As the 2019 fantasy football season nears, it's time to examine players who could make or break your fantasy team. Here's a look at Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman and his fantasy outlook for the season ahead.
Coach Dan Quinn says his lead back is all the way back from last season’s foot and groin injuries. “He’s having such an awesome offseason,” Quinn told AJC.com in May. Tevin Coleman’s gone. Ito Smith ranked below average in rushing and receiving efficiency as a rookie, according to Football Outsiders metrics. So Freeman could be in for workloads similar to 2015-16, in an offense that has ranked among the top 8 in yards for five straight years.
Size: 5'8", 206
Bye Week: 9
Are you expecting Devonta Freeman to bounce back in a big way, or is there another RB to keep a close eye on?
Freeman’s health is one of the underlying worries for many a Falcons fan. If he’s back to normal, he’ll be racking up points in a pass-happy offense that’ll use his catching ability and lean on him to change the pace in the running game. It’d be back to basics. If Freeman’s health doesn’t hold up, Ito Smith becomes an immediate pickup. He’s got a knack for finding the end zone (four touchdowns his rookie season) and has gotten some starting reps in the past. He’d be a guy to keep an eye on, particularly as a hot waiver-wire add.—Cory Woodroof, The Falcholic
Fantasy owners who drafted Freeman in the first round were sorely disappointed that he played only two games in 2018. Foot and groin injuries cost him most of the season, and he also dealt with a knee injury. He should probably be considered a prime injury risk.
Freeman finished three straight years among the top 13 before last season. If he stays healthly, he looks poised for another run at RB1 status in 2019.
Season Projections for 2019
215 carries, 924 yards, 8 rushing TDs; 44 receptions, 352 yards, 2 receiving TDs