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24 Devonta Freeman RB

Atlanta Falcons

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
20%4%
Key Stats
GPAttYdsAvgTDsFum
16652483.811

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Dimitroff: Falcons' Devonta Freeman could be full time RB
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman could be getting more carries in the near future. 

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff met with the media at the Indianapolis scouting combine on Thursday and said that Freeman could be a full-time back in new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme. 

Freeman had only 65 carries last season--just over four per game--for 248 yards and one touchdown.

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Report: RB Steven Jackson not expected back with Falcons
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan wouldn't say whether veteran Steven Jackson will be back with the Falcons, saying only that he's still evaluating the running backs, reports ESPN.com. The website does not expect the Falcons to retain Jackson, who's owed $3.75 million in 2015.

Shanahan said he loved running back Devonta Freeman coming out of college. Freeman averaged 3.8 yards per carry as a rookie but caught 30 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown. If the Falcons part ways with Jackson, who turns 32 this summer, Freeman would be in for a sizable workload.

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Falcons RBs Rodgers, Freeman carry the load in Week 17
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

With Steven Jackson (quad) sidelined, Falcons running backs Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman shouldered the load in the running game Sunday against Carolina.

Rodgers took nine carries for a team-high 44 yards and turned seven targets into three receptions for 19 yards. Freeman carried the ball only six times for 13 yards. He also added two catches for 3 yards in a 34-3 defeat, eliminating Atlanta from playoff contention.

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Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quad) not practicing Wednesday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who left the Week 16 win at New Orleans with a quad injury, was unable to practice Wednesday, reports ESPN.com. Atlanta is preparing to host Carolina on Sunday with the NFC South title at stake.

If Jackson can't play, Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman would share the load. Rodgers received 12 touches and Freeman got eight against the Saints.

The Falcons are favored by 4 points at Vegas sportsbooks.

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You don't want Falcons RB, whoever it is
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Though Steven Jackson's status for Week 17 against Carolina isn't known just yet, the fact his quadriceps injury almost immediately ruled him out for the second half of Week 16 at New Orleans is hardly reason for optimism. So then, Fantasy owners should be preparing for the possibility he misses the season's final week.

That is, if any who are still playing now are actually relying on him, which is unlikely. He's scored a touchdown in only one of his last four games and has run for more than 60 yards only twice all season. At this point, it's not even all that clear that the Falcons would miss him. His replacements, Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman, were both more productive than him against the Saints, especially Freeman, who broke off a 31-yard touchdown run in the the third quarter and also had 48 receiving yards.

Of course, you'd like Freeman to be the first choice to replace Jackson, but considering Rodgers got more touches, that's far from certain. When Rodgers has gotten an increased workload in the past, he's done little with it, and he's averaging just 3.5 yards per carry again this year.

So if Jackson plays in Week 17, you probably wouldn't want to use him in Fantasy, and if he doesn't, an anticipated timeshare likely ruins whomever the Falcons choose to replace him. If you play in such a deep league that the replacement would matter regardless, Freeman is probably the best choice since he's more explosive, but it's not an exciting prospect.

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Schedule
WeekDateOpp.AttYdsLgTD
19/7/14NO215100
29/14/14CIN0000
39/18/14TB111260
49/28/14MIN2850
510/5/14NYG438240
610/12/14CHI2530
710/19/14BAL220180
810/26/14DET3520
1011/9/14TB31690
1111/16/14CAR628150
1211/23/14CLE5760
1311/30/14ARI826190
1412/8/14GB2-200
1512/14/14PIT421100
1612/21/14NO536311
1712/28/14CAR61350
WeekDateOpponentTime/Result
Rushing
YearTeamGGSAttYdsAvgLgTD20+1st
2014Atlanta Falcons160652483.831129
TOTAL160652483.831129
Receiving
YearTeamGGSRecYdsAvgLgTD20+40+1st
2014Atlanta Falcons160302257.5361108
TOTAL160302257.5361108
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2014Atlanta Falcons1632.010000.0000
TOTAL1632.010000.0000
Fumbles
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2014Atlanta Falcons1611000000
TOTAL1611000000
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
5-8/206
Birthdate:
3/15/1992
Age:
22
Hometown:
Baxley, GA, USA
School:
Florida State
NFL Experience:
2
Awards:
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