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24 Devonta Freeman RB
Height/Weight: 5-8/206 | Birthdate: 3/15/1992 | Birthplace: Baxley, GA, USA | Team: Atlanta | College: Florida State | NFL Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 20/2 | Average Draft Position: 112.90
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You don't want Falcons RB, whoever it is


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:37 pm ET) Though Steven Jackson's status for Week 17 against Carolina isn't known just yet, the fact his quadriceps injury almost immediately ruled him out for the second half of Week 16 at New Orleans is hardly reason for optimism. So then, Fantasy owners should be preparing for the possibility he misses the season's final week.

That is, if any who are still playing now are actually relying on him, which is unlikely. He's scored a touchdown in only one of his last four games and has run for more than 60 yards only twice all season. At this point, it's not even all that clear that the Falcons would miss him. His replacements, Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman, were both more productive than him against the Saints, especially Freeman, who broke off a 31-yard touchdown run in the the third quarter and also had 48 receiving yards.

Of course, you'd like Freeman to be the first choice to replace Jackson, but considering Rodgers got more touches, that's far from certain. When Rodgers has gotten an increased workload in the past, he's done little with it, and he's averaging just 3.5 yards per carry again this year.

So if Jackson plays in Week 17, you probably wouldn't want to use him in Fantasy, and if he doesn't, an anticipated timeshare likely ruins whomever the Falcons choose to replace him. If you play in such a deep league that the replacement would matter regardless, Freeman is probably the best choice since he's more explosive, but it's not an exciting prospect.


Devonta Freeman, Jacquizz Rodgers fill in for Steven Jackson


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5:55 pm ET) With Steven Jackson sidelined with a quad injury, Falcons running back Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers each chipped on the ground during Sunday's 30-14 victory over the Saints in Week 16.

Freeman stepped up with a 31-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter. He registered 84 yards of total offense, with 36 yards and a score on six carries and three receptions for 48 yards. Rodgers took 11 handoffs for 29 yards and came down with one grab for 3 yards.

Atlanta will host Carolina in Week 16.


Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quad) downgraded to out Week 16


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:47 pm ET) Falcons running back Steven Jackson was downgraded from questionable to out for the remainder of the game, per the team's official website.

Jackson departed in the second quarter with a quad injury and was escorted back to the locker room for further evaluation. He finished the game with four carries for 9 yards and one catch for 14 yards. Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman will shoulder the load the rest of the way.


Handful of Falcons chip in during loss to Steelers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Featured back Steven Jackson was the most procuctive on a short list of minor contributors for the Falcons against Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Jackson finished with just 46 yards on 11 carries and added one catch for 11 yards.

Also chipping in was running back Devonta Freeman, who managed 21 yards on four attempts and nine yards on one reception. Fellow back Jacquizz Rodgers added three yards on two carries and 12 yards on one catch while tight end Levine Toilolo caught a pass for four yards.


Falcons get offensive contributions on MNF


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Falcons got a bunch of contributions in their 43-37 loss at Green Bay. Running back Jacquizz Rodgers ran three times for 20 yards and caught a 14-yard pass. Wideout Harry Douglas caught two of three targets for 11 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown.

Rookie running back Devonta Freeman caught two passes for 10 yards, and receiver Eric Weems had a 5-yard touchdown reception. Fullback Patrick DiMarco had a 9-yard grab.

They'll all play the Steelers in Week 15.


Falcons' Devonta Freeman, Jacquizz Rodgers do little Week 13


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Falcons backup runners Devonta Freeman and Jacquizz Rodgers didn't do much Week 13 against the Cardinals. 

Freeman picked up eight carries, gaining 26 yards. He also hauled in one pass for 4 yards. Rodgers had four carries, but gained just 7 yards. He was more involved in the passing game, hauling in three balls for 18 yards. 

Both players will look for more Week 14 against the Packers. 


Steven Jackson, Devonta Freeman held in check Week 11


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Falcons running backs Steven Jackson and Devonta Freeman were both held in check, as the compiled 69 rushing yards in Sunday's 19-17 victory over the Panthers in Week 11.

Jackson was the primary back and was limited to six carries for 18 yards on the ground in the first half. He finished the game with 41 yards on 17 carries. He caught two of three targets for 6 yards.

Freeman rushed for 28 yards on six attempts. He was not targeted in the passing game.

The Falcons will face the Browns in Week 12.


Falcons get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) The Falcons got several offensive contributions in their Week 10 win at Tampa Bay. Among them, running back Devonta Freeman ran three times for 16 yards and caught one pass for minus-2 yards. Running back Jacquizz Rodgers had a 1-yard rush and caught two passes for 11 yards.

Wideout Devin Hester caught a 5-yard pass. They'll all visit the Panthers in Week 11.


Falcons RB Devonta Freeman scores first career TD in London


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Falcons running back Devonta Freeman came down with his first career touchdown in Sunday's defeat to the Lions in London.

Freeman caught a shot pass and took it 7 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive of the game. It was his only catch of the afternoon. Freeman took three handoffs for 5 yards in a 22-21 Week 8 defeat. He has 103 yards on the ground through eight games.

The Falcons are on a bye Week 9 before returning Week 10 at Tampa Bay.


Falcons don't get much production from RBs in Week 7 loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) The Falcons didn't get a lot of production from their running backs during a 29-7 loss Week 7 at Baltimore.

Starter Steven Jackson led the way with 22 rushing yards on eight carries. Devonta Freeman was second with 20 rushing yards on two carries, Antone Smith was third on the team with 10 rushing yards on three carries and Jacquizz Rodgers added 9 rushing yards on two carries.

Freeman was the most-active running back in the passing game, totaling five catches for 17 yards. Jackson and Rodgers each had one catch for 3 yards, while Smith had two catches for minus-1 yard.

The Falcons are back in action Week 8 vs. Detroit.


Falcons' Devonta Freeman gets most of his yards on final drive


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Falcons running back Devonta Freeman finished with a team-high 38 rushing yards on four carries during a 30-20 loss Week 5 at N.Y. Giants. He added five catches for 44 yards.

Freeman did most of his damage on the team's final drive of the game during mop-up duty. He had 34 rushing yards on two carries and 23 receiving yards on two catches on the final drive.

The Falcons are back in action Week 6 vs. Chicago.


Falcons backup runners do little


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) The Falcons backup running backs did little Week 4 against the Vikings.

Devonta Freeman ran the ball twice for just 8 yards. Freeman also hauled in two passes for 12 yards. Jacquizz Rodgers had one carry, picking up 2 yards. Rodgers caught four passes for 35 yards. 

Both players will take on the Giants Week 5. 


Devonta Freeman gets 11 carries Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Falcons running back Devonta Freeman got 11 carries Thursday against the Buccaneers. 

Freeman got most of his work after Steven Jackson was taken out of the game. Freeman did little to distinguish himself, though the Bucs defense was basically selling out against the run. Freeman gained just 12 yards on his 11 carries. He caught one pass for 7 yards. 

Freeman will take on the Vikings Week 4. 


Antone Smith, Devonta Freeman hardly factor


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) While all four Falcons running backs got a chance to shine Week 1 against New Orleans, only starter Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers got any carries Week 2 at Cincinnati. Both Antone Smith and Devonta Freeman saw some time on the field, but strictly as pass-catchers. Each was targeted four times, with Smith catching two passes for 19 yards and Freeman catching two for 22.

Both will look to make more of an impact Thursday night against the Buccaneers.


Devonta Freeman looks like fourth option


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Though Devonta Freeman made the most of the opportunities he got -- showing some especially nifty moves to turn what seemed like a short gain into an improbable a first down on third-and-12 late in the third quarter, setting up the Falcons' first touchdown -- he appeared to be only fourth in the pecking order in what's shaping up to be a crowded rushing attack.

Freeman looked this preseason like he'd be the one to challenge Steven Jackson for the starting role, but he finished with just four touches -- two carries for 15 yards and two catches for 18. By comparison, Jackson had 13 touches. Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith were in the ballpark with seven and three, respectively, but each scored a touchdown, Rodgers on a 17-yard run and Smith on a 54-yard catch.

Freeman will look to make more of an impact Week 2 at Cincinnati.


Devonta Freeman's playing time tied to Steven Jackson's


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/2/2014) Falcons running back Devonta Freeman had a strong preseason filling in for Steven Jackson, rushing 32 times for 134 yards and catching 11 passes for 146, but with Jackson talking like his hamstring is ready go, telling the team's official website "I'm extremely excited for Week 1," Freeman may not have a big role in the season opener against the Saints.

The matchup is favorable enough. The Saints ranked 19th against the run last year, allowing 111.6 yards per game. They also allowed 4.6 yards per carry, fifth-most in the league. Jackson had two of his better games against the Saints last year, picking up 122 total yards in the first and 79 total yards in the second, so owners in deeper leagues may still want to consider Freeman in the hope Jackson's hamstring limits him.

But judging by Jamey Eisenberg's and Dave Richard's rankings, owners in standard leagues won't have much use for him. Neither ranks him as a top 48 running back for this week.


Devonta Freeman racks up 44 yards of total offense


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Falcons running back Devonta Freeman got some work with the first unit Saturday night against the Titans.

Freeman played all three snaps on a three-and-out on the third series for Atlanta in the second quarter. On the second play of that drive, he came down with a 10-yard pass from Matt Ryan. He played the entire game and finished with four carries for 11 yards, averaging 2.8 yards per attempt. He caught all four of his targets for 33 yards.

Falcons use Devonta Freeman as third running back again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Rookie running back Devonta Freeman was the third back used by the Falcons in Saturday's preseason loss to the Texans. Just like in the preseason opener, Freeman came in after Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith.

But Freeman played well for the second straight week, gaining 31 yards on six carries (5.2 ypc) and catching his only target for 11 yards. Starter Steven Jackson (hamstring) sat out for the second straight week.


Jacquizz Rodgers, Antone Smith work ahead of Devonta Freeman in preseason opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) With Steven Jackson sidelined, Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith both worked ahead of rookie runner Devonta Freeman during Friday's preseason opener against Miami.

Rodgers got the start and made his impact felt on the opening drive, which ended on a 2-yard touchdown run. He rushed for 20 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, averaging 2.9 yards per carry. He was not targeted in the passing game.

Antone Smith broke free for a 76-yard touchdown in the second series with the second-team offense, but had the play called back because of a holding penalty. He finished with three carries for 5 yards and one catch for 5 yards.

Freeman made his first appearance early in the second quarter and did not disappoint. The rookie totaled 107 yards of offense in his first preseason game. He rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries and caught one of his two targeted passes for 57 yards.

Devonta Freeman 'on the right track'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said he likes the potential of rookie running back Devonta Freeman, but added it's "too early to say" if Freeman can carry the load as a featured running back.

"Devonta is coming along fine," Koetter said, per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He runs hard, is eager, is willing, does not back down from anything. He can catch the ball, strong hands, fast. He’s got all of the qualities. It’s just he’s a rookie in the NFL and he’s going to go through some growing pains."

Koetter said pass blocking is one area Freeman needs improvement.

"I think that’s the biggest adjustment for a running back going from college to the NFL," Koetter said. "He had a great college career but teams try to test rookie running backs. They’ve got those big outside linebackers. There’s a lot of protections, there’s a lot of calls. There’s a learning curve. He’s on the right track."


Devonta Freeman impressing at Falcons camp


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/31/2014) Falcons rookie running back Devonta Freeman seems to be taking advantage of the reps he's been getting thus far in training camp, more than what he expected given the hamstring injury to Steven Jackson. Freeman has shown flashes that prove he can be an every-down back, according to ESPN. 

"He's a good back, young back, fresh legs," Falcons running backs coach Gerald Brown said about Freeman. "He has good agility. I think he's going to be a really good receiver for us. And I think at the end of the day, he's going to be a good football player for us." 

Freeman was the second-leading rusher for FSU in 2013, rolling for 1,016 yards on 173 carries (5.9 yards per carry) and 14 touchdowns on the ground. 


Devonta Freeman to push Steven Jackson?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/30/2014) Steven Jackson is fully expected to begin the season as the Falcons' primary rusher, but ESPN has seen enough from rookie running back Devonta Freeman to believe that he'll push Jackson enough to make it a camp battle worth watching

Per ESPN, Freeman was drafted with the intention of eventually being a three-down player for the Falcons. But "[i]f he looks as good in pads as he did in shorts, Jackson might have a battle on his hands." 

Jackson will turn 31 before the start of the season and has well over 2,500 career carries. 


Devonta Freeman's pass protection needs work


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/4/2014) Falcons head coach Mike Smith said Wednesday that rookie rusher Devonta Freeman needs to work on his pass protection

"He's doing a nice job. He's got great vision, he's got great stop-and-start ability," Smith said per the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "The big thing that he needs to work on is the ability to work in pass protection because we ask our backs to do a lot."

Freeman should work into the run game rotation behind Steven Jackson this year. 


'No sweeping changes' to Falcons run game


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/3/2014) The Falcons' official team website reports that there will be "no sweeping changes" to the team's run game after finishing 32nd in the league in rush yards in 2013. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said there wouldn't be an uptick or a downswing in the number of run plays he calls. Instead, he's expecting new players on the O-line and in the backfield to mesh with the old strategy. 

"We're going to be a better running football team, starting with the offensive line and progressing throughout the team," Koetter said. "We'll be more committed to it."

Steven Jackson is expected to be the starter with rookie Devonta Freeman and vet Jacquizz Rodgers behind him. After having a down year that included missing time with an injury, he says he'll be ready. 

"I've always prided myself on being able to go stronger through the game," he said. "With having favorable boxes, which I anticipate, I think we'll be quite OK."


Devonta Freeman signs with Falcons


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/22/2014) It was only a matter of time before running back Devonta Freeman signed his rookie deal with the Falcons. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Thursday that the deal was done

Freeman will compete for a spot on the depth chart behind veteran rusher Steven Jackson. It is believed he could end up taking meaningful reps this season if Jackson were to miss time.