As 2018 fantasy football drafts got underway, yours truly had the nagging suspicion that Atlanta Falcons running back Deonvta Freeman was someone you may want to avoid. While Freeman was healthy as training camp got underway, he was coming off a rough 2017 where he missed time with a knee injury and also rushed for fewer than 1,000 yards for the first time since he was a 2014 rookie. Then there was Freeman's history of concussions and a violent running style that seems to invite contact and thus put the guy in constant additional injury jeopardy. With very capable backups in Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith behind him, Freeman was also not guaranteed as big a piece of the carry pie as he was from his big years in 2015-16.
Fast forward to present day and it looks like Freeman will miss Week 6 with a foot injury, which of course follows missing 3 other games with a bum knee. With just 68 yards rushing, 5 catches, and zero total touchdowns to this point, Freeman has been a gigantic fantasy football bust is every sense of the word. Already it is beginning to look like Freeman is not able to stay healthy and going back to his days in college, his upright running style has taken a major toll on his body. While Freeman is still in his prime for a running back, the fact he can't stay on the field is a terrible omen for the rest of the season. Add in the decent play of both Coleman and especially Smith and Freeman's days in Atlanta could be numbered in terms of 2019. So while Freeman's owners can't simply just cut the guy loose given the high 2018 price tag, we can't say that things will be getting a whole lot better as we move along.