RB Mike Cox - Atlanta Falcons
|6-0, 252||Born: 7-11-1985||College: Georgia Tech||Drafted: ---|
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Week 15: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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FBG says: Great matchup. The Falcons continue to field one of the league's more efficient run games. It's not a particularly explosive one, but it's as consistent as they come. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman have combined for 96+ ground yards in 7 of their 10 games together, and at least one of the pair has reached 74+ in 10 of 13 overall. Running behind a top-tier line - our Matt Bitonti currently ranks it seventh, with a B+ run-blocking grade - the duo boasts a great floor with strong receiving and short-yardage upside (the Falcons tend to turn to the run near the goal line). Coleman will need to clear the concussion protocol to suit up this week, and if he can't go, Freeman will represent one of Week 15's best plays; his matchup with the Buccaneers' up-and-down run defense only makes his outlook sweeter.
We can't take much from their Week 14 performance: limiting the Lions' barely-there running game means little, and doing it with Ameer Abdullah sidelined means even less. It's much more sensible to consider this a lower-tier unit based on its tendency to give up huge games to quality lead backs. Since Week 6 they've allowed 91+ yards and 1-2 touchdowns each to Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, the Mark Ingram/Alvin Kamara combination, Tevin Coleman, and Jamaal Williams. Things went from bad to worse when All-Pro tackle Gerald McCoy went down with a shoulder/biceps injury this week; he's likely gone for the remainder of the year. Without McCoy to shed blockers and blow up plays, there's little reason to fear this unit for fantasy purposes.
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