Going into this season, there is persistent talk of second-year back Tevin Coleman, who had one touchdown on 89 touches last season, taking much of the load off Devonta Freeman. The coaches are extremely excited about Coleman's breakaway speed and big-play potential, provided he remains healthy and tackles the fumbling issues that plagued him last season.
"We want to know what's best for the team, so giving it to him every snap may not be the best way for us to win ballgames," HC Dan Quinn said about Freeman. "Could he do it? Is he tough enough? 100 percent. But for us to play at our best, we're going to feature both the guys and use their strengths."
Training camp, which starts Thursday, will give a glimpse of how much more the Falcons plan to incorporate Coleman. Quinn also talked about the possibility of giving Coleman touches as a kick returner with Devin Hester no longer on the team, but he'll have to prove he's over his fumbling issues. Like it or not, Coleman is going to cut into Freeman's workload which will limit Freeman's fantasy value. But that's life in the NFL at running back, and we still rank Freeman sixth among our backs in PPR and his projected 61 receptions is third most among RBs. Looks like his real value will be in PPR leagues.