It’s taken Devonta Freeman only four weeks to go from being in a timeshare to being the New York Giants’ lead back to basically being their only back. Freeman was the only Giants RB to log a carry against Washington in Week 6. He took the rock 18 times for 61 yards. He will try his luck this Thursday in a road game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Fantasy Football analysis: New York Giants Running Back Devonta Freeman
Freeman has proven over the past few weeks that he’s not washed up. He’s no longer the locked-in fantasy starter that he was a few years ago in Atlanta. However, he still runs with good power, good vision and is definitely better than the crowd of guys on the Giants’ roster — Dion Lewis, Wayne Gallman, Elijhaa Penny — who have been trying to replace Saquon Barkley. The problem for Freeman is that this Giants offense remains broken, and his offensive line doesn’t help him enough to rip off big gains. Thus, despite high carry totals in each of the last two weeks, he hasn’t run for more than 61 yards in any game. He’s also not used much as a receiver as he has gotten just nine targets in the last three games. The Eagles don’t offer an easy matchup either. Darrell Henderson Jr. is the only lead back who has topped 60 rushing yards against them this season.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Freeman’s usage keeps him in flex territory, but everything else is weighing against him this week. You’re basically hoping he can fall into the end zone. Otherwise, he’ll probably leave you with a middling fantasy output.