College: Florida State | 6 years
Height: 5'8" | Weight: 206 lbs
Birth Date: 3/15/1992
Depth Chart: RB1.1
2019 Bye Week: 9
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 RB
Freeman played just two games last season because of a groin injury, an injury that needed surgery. He ran 14 times for 68 yards in the games he played, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. As long as he is healthy, he will be the lead back for the Falcons. Freeman has 1,000-yard, double-digit touchdown season two of his last four. Freeman runs with power, can break plays to the outside because of his top speed, and makes a lot of plays in the passing game. He is a big-play back and can make a something happen every time he touches the ball.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Freeman is a good bounce-back candidate. He could be lined up for even more touches this season as the clear lead back. Consider him a low-end No. 1. Remember, this offense is very good and produces a lot of goal-line chances. Expect around 1,500 total yards and double-digit scores with around 50 receptions.
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman was essentially a wasted pick last year, missing all but two games and leaving fantasy owners down a starting RB. Assuming good health, there is no reason he shouldn't immediately be a factor once more. In fact, Freeman could be set for his best season since 2016. Backfield-mate Tevin Coleman signed with San Francisco, leaving Ito Smith, Brian Hill, and fifth-round pick Qadree Ollison as the only other RBs of consequence on the roster.Freeman is not only set to see a big workload, he will do so on an offense that ranked 10th in scoring offense last season and just bolstered its offensive line with two first-rounders in the NFL Draft. Freeman already has a pair of standout seasons under his belt, going over 1,000 rushing yards and scoring 11 TD in both 2016 and 2017 despite sharing time with Coleman. While he may be viewed as an injury risk or discriminated against by fantasy owners who prefer youthful RBs, he is just 27, the same age as Le'Veon Bell. Freeman is available outside the top 20 running backs, which still means you'll need to grab him before the fifth round. He is a high-upside RB2 and a perfect ZeroRB target if the value is right.
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Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman saw a heavy workload in Week 13, following a two-game absence. He had a total of 21 touches in Week 13, including four receptions. He should be similarly featured this week as the team takes on the Panthers. Freeman has greatly struggled from an efficiency standpoint this year, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry on the season. However, his workload has somewhat made up for his struggles and he's performed as an RB2 most of the year. Start him as an RB2 this week and look for him to gain around 80 yards on the day with a solid chance to score a touchdown.
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman returned from injury Thursday, Nov. 28, against the New Orleans Saints and led his team with 62 offensive snaps played while RB Brian Hill played 24 of his 41 snaps on offense and Kenjon Barner saw just seven offensive snaps.
Fantasy Spin: Freeman rushed for 51 yards on 17 carries and remains without a rushing score through 10 games played. He'll have an excellent opportunity against the Carolina Panthers in Week 14, now that he's regained the bulk of the playing time.
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman returned to his featured back role this week after missing the past two games. He had 17 carries for 51 yards and added four catches for 13 yards in the game. Brian Hill was relegated to No. 2 status and only had four carries in the game, while Qadree Ollison, who had scored touchdowns in two straight games, didn't get a single touch. This is back to being Freeman's backfield for now and he'll be worthy of starting in just about all leagues until we see anything change.
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) tallied 17 carries for 51 yards against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, Nov. 28. Freeman added four catches for 13 yards.
Fantasy Spin: Freeman ran hard in his return from a two-game absence, but he wasn't overly effective, averaging just three yards per carry. It's the continuation of a season-long trend, unfortunately, as Freeman has yet to top 90 rushing yards in a game or score on the ground. He's added value off and on in the passing game, but this was not one of those nights. Freeman is best deployed as an RB3 at this point.
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 27, and has been removed from the injury report for Week 13.
Fantasy Spin: Freeman should receive most of the work at running back this week but will be facing a solid New Orleans Saints defense. He can still be considered a No. 2 running back or flex option in fantasy leagues.
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (foot) is set to return on Thursday against the Saints after missing the last two games with a foot injury, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Freeman had 10 carries for only 38 yards in Week 10 in the first meeting with the Saints. New Orleans has been tough against the run all season, so Freeman will be a low-end RB2 in his return from injury in this one. Brian Hill, who saw an expanded role the last two weeks with Freeman hurt, will return to a backup role.
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) looks great and will play in Week 13 Thursday, Nov. 28, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
Fantasy Spin: Freeman has really struggled to find holes and stay healthy. The matchup against the New Orleans Saints isn't great, but he's a flex option only in point-per-reception leagues.
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (foot) returned to practice without limitations on Tuesday and should be good to go for Week 13 against the Saints. Freeman has had a rough year running the ball, but his struggles gained some promising context when the team's running game plummeted even further with him out. Brian Hill served as the team's No. 1 running back the past two weeks and managed just 44 rushing yards on 24 carries. Freeman should return to No. 1 back status and see around 15 touches in the game. The Saints have a tough run defense, but Freeman should be able to do some solid damage through the air. Expect about five catches and a total of 60 or 70 yards from scrimmage for Freeman in his return, making him a decent flex option.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (shoulder), TE Luke Stocker (back) and TE Austin Hooper (knee) did not practice Tuesday, Nov. 26. S Sharrod Neasman (shoulder) and DE Takkarist McKinley (shoulder) were limited. CB Desmond Trufant (toe), RB Devonta Freeman (foot), CB Jordan Miller (illness) and DT Tyeler Davison (neck) practiced in full.
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) was limited in practice Tuesday, Nov. 26.
Fantasy Spin: It's his second straight day with such a designation, putting him in line to get the nod Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints. The Falcons have been awful at running the football most of the season, but they have been even worse since Freeman got hurt in Week 10. If he can play Thursday, Freeman will be a middling to low-end RB2 in fantasy.
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) was limited during practice Monday, Nov. 25. The Falcons did not hold a practice Monday, so this is an estimation.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation to see if Freeman has a chance to play in Week 13. He would be a No. 2 running back or flex option if he plays, but players will need other options ready in case he misses another game.
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) is expected to return to practice this week, according to comments made by head coach Dan Quinn on Monday, Nov. 25.
Fantasy Spin: The Falcons play at home on Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints, making it very likely Freeman misses a third straight game. Atlanta was having trouble rushing the ball even with Freeman healthy, but the trio of Brian Hill, Qadree Ollison and Kenjon Barner has led a ground game that has somehow only mustered 111 yards on the ground in the last two games combined. Fantasy owners can and should avoid them all in Week 13.
The Atlanta Falcons have declared FS Kemal Ishmael, TE Austin Hooper, DT Deadrin Senat, DL John Cominsky, WR Brandon Powell, RB Devonta Freeman and OL Matt Gono inactive for Week 12.
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot), TE Austin Hooper (knee) and S Kemal Ishmael (head) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 12 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. CB Kendall Sheffield (illness) did not practice after appearing on the injury report Friday, Nov. 22, and is listed as questionable. DEs John Cominsky (ankle) and Takkarist McKinley (shoulder) were limited in practice Friday and are also listed as questionable. DE Adrian Clayborn (groin) was limited in practice for a second straight day Friday but no longer appears on the injury report. WR Julio Jones (foot), QB Matt Ryan (ankle) and CB Desmond Trufant (toe) were full participants Friday and have also been removed from the injury report.
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) on Friday, Nov. 22, was ruled out of the team's Week 12 game by head coach Dan Quinn.
Fantasy Spin: As expected, Freeman will miss a second straight game, leaving the Falcons' RB duties to Brian Hill and Qadree Ollison. The latter got the short rushing TD last week, but Hill still received 16 touches and is low-end RB2/flex-worthy.
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (foot) has been ruled out for Week 12 against the Buccaneers. He will miss his second straight game, which will put Brian Hill in line to make the start. Freeman should remain rostered in just about all leagues as he should have a chance to return in Week 13 and he'd likely reassume his No. 1 running back duties. Hill got a heavy workload in Week 11, but didn't do much with it, while Qadree Ollison ended up scoring a touchdown as the team's No. 2 running back in the game. Hill is a low-end RB2 or flex option this week.
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot), S Kemal Ishmael (concussion), TE Austin Hooper (knee) and DE Takkarist McKinley (shoulder) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 21. DEs John Cominsky (ankle) and Adrian Clayborn (groin) were limited. CB Desmond Trufant (toe), QB Matt Ryan (ankle) and WR Julio Jones (foot) were upgraded to a full practice.
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (foot) was unable to practice Thursday, Nov. 21.
Fantasy Spin: Freeman has not practiced since suffering the injury in Week 10, so it appears he's headed toward another absence in Week 12. Brian Hill figures to get another start - this time in a bad matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' stout run defense - although it may not take much for head coach Dan Quinn to pull him if he struggles again this week. Freeman was expected to miss two weeks anyway, so consider him a possibility for Week 13 versus the New Orleans Saints.
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (foot) wasn't seen at practice on Thursday for the second straight day. Freeman is expected to miss at least another game, so he should be planted firmly on benches for Week 12 against the Buccaneers. Tampa has surprisingly been one of the best against the run in 2019, so backup Brian Hill shouldn't be expected to do any better than his disappointing performance in Week 11 in place of Freeman. Hill should be considered a low-end RB3 as the leader of this backfield until Freeman is ready to return.
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (foot) hasn't practiced yet this week and head coach Dan Quinn said that if he can't practice before the team's Week 12 game against the Buccaneers, he won't be suiting up. Freeman is currently listed as questionable for Week 12, but one would imagine he's more on the doubtful side of questionable. He could, however, have a good chance to make his return in Week 13 if he doesn't suffer any setbacks in his recovery. Brian Hill and Qadree Ollison will most likely shoulder the running back workload for as long as Freeman is out.