For the Atlanta Falcons, they got a steal this past NFL Draft with their selection of Tevin Coleman in the 3rd round; the gifted running back out of Indiana. After a solid minicamp and preseason, he stole the starting RB job from 2nd year RB, Devonta Freeman.
After a decent showing in his debut against Philadelphia in week one where he rushed for 80 yards, Coleman was set for another good game against the Giants as he scored his first career touchdown. However, he would go on to suffer a fractured rib a bit later on in the game. On 29 carries, he posted a solid stat line with 119 rushing yards and a TD.
While a fractured rib doesn’t sound too serious (compared to other common injuries), Coleman will still miss a few weeks. At the moment, his return is up in the air; but head coach Dan Quinn has said there should be a timetable set later on in the week. Freeman is expected to take over as the full-time starter until Coleman can return.
What does this mean for fantasy owners? Despite a poor showing on the ground thus far, Devonta Freeman becomes a tempting fantasy option; he picked up 12 carries and a TD in Coleman’s departure. A good receiving option out of the backfield, Freeman can serve as a solid FLEX option for those who stashed him on their bench.
While Coleman will be missed in the backfield, the Falcons shouldn’t miss a beat against the Cowboys in week 3 as they are a more pass oriented team with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.