Devonta Freeman
Devonta Freeman
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Atlanta Falcons
Out
Injury Knee
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Freeman's production dipped last year along with the rest of the Falcons offense, and while injuries played a part - he missed two games due to a concussion and played through a sprained knee down the stretch - the main culprit seemed to be new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian's inability to replicate Kyle Shanahan's magic. The Falcons dropped from a league-high 33.8 points per game in 2016 all the way to 22.1 in 2017, with Freeman declining from 13 TDs to eight and 4.8 YPC to 4.4. His numbers remained strong on a per-play basis, though, and he remains one of the most versatile running backs in the league. He tied for third in carries inside the 5-yard line (14) and was ninth in runs of 15 or more yards (10), thanks to his elusiveness, vision and surprising strength at the point of attack. He's also a dangerous receiver, with his 163 catches the last three seasons ranking fourth in the league among running backs. After signing a big contract extension last offseason, and with Tevin Coleman heading into the final year of his rookie deal, Freeman should again be the top dog in the Falcons' backfield timeshare. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $41.25 million contract with the Falcons in August of 2017.
Ruled out for Sunday
RBAtlanta Falcons
Knee
September 21, 2018
Freeman (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
ANALYSIS
Freeman hasn't been able to practice in any capacity since injuring his knee in the season opener. Tevin Coleman will handle the lead role for a second straight week, with Ito Smith getting some work off the bench. Freeman will turn his focus to Week 4 against the Bengals.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    39
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
605
0
2017
552
0
2018
39
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   5' 8"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   206 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.58 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   4.26 sec
AVERAGE
Cone Drill:   7.11 sec
WEAK
Arm Length:   29.38 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.63 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   32 in
WEAK
Broad Jump:   118 in
AVERAGE
Bench Press:   11 reps
TERRIBLE
Atlanta Falcons Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
In terms of raw numbers, Freeman's 2016 was very similar to his 2015, as he topped 1,500 yards from scrimmage and scored 11 rushing TDs in each season. On a per-play basis, however, he saw his effectiveness soar, averaging a career-high 4.8 yards per carry and 8.6 yards per catch. Freeman's smallish frame (5-8, 206 pounds) isn't ideal for early-down work, but his willingness to run between the tackles and keep his legs churning allowed him to pick up 1.4 yards after contact per touch, good for 15th among RBs. His excellent pass-catching skills also produced top-five finishes in both receptions and receiving yards, and he was the only RB in the league to finish in the top three in both red-zone carries and targets. The big concern for Freeman, and indeed the entire Atlanta offense, revolves around the departure of Kyle Shanahan. New offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has a very limited track record, and while he'll continue to employ the no-huddle and play-action elements of Shanahan's scheme, it seems unlikely that the unit will maintain the high level it reached during the Falcons' Super Bowl run. Freeman should remain an integral part of the team's offense, but likely won't be able to match his 2016 efficiency or production.
Where Kyle Shanahan goes, fantasy owners eagerly follow. They know how good he's been for No. 1 receivers and running games. And last year, he was damn good to Freeman. Let's not get caught up in revisionist history, however. Last summer, rookie Tevin Coleman was considered the more interesting back, not Freeman. Coleman wound up getting the Week 1 start (despite an August hamstring injury), but a rib injury opened the door for Freeman, who had an inconsequential second game before spreading his wings. From Weeks 3-7, he piled up an absurd 825 total yards and nine TDs. He snagged 27 of 32 targets in the passing game, and had 5.3 YPC on his 109 attempts. A star was born. And just when we bought in fully on Freeman, the wave crashed a bit. Over his last eight starts he was limited to 3.25 YPC, and he had a modest four overall TDs. PPR owners weren't that sad — he still caught 39 passes over that period, staying on the field in all packages — but he didn't look like the explosive difference-maker we saw during Octoberfest. The team will probably lean on Freeman in the scoring area again — he was first in red-zone carries last year, and second among backs in red-zone targets. TDs can be fluky at times, but they sure pay the fantasy bills. Ten of Freeman's 14 scores came from the 7-yard line and in.
Freeman, a fourth-round pick last year, saw limited action in a crowded backfield, but the Falcons' decision to part ways with Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers could mean Freeman is ready for a more significant role. Undersized at 5-8, 206, Freeman is dangerous in space, using his agility and balance to slip would-be tacklers before lowering his pads and driving forward with surprising power to earn extra yards after contact. He's less effective between the tackles, but his vision is good enough for him to find holes at the line when called upon. He's an asset as a receiver, and his experience in college with a zone-blocking scheme should serve him well as Atlanta's offense transitions to a similar ground attack under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who oversaw productive running games in Houston and Washington. Third-round speed merchant Tevin Coleman is a threat to Freeman's touches, but even in a committee, Freeman's skills should allow him to have a productive campaign.
The Falcons spent a fourth-round selection on Freeman, a somewhat undersized – 5-8, 203 – but well-rounded back out of Florida State, and he'll immediately enter into the mix for backup duties behind Steven Jackson. He even has good enough receiving skills to cut into Jacquizz Rodgers' third-down work. A shifty runner with great vision and instincts who doesn't shy away from contact, Freeman's in line to be the long-term successor to Jackson in Atlanta, but he never exceeded 200 carries in a college season and may be best served in the long term as the early-down back in a committee approach.
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No practice Thursday
RBAtlanta Falcons
Knee
September 20, 2018
Freeman (knee) didn't take part in practice Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
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Not present Thursday
RBAtlanta Falcons
Knee
September 20, 2018
Freeman (knee) wasn't present at the open portion of Thursday's practice, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
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Not seen at Wednesday's practice
RBAtlanta Falcons
Knee
September 19, 2018
Freeman (knee) wasn't present at the portion of Wednesday's practice open to the media, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Considered 'day-to-day'
RBAtlanta Falcons
Knee
September 17, 2018
Coach Dan Quinn refuted Monday that Freeman (knee) will miss multiple games due to a right knee bruise, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports. Instead, Quinn called Freeman "day-to-day."
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Absence could reach 3-to-4 weeks
RBAtlanta Falcons
Knee
September 16, 2018
Freeman may be sidelined for up to 3-to-4 weeks with a right knee contusion, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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