddy White, and while White may still be listed as the #1 receiver on the depth chart, it is clear that Jones is the player that Ryan looks to in order to make the big play.  Jones is a redzone weapon with his size and speed and has demonstrated his ability to make those catches with 8 touchdowns in his rookie season and 10 scored in 2012.  Since the arrival of Jones White has failed to score more than 8 touchdowns in a season after totaling 21 touchdowns in the 2 years prior to Jones arrival.  Jones has had another impact on Roddy White as White has seen his receptions total drop each year, from 115 in 2010 before Jones to 100 in 2011 and 92 in 2012.  It is no coincidence when you look at the production from Jones whose receptions went from 54 in 2011 to 79 in 2012, and that trend should continue over the next few seasons.

Jones is the Falcons receiver of the here and now, as well as the future.  Jones is building a great rapport with his young quarterback Matt Ryan and with the inevitable retirement of Tony Gonzalez, Jones will be the highlighted player in the Falcons offense.  Jones has the ability to make the long bomb plays, as well as be a major factor in the redzone.  The NFL and fantasy future are on the rise for Jones, and the Browns have reconsidered the trade and would like Jones back please.




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2011 statistics

                           RUSHING                            RECEIVING                            FANTASY

                            Rush    Yards    TD         Rec   Targets   Yards   TD         Tot Pts   Pts/Gm

2011 Stats           6        56      0         54      94        959       8        149.5       11.5


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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) Julio is a game-breaker extraordinaire

(+) Piled up 94 targets in just 13 games as a rookie last season

(+) Basically a freak athlete…an Adonis at wide receiver 

(+) He averaged nearly 18 yards-per-catch despite dealing with some nagging injuries throughout the season

(+) Had five 100-yard games in just 13 games

(+) Scored six TDs over his last four games of the season 

(+) Roddy White usually gets the double-teams

(+) In leagues that reward for longer TDs, JJ may be the #1 guy we'd target

(+) can make plays that no one else on the field could imagine…and yet makes them look routine

(–) Is he injury prone?

(–) Made some bad decisions over the year, but maybe that is just a young rookie taking some lumps

(–) Had some costly drops last year that could affect his psyche and Matt Ryan’s confidence in him

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The Falcons have the best SOS in the #FF playoffs (Week 14 - 16)

Pyro's take: Based on Stagg Party's Strength of Schedule the Atlanta Falcons have the easiest fantasy football schedule during week 14, 15, and 16 this upcoming NFL season for the QB, RB, and WR position.

Fantasy Goo: I like to check out who my potential players are up against when it matters most, the playoffs. Matt Ryan will regress, sure, but this offense is beastly. Best backfield in the league, one of the best WRs in the history of the league and last season's NFL MVP. That loss in the Super Bowl may actually propel their talent.

08/04/17, 09:15 PM CDT by d-Rx
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Lost $150,000 Earring, Found More Targets

Pyro's take: Richard Sherman said “There are no weaknesses in his game.” when asked about Julio.

Fantasy Goo: In 2015 Julio had the highest percentage of targets to snaps, in their breakout season Julio dropped to only 4th. He’s debatably the best WR in the league and the Falcons are going to continue to feed him targets.

07/31/17, 01:29 PM CDT by The Hartbeat
Source: pyromaniac.com

Julio Rehab Looks Good

Pyro's take: Julio Jones continues to rehab after playing through torn foot ligaments and an ankle sprain prior to the Super Bowl. He was active at OTA's jogging on the side and is expected to be at full health well before Training Camp.

Fantasy Goo: Playing with injuries is just something that we have come to expect from Julio. It may be important to note that Calvin Johnson hung up the cleats at age 30. Jones and Megatron have similar builds and play style and Jones is 28 years old.

06/06/17, 01:47 PM CDT by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Jones OUT

Pyro's take: Julio Jones will not be going in this one per Dan Quinn.

Fantasy Goo: This makes Gabriel and Sanu nice plays against San Fran, but expect most of the damage to be done by Freeman and Coleman on the ground.

12/18/16, 10:54 AM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Jones Game Time Decision

Pyro's take: Julio is still unlikely to play with an injury. Will not have confirmation on status until an hour before kickoff (afternoon game).

Fantasy Goo: Make sure to have a backup WR in the later games in case ATL decides to shut him down this week. Sanu and Gabriel are solid options in his place.

12/11/16, 11:06 AM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Sanu has Been Ruled Out for Week 14

Pyro's take: Sanu is now officially out.

Fantasy Goo: I want to hear the Sunday morning reports about Julio, but with one less receiver, Taylor Gabriel could be in line for the day. Especially if Julio goes as a decoy, that draws LA's best corner, leaving EJ Gaines on Gabriel. There are only 2 of the starting 96 corners this week that actually give up more fantasy goo to WRs than Gaines.

12/10/16, 02:42 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Exhale. Julio is OK

Pyro's take: Julio Jones exited the game on Sunday for turf toe, he should be good to go next week.

Fantasy Goo: Julio's owners can now relax.

12/05/16, 02:23 PM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Julio Could be En Fuego This Week

Pyro's take: Atlanta has the highest implied team total as the Falcons are home to the Packers.

Fantasy Goo: The Packers are a funnel D. They are stout against the run, although the RBs they have faced are not much to speak of, thus inflating their stats. But against WRs, they rank 23 when you adjust for fantasy schedule in Standard formats. Their secondary is the walking wounded. They all ready have 4 guys ruled out including Shields. Julio will likely face gunter, who is graded as the 61st best corner by PFF. That is right, if each team starts two, that means there are only 3 starters graded lower. So, yeah, I think Julio can handle that.

10/29/16, 05:14 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.covers.com

Julio says he's healthy

Pyro's take: "I'm not injured or anything like that," Jones told reporters, adding that he feels "good about the way I played in the game." Jones had one catch for 16 yards in the Falcons' 45-32 over the Saints. Before Monday night, the last time Jones was held to one catch was Sept. 30, 2012, against the Carolina Panthers (a 30-28 Falcons victory).

Fantasy Goo: Jones had a bad game in a great match-up with the Saints, and now he has a tough match-up with a Panthers defense that is only giving up 11.9 fantasy points per game to receivers. Temper expectations this week.

09/30/16, 03:36 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.thefalcoholic.com

Questionable for Monday in Week 3


Pyro's take: Although Jones did not practice Thursday or Friday, he got in some work Saturday in preparation for Monday night's potential shoot-out against the Saints.

fantasy Goo: as of Saturday, Jones has declared he will play. Chances are he was held out as a precaution in order to give some additional rest. All of the Falcons receivers, as well as the Saints, have favorable WR/CB matchups. This has the makings of a barn burner. I am rolling with Jones without a backup plan for Monday, he should play. Sanu and Hardy are also listed as Questionable.

09/24/16, 01:12 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.myajc.com

Matt Ryan's Schedule Makes Him a Streaming Pickup Now


Pyro's take: Matty Ice faces Oakland in Week #2 and the Saints in Week #3.

Fantasy Goo: With over 70% availability in NFL Fantasy Leagues, he is a nice streaming candidate to grab now and use through Week #3. Oakland gave up the 2nd most FF Points in Week #1, and the Saints, who gave up an all-time league high 45 passing TDs in 2015, will be without Delvin Breaux at CB. Thus, they have 3 rookies CBs, and 2 journeymen corners whose contract ink is still wet. Ryan has the stage to take advantage and rack up some points. Julio is primed to go along for this 2-week ride upon Mr. Ryan’s Mystery Ship.

09/17/16, 10:01 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.atlantafalcons.com

5 for 80 a TD and a 2 Point Conversion

Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu’s first game with the Falcons included two highlight plays.

Pyro's take: Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu’s first game with the Falcons included two highlight plays. But he missed a chance to make a play to extend the final drive and sustained an ankle injury on the play. Sanu limped off of the field after he appeared to take an awkward step while trying to plant and catch.

Fantasy Goo: "limping heavily" were the words after the game. Mohamed Sanu showed up and earned his Atlanta Falcon debut paycheck. With Julio Jones needing another WR2 to take the heat off of him like Roddy used to do, Sanu appeared to be the man. Monitor Sanu’s status this week for week 2. If you need a wide receiver for your team he is worthy of rostering. Sanu is still only 26 years old and should be entering his prime which is a benefit to the Falcons and fantasy owners. Matty Ice will dictate how good of a season Sanu will have.

09/13/16, 08:07 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.ajc.com

Julio Set to Play Week #1


Pyro's take: Julio Jones is listed as Questionable for Week #1. However, after only participating in a limited fashion on Wednesday, the star Wideout was able to go full practice Thursday and Friday.

Fantasy Goo: Don’t get cute. Don’t. Don’t worry. The injury tags this season have changed considerably from last year. So, you will see more guys listed as Questionable than in year’s past. The NFL did away with the probable tag, much to the chagrin of many a fantasy owner. He would have certainly been listed as Probable at this point last year, but that is no longer an option. The fact that he went full go on Thursday and Friday leaves me confident in double J for Week #1. Channel your inner Bob Marley and don't worry about a thing.

09/10/16, 04:10 PM CDT by PyromaniacMo

He looked like a dead rat in a tampon factory

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, meanwhile, took a step back from his showing last week against Cleveland.

Pyro's take: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, meanwhile, took a step back from his showing last week against Cleveland. He completed 12 of 22 passes for 129 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.

Fantasy Goo: Are you like me and LOVE Julio Jones so much you want to kiss him all over when he makes your fantasy team look great and single handedly win weekly match-ups for you? Are you like me and cannot stand Matt Ryan who sucks and cannot get Julio enough touchdowns to justify taking Julio #3 overall in the first round? Last year 13 quarterbacks had 29 passing touchdowns and some of those like Cam Newton had rushing touchdowns. Matty is no ICE as he only managed 21 total touchdowns which included ZERO rushing touchdowns and was a disaster with 21 turnovers? Why does he start in the NFL? Atlanta has nobody else to turn to unless they use Matt Schaub which is a bad idea as well. When you draft Julio you will spend the season wondering how good Julio Jones could be with and NFL quarterback.

08/26/16, 02:10 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: www.fox5atlanta.com

Sanu is a legitimate #2

@AtlantaFalcons GM Thomas Dimitroff: "Sanu is a legitimate #2 for us, is a great compliment to Julio Jones."

Pyro's take: @AtlantaFalcons GM Thomas Dimitroff: "Sanu is a legitimate #2 for us, is a great compliment to Julio Jones." - SiriusXM NFL Radio

Fantasy Goo: Mohamad Sanu received a 5 year $32.5 million contract to be a number two for the #2 wide receiver starved Falcons who only really have Julio Jones, who of course is Godly. Sanu in 4 years has 13 touchdowns of which 2 were on run plays. Zero of Sanu’s 33 catches in 2015 were for touchdowns. Julio Jones will continue to receive the big piece of chicken and he may end up eating almost the whole bucket because Sanu has poor hands and Matt Ryan is beginning to fade.

06/18/16, 03:19 PM CDT by STiFFKiTTY
Source: twitter.com

Julio Jones named to the Pro Bowl


Pyro's take: Julio Jones named to the Pro Bowl among seven other wide receivers

12/23/15, 12:18 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: probowl.fantasy.nfl.com

Jones should light up Tampa Bay defense


Pyro's take: Tampa Bay defensive backs who have contributed to the Buccaneers allowing opponents to convert 75 percent of the time in the red zone, worst in the league. Three of Jones’ five touchdowns have come in the red zone, and the Falcons should find ways to move the ball as long as Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is contained. -- Vaughn McClure

10/31/15, 07:59 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Julio Jones (hamstring) admits he doesn't know if he'll be active for Thursday's game against the Saints.


Pyro's take: Julio Jones is unsure of his status for Thursday is not the news owners need to hear right now. The wide receiver core is already hurting with an ineffective Roddy White and an injured Leonard Hankerson.

He says it's his "plan" to play, but that he simply won't know until Thursday evening.

10/14/15, 02:50 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.atlantafalcons.com

Adam Schefter reports Julio Jones is expected to play Sunday


Pyro's take: Schefter reported via twitter "Falcons WR Julio Jones, listed as questionable due to hamstring, is expected to play; but his hamstring issues are a concern to Falcons."

10/11/15, 10:48 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Jones Active

According to the NFL network Julio Jones will be active for today's game. "According to NFL Media's Albert Breer, the Falcons saw enough from their star during pregame workouts and feel about his status. The key to Jones' Sunday will be pain tolerance."

"Jones ran on Wednesday and again Saturday before traveling to New Orleans. The wideout's hip is in better shape than last week, per Breer."

Pyro's take: I still wouldn't play him, as being active and playing are two different things. In reality this is a gut decision, and if you feel that he starts, then he starts.

12/21/14, 10:52 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.nfl.com