5. Tevin Coleman
Legitimate fantasy option: Tevin Coleman (12 carries, 46 rushing yards, 2 catches, 25 receiving yards, 1 rushing touchdown: 13.10 points)
Here’s something I didn’t think I’d be saying – Tevin Coleman has outscored Devonta Freeman in fantasy football in each of the first two weeks of the season.
Devonta Freeman had a better game on the ground, both in terms of yardage and efficiency, but it was Tevin Coleman who got the two catches out of the backfield, and the lone rushing touchdown.
Kyle Shanahan really likes Tevin Coleman, he did draft him after all, and it’s beginning to show more and more as the weeks go by. The lack of fumbling is also very encouraging to both Shanahan and Falcons fans.
Analysis: At this point, Tevin Coleman has turned into a weekly flex play. If, for some reason, Coleman is still available in your league (which he is in more than 45% of NFL.com leagues) then you should pick him up immediately. The backfield timeshare is here to stay.
Against the Saints, consider Coleman a low-end RB2. It would be a boon to his fantasy value if he kept getting the red zone carries in this prolific offense.