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Running Back, Denver Broncos

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Draft: 2018 Round 3 (7)
College: Oregon
Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 234 DOB: 1996-02-24 Age: 22
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#26 5 3.06

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2018 DEN 7 71 309 4.4 4 6 4 21 5.3 0 57.0 8.1
2018 (Projected) DEN   194 776 4.0 5   29 194 6.7 1 133.0  

2018 Outlook
Depth Chart
Reports out of Denver are that the team is still not sure who will lead the team in touches out of the backfield, but that's exactly the type of news that we expect to hear from the majority of NFL coaching staffs that play the "rookies need to learn the system" game rather than just admitting that, on game day, they'll be putting the best players on the field in the majority of situations. For the Broncos, that's clearly rookie running back Royce Freeman.

Denver selected Freeman in the third round of April's NFL Draft, securing themselves a college workhorse who put together over 6,400 total yards of offense and 64 touchdowns during his four-year collegiate career at Oregon. He finished his career as college football's seventh-leading rusher all-time. Freeman was a high-level high school recruit and stepped right into the Marcus Mariota-led Ducks offense, producing 1,365 rushing yards along with 19 total touchdowns as a freshman. The moment was not too big for Freeman as a freshman stepping into a high-level program and it won't be too much for him when he gets onto the field for the Broncos early this season.

Only Devontae Booker and Carlos Henderson stand in the way of Freeman who, at 6-0 and 229-pounds, can lower his shoulder and deliver a boom to defenders or use his upper-percentile size/speed combination and agility to simply evade tacklers. Freeman is also a solid pass protector which should earn him at least some passing down work and is he's a decent enough pass catcher, something that has been missing out of the Denver backfield for a long time.

It would be too bold to predict that Freeman will be the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year this season with fellow running backs like Saquan Barkley, Darius Guice, Sony Michel and Rashaad Penny all being drafted ahead of him, but Freeman should be given a big role this season in Denver and it would not be at all surprising to see him finish among the top rookie performers in fantasy football this season.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB2 Phillip Lindsay
RB2RB3 Devontae Booker
RB3RB1 Royce Freeman
RB4FB1 Andy Janovich
Broncos Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Royce Freeman not expected to play
Sprained ankle
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Nov 3, 11:30 pm

Broncos’ RB Royce Freeman, listed as questionable due to an ankle injury, is not expected to play Sunday vs. Texans, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It will be the Phillip Lindsay and Devontae Booker show once again. The Broncos have a bye in Week 10 so it makes sense for Freeman to rest this week.


Injury Royce Freeman questionable with ankle injury
Status remains uncertain
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Nov 3, 7:00 am

Denver Broncos
Running back Royce Freeman (ankle) is questionable. “In the long haul for the season, sitting him one more week may help,” Joseph said. “But we’ll see how he’s feeling (Saturday). He’s getting better really fast so if he’s ready to go, he’ll go.” (Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: It sounds like Freeman may sit this week, leaving the backfied to Phillip Lindsay and Devontae Booker but we may not know for sure until Sunday. The matchup against the Texans isn't as juicy as last week against the Chiefs but Lindsay would be a viable RB2 if Freeman sits.


Injury Royce Freeman back at practice
Missed practice Wednesday with ankle injury
By: Doug Orth | Thu Nov 1, 3:15 pm

Denver Broncos
Royce Freeman (ankle) is back at practice wearing a helmet. (The Athletic - Nicki Jhabvala)

FFToday's Take: It's unclear what his level of participation was. Nevertheless, it suggests he is making a speedy recovery from the high-ankle sprain he suffered in Week 7. Phillip Lindsay should receive the bulk of carries in Week 9 regardless of Freeman's status since the team would be wise to use the Week 10 bye to give their third-round pick two more weeks to heal.


Injury Royce Freeman misses practice Wednesday
Ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Oct 31, 1:00 pm

Denver Broncos
#Broncos practice (indoors/no pads): Not working were Hamilton (knee), Royce Freeman (ankle), Stewart (neck), Marshall (knee) and Roby. Veldheer (knee) back out there.

FFToday's Take: If Freeman misses Week 9, it will once again be the Phillip Lindsay and Devontae Booker show. This week, the matchup isn't as great facing a Texans defense that ranks in the middle of the pack against fantasy running backs. Lindsay out-touched Booker last week 21 to 13.


Injury Royce Freeman misses practice Thursday
Sprained ankle
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Oct 25, 3:00 pm

Denver Broncos
#Broncos practice (not spotted or spotted/not working) Hamilton (knee) Freeman (ankle) Ray (ankle) Veldheer (knee) Peko (day off) Stewart (neck) ... Falah (concussion) out there after missing Wed. (Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Royce Freeman suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 7 so it's unlikely he will suit up this week. Expect Phillip Lindsey and Devontae Booker to handle the rushing duties against the Chiefs. Lindsay is a viable RB2 against a defense that's given up the 3rd most fantasy points to running backs.


Injury Royce Freeman injures ankle in Week 7
Reported high ankle sprain
By: Doug Orth | Fri Oct 19, 12:30 am

Denver Broncos
RB Royce Freeman has high-ankle sprain. (Mike Klis on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This season just doesn't look like it is going to go Freeman's way. In a game in which the game script could not have been better and the rookie could have seen in upwards to 20 carries, he instead suffers an injury that will almost certainly sideline him through Denver's Week 10 bye. As a result, Phillip Lindsay should see enough of an increase in work to move into low-end RB1 territory, while Devontae Booker will likely work in a change-of-pace role.


Broncos going with "hot hand" in backfield
"Doesn't matter who starts"
By: Doug Orth | Mon Sep 17, 7:30 pm

Denver Broncos
Phillip Lindsay didn't start, but in on the second play and got the ball. Vance Joseph said not considering starting him: “No, because it doesn’t matter. Our deal with that room is more of game plan. It’s what they do best. It’s more of who has the hot hand that day." (Mike Klis on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Lindsay has played nine more snaps than Royce Freeman and 13 more than Devontae Booker. Lindsay is the league's third-leading rusher after two games, but one has to wonder if this is the coaching staff's way of holding out hope (or trying to get more out of) Freeman. The 190-pound Lindsay is a poor bet to hold up with a heavy workload, plus Freeman supposedly had the "hot hand" in August. It's hard to trust either player as anything more than a flex option at the moment.


Royce Freeman named Week 1 starter
Some sort of committee still expected
By: Doug Orth | Mon Sep 3, 6:05 pm

Denver Broncos
Vance Joseph says Royce Freeman No. 1, Devontae Booker third-down and Phillip Lindsay for a "package" of plays. (Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Step 1 of the Freeman Plan is now complete, but the rookie is going to have to carry over his preseason dominance into the regular season in order to eventually become the feature back in Denver. It should happen eventually, but the Broncos have been selling a committee pretty hard for a while. If Freeman shows well - Seattle should be accommodating in Week 1 - then he could easily live up to his fourth-round ADP. Just don't expect it to happen right away.



2018 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 SEA W 27-24 15 71 4.7 0 0 0 0 - 0 7.1
2 OAK W 20-19 8 28 3.5 1 1 0 0 - 0 8.8
3 at BAL L 14-27 13 53 4.1 1 1 1 5 5.0 0 11.8
4 KC L 23-27 8 67 8.4 1 0 0 0 - 0 12.7
5 at NYJ L 16-34 5 31 6.2 0 4 3 16 5.3 0 4.7
6 LAR L 20-23 9 22 2.4 0 0 0 0 - 0 2.2
7 at ARI W 45-10 13 37 2.8 1 0 0 0 - 0 9.7

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