Devonta Freeman

#24 RB / Atlanta Falcons / EXP: 4YRS Height: 5-8 Weight: 206 lb Age: 25 College: Florida State Bye 5

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  • Freeman logged 24 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 20-17 win over the Saints while also fumbling once. Freeman looked sharp while averaging 6.2 yards per carry on 12 totes against the Vikings last Sunday in his return from what amounted to nearly a three-game absence due to a concussion. He followed up that effort with a season high in carries Thursday, leading to his second-best rushing total of the season. Freeman was shut out of the air attack altogether, something that had yet to transpire this season outside of the Week 10 contest versus the Cowboys that Freeman had exited early due to his head injury. He'll look to build on the strong effort and achieve his second 100-yard game of the season when the Falcons take on the Buccaneers in Week 15.

  • Freeman carried 12 times for 74 yards and caught one of two targets for seven yards during Sunday's 14-9 loss to the Vikings. Freeman returned from a two-week absence to face a stout Vikings defense, but he still shredded them for 6.2 yards per carry with a long gain of 13 yards. He notably out-touched Tevin Coleman, who carried the load in his absence, though the workloads for both backs were quite similar (13 versus 11 touches). Freeman still hasn't reached the end zone since Week 4, and the backfield timeshare the team is sticking with should limit his ceiling once again Thursday against the Saints.

  • According to head coach Dan Quinn, Freeman is expected to handle his normal workload Sunday against the Vikings, Vaughn McClure of reports. Freeman missed the better part of the last three games due to a concussion, his second of the season and third of his three-plus years as a professional. Although there's always worry another hit will force him to the sideline, he's nonetheless the No. 1 back when healthy, averaging 81.1 yards from scrimmage per game and scoring five touchdowns across the first eight contests of the season. Meanwhile, the replacement during Freeman's absence, Tevin Coleman, managed 64.3 scrimmage yards per outing and reached the end zone three times during the same stretch.

  • Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said Freeman won't face any limitations Sunday against the Vikings in the running back's return from a two-game absence due to a concussion, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports. Freeman essentially missed three full games with the concussion -- the second he's sustained this season -- as he played just two snaps in the Nov. 12 win over Dallas before departing. His medium-term hiatus paved the way for Tevin Coleman to pace the Falcons' running attack, with the Indiana product amassing 243 total yards and four touchdowns over the past three contests. Coleman should still hold a key role as a change-of-pace option out of the backfield, but given Quinn's comments, it's expected that Freeman will take on the larger snap share of the two runners, as was the case in every contest the latter has appeared this season with the exception of the Dallas game. With that in mind, Freeman's fantasy ceiling should be higher than Coleman's over the Falcons' final five outings of 2017.

  • Freeman (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of reports. On the heels of clearing the concussion protocol, Freeman handled every practice rep presented to him Wednesday, thus bringing an end to a two-game absence. No matter, the sledding will be tough in Freeman's return Sunday against the Vikings' second-ranked run defense.

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