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Devonta Freeman | Running Back

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/15/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 206
College: Florida State
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Devonta Freeman rushed eight times for 26 yards and caught one pass for four yards in Sunday's Week 13 win over the Cardinals.
Despite some Sunday morning speculation that Freeman's role would be expanded in this one, Steven Jackson (18 touches) remained featured and Jacquizz Rodgers (seven touches) was also heavily involved. Freeman isn't going to be freed until next season. Nov 30 - 7:19 PM

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Devonta Freeman rushed five times for seven yards in Atlanta's Week 12 loss to the Browns.

He was held without a catch in the passing game. Freeman has exceeded 10 touches one time all season. Even with Antone Smith (leg) lost for the year, Freeman is not on the re-draft radar.
Nov 23 - 5:25 PM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure expects Devonta Freeman to see more touches in the wake of Antone Smith's season-ending broken leg.

Smith broke his leg last week. Freeman saw six carries -- his second-highest total of the season -- against the Panthers. He's the clear No. 2 to Steven Jackson, but Jackson has pulled ahead as the top dog in Atlanta's backfield. Smith wasn't getting more than 2-4 touches per game before his injury anyway. Don't expect a drastic uptick in Freeman's workload. There's no standalone appeal.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 21 - 9:16 AM

Devonta Freeman rushed for 28 yards on six carries in Atlanta's Week 11 win over Carolina.

Freeman has pulled ahead as the clear No. 2 back to Steven Jackson, but Jackson is still dominating the touches in the Falcons' backfield. Freeman won't come into fantasy relevance unless Jackson goes down.
Nov 16 - 5:20 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed for 16 yards on three carries in the Falcons' Week 10 win over the Bucs.

Freeman added one catch for minus-two yards. He, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Antone Smith continue to split the limited touches behind starter Steven Jackson. Freeman is well off the re-draft radar unless Jackson goes down with an injury.
Nov 9 - 5:11 PM

Devonta Freeman carried three times for five yards and caught a seven-yard touchdown pass against the Lions Week 8.

Freeman capped of an impressive opening drive with a seven-yard touchdown catch, but did not see the ball very often after that as Steven Jackson dominated the running back touches. Freeman could see an expanded workload if Antone Smith (neck) is forced to miss any time, but he is not worth rostering in redraft formats. Through eight games Freeman is on pace for 512 total yards and two touchdowns.
Oct 26 - 1:34 PM

Devonta Freeman managed 20 yards on two carries and caught five passes for 17 yards in the Falcons' Week 7 loss to Baltimore.

Freeman continues to play ahead of Antone Smith, presumably because the Falcons have a fourth-round pick invested in Freeman and nothing invested in Smith. As a rotational back in a four-way committee that also involves Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers, Freeman offers no value in re-draft leagues.
Oct 19 - 5:39 PM

Falcons rookie RB Devonta Freeman rushed four times for 38 yards and caught five passes for 44 yards in Atlanta's Week 5 loss to the Giants.

The Falcons spoke openly of increasing Antone Smith's role after the game. That would probably happen at either Freeman or Quizz Rodgers' expense, or both. This was the most productive game of fourth-round pick Freeman's career to date. He's still not worth owning in 12-team fantasy leagues.
Oct 5 - 5:03 PM

Devonta Freeman rushed 11 times for 12 yards in Atlanta's Week 3, blowout win over the Bucs, adding a seven-yard reception while also losing a fumble.

Getting major second-half run in a game the Falcons led 35-0 at halftime, Freeman had a chance to stuff the stat-sheet, but instead got stuffed. His fumble was soft, as he let the ball get tomahawked out from behind. Still a clear No. 4 on the Falcons' running back depth chart, Freeman isn't looking like much of a stash in 12-team re-draft leagues.
Sep 19 - 12:12 AM

Devonta Freeman caught 2-of-4 targets for 22 yards in Atlanta's Week 2 loss to the Bengals, but was held without a rushing attempt.

The Falcons scaled back their committee, only giving carries to Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers. Freeman has done all he can to prove he's deserving of a bigger role, but Atlanta isn't ready to give it to him. He's little more than a deep stash in 12-14 team leagues.
Sep 14 - 6:09 PM

Devonta Freeman caught two passes for 18 yards and rushed twice for 15 yards in the Falcons' opening day win.

Freeman did not see his first action until late in the second quarter, but made the most of the work he saw. Freeman ran tough all day, barreling through tacklers on his way to two first-down conversions. Unfortunately for Freeman, Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith also made big plays on Sunday, meaning Freeman will likely remain at best the No. 3 option in the running game for the foreseeable future.
Sep 7 - 5:18 PM

Fourth-round rookie Devonta Freeman remains the No. 4 back on the Falcons' "unofficial" Week 1 depth chart.

Freeman rushed 32 times for 134 yards (4.18 YPC) and a touchdown in the preseason, adding 11 catches for an additional 146 yards. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 1 running back. In other words, his depth-chart placement is likely ceremonial. Jacquizz Rodgers has firmly established he's a poor NFL backup, while Antone Smith is a 29-year-old (this month) change-of-pace back. Freeman is the most sensible and highest-upside handcuff for Steven Jackson.

Devonta Freeman got just one series with the first-team offense during Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

With Steven Jackson (hamstring) sidelined, Jacquizz Rodgers started and Antone Smith was the primary change-of-pace back. Freeman got a few snaps with Matt Ryan, and then racked up an eight-touch, 44-yard night with the backups. The fourth-round rookie now has 20 carries for 92 yards and six catches for 101 yards this preseason, showing far more juice than any of the backs playing ahead of him. We'd expect Freeman to climb the depth chart sooner rather than later, making him worth a stash in most formats.
Aug 23 - 11:12 PM

Devonta Freeman had six carries for 29 yards in the Falcons' second preseason game Saturday night.

He added one catch for 11 yards. Freeman was the No. 3 running back though Atlanta's rotation with Steven Jackson sidelined. He saw time with the first-team offense in the second quarter, and had a better game than Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith. Freeman has now put together two impressive performances after going off for 107 total yards in Atlanta's preseason opener. It's only a matter of time before he moves ahead of both Rodgers and Smith on the depth chart.
Aug 16 - 11:22 PM

Devonta Freeman is listed as the No. 4 running back on the Falcons' most recent "unofficial" depth chart.

It's not surprising after Freeman operated as the No. 3 back in last Friday's preseason opener — ostensibly No. 4 since Steven Jackson was sitting out — but still disappointing. We still think it's just a matter of coaches motivating a rookie. The Falcons can't possibly want to turn back to Jacquizz Rodgers as their No. 2, while Antone Smith is a soon-to-be 29-year-old COP back. Freeman has some climbing to do, but should be up to the challenge.
Aug 12 - 6:54 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Ryan
2T.J. Yates
3Sean Renfree
RB1Steven Jackson
2Jacquizz Rodgers
3Devonta Freeman
GLB1Steven Jackson
2Jacquizz Rodgers
3RB1Jacquizz Rodgers
2Steven Jackson
FB1Patrick DiMarco
WR11Julio Jones
2Devin Hester
3Drew Davis
WR21Roddy White
2Harry Douglas
3Eric Weems
WR31Harry Douglas
TE1Levine Toilolo
2Bear Pascoe
K1Matt Bryant