• Royce Freeman
  • RB
  • , Denver Broncos
  • 23
  • 238 lbs
  • 6' 0"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Freeman gained 521 yards and five touchdowns on 130 carries (4.0 YPC), but was never able to beat out undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay (192 rushes for 1,037 yards, a 5.4 YPC). Some believe that Freeman will usurp Lindsay in his second season, and Lindsay’s absence (due to wrist surgery) from spring practices has allowed Freeman to operate as the RB1. Lindsay was so much more productive than Freeman last season that he’s going to have to fall on his face to lose the lead back job. Being undrafted, Lindsay probably has less room for error than a typical incumbent starter.

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Scouting report

by Scot Berggren

DEN RB Royce Freeman - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
In his first NFL season, Royce Freeman ran for over 500 yards and scored five times. He split time with fellow rookie Phillip Lindsay early on during their rookie campaigns, before eventually being relegated to a backup role. Freeman is the biggest RB on the team, with a 230-pound frame, and will probably again be used in short-yardage situations. With Lindsay out for the season finale versus the Chargers, he recorded his best game, totaling 103 yards on 25 touches.

Fantasy Downside
After being drafted in the third round last year, Freeman was supposed to be the Broncos No. 1 RB of the future. However, his rookie season was a disappointment and he’ll likely be splitting time with Devontae Booker when Lindsay comes out of contests. In the opener of ’18, he was given the ball for 15 carries, but registered double-digit touches just four times the rest of the year. Don’t expect any bust out runs from Freeman, as just two of his 130 rush attempts went for over 20 yards.

Bottom Line
Fully recovered from the wrist injury suffered at the end of last year, Lindsay will be the Broncos starting RB heading into the ’19 season, relegating Freeman to the backup spot, as well as some third-down situations, despite just 14 catches his first season. While the former Oregon Duck showed some promise of being a viable fantasy player early on, Lindsay sparked the offense and will again be the featured ball carrier in Denver.

2019 Strength of Schedule - DEN
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
19
@OAK
1
CHI
14
@GB
6
JAX
12
@LAC
4
TEN
31
KC
9
@IND
21
CLE
BYE18
@MIN
26
@BUF
12
LAC
8
@HOU
31
@KC
23
DET
19
OAK

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1SEA1571004.730000-7.17.129/7439.2%
2OAK828103.500001-8.88.816/6624.2%
3@BAL1353104.0815015.0011.812.829/6842.6%
4KC867108.380000-12.712.716/6026.7%
5@NYJ531006.20316045.334.77.730/7739.0%
6LAR922002.440000-2.22.225/6637.9%
7@ARI1337102.850000-9.79.718/5930.5%
8@KC--------------
9HOU--------------
10BYE--------------
11@LAC723103.2917017.009.010.013/5623.2%
12PIT617002.830000-1.71.715/5726.3%
13@CIN1248014.000000-2.82.821/5935.6%
14@SF636006.000001-3.63.69/7412.2%
15CLE47001.7511011.000.81.818/7324.7%
16@OAK721003.000001-2.12.125/6737.3%
17LAC1760003.538430105.3810.318.344/7955.7%
Per game9.2937.210.360.074.011.005.1401.435.146.247.2422.00/66.7932.50%
Totals130521514.0114720205.1487.3101.3308/93532.50%