by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
While the overall numbers appear to be close, the production for Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman, when Freeman receives at least 9 carries (nine games this season) shows a completely different story:
In those nine games Coleman has gotten more than 9 carries once and hasn’t had more receptions (20 for Freeman vs. 19 for Coleman). Over the course of the season the numbers look close, but that’s solely due to Coleman performing well while Freeman was on the sidelines.
The Falcons showed in Week 13 that Freeman would continue to operate as the lead back (12 carries vs. Coleman’s 8). While Coleman has proven he can produce, even with the “limited” opportunities, he’s more of a FLEX play due to the risk/split.
Source – ESPN