by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Fantasy football is a frustrating game and Thursday night and the results from the Atlanta running backs accentuate that fact. Just look at the numbers:
- Devonta Freeman – 6 carries for 36 yards
- Tevin Coleman – 9 carries for 19 yards and 1 TD
Freeman owners watching the game were likely confused, as they saw him put in mothballs with little explanation. It wasn’t until late in the game that word of a knee injury broke, though we don’t know for sure when the injury actually occurred. Regardless, according to NFL.com:
However, he told NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo after the game he was OK. The injury didn’t appear to be too serious. Television cameras captured Freeman walking on the sideline with a slight limp in the closing minutes.
He has 10 days to get ready for Week 2 so hopefully the early word is accurate. At the same time, any knee injury has got to be a serious concern. Just remember this news bit from ESPN’s Vaughn McClure from back in January:
Falcons RB Devonta Freeman played the end of the season with MCL and PCL sprains in his right knee. “I hope I don’t have to,” Freeman said of the possibility of having offseason surgery. Freeman emphasized that the injuries had nothing to do with his play and that he’s not using it as an excuse. Freeman finished with 7 rushing yards on 10 carries against the Eagles and had a 6-yard touchdown reception from Matt Ryan.
Freeman ultimately didn’t have surgery in the offseason and didn’t take a carry in the preseason. That just adds to the concerns. We will surely get updates over the next few days and there’s little fantasy owners can do (Coleman is likely owned in the majority of formats already) except cross their fingers and hope for the best.
That said, if you are a Freeman owner you need to be paying extra attention to Sunday’s action and any potential running backs to add. While they may be saying it’s minor, the concerns have to be high considering the circumstances.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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