Royce Freeman never really panned out in Denver, first losing his presumed starting role to undrafted free agent Phillip Lindsay and then falling to third on the depth chart when the team added Melvin Gordon last season. He was slated to be third on the depth chart at best again this season as the team drafted running back Javonte Williams after losing Phillip Lindsay to free agency. Freeman gives the Panthers valuable veteran insurance behind Christian McCaffrey, as they only had rookie Chuba Hubbard on the 53-man roster following cut-down day. The addition of Freeman ends the short-lived Hubbard handcuff hype, as the rookie and the veteran will likely form a committee if CMC misses any games this season.
DEN RB Royce Freeman - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 vs. Oakland Raiders
While Phillip Lindsay continues to receive the majority of Denver’s rushes, Royce Freeman finished last Sunday’s game with nine carries for 28 yards and his fourth score of the season – second in the past three weeks. Freeman has reached 500 yards on the ground in ’19 and is a contributor in the passing attack with 42 receptions. Back in September against the Raiders he led the Broncos with 56 rushing yards but should only be started in the rematch if you’re low on options.