Falcons want to decrease carries for Devonta Freeman
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman scored more fantasy points than all running backs last season. Freeman carried the ball 265 times for 1,056 yards and 11 touchdowns and added 73 catches for 578 yards and three scores.
Fantasy owners shouldn't expect another 80-20 (79.16%-20.84%, to be precise) split in workloads again this season.
"It’s about growth," [Atlanta's running backs coach Bobby] Turner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Free had a good year, but I’m expecting even a better year. Well, you’re saying, how can it be better? It can be even better with less carries or less catches because I’d obviously like to get Tevin (Coleman) more involved and that also keeps Free fresher."
In my 2016 Atlanta Falcons Fantasy Football Projections, I have the split in workload projected as 70.8% (298) for Freeman and 29.2% (123) for Coleman. More than likely, I will adjust it closer to a 65-35 split, but I still expect Freeman to get at least 275 touches.
Going into the 2016 NFL season, Freeman is currently my seventh-ranked fantasy running back.