| Royce Freeman not expected to play|
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.
| Royce Freeman questionable with ankle injury|
Status remains uncertain
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Nov 3, 7:00 am
|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.
| Royce Freeman back at practice|
Missed practice Wednesday with ankle injury
By: Doug Orth | Thu Nov 1, 3:15 pm
|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.
| Royce Freeman misses practice Wednesday|
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Oct 31, 1:00 pm
|#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.
| Royce Freeman injures ankle in Week 7|
Reported high ankle sprain
By: Doug Orth | Fri Oct 19, 12:30 am
|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
|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
|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.