Many Fantasy owners might overlook Devonta Freeman based on last year -- don't be one of them. Multiple concussions and right knee injuries played a role in Freeman finishing as the No. 13 Fantasy running back in 2017, the lowest finish he's had since sparsely playing as a rookie in 2014. His 232 total touches still ranked him among the top-20 running backs and his eight touchdowns put him tied for 11th at his position. All of that is not bad considering he effectively missed three games. Freeman will still split reps with Tevin Coleman but should keep a grip on at least 15 touches per game, something a lot of running backs simply don't do. And with at least 1,180 total yards and eight total touchdowns in each of his last three seasons, Freeman carries stellar consistency as well. Earmark him as a low-end No. 1/high-end No. 2 Fantasy running back with potential to steer your team to Fantasy success. He's the kind of rusher you'll gravitate toward between 18th and 26th overall on Draft Day.
Freeman (knee) plans to participate in Matt Ryan's off-site passing camp in July, William McFadden of the Falcons' official website reports. Freeman played through MCL and PCL sprains during the playoffs and avoided offseason surgery, but he seems to have been limited to individual drills during OTAs and minicamp. While he should be ready for the start of training camp, the 26-year-old carries more risk than in past seasons after suffering the aforementioned knee injury and a pair of concussions in 2017. Including the playoffs. Freeman handled 933 touches the past three seasons, with at least 266 each year. The Falcons could look to give Tevin Coleman more work in the final season of his rookie contract, as they have a clear interest in keeping Freeman healthy for the long haul after signing him to a five-year, $41.25 million extension last August.
Freeman (knee) said Wednesday that he has made significant progress in his recovery from a sprained MCL and PCL, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "I'm able to do a lot of things that I couldn't do back in January and February," Freeman said. "Running, cutting, sprinting and getting little stronger." Freeman played through the injury in two playoff games, compiling 28 carries for 73 yards and six receptions for 29 yards while scoring twice. He may not be 100 percent for the start of Organized Team Activities on May 21, but the progress Freeman has made to date suggests he'll be a full participant for the start of training camp. Freeman, who is entering the first year of the five-year, $41.25 million contract extension he inked with the Falcons last August, will presumably occupy his usual role as the lead option in the backfield timeshare with Tevin Coleman in 2018. While Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he's open to keeping both backs long term, it's nonetheless possible that Coleman -- entering the final year of his rookie contract -- will move on after this season. On top of the recent knee injury, Freeman's concussion history -- he suffered two last season -- could impact the Falcons' long-term valuation of Coleman.
Freeman (knee) appeared to be on a side field doing rehab work Tuesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Freeman played through a sprained MCL and PCL in his right knee during the playoffs, managing only 73 yards on 28 carries and 29 yards on six receptions, though he did score two touchdowns in two games. He also suffered a pair of concussions last season, bringing his reported total to three during his NFL career. It's no surprise to see Freeman doing rehab work while the Falcons start their offseason program, as he said in late March that he wasn't sure if he'd be ready for Organized Team Activities in May. He does expect to be back at full strength before training camp, where he'll prepare for the first season of the five-year, $41.25 million extension he signed in August. Fellow running back Tevin Coleman is in the final year of his rookie contract, and Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said it isn't out of the question that both backs could be retained long-term.
Freeman said his injured right knee is "progressing on the up and up", Alec McQuade of 11Alive.com reports. Freeman sprained his MCL and PCL in Week 17, and while the injury didn't stop him from playing in both of Atlanta's playoff contests, he was limited to 73 yards on 28 carries (2.6 average) and 29 yards on six receptions, albeit with a pair of touchdowns. Despite avoiding offseason surgery, he seems to be acknowledging that his right knee still isn't back to full strength. Freeman said in February that he wasn't sure if he would be ready for Organized Team Activities in May, perhaps hinting that he's more focused on getting back to full strength for training camp. His history of head injuries might ultimately be a larger concern than the knee, considering he suffered concussions in August and November last season, with the second leading to a two-game absence. He also missed a game in November 2015 while recovering from a concussion.
Freeman (knee) is clear of injury ahead of Saturday's divisional-round game in Philadelphia, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. For the second week in a row, the Falcons have given the thumbs up to every player that made an appearance on the injury report. Freeman himself was limited in all three sessions this weekend, but his knee issue won't hinder him from handling early-down work Saturday. In six contests following a two-game absence due to a concussion, he's averaged 99.8 scrimmage yards per game and tallied four touchdowns while playing 65.3 percent of the team's offensive snaps.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/23||New Orleans Saints||12||17.22|
|6||10/14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||29||19.13|
|7||10/23||New York Giants||21||17.88|
|12||11/23||@New Orleans Saints||12||17.22|
|14||12/09||@Green Bay Packers||16||17.38|
|17||12/30||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||29||19.13|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||229||1000||10||54||452||2||215|