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Devonta Freeman ruled out for Week 12

Brian Hill gets another opportunity for fantasy football players. We break down the Week 12 implications.

Devonta Freeman of the Atlanta Falcons runs with the ball during a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on November 10, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

The Atlanta Falcons will turn the running back position over to Brian Hill for a second straight week this Sunday. The team ruled out Devonta Freeman, who has yet to return to practice since spraining his foot in Week 10, according to team reporter Kelsey Conway.

Hill will get the start and have Kenjon Barner and Qadree Ollison as backups. Last week, Hill rushed 15 times for 30 yards and caught one eight-yard pass on three targets.

Fantasy football analysis: Falcons RB Brian Hill

It was not a pretty game for Hill last Sunday, and things don’t get easier this weekend. The Falcons face a Bucs defense that has been impressive in its ability to stop the run. They rank No. 1 in run defense efficiency and have given up the second fewest fantasy points to running backs.

Hill is a volume start if you’re in a deep league or have injury or bye week problems. Otherwise, there is little to gain from starting him this weekend.