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RB Devonta Freeman - Atlanta Falcons

5-8, 206Born: 3-15-1992College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 4

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Summary

So far, so good for Devonta Freeman, who followed up a stellar 2015 campaign with a solid top-10 finish during 2016 (227/1,079/11 rushing with 65 targets for 54/462/2 receiving), checking in at sixth among all fantasy running backs. Like the rest of the Falcons' offense, he'll be working with a new offensive coordinator this year, Steve Sarkisian. However, Freeman doesn't appear concerned with the transition, stating on May 18 that the offense will stay 'pretty much the same... A few tweaks here and there, but the majority of the same play calls, the same offense.' Freeman and the Falcons are starting to work on his new contract as we move through the preseason - on May 20 GM Thomas Dimitroff said he is 'confident' the organization will work out a long-term extension with Freeman before the season starts. As long as no disputes boil up in the coming months, Freeman should be in training camp with his teammates as usual. In any case, Freeman has cemented his role as the lead back in Atlanta over the last two seasons - he should continue to get a heavy load of carries during 2017, and it looks like he will get the 'elite' running back money that he is expecting in his next contract. (June 7)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 6, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 10
Overall Redraft - 12, 5, 5, 7, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 13, 15, 16, 16, 17, 18, 18, 19, 20, 31
RB Redraft PPR - 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9
Overall Redraft PPR - 11, 5, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 14, 15, 15, 15, 17, 19, 31
RB Dynasty - 6, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 9
Overall Dynasty - 16, 13, 13, 14, 16, 18, 26, 30

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2014 ATL 16 65 248 1 38 30 225 1 1
2015 ATL 15 264 1061 11 97 73 578 3 2
2016 ATL 16 227 1079 11 65 54 462 2 1
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 212 * * 56 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 215 * * 55 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 215 * * 58 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 203 * * 59 * * *

* - Footballguys Insiders can see full projections on this page. See just below for how to sign up.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 11
RB: 6
Overall-PPR: 11
RB-PPR: 6

Atlanta Falcons Team Links

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Latest News

Falcons | Devonta Freeman could have contract soon (Tue Jun 20, 02:09 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman's possible long-term contract could be done by the first week of training camp, according to a source. Freeman is entering the final year of his current contract.

Our View: All reports have been positive about the two sides getting a deal done. While Freeman may want 'elite' RB money, he's unlikely to set the market at the position. We're expecting a new long-term contract for Freeman before the start of training camp.
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Falcons | Devonta Freeman not worried about contract (Fri Jun 16, 04:38 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman said he is not focusing on his contract situation but is optimistic that he will receive a contract extension at some point.

Our View: Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff has previously stated optimism regarding an extension for Freeman. We should see something done with Freeman before or during training camp. Freeman is going off the board at RB6 (1.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2017 Schedule

1@ Chicago Bears
2vs Green Bay Packers
3@ Detroit Lions
4vs Buffalo Bills
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Miami Dolphins
7@ New England Patriots
8@ New York Jets
9@ Carolina Panthers
10vs Dallas Cowboys
11@ Seattle Seahawks
12vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13vs Minnesota Vikings
14vs New Orleans Saints
15@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16@ New Orleans Saints
17vs Carolina Panthers