The #Falcons are releasing RB Devonta Freeman, source says, saving more than $3M against the salary cap and moving on from their former starter.
Atlanta will take a $6 million hit in dead money by letting Freeman go, but will also save $6.5 million in the RB's salary. The 28-year old missed most of 2018 and only posted 656 rushing yards with two touchdowns via the ground last season in 14 contests. Freeman should have no trouble finding a new home, but he'll probably have to share the workload in whichever backfield he lands.
ATL RB Devonta Freeman - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In Week 16, Devonta Freeman had 13 rushing attempts for 53 yards and a touchdown, nine receptions on ten targets for 74 yards and a touchdown, and was the half PPR RB3.
The Falcons are out of the playoff picture but they were essentially out of the picture after a 1-7 start to their season. Monitor Week 17 news closely, but the Falcons are planning on playing their starters at the time of writing this blurb. It is unknown how long the starters will play but the starters could play the majority of the game if it stays competitive. This matchup has one of the highest over/unders (48) of the week.
Tampa Bay is the best defense against running backs, per our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric. 4for4 rankings expert, John Paulsen, has Freeman ranked as a mid-range half PPR RB2. On paper, this is a brutal matchup and the exact opposite of the cakewalk matchup Freeman had against Jacksonville last week. For reference, the Jaguars defense is second to last against running backs.