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Devonta Freeman Injury Update Hurts Fantasy Outlook With Potential Multi-Week Absence

Jason Schandl
Atlanta Falcons v Houston Texans
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In the first game after the Atlanta Falcons placed No. 2 running back Ito Smith on IR, they got a much bigger blow to their backfield depth.

Devonta Freeman went down with a foot injury in a Week 10 upset win over the New Orleans Saints, and early reports are that the injury could cost him two games.

Whether you want to chalk it up to the Falcons' overall struggles or lingering effects of the groin surgery that landed him on IR in 2018, this has been a weak season for Freeman.

He's carried the ball 107 times, but has averaged a career-low 3.5 yards per attempt, while adding 282 yards through the air on 44 targets. Only finding the end zone three times, his 8.8 fantasy points per game rank 31st among RBs.

In his absence, Brian Hill stepped up with 20 carries and two targets against the Saints, and Hill is a top waiver wire target in Week 11.

This injury isn't going to end Freeman's fantasy football season, but it puts owners in a tough spot. It's too early to drop him with a return likely coming in the next couple weeks, but if you're still fighting for a playoff spot it can be tough to stash him.

The best way to ease the blow would be to replace him with a strong option off the waiver wire (namely Hill or Derrius Guice). If you miss out on those two and are desperate while in the thick of the playoff hunt, trading Freeman away before this weekend's deadline is another viable alternative.

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