Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman suffered a concussion within the past 2 weeks and has been slowly progressing through the concussion protocol. The Falcons report that he is close to completing the protocol, but the important thing to not rush back for the preseason, as he’s already been ruled out of the third game, but to properly prepare for the season. We know what Freeman has to offer, he’s a beast who was a top-5 RB last year on a team that nearly won the Super Bowl. Despite sustaining a concussion, assuming he gets cleared in the next 10 days, I do not have any reservations for him this upcoming season. There are not many NFL teams that have a main RB, instead the majority of them seem to be going by an running-back-by-committee (RBBC). The Falcons are one of the few teams that plan on giving Freeman the ball basically as much as he can. While they do have Tevin Coleman and Terron Ward, look for them to be more change-of-down backs and when Freeman needs a breather. Coleman is a more than capable, who demonstrated that last year on a couple different occasions, but he is Devonta Freeman. I would draft Freeman as a top 5 RB, lock him in your lineup and enjoy the point production. The Falcons should continue to be a top-5 offense this year, and Freeman will continue to be a big part of that.
Injury Affects: Tevin Coleman, Terron Ward
Replacement: Tevin Coleman
Current draft position: 1st round, 8th pick. RB4.
Draft options in same range: Melvin Gordon, DeMarco Murray, Todd Gurley, Jay Ajayi