Freeman carried nine times for 68 yards and caught two of four targets for 11 additional yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Dolphins. An explosive 44-yard gain propelled Freeman to an impressive 7.6 yards per carry, but he curiously finished with his fewest allotment of touches in any game this season. Tevin Coleman received 10 touches of his own in this one and converted a six-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. A timeshare of sorts between the two backs was expected this year, but Freeman's fantasy value could take a hit if he begins to lose out on more of the valuable red-zone opportunities he has received in seasons past. He's still considered the lead back in Atlanta at this juncture and should see his workload increase next week against the Patriots.
Freeman rushed 18 times for 58 yards and a touchdown while catching both of his targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 23-17 loss to Buffalo. Freeman got twice as many carries as Tevin Coleman but gained 21 fewer rushing yards. While his one-yard score late in the second quarter gave Atlanta a 10-7 halftime advantage, the team was unable to hold on to the edge and suffered its first loss of the season. Despite averaging 4.1 yards per carry to Coleman's 6.3, Freeman has received 70 of the 99 carries between the two while scoring five rushing touchdowns in four games.
Freeman rushed for 106 yards and a score on 21 carries and caught three of five targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 30-26 win over the Lions. After a relatively quiet outing in Chicago to start the season, Freeman has now reached 100 total yards in back-to-back games and barreled into the end zone for a one-yard score in the second quarter of Sunday's game. Atlanta's running-back situation is interesting in that Tevin Coleman not only provides Freeman with a breather, but is also pretty darn talented himself. Thus far this season, however, new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian seems happy riding Freeman with just under 20 touches per game - twice that of Coleman. Don't expect Freeman to slow up any time soon.
Freeman rushed 19 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 34-23 victory over the Packers. He also caught both of his targets for 16 receiving yards. Sunday night was a good reminder that, despite sharing the backfield with Tevin Coleman, Freeman remains the top dog in Atlanta. In a battle between NFC heavyweights, Freeman out-touched Coleman 21 to eight and was the recipient of both goal-line opportunities the Falcons had, ultimately finishing the day with scoring plunges from one and two yards out. The most promising aspect of Freeman's performance out of all, though, may be his improved efficiency (4.4 YPC from 3.1 YPC) from the season opener. Regardless, he'll look to keep it going in an inviting road matchup in Week 3 against the Lions.
Freeman carried 12 times for 37 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-17 win over the Bears. He also caught both his targets for an additional two yards. Freeman struggled to the tune of 3.1 yards per carry in this one, but he salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective with a five-yard plunge into the end zone in the second quarter. He also was notably less involved in the passing game than Tevin Coleman, who racked up 42 receiving yards on six targets. While Coleman should continue to command his share of touches, Freeman has the red zone duties locked down and should enjoy an advantage in carries on a weekly basis. This should remain the case in Week 2 against the Packers.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/23||@New England Patriots||30||21.33|
|8||10/29||@New York Jets||29||20.67|
|12||11/26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||17||17.40|
|14||12/08||New Orleans Saints||14||16.40|
|15||12/19||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||17||17.40|
|16||12/24||@New Orleans Saints||14||16.40|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||186||794||8||52||422||2||179|