RB Tevin Coleman - Atlanta Falcons
|5-11, 206||Born: 4-16-1993||College: Indiana||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2015|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 8): Now that Devonta Freeman is back and Ito Smith isn't going away, Coleman is a limited ceiling committee back who hasn't been playing at his top level so far this year. He's not an essential hold in short bench leagues, unless we hear the trade rumors to Philadelphia heat up.
Week 6: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Falcons run game continues to underwhelm here in 2018. They've been hampered by game flow, but the unit's problems look deeper than that. The front line boasts four starters that have played together for years, but it's slipped noticeably entering this season. Even center Alex Mack has had his share of lapses thus far. Luckily, Devonta Freeman remains a nimble-footed runner capable of creating on his own. Freeman looked spry in last week's return from injury, ripping off an early 20-yard run before the Steelers' lead got out of hand. Tevin Coleman offers a speedy pair of legs, though he's not especially elusive and generally needs a crease. All in all, this is a hard unit to trust right now, but it's important to remember its history. Freeman and Coleman are efficient producers (4.31 yards per carry and 44 scores over 3+ seasons together) who can create yardage and touchdowns even in tough situations. For all of their woes against the pass, the Buccaneers have impressed greatly against the run. Even with a severely banged-up front line, they're thoroughly shutting down run games left and right. Alvin Kamara managed just 29 yards on 8 rushes in Week 1, while Jordan Howard was held to 25 on 11 last Sunday. As usual, much of the credit goes to All-Pro tackle Gerald McCoy, who both absorbs blockers and blows up running plays regularly. But rookie Vita Vea held up well in his NFL debut, and linebackers Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander continue to provide strong support on the second level. Game flow can kill this group when the Buccaneers fall behind, but in general, it's a surprisingly tight unit.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Tevin Coleman's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 5 vs PIT (7 / 15 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
He earned a quick four yards on a short-yardage run on third down to open the second quarter. Coleman failed in two blitz situations during the first half that resulted in a pair of sacks. Coleman's runs did not earn significant gains beyond the line of scrimmage during the first three quarters. There was always one unblocked man making a tackle early.
2018 Week 4 vs CIN (14 / 51 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
He began the game with a three-yard gain off right guard and then turned a third-and-one run for a first down across midfield, doing a good job picking through a big crease. He followed up that up with a six-yard gain with a backside cutback on the outside zone play. Coleman dragged across the defense on a crossing route for a first-down catch and run to reach midfield during the second drive. Coleman earned a first down on a check-down to the flat to begin the second quarter. Coleman played well but didn't earn consistent volume.
2018 Week 3 vs NO (15 / 33 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 1 rec)
The Saints limited Coleman to modest gains early. His best run of the half was an eight-yard draw play with a little more than a minute left deep in their own territory in a passing-down situation. Atlanta ran the same play to him on the next play for a loss, forcing a time out. Atlanta finally got Coleman outside on a run to left end with Coleman making a nice stutter towards the cutback inside and then continued bouncing to the sideline for a gain to the Falcons' 38. Coleman scored on a short pass, ducking through a wrap at the sideline and extending the ball to the pylon early in the fourth quarter to retake the lead. He earned a second red zone pass in as many drives, getting Atlanta to the Saints' three. He was stuffed on the next play due to good penetration up the middle.
2018 Week 2 vs CAR (16 / 107 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Carolina stuffed Coleman twice on outside zone runs during the first drive but he broke free on a well-blocked toss play on third and 1, running through a Luke Kuechly grab for a first down across midfield for over 20 yards. Coleman earned 36 yards off right tackle with a great move in the crease. Coleman earned 19 yards up the middle with a nice cutback in the late third quarter. Atlanta earned a lot of good second-level and backside blocks to open Coleman to the second and third level of the defense.
2018 Week 1 vs PHI (9 / 19 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)
He earned a quick five yards up the middle to begin the second series. Coleman failed to cut back inside on a toss play once he reached the edge and was forced to the sideline for a loss of three yards on a first-down run in Eagles territory. On the next play, he earned 26 yards on a throwback screen. Coleman earned six yards late in the third quarter around left end nullified by a clipping call. Coleman scored from an I formation run with a nice cut at the second level to take the lead.
Latest NewsFalcons | Tevin Coleman bottled up (Sun Oct 14, 10:57 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman rushed 10 times for 35 yards and caught one pass for six yards in a 34-29 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6. link to story Falcons | Tevin Coleman held to 30 total yards (Sun Oct 7, 04:26 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman rushed for 15 yards on seven carries against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5. He also caught two passes for 15 yards during the game. Our View: Coleman is just an injury handcuff and one with limited upside because Ito Smith isn't going away. He's not an essential hold in short bench leagues.
link to story Falcons | Tevin Coleman should play in Week 5 (Fri Oct 5, 02:36 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (shin) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 5, and is not on the injury report for Week 5. Our View: Coleman goes back to a limited role with Devonta Freeman's return to the lineup this week. Fantasy GMs can look at him as a 'what the heck' flex against the Steelers in Week 5.
link to story Falcons | Tevin Coleman not limited (Thu Oct 4, 04:50 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (shin) was able to practice fully Thursday, Oct. 4. link to story Falcons | Tevin Coleman limited (Wed Oct 3, 06:43 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman (shin) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 3. Our View: Coleman could be an RB2 for Fantasy GMs this week against the Steelers...if Devonta Freeman doesn't play. It looks like Freeman is going to be back this week from his knee injury, so move Coleman down to a 'what the heck' flex if that's the case.
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