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| Taylor Gabriel scored seven touchdowns over a seven-game stretch during the second half of the 2016 season to make him one of the best midseason fantasy pickups of the year. The Falcons brought him back as a restricted free agent and he is set to open the year third on the depth chart. He provides Matt Ryan with a great secondary deep threat to exploit defenses focused on Julio Jones and the formidable running game. He was limited to only twelve games last season and dealt with a leg injury early this off-season. At five-foot eight-inches and 167 pounds, Gabriel isn't going to threaten Mohamed Sanu for playing time but he could return value over short stretches making him a bye week filler for deep league owners. Further down the depth chart, 2015 fourth-rounder Justin Hardy will battle veteran Andre Roberts as depth options. Neither are expected to make a fantasy impact in 2017 but the winner of this battle will likely be a more likely fill in on the outside if Jones or Sanu were to miss time with an injury.
|HC notes Julio Jones lack of involvement|
Dan Quinn unsatisfied with how often top WR is getting the ball
By: Doug Orth | Mon Oct 16, 6:50 pm
|Falcons HC Dan Quinn said when asked if he's satisfied with how much Julio Jones is getting the ball. "No, I'm not." Quinn mentioned that more offensive plays will help that situation, with Jones being such a dynamic player. (ESPN - Vaughn McClure)|
FFToday's Take: Excluding Week 4 in which he left early due to injury, Jones is averaging over 8.25 in his other four outings. While that number should be a bit higher, it has been the quality (i.e. lack of red zone looks) rather than the quantity of targets that has been the biggest problem. Perhaps the most telling stat: part-timer Taylor Gabriel (five) and Mohamed Sanu (three) each have more red zone targets than Jones (two) so far. Given his track record, he remains a great buy-low.