Davonta Freeman Scouting Report
Years Pro: 2
College: Florida State Seminoles
Jersey Number: 24
Twitter Page: @devontafreeman
Ave. Redraft Position: 154
Ave. Keeper Draft Position: 119
Devonta Freeman 2015 Profile
Devonta Freeman is one of the breakout players in 2015 fantasy football. Drafted in the 5th, 6th, and 7th round in most local leagues, he has been a difference maker for any owners who took a shot on him in those rounds. For the daily fantasy football competitors who played him in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th weeks of the NFL season, Freeman won them a lot of money.
Devonta Freeman had a slightly disappointing rookie season in 2014, averaging less than 4 yards per carry in limited action. Though he showed flashes at times, he did not show big play ability and was injured a lot. When the Falcons drafted Tevin Coleman in the 2015 NFL Draft, most people assumed he would be the Atlanta Falcons starting running back–if not now, at least in the future.
Things played out that way in the first couple of weeks of the season. Tevin Coleman was the starter in Week 1 and Week 2. Devonta Freeman was the backup, though he got significant time as the 3rd-down back. Then Coleman fractured a rib in the 2nd Quarter of the 2nd game, which gave Freeman a chance to be the starter for a month.
In Week 3, Devonta Freeman had a coming out party, scoring 3 touchdowns in a Falcons comeback against the Dallas Cowboys. Since then, he has become the NFL leader in touchdowns. In many fantasy football scoring systems, he is the #1 point scorer in the league. In almost any system, he is a Top 5 performer to this point.
Here is a brief set of highlights from his 2015 breakout season. Hopefully, the video works beyond a few days. Please let me know if the vid doesn’t work at any point.
I’m not sure how long Freeman’s reign of fantasy terror is going to last. I still think he’s too small to be an every-down back for whole seasons. Eventually, Tevin Coleman is going to be a factor in the mix. If I were in a dynasty or keeper league, I wouldn’t depend on Devonta Freeman as a perpetual solution. (Now would be a good time to trade for Coleman, if you can get him for cheap.) But in a redraft league, I’d keep him and ride the wave as long as it lasts. The NFL is weird and players (especially running backs) develop momentum, which often lasts for one season and one season alone.