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Fantasy Football 2014: 5 Atlanta Falcons You Should Absolutely Draft

Fantasy Football 2014: 5 Atlanta Falcons You Should Draft

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The Atlanta Falcons had a disappointing 2013 season, and to make matters worse for fantasy owners injuries limited a lot of their key players.

Even with the retirement of tight end Tony Gonzalez the Falcons have plenty of offensive talent, and here are five players fantasy owners should hold in high regard on draft day.

5. RB Devonta Freeman

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5. RB Devonta Freeman

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Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers are battling for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, and whoever wins the job is in line for a significant role behind a declining Steven Jackson. Rodgers has not done much with previous opportunities, so Freeman is a worthy late-round flier in deep leagues.

4. WR Harry Douglas

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4. WR Harry Douglas

Harry Douglas, Fantasy Football 2014
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Injuries to Julio Jones and Roddy White opened the door for a breakout season for Douglas, and he delivered with 85 receptions for 1,067 yards (133 targets). Expecting a full repeat is foolish, but Douglas will still have value in PPR leagues as a WR4.

3. WR Roddy White

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3. WR Roddy White

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White missed games for the first time in his career last year, and injuries limited him in multiple others. But a strong final five games of the season (43 catches for 502 yards and two touchdowns) offers hope for a rebound this year, and better health will help.

2. QB Matt Ryan

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2. QB Matt Ryan

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Ryan took 44 sacks and threw a career-high 17 interceptions last season, but his yardage total (4,515), completion percentage (67.4 percent) and touchdown total (26) were not that bad considering the adverse circumstances he faced. Having his top two wide receivers healthy will help fuel a rebound, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Ryan set career-highs across the board this year.

1. WR Julio Jones

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1. WR Julio Jones

Julio Jones, Fantasy Football 2014
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Jones had 41 receptions for 580 yards and two touchdowns through the first five games last season, but a broken left foot in that fifth game sidelined him for the rest of the season. The team is being cautious with Jones during OTAs, and rightfully so, but he is on track to be ready for Week 1 and I expect him to take his mantle as an elite fantasy wide receiver for many years to come this year.