If you play fantasy football in 2015, the name Devonta Freeman should make you feel one of two things: grateful (for drafting him to your fantasy team) or fearful (for having to play him at some point this year).
A year after he was a rookie darling on Hard Knocks, Freeman is bringing new meaning to the term “breakout season.”
Freeman was taken with the 103rd pick in the fourth round of the 2014 draft. He was the ninth running back selected, and off the eight backs that went ahead of him, only one has more career touchdowns than Freeman has had since Sept. 27.
A graduate of Florida State, the Seminoles back rushed for 1,000 yards in a season as a junior, the first to do so at the school since Warrick Dunn (former Falcon and a current minority owner of the team).
Standing at only 5 foot 8 inches (just two inches taller than Darren Sproles), Devonta Freeman plays quite larger than his short figure.
After missing all of the 2015 pre-season with a hamstring injury, Freeman only ran for 18 yards on 10 carries in the Falcons’ season opener.
Just one month later, the 23-year-old Miami native has an NFL-best eight rushing touchdowns as his dominant start to the season has put his Falcons at the top of the standings — a perfect 5-0.
“He’s an explosive runner,” Saints coach Sean Payton said in a conference call with Atlanta media, according to the Associated Press. “Man, I’m telling you, the way he finishes, there’s a little bit of violence in how he plays — in a good way.”
As the tattoo on his left arm says, “Failure Is Not An Option.”
“Nothing was ever given to me. A lot of times, I wasn’t better than a lot of players on my team. There was more talent than me. I just always worked harder.”
“I feel like I’ve been an underdog my whole life,” he said.
Well, not anymore.
Sitting 2nd in the entire NFL in total points scored, Devonta Freeman’s game has risen to new heights to as we reach the midpoint of the fantasy football season.
And with the porous New Orleans Saints up next on the schedule for the Atlanta Falcons, there should be absolutely no slowing down for this Baxley, Georgia native.