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ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Atlanta Falcons will use a three-running back committee in Week 5 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Running back Devonta Freeman will make his first appearance since the opener, and the Falcons will play it safe by easing him back into meaningful snaps. Tevin Coleman will also get a decent amount of touches with Ito Smith being involved minimally.
Interesting nugget from @JosinaAnderson on #FFNow... She's reporting no "pitch count" on Devonta Freeman BUT... the expectation from her sources are a 40/40/20 RB split between Freeman/Coleman/Ito Smith. Ito has carved a role out for himself these last few weeks.— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) October 7, 2018
This is heartbreaking news for all fantasy owners that have invested something in the Atlanta backfield. Freeman has been dealing with a few different injuries, but his return puts a ton of uncertainty in Coleman and Smith for the present and the future.
At the end of four weeks, Coleman has clearly led the Falcons backfield with 210 rushing yards and a touchdown, in addition to 10 catches on 12 targets for 84 receiving yards and a touchdown. Smith has started to make a name for himself as well over these last few games. Freeman's numbers are irrelevant since he has only played one half of football this season.
All in all, this is not the news Freeman and Coleman fantasy owners wanted to wake up to. If you're patient, this could still be a valuable backfield to own as we come down the stretch.
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