As ESPN's Mike Clay pointed out this week, following a pair of down games against good Philadelphia and Minnesota fronts in Weeks 1 and 2, Devonta Freeman
got back on track with 95 yards on 19 touches against Indianapolis.
Freeman was on the field for a massive 49 of 54 snaps after splitting backfield duties with Ito Smith
(left early with a concussion) during Weeks 1-2.
On the negative side, Freeman has yet to score a touchdown this season, primarily because he's carried the ball once inside the opponent's 12-yard line (and even that one was from 7 yards out).
Beyond that, Freeman is still averaging fewer than four yards per rush and he isn't doing a whole lot as a pass catcher.
Clay believes the goal-line touches figure to come in a good Atlanta offense, but Freeman is best viewed as a midrange RB2 heading into tomorrow's game against the Titans. ...
And what about Julio Jones
According to Clay, cornerback Malcolm Butler hasn't lived up to his contract since being signed by Tennessee last offseason. The former Patriot has struggled badly this season, allowing 0.57 fantasy points per coverage snap while being targeted on 23 percent of his coverage snaps.
Butler has aligned at right corner on 88 percent of his snaps and Tennessee has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to that spot.
That is especially notable this week, as Jones aligns at left wide receiver 63 percent of the time. D.J. Chark
, T.Y. Hilton
and Odell Beckham
Jr. each reached 14 fantasy points while playing a similar role to the one Jones will play this week.
Tennessee has otherwise been good against wide receivers (sixth-fewest fantasy points allowed to the position overall), so Jones is conveniently in the best spot as Falcons receivers go. He figures to be worth the coin in DFS.
And finally. ... ESPN's Al Zeidenfeld notes that Austin Hooper
has seen an increase in his routes run-per-dropback each week this season, running a route on 82.9 percent of Matt Ryan
's drop backs in Week 3. That was the third-highest rate among tight ends
for the week.
FantasyPro's Mike Tagliere added that while the Titans were the fifth-best team in the league at defending tight ends last year (allowing just two touchdowns all year), they’ve now allowed a touchdown to the position in each of their first three games this season.