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Friday, June 8, 2018, 8:12am
Among the changes Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian feels need to be made in 2018, he mentioned he would like to get Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman more touches in the passing game.
“They didn’t get enough touches, catching the ball out of the backfield,” Sarkisian said. “We have to find those opportunities for them.”
After combining for 85 receptions in 2016, Freeman and Coleman had just 63 in 2017. Catching more passes would be an obvious boost to the PPR value of each running back. Freeman finished No. 14, while Coleman finished No. 26 in PPR points per game in 2017.
Posted by Anthony Stalter
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:50am
Tevin Coleman took a slight step back last season, finishing as fantasy's RB22 after a top-20 finish (RB17) in 2016. That said, he was nevertheless productive and will once again have a role in Atlanta's offense as the team's No. 2 back behind Devonta Freeman. Coleman expects to be more involved in the passing game this season after he finished with 27 receptions last season. He was productive on those 27 catches, averaging 11.1 yards per attempt with three touchdowns. Heading into 2018, he's one of the top committee backs in the NFL.
It'll be interesting to see how the Falcons handle Coleman's role with his contract expiring at the end of the season. The team has already doled out big contracts to Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman, Jake Matthews, and Julio Jones over the last few seasons. How much money is left for Coleman when key defenders Grady Jarrett, Vic Beasley, and Ricardo Allen are also due pay raises? Atlanta took former Southern Miss back Ito Smith in April's draft and it's possible the Falcons look to get him involved if he's going to be the complement to Freeman in future seasons.
2018 Bottom Line
It's possible the rookie Smith carves into Coleman's touches but the Falcons have enough talent to make a Super Bowl run and Coleman is a dynamic playmaker. In other words, this isn't a rebuilding team with sights on the future; they need to get all of their playmakers involved this season. Thus, Coleman is a safe pick at his current ADP of 7.08. Ranked as our No. 26 RB, he's one of the top committee backs in the NFL and should make an impact for the Falcons in both the running and passing games.
2018 Strength of Schedule - ATL
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2017 Game Stats
|Per game||10.40||42.00||0.33||0||4.04||1.80||19.93||0.20||2.60||11.07||9.39||11.19||28.33/63.67||44.31% |