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Fantasy fallout: Hope for the Falcons, despair for the Bears

Nobody has a more stacked lineup of fantasy analysts and NFL team reporters than ESPN. It's the rare "backfield by committee" that is actually a good thing for fantasy football managers.

Every Tuesday, Mike Triplett will ask our NFL Nation reporters a series of burning questions about the weekend's biggest stories in order to help inform you for your waiver-wire pickups and roster decisions.

Among the biggest questions this week are whether the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers can get their downfield passing games off the ground, with all three ranking among the league's bottom five in yards per pass attempt. (Short answer: There is optimism in Atlanta, skepticism in Pittsburgh, and Chicago is a "train wreck.")

It's time to begin our weekly trip around the league, so fasten your seat belts and get ready to tour the NFL Nation!


Atlanta Falcons

Are better days ahead for WR Calvin Ridley and TE Kyle Pitts?

Ostensibly, yes. Ridley said Monday he believes the offense is "really close" to coming together. That should open up more opportunities for both him and Pitts. Ridley's getting the workload -- 11 targets on Sunday, 29 through three games.