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College: Florida State | 7 years
Height: 5'8" | Weight: 206 lbs
Birth Date: 3/15/1992
2020 Bye Week: 9

Total Pts: 176.6
Avg Pts: 11.04
Rank: 20 RB

Free Agent

2020 RTSports Outlook

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.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

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.

This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Fantasy Week
Pts
Scoring
Week 12.10Devonta Freeman 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Devonta Freeman 12 receiving yds (1.20 pts)
Devonta Freeman 19 rushing yds (1.90 pts)
Week 26.40Devonta Freeman 42 receiving yds (4.20 pts)
Devonta Freeman 22 rushing yds (2.20 pts)
Week 39.50Devonta Freeman 7 receiving yds (0.70 pts)
Devonta Freeman 88 rushing yds (8.80 pts)
Week 410.00Devonta Freeman 72 receiving yds (7.20 pts)
Devonta Freeman 28 rushing yds (2.80 pts)
Week 519.00Devonta Freeman 9 yd TD reception (12.00 pts)
Devonta Freeman 40 receiving yds (4.00 pts)
Devonta Freeman 30 rushing yds (3.00 pts)
Week 641.80Devonta Freeman 7 yd TD reception (12.00 pts)
Devonta Freeman 12 yd TD reception (18.00 pts)
Devonta Freeman 30 receiving yds (3.00 pts)
Devonta Freeman 88 rushing yds (8.80 pts)
Week 72.50Devonta Freeman 6 receiving yds (0.60 pts)
Devonta Freeman 19 rushing yds (1.90 pts)
Week 89.20Devonta Freeman 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Devonta Freeman 63 receiving yds (6.30 pts)
Devonta Freeman 39 rushing yds (3.90 pts)
Week 9
Week 104.80Devonta Freeman 10 receiving yds (1.00 pts)
Devonta Freeman 38 rushing yds (3.80 pts)
Week 11
Week 12
Playoff Week 16.40Devonta Freeman 13 receiving yds (1.30 pts)
Devonta Freeman 51 rushing yds (5.10 pts)
Playoff Week 218.40Devonta Freeman 10 receiving yds (1.00 pts)
Devonta Freeman 13 yd TD rush (9.00 pts)
Devonta Freeman 84 rushing yds (8.40 pts)
Playoff Week 35.50Devonta Freeman 16 receiving yds (1.60 pts)
Devonta Freeman 39 rushing yds (3.90 pts)
Playoff Week 433.70Devonta Freeman 8 yd TD reception (12.00 pts)
Devonta Freeman 74 receiving yds (7.40 pts)
Devonta Freeman 17 yd TD rush (9.00 pts)
Devonta Freeman 53 rushing yds (5.30 pts)
Playoff Week 57.30Devonta Freeman 15 receiving yds (1.50 pts)
Devonta Freeman 58 rushing yds (5.80 pts)
Player Notes
Mar 16 12:50pm ET

The Atlanta Falcons are releasing running back Devonta Freeman on Monday, according to a source. The move will save the team more than $3 million against the salary cap. Freeman ran the ball 184 times for just 656 yards (3.6 yards per rush) for only two touchdowns, although he did catch 59 passes for 410 extra yards and four scores. The 28-year-old played in just two games due to injury in 2018 and has seen his body wear down quickly after two Pro Bowl seasons with Atlanta in 2015 and 2016. He can still offer a backfield something in a part-time role, but Freeman's days of having RB1 upside are likely over. Brian Hill, Qadree Ollison and Ito Smith top the depth chart now, but Atlanta figures to address the position in free agency and the draft.

From RotoBaller

Mar 16 10:13am ET

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is being released Monday, March 16. The move will save the team more than $3 million.

Fantasy Spin: Freeman has been injury prone since their Super Bowl appearance a couple of years ago. Another team is likely to take a chance on him, quickly, but at this rate, he's a high-end RB3 option in fantasy.

From TheHuddle

Feb 12 4:50pm ET

The Atlanta Falcons may move on and release running back Devonta Freeman this offseason to save around $3 million in salary cap space. Freeman is due over $6 million in 2020 if they keep him around. The Falcons strongly considered trading Freeman at last year's trade deadline. The 27-year-old (28 in March) has played in 16 games the last two years due to injuries and had a career-low 3.6 yards per carry and only two rushing touchdowns in 14 games in 2019. Freeman could certainly bounce back in Atlanta's offense or elsewhere as the lead dog, but he has a lot of tread on his tires and may never reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark again. If Atlanta were to release him, Ito Smith and Brian Hill would benefit from much larger workloads.

From RotoBaller

Feb 12 3:43pm ET

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman may be a candidate to be released this offseason, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Fantasy Spin: Freeman has dealt with injuries over the past several seasons and has not rushed for more than 865 yards in any of the last three seasons. He likely would receive some interest if he hits the free-agent market but may be part of a committee with his new team. Fantasy players can monitor the situation because Freeman may have solid fantasy value depending on his situation.

From TheHuddle

Jan 13 10:03pm ET

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will count $9.5 million against the 2020 salary cap and comes with $6 million in dead cap money. Releasing him would save $16.047 million over the remainder of his three years under contract.

Fantasy Spin: Freeman could find himself in a different city in 2020 as the Falcons may move to get younger and healthier. Injuries have plagued the talented back three years running. While he has flashed glimpses of his former self when healthy, Atlanta's offensive line injuries certainly didn't help.

From TheHuddle

Dec 29 9:10pm ET

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman carried the ball 18 times in Week 17 for 58 yards and added two catches for 15 yards. The Buccaneers Defense has been solid against the run all season and this week was no different, as they held Freeman to just 3.22 yards per carry. Freeman barely topped 1,000 yards from scrimmage this year and was rather ineffective throughout the season due to various factors such as poor game script and injuries. It's too early to evaluate where Freeman might get drafted in 2020 fantasy drafts because the Falcons may add a younger running back in the draft.

From RotoBaller

Dec 29 5:03pm ET

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan finished up with 30-of-51 passes for 313 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Week 17 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. RB Devonta Freeman led the way with 18 rushes for 58 yards while adding two receptions for 15 yards. WR Julio Jones posted seven catches for a team-best 78 yards on 13 targets, while WR Russell Gage chipped in with seven grabs for 68 yards on 13 targets. TE Austin Hooper also checked in with seven receptions for 45 yards on nine targets. LB Deion Jones recorded a fumble recovery and a 27-yard interception return for touchdown in overtime.

From TheHuddle

Dec 26 11:50am ET

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman had his best game of the year in Week 16, compiling 127 total yards and two touchdowns. He caught a season-high nine passes in the game. This week, Freeman and the Falcons face the Buccaneers, who have been solid against the run this year, but Freeman does so much of his damage through the air, that he should be able to make out fine. The Falcons could be without Julio Jones (knee) in the game, which would force the team to rely even more heavily on Freeman. Start Freeman as an RB2 in league championships and he's worthy of consideration as an RB2 or flex in DFS as well.

From RotoBaller

Dec 22 10:00pm ET

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman had his best game of the season during the win over Jacksonville, finishing things up 53 yards and a score off of 13 carries while adding nine catches for 74 yards and another touchdown. Though the 27-year-old is having one of the worst seasons of his career, he proved to be a potential difference-maker for those who utilized his services in fantasy matchups in Week 16. He has one more chance to add to his production in the final game of the year for Atlanta when the Falcons travel to Tampa to meet a Buccaneers Defense that is allowing just 16.80 fantasy points per game to opposing backs in 2019.

From RotoBaller

Dec 22 5:13pm ET

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman rushed for 53 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16. He also caught nine passes for 74 yards and one touchdown during the game.

Fantasy Spin: Freeman has received at least 10 carries in each of his last six games and has three total touchdowns in the last three games. He should see plenty of touches next week and can be a No. 2 fantasy running back.

From TheHuddle

Dec 19 3:30pm ET

It hasn't been pretty for Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman this year, but he's still managed to deliver decent value through his workload alone. Freeman is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry this year and is yet to top 90 rushing yards in a game. However, he's a lock for double-digit carries on a weekly basis and he has 48 receptions on the year. This week, Freeman faces a Jacksonville rushing defense that allows the fourth-most rushing yards per game in the league. While it's unlikely Freeman will flourish in the favorable matchup, it does give him a safer floor for the day. Expect Freeman to flirt with 100 total yards in Week 16, making him a viable option as a low-end RB2 or a great flex. His value is slightly higher in PPR than in non-PPR.

From RotoBaller

Dec 16 1:03am ET

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman carried 12 times for 39 yards and added two receptions for 16 more yards in Week 15 against the San Francisco 49ers.

Fantasy Spin: It's been mostly a nightmarish season for Freeman, who has topped 51 yards rushing only four times this season and scored a touchdown in only three games (four total). Making matters worse, Qadree Ollison stole a goal-line carry from him in this game that resulted in a score. Freeman will be hard to trust until the Falcons can find their running game again - hopefully no later than 2020 - but he should be a solid RB2 play in Week 16 against the struggling defense of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

From TheHuddle

Dec 15 8:00pm ET

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman saw a relatively heavy workload in Week 15 against the 49ers. He rushed the ball 12 times for 39 yards and added two receptions for 16 yards on three targets. Freeman's backups Brian Hill and Qadree Ollison only had one carry a piece in the game, but unfortunately for Freeman, Ollison's one carry resulted in a one-yard touchdown run. Freeman's heavy workload makes him a low-end RB2 in most leagues going forward and he has extra value in PPR.

From RotoBaller

Dec 13 7:23pm ET

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 13, and is not on the injury report for Week 15.

Fantasy Spin: Freeman rushed for 84 yards and one touchdown last week but will be facing a tougher opponent this week. He will continue to receive most of the carries and can be at least a flex option in fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

Dec 12 7:43pm ET

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 12.

Fantasy Spin: Freeman is coming off one of his best games of the season last week and has received at least 10 carries in each of the last four games. He will be facing a tough San Francisco 49ers defense this week but could still be at least a flex option in leagues.

From TheHuddle

Dec 12 4:20pm ET

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (knee) returned to a limited practice on Thursday after being held out on Wednesday. The Falcons were likely just managing his repetitions on Wednesday. Expect Freeman to be taken off the injury report on Friday and to play in Week 15 against the 49ers. He had one of his best games of the season last Sunday against the Panthers and scored his first rushing touchdown of the year. That's all well and good, but you should fully expect a letdown in Week 15 against one of the best all-around defenses in the league on the road. Freeman is a low-end RB2 for the second round of the fantasy playoffs.

From RotoBaller

Dec 12 12:10pm ET

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (ankle) was held out of Wednesday's practice and is currently questionable for Week 15 against the 49ers. Freeman had 21 touches in Week 14 against the Panthers and gained 94 yards and scored a touchdown in the game. As long as he suits up, he should be set for around 20 touches against the 49ers, which makes him a solid RB2 option in most leagues. He has more value in PPR as he has 46 receptions on the year.

From RotoBaller

Dec 11 4:23pm ET

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Fantasy Spin: The Falcons are likely just being cautious with Freeman after his first two games back in the lineup. He ran for 84 yards and his first touchdown of the season on 17 carries in Week 14, but he'll have a difficult matchup this week against the San Francisco 49ers and is a No. 2 running back for fantasy purposes.

From TheHuddle

Dec 11 4:20pm ET

Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (knee) was held out of practice on Wednesday. The Falcons are likely just giving Freeman some rest early in the week after he went for 84 yards and his first rushing touchdown of the season on 17 carries in Week 14 against the Panthers. It was a breath of fresh air for his fantasy owners, but he could go right back to being a disappointment in Week 15 against a tough Niners defensive front. Consider Freeman more of a low-end RB2/high-end RB3 for this Sunday at San Francisco. He's one to fade in DFS.

From RotoBaller

Dec 8 6:33pm ET

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman rushed 17 times for 84 yards and a touchdown vs. the Carolina Panthers in Week 14 on Sunday, Dec. 8. He added four receptions for 10 yards.

Fantasy Spin: A trip to San Francisco is upcoming for the Falcons, and there is little reason to play Freeman in that one. He offers almost nothing without a trip to the end zone, and this performance (4.9 yards per carry, specifically,) was a product of the matchup.

From TheHuddle

Player Transactions
  • 16-Mar-2020: ATL - Cut
  • 04-Feb-2019: ATL - Off IR - foot, groin
  • 16-Oct-2018: ATL - On IR - foot, groin
  • 09-Aug-2017: ATL - Re-signed - Five-year extension (through 2022)
NFL Week
OppPtsRush
Att
Rush
Yds
Rush
TDs
100
Yds
RecRec
Yds
Rec
TDs
Rec
Tgt
Fum
Lost
2019 Season176.6018465620594104702
Week 1@MIN2.1081900312041
Week 2PHI6.40112200342040
Week 3@IND9.5016880037040
Week 4TEN10.00122800872090
Week 5@HOU19.00113000540150
Week 6@ARI41.80198800330230
Week 7LAR2.507190026030
Week 8SEA9.20133900863081
Week 9bye
Week 10@NOR4.80103800310040
Week 11@CAR0.00000000000
Week 12TAM0.00000000000
Week 13NOR6.40175100413050
Week 14CAR18.40178410410040
Week 15@SFO5.50123900216030
Week 16JAC33.701353109741100
Week 17@TAM7.30185800215040