Devonta Freeman's Fantasy Outlook for 2019 NFL Season Looks Poor as Falcons Head Into Week 3

Zach Brunner
Philadelphia Eagles v Atlanta Falcons
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Coming back from injury, Atlanta Falcons' running back Devonta Freeman has had a disappointing start to the season. Freeman has been inefficient with the touches he has seen, despite the rest of the offense still moving the football.

To makers worse, when looking back at Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter's past several seasons coached in the NFL, it certainly doesn't provide a positive outlook for Freeman nor his fantasy value for the remainder of this season.

Koetter's offenses have ranked in the bottom 10 in rushing every single season since 2012, and it has shown through two games this season, especially with his lead back Freeman.

Freeman has totaled just 41 rushing yards on 19 carries this season, which is a lowly 2.2-yard average per carry. Freeman has failed to record a run of double-digit yards, and he is being outperformed by backup RB Ito Smith, who has 63 yards on 10 carries.

The Falcons currently rank as the fifth-worst rushing offense in the league, with just 65 rushing yards per game. And with Smith outperforming Freeman through two games, the rest of the season is looking murky for the Falcons' lead RB, who may begin losing more snaps and touches to the Smith if this trend continues.

However, due to Freeman's receiving ability, he still has value this Sunday in the Falcons' matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, ranking as the RB21 in The Duel staff's PPR fantasy rankings for Week 3.


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