RB Devonta Freeman - Atlanta Falcons

5-8, 206Born: 3-15-1992College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 4, pick 2014

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 16): It's fair to ask if Freeman will find himself in a full-blown RBBC soon. He is only a what the heck flex vs Indianapolis.

Week 3: at Indianapolis Colts

All RB vs IND

FBG says: Good matchup. The Falcons ground game continues to be stuck in neutral as they managed only 57 rushing yards in Week 2 against the Eagles. While they have faced stout run defenses in the Vikings and Eagles, this lack of production is certainly a mounting concern. After a 50-50 split of snaps in Week 1, Devonta Freeman saw 62 percent of the snaps last week compared to 38 percent from Ito Smith. However, Freeman only managed 22 yards from his 11 carries compared to Smith looking good with 32 yards from just four attempts. Smith has now out-produced Freemen in both games despite seeing a smaller workload. While the increased snap share and favorable workload look good for Freeman, he will need to improve his play to fend off momentum from Ito Smith to eat into his volume of carries. It did not help that the Falcons lost starting right guard Chris Lindstrom in Week 1, but to further their concerns, right tackle Kaleb McGary was carted off from last week's game with an apparent knee injury. He did return to the game as a spectacular show of toughness, but his health is worth monitoring as the Falcons can't afford to lose another piece of an already shaky offensive line. The Colts defense, overall, looked improved in their Week 2 win over the Titans. The defensive backs chipped in to help limit big plays while linebacker Darius Leonard returned to good form with a bounceback performance from struggling in Week 1. Leonard, however, was placed into the concussion protocol after last week's game and is questionable coming into this week. The absence of Leonard would create a massive disadvantage for the Colts run defense, so definitely keep an eye on his status as he must complete the protocol in order to play on Sunday. This defensive line remains without the services of Jabaal Sheard, who continues to practice on a very limited basis and will remain questionable coming into Week 3. In addition to Sheard, defensive end Kemoko Turay is battling a neck injury that sidelined him in Week 2. While Turay may not be an every-down starter, he looked great before the injury in Week 1. Justin Houston continues to play well, but the interior of this Colts line has still struggled. Derrick Henry started to wear them down last week, particularly on their left side where Sheard would normally line up. The Falcons offensive line should be a relatively even match here, but as long as Leonard is cleared and suits up, the Colts defense should have a slight advantage on the ground.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at MIN 39 8 19 0 4 3.0 12 0 1 2.1
2 vs PHI 41 11 22 0 4 3.0 42 0 0 6.4
3 at IND PROJ-Dodds * 12 * * 2.9 * * * *
3 at IND PROJ-Tremblay * 12 * * 2.8 * * * *
3 at IND PROJ-Bloom * 11 * * 3.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Devonta Freeman's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs PHI (11 / 22 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)

He picked up nine yards on his first two plays, including six on outside zone where he veered away from penetration and cut downhill. He earned another nine on a reverse pivot pitch before leaving the game for a breather. He returned during the drive but tight end Luke Stocker missed his crack-back block and Brandon Graham dropped Freeman in the backfield for a loss of six. He another lost five on a run to the left tackle where Graham also penetrated deep into the backfield. He then earned a minimal gain on a check-down thrown with Ryan under pressure, forcing a punt. Freeman took a shovel pass on the opening play of the second half for 29 yards to get inside the five. Freeman earned a nice run on first down early in the fourth quarter, spinning off contact at the edge of the line and earning four. Freeman began a late-game drive with a slant from a wide spot for nine yards.

2019 Week 1 vs MIN (8 / 19 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

The runner took what he could get during the first quarter but Atlanta wound up in pass mode after the Vikings went up by 14 points early in the game. Freeman lost a fumble while trying to split a pair of defenders at the edge of the defense early in the second quarter. He continued to earn most of the touches, rotating time with Ito Smith late in the half. Late in the game Freeman caught a pair of passes as the check-down option--only one of them went for positive yards. Overall, Freeman ran hard and hit creases decisively, but there weren't many open creases during the game and the gaem script got away from Atlanta to sustain the run.


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