FBG says: Good matchup. The Falcons have welcomed Devonta Freeman back from injury, as he remains a foundational piece of their offense in general. But as a runner, he's yet to provide anything of note here in 2019. The 27-year-old Freeman has looked closer to 37, stuck in mud and floundering, and he's gotten no help from a battered, inconsistent line. He's producing just 3.4 yards per rush and 42 per game, and 42% of his yardage has come from his 2 best weeks. Apart from those, he's averaged just 2.8 and 31. There's very little talent behind him, with just Brian Hill and Qadree Ollison as mix-in options, so Freeman's three-down role is cemented well. But even with the Falcons offense so high-volume and productive, Freeman is one of those rare workhorse backs that doesn't boast much fantasy value.
Despite a bevy of talent up front, the Carolina run defense has been one of football's worst throughout 2019. They're giving up the league's most yards per rush and fourth-most per game, with 8 opposing runners topping 80 yards and several others falling just short. Last week, Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson combined for 228 and 3 touchdowns in Washington's stunning win. The Panthers front line has been generally solid, with Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe holding their own on early downs. But the linebacker play has been shaky at best, with Luke Kuechly and Shaq Thompson contributing drastically up-and-down play. Tackling has been a huge problem on the second and third levels, with even franchise icon Kuechly often struggling the make plays. Altogether, this is still one of fantasy's most beatable units. These Falcons couldn't find any room when they squared off three weeks ago, but Devonta Freeman is looking at his best get-right matchup in quite awhile.