RB Devonta Freeman - Atlanta Falcons
|5-8, 206||Born: 3-15-1992||College: Florida State||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2014|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): Freeman will be out for 2-3 more weeks with a knee injury and it might not be the last time we hear about this problem knee this season.
General News (Thu Sep 20): did not practice on Thursday.
General News (Wed Sep 19): did not practice on Wednesday.
General News (Mon Sep 17): is considered day-to-day as he recovers from a knee contusion, according to head coach Dan Quinn. It was originally reported that Freeman would be sidelined for multiple games.
Week 3: vs New Orleans Saints
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The sports world has to pity the Falcons, who have been absolutely ravaged by injury through just two weeks of football. As badly dinged as their defense is, their offensive run game has been hit badly in its own right. Devonta Freeman will sit out his second straight game, leaving Tevin Coleman as the lead dog again. And Coleman will work behind a line that's missing longtime guard Andy Levitre, an underrated technician in the run game. Ben Garland is a solid replacement, but he's not quite the same presence as a run blocker. Coleman is a speedy runner who can work wonders with a full head of steam, but he's not powerful or elusive. If the usual holes aren't there, he could struggle, even against the Saints' so-so front. He'll be spelled by rookie Ito Smith, who looked impressive as well in Week 2, gathering 46 yards on 8 rushes. This deep unit isn't dead in the water, and their Week 2 onslaught on the Panthers' tough defense was impressive. But any group missing such crucial pieces should be looked at with some degree of skepticism. The Saints' much-maligned run defense has feasted thus far, decisively shutting down Peyton Barber and Carlos Hyde to the tune of just 112 yards over 35 carries. Still, those were both semi-plodding runners, and there's still reason for concern among this unit. Their mediocre linebackers, lacking in athleticism and pursuit discipline, will be tested when Tevin Coleman is able to reach the second level. Demario Davis has shown well on the weak side in his first year as a Saint, but he's handcuffed by the mediocre play of his teammates. Sometime soon, the dam will burst for this unit, and a speedy runner like Coleman could be the impetus.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Devonta Freeman's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 1 vs PHI (6 / 36 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
After Jones earned about 15 yards on an end around, they ran a toss with reverse action to Jones that opened the right side of the field for 20 yards. Two plays later, Ryan threw an RPO high and behind Freeman, resulting in a 3rd and 10. Freeman earned the first red zone carry and spun away from penetration in the crease for a gain of eight to reach the Falcons' one but stuffed on the next two carries. Ryan then overthrew Freeman at the one on a third-down shallow route and the defense rallied to the left flat to stop Freeman on a fourth-and-goal run to left end. Freeman gave up a sack on a bull rush by the blitzing linebacker on a third down that pushed the Falcons field goal range to a 52 yarder. Freeman earned a swing pass late in the half to set up a third-and-short in-cut that Julio Jones dropped with less than a minute in the half. Freeman suffered a knee injury that kept him out of the game late. He was walking on the knee at the sideline after using a heat wrap.
Latest NewsFalcons | Devonta Freeman does not practice (Thu Sep 20, 05:27 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 20. Our View: We're not expecting Freeman this week against the Saints. That makes Tevin Coleman the lead back once again and projecting him as a low-end RB1 in Week 3 is fair.
link to story Falcons | Devonta Freeman rests Wednesday (Wed Sep 19, 05:32 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 19. link to story Falcons | Wednesday's practice report for Atlanta (Wed Sep 19, 05:28 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee), DE Takkarist McKinley (groin), DE Derrick Shelby (groin) and WR Julio Jones (calf) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 19. OG Ben Garland (calf), LB Corey Nelson (calf) and WR Russell Gage Jr. (knee) were listed as limited participants. CB Isaiah Oliver (ankle) was able to practice in full. link to story Falcons | Devonta Freeman day-to-day (Mon Sep 17, 03:56 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) is considered day-to-day as he recovers from a knee contusion, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Our View: We'll know more about Freeman's status as the week of practice goes on. It was originally reported that Freeman would be sidelined for multiple games. If Freeman misses more time, Tevin Coleman continues as a RB2 option for Fantasy GMs.
link to story Falcons | Week 2 Atlanta Falcons inactives (Sun Sep 16, 11:37 AM) - The Atlanta Falcons have declared LB Steven Means, OG Ben Garland, RB Devonta Freeman, OL Matt Gono, DL Justin Zimmer, CB Isaiah Oliver and WR Russell Gage Jr. inactive for Week 2. Our View: Tevin Coleman gets the start with Freeman out and he's a solid RB2 play today.
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