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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 2 23 99 4.3 1 1 0 0 - 0 15.9 8.0
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
RB1RB1 Royce Freeman
RB2RB2 Phillip Lindsay
RB3RB3 Devontae Booker
RB4FB1 Andy Janovich
Broncos Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
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.

Denver eyeing committee backfield
Vance Joseph wants RBs to share the load
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jul 19, 5:50 pm

Denver Broncos
Each season from 2012-16, two Broncos running backs had at least 100 carries. HC Vance Joseph wants a return to that divided workload. “We want two or three guys to be our main core backs,” Joseph said after minicamp last month. (The Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: While this doesn't burst the Royce Freeman balloon, it does take some air out of it and means the rookie will have to be dominant in preseason action to get the kind of workload owners desire. By most accounts, Devontae Booker appears to be a slight favorite to start the season, but it sounds like the Broncos will very much try to ride the "hot hand." It's very possible Freeman, Booker and De'Angelo Henderson will be no better than flex options in seasonal leagues barring injury.

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

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