Fantasy Football Week 3 Running Back Preview: Devonta Freeman makes the waiver wire more complicated


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As if the Week 3 waiver wire wasn’t complicated enough, it appears Devonta Freeman will be joining the New York Giants. Freeman had been lingering on the market for the right situation, and apparently he views New York as that situation. He has to get through all the Covid testing, so it’s unclear when he’ll appear at practice, but this certainly changes things for the Giants.

Freeman wasn’t particularly efficient in 2019, but he has a much better track record than Dion Lewis or Wayne Gallman. Perhaps most importantly, he has a history as a three-down back and was better as a pass catcher than a runner in 2019. He’s also been very good in short yardage in the past. Once Freeman is fully up to speed, he should get every opportunity to be the lead back for the Giants. But it’s really hard to believe he’ll be up to speed in time for their Week 3 game against the 49ers.

For that reason, I have Freeman as more of a stash than a plug and play this week. He has as much long-term upside as anyone on the waiver wire, but if you need a Week 3 starter, he may not help you there. In Week 3, I’d still expect Lewis to be involved in the passing game, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Gallman was active as well. 

Last season in Atlanta, Freeman averaged 77 total yards per game and scored six times in 14 games. That was good enough to make him a high-end No. 2 running back. I don’t expect he’ll see as many targets as he did in Atlanta, but he could catch three passes a game and he could very easily be a low-end No. 2 on a per-game basis. If you don’t need a starter in Week 3, Freeman may just be the best running back you could add. 

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