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News: 7 days agoPatterson rushed 10 times for 52 yards and caught both of his targets for seven yards during Sunday's 27-24 win over the Bears. He also returned a kickoff for a 103-yard touchdown and lost a fumble.
Spin: Patterson garnered two more rushing attempts than Tyler Allgeier, but the latter was slightly more efficient than the former. The veteran Patterson lost a fumble in the second quarter, setting up an Bears touchdown, but he quickly made up for the blunder by taking a kickoff for a 103-yard score the next time he touched the ball. The Falcons' running game appears to be a committee moving forward, but given Atlanta's run-first mindset, both running backs should be on fantasy radars as potential flex options.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Patterson re-signed with Atlanta after a breakout 2021 campaign in which he ranked no lower than sixth among RBs in targets, receptions and receiving yards, while also finishing 14th in scrimmage yards (1,166) and seventh in TDs (11). Patterson was limited as a rusher, however, and didn't hold up for the entire season. In fact, he was seventh among RBs in fantasy points through Week 14, but failed to deliver a top-30 outing over the final four weeks. Now 31 years old, Patterson figures to remain in a time-share, though Atlanta's lack of offensive playmakers may again force him into a sizable role. He's best viewed as a flex option.