4. Tevin Coleman
Fantasy Disappointment of the Day: Tevin Coleman (8 carries, 19 rushing yards, 3 catches, 24 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns: 3.30 points)
A game against the Carolina Panthers’ front 7 is always a difficult task for a running back, and Tevin Coleman didn’t look to be up to the challenge this week.
Devonta Freeman was just flat out the better runner today, as four of Coleman’s eight carries went for two yards or less.
The Indiana product did have more receiving yards between the two RBs, but even that only went for 24 yards.
Coleman got 45.8% of the RB touches, while Freeman took control of 54.2% of the looks. That kind of distribution, where Freeman takes between 52%-60% of the touches, has been consistent all season, in this tried-and-true committee.
Analysis: Tevin Coleman dominated goal-line carries last week, and converted them into fantasy points, but had no such like this week, as Atlanta took just three snaps from within the Carolina 5-yard line (Devonta Freeman was in the game for these snaps).
However, disguised by those touchdowns last week has been Coleman’s complete inefficiency when it comes to running the ball, in these past two games — In this time span, the second year man out of Indiana has had 20 carries for just 61 yards: that’s good for an atrocious 3.05 yards per carry.
If Coleman doesn’t start running the ball more efficiently, he’ll be in danger of losing touches throughout the course of the season. I would not recommend starting him against a strong Broncos defense, unless you have no other options.