RB Mike Cox - Atlanta Falcons
|6-0, 252||Born: 7-11-1985||College: Georgia Tech||Drafted: ---|
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Week 7: at New England Patriots
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FBG says: Good matchup. Leading the way in the Falcons' successful running attack is Devonta Freeman, who's enjoying a great bounce-back from his 2016 semi-disappointment. Running behind a road-grading offensive line ranked third by Footballguys OL expert Matt Bitoni, Freeman is averaging 4.47 yards per rush. He's been outstanding in short yardage: on 17 attempts with 1 or 2 yards needed for a first down or touchdown, Freeman has converted 13 times, tied for the league's sixth-best rate among 29 qualifiers. Freeman's volume may waver a bit, but his roles as lead back, finisher, and scorer in this potent offense are secure. Coleman is dynamite when he sees the ball, racking up a career-high 5.61 average as the ultimate change-of-pace weapon.
Their opponents tend to struggle for volume when the Patriots jump to early leads, but whatever workloads they get are typically quite productive. They're allowing a rough 4.74 yards per rush, as well as the third-most PPR points overall - to opposing running backs. Poor linebacker play has been the main culprit, as most of their struggles have come off the tackles and edges, such as when Kareem Hunt (17 carries for 148 yards and 1 touchdown) worked them over thoroughly in Week 1. Still, due to their typical game script, they've allowed just the 13th-most ground yards to running backs altogether. We can expect efficiency and even dynamism against the Patriots, but not necessarily fantasy fireworks.
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