LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Falcons dealt a crushing blow to fantasy football teams everywhere when it announced that Julio Jones would not play Sunday.
WR Julio Jones will be INACTIVE today against the LA Rams #ATLvsLA— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 11, 2016
Jones is dealing with turf toe and was considered a game-time decision going into the Week 14 contest. Although the Falcons expressed early optimism on Jones playing, despite not practicing this week, other sources doubted his Sunday availability.
He's going to be a decoy at best. https://t.co/bJYShKIGxT— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) December 10, 2016
The WR1 is irreplaceable, but you need to look for other options with later afternoon games or who are playing in Monday Night Football's matchup between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens. Taylor Gabriel is now a WR2 in the contest against the Los Angeles Rams.
For those setting fantasy lineups, Falcons sound more pessimistic this am that Julio Jones will play today. Want to work him out at stadium.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 11, 2016
Jones, an All-Pro last season, has a league-leading 1,253 yards and five scores on 72 receptions this season. Last season, he led the NFL with 1,871 yards and 136 receptions.
Julio Jones is on way now to test toe w falcons staff who are pessimistic he can properly push off. (cont) https://t.co/GwUJSrR5ch— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 11, 2016