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Devonta Freeman

Atlanta Falcons
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Falcons | More reps for Devonta Freeman, Jacquizz Rodgers

Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:08:13 -0800

Atlanta Falcons RBs Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers are expected to see more repetitions in Week 17 against the Carolina Panthers with RB Steven Jackson (quadriceps) unlikely to play. However, head coach Mike Smith hasn't officially ruled Jackson out yet. The team is anxious, though, to see how Freeman will perform with more touches. RB Jerome Smith, who was promoted from the practice squad this week, will be active against the Panthers.

Fantasy Tip: Freeman should be your initial play in standard leagues if you're picking between he and Rodgers. Against the Panthers, Freeman could be a very nice FantasyScore play after replacing S-Jax last week and running for a TD.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Falcons | Devonta Freeman to step into bigger role

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:06:07 -0800

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is likely to step into a bigger backfield role with RB Antone Smith (leg) out for the rest of the season. RB Steven Jackson remains the starter, however.

Fantasy Tip: Freeman is the most explosive runner on Atlanta's roster with Smith suffering a season-ending injury. That makes Freeman worth a waiver-wire acquisition for depth. Against the Cleveland Browns in Week 12, Freeman is an intriguing flex play.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: NFL.com - Dan Hanzus

Falcons | Big game for Devonta Freeman

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:07:16 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman had 12 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown and five catches for 45 yards during the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28.

Fantasy Tip: Steven Jackson is expected to play in Week 1, but if his hamstring injury flares up, Freeman could be in line for a major role. Freeman is better equipped to run between the tackles the fellow back Jacquizz Rodgers, and he can also catch the ball out of the backfield. As injury prone as Jackson has been recently, Freeman could be worth a late-round flier.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Michael DiRocco

Falcons | Steven Jackson remains out

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:43:04 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.

Fantasy Tip: Jackson has missed several practices because of the injury, and his status for the regular season is uncertain at this point. Devonta Freeman could receive more playing time because of Jackson's injury. Jackson will enter the season as the starter if healthy, but Freeman will get carries during the season. Both Jackson and Freeman could be weekly flex options in some leagues.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Falcons | Devonta Freeman update

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:10:12 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (undisclosed) didn't have any protective gear on his body after practice Monday, Aug. 11, and initial reports are that the heat forced him to exit early.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Falcons | Devonta Freeman leaves practice

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:54:27 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (undisclosed) left practice early Monday, Aug. 11, after suffering an undisclosed injury.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons | Devonta Freeman injured

Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:19:01 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (undisclosed) left practice with trainers Monday, Aug. 11.

Fantasy Tip: Freeman was turning into a nice sleeper with Steven Jackson's fragility, especially in PPR scoring leagues. Hopefully it's nothing serious.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Falcons | Devonta Freeman going through growing pains

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:01:05 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman has been performing well during training camp but has to improve his pass protection, according to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. "I think that's the biggest adjustment for a running back going from college to the NFL," Koetter said. "He had a great college career but teams try to test rookie running backs. They've got those big outside linebackers. There's a lot of protections, there's a lot of calls. There's a learning curve. He's on the right track."

Fantasy Tip: We'll remind you that Freeman is a rookie, so this shouldn't come as a surprise. With Steven Jackson already banged up (surprise, surprise), Freeman could see valuable repetitions this preseason, but he must show good pass-blocking skills if he's to be trusted in the regular season should S-Jax go down. For fantasy drafts this fall, Freeman is purely a late-round flier as a handcuff to Jackson.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Michael Cunningham

Falcons | Steven Jackson has hammy issue

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:16:11 -0700

Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (hamstring) injured his hamstring Monday, July 28, which is why he wasn't practicing Tuesday, July 29. Head coach Mike Smith said Jackson will be ready for the team's first game.

Fantasy Tip: This is not what you want to see from an aging running back entering his age-31 season. Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman could have heavy workloads if S-Jax continues to be bugged by nagging injuries all year long.

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Falcons | Devonta Freeman's role to vary?

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:46:12 -0700

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will begin his NFL career by trying to replace RB Jason Snelling (retired) as a do-all backup. Snelling played tailback, fullback and even returned kickoffs last year. Freeman's first task is to learn the system and then find a spot to carve out a role behind trusted veteran RBs Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith.

Fantasy Tip: Freeman is a trendy fantasy pick because of Jackson's durability issues, but he probably won't be anything more than one piece of a tandem approach if the Falcons need to replace S-Jax for any lengthy period of time. Temper your expectations.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

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07/21 - Fantasy Football Tips: What is a handcuff?
06/30 - Fantasy Football Tips: Devonta Freeman threat to Steven Jackson in Falcons backfield
04/13 - 2014 NFL Draft: RB outlook