RB Royce Freeman - Denver Broncos
|5-11, 231||Born: 2-24-1996||College: Oregon||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2018|
Week 15: at Kansas City Chiefs - $4000
FBG says: Good matchup. The Broncos backfield has underwhelmed for most of this season as this rushing offense ranks slightly below average with 106.9 rushing yards per game and 4.2 yards per attempt. The tandem of Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman have not combined for over 100 rushing yards since Week 9, and neither running back has rushed for more than 92 yards in a game this season. Lindsay has been the clear leader from a workload perspective, out-rushing Freeman 62-23 since their Week 10 bye. However, Lindsay has averaged a mediocre 3.8 yards per carry with just one touchdown (last week) over those last four games. He is getting the majority of the goal-line work and even had five red-zone looks last week though, which is encouraging. However, it is clear by now that the floor for Lindsay seems to be capped based on what should continue to be a low-upside offense unless Drew Lock manages to have a repeat performance from the flashes he showed against Houston last week. The Chiefs saw improved play from their otherwise bottom-of-the-barrel run defense last week as they limited the Patriots to just 94 rushing yards, of which running backs accounted for only 66 yards. Having a relatively healthy front seven certainly made this group look better in that game, but the game script also helped them as the Chiefs jumped out to a lead and had the Patriots into a pass-heavy script. Play from this defense throughout the season has been truly abysmal, as even with that nice game last week, they are still giving up the fifth-most rushing yards per game (137.7) and sixth-most fantasy points per game to running backs in their last four outings. Linebacker Reggie Ragland has been decent when given snaps against the run, but the rest of this linebacker group has struggled all season. The line has also been relatively porous beyond Chris Jones on the interior. This is a matchup in which even the lowly Broncos offensive line should contend enough to allow Phillip Lindsay to have a decent day.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Royce Freeman's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs HOU (8 / 24 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 1 rec - 11.2 points, $4000)
Freeman received just half the carries that Lindsay did, but he scored on a nifty misdirection play at the end of the 2nd quarter. A WR motioned to join him in the backfield and then faked the handoff while Freeman leaked across the formation, leaving him wide open for an easy TD pass from Lock.
2019 Week 13 vs LAC (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 13 / 0 rec - 6.4 points, $4200)
Freeman continued to play a slow second fiddle to Phillip Lindsay. He received just 5 carries to Lindsay's 17, but did draw one more target(4) than Lindsay. Neither back was able to do anything with their catches despite securing all of their targets. Devontae Booker stole a few passing down snaps as well.
2019 Week 12 vs BUF (2 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec - 4.9 points, $4500)
Freeman has been relegated to a clear number two role behind Lindsay. He only saw two carries on the day. He broke a 13 yard run off right tackle in the 3rd and caught both his targets in the passing game. Freeman's first catch was a short dumpoff that was snuffed out near the line of scrimmage. He had a little more room to work with on his second reception out of the backfield, picking up 7 yards.
2019 Week 11 vs MIN (8 / 31 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec - 5.5 points, $4800)
Freeman started mixing in with Lindsay on Denver's third offensive drive of the game. Lindsay saw more work as he out-touched Freeman 18-9. Freeman was stuffed on a goal line carry from the 1 yard line late in the 1st quarter. Fullback Janovich vultured the score on the next play. Freeman's biggest play of the day was his lone target in the passing game, a wheel route out of the backfield late in the 4th quarter that picked up 14 yards on 3rd and 13.
2019 Week 9 vs CLE (5 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec - 2.4 points, $4900)
Freeman posted a dud with just 15 yards on 5 carries. Denver did not run a lot of offensive plays in this one, and Phillip Lindsay got most of the work in the backfield. Freeman lost a yard on his lone target in the passing game.
2019 Week 8 vs IND (12 / 40 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec - 11.5 points, $5500)
Freeman carried the ball 12 times to Lindsay's 14 had a slower day than usual in the passing game with only two looks. His longest carry of the day was a 10 yard plunge right through the middle of the defense late in the 1st quarter. Freeman answered the call on a goal line carry in the 3rd quarter, converting the score from the 4 yard line after Courtland Sutton drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone. Freeman had a bad drop on a slant route that he ran from the left slot position in the 3rd quarter.
2019 Week 7 vs KC (10 / 35 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec - 16.7 points, $4700)
Freeman found the end zone for the first time this season, following fullback Janovich from a power formation from the one yard line to cap the first drive of the game with a touchdown. Denver chose to go for two points following an offsides penalty during the extra point attempt, but gave the ball to Lindsay, who was stuffed on his attempt from the one yard line. Freeman broke a 14 yard run off left tackle in the 4th quarter, Denver's longest rush of the day. Freeman(10 carries) and Lindsay(11 carries) posted a nearly identical stat line on the ground, with Freeman scoring Denver's only touchdown. Freeman continues to see more looks in the passing game than Lindsay, drawing five targets to Lindsay's one as the Broncos played almost all of the contest from behind. Freeman's first look was a swing route from the backfield for 9 yards in the 1st. He made an incredibly smooth one handed snag in stride on another short out route from the backfield late in the 2nd quarter. His longest reception of the day was another short dumpoff out of the backfield that picked up 11 yards in the 4th quarter.
2019 Week 6 vs TEN (11 / 34 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec - 12.6 points, $4500)
Freeman mixed in pretty evenly with Lindsay as a rusher and was busy as a receiver, catching all five of his targets from a variety of formations. He took a big hit corralling his first target on a checkdown pass from Flacco. Freeman lined up wide left and caught a curl route in the 2 minute offense at the end of the 1st half. He was a half a yard shy from converting 3rd and 6 with a 3rd quarter catch out of the backfield. Freeman's biggest gain of the day was a 19 yard reception on a nifty misdirection play that faked a WR sweep and saw Freeman wide open on a swing route out of the backfield. Lindsay got all of the limited goal line work this week.
2019 Week 5 vs LAC (13 / 61 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec - 8.7 points, $4600)
With Denver jumping out to an early lead this week, Freeman wasn't asked to contribute as much in the passing game, instead teaming up with Lindsay to grind the clock out with the ground game. Freeman got the first couple of goal line carries early in the 1st quarter, but couldn't punch it in and watched Lindsay take the score. Freeman picked up 6 yards on a checkdown pass from Flacco in the 1st quarter. His second reception was a swing route that was brought down behind the line of scrimmage. Lindsay finished the game with more carries, targets, receptions, and yards.
2019 Week 4 vs JAX (6 / 16 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec - 9 points, $4800)
Freeman didn't do anything with his meager six touches on the ground, but he was the busier of the two backs in the passing game, moving around the formation to collect 6 targets to Lindsay's 1. Freeman ran a great route on a slant that picked up 15 yards and converted 3rd and long late in the 1st quarter. He lined up wide left as a receiver and caught a curl route to convert 3rd down during the two minute drill at the end of the first half. He finished the day with 50 yards total on 10 touches.
2019 Week 3 vs GB (15 / 63 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 10 / 0 rec - 11.3 points, $4400)
Freeman was featured early in the contest, but missed time later in the first half with a shoulder injury, which gave Lindsay a couple of goal line opportunities. Freeman broke a 10 yard touchdown run off right tackle in the 2nd quarter, but the play was negated by a holding penalty on WR Emmanuel Sanders. He carried no fewer than five Packers down the field for a 13 yard gain in the 3rd quarter in what looked like a rugby scrum. Freeman sniffed the end zone again in the 3rd as he bounced a red-zone carry off right tackle and took it down to Green Bay's three yard line. Freeman drew a few looks from Flacco, but was unable to do anything with them as he netted 10 yards on 4 total receptions. His longest catch was a checkdown pass late in the 4th that picked up 9 yards.
2019 Week 2 vs CHI (11 / 54 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec - 15.2 points, $3700)
Freeman looked to the sharper of the two backs this week as he racked up more yards on the ground and through the air than Lindsay with a couple fewer carries. Freeman got some extended work in the passing game, drawing a career-high 7 targets. His first was a checkdown pass from Flacco early in the 1st. He split out wide left as a receiver and caught a curl route that he turned into a ten yard gain in the 2nd quarter. Freeman's longest play of the day was a 19 yard gain on a swing route during Denver's last offensive drive. Freeman didn't do anything flashy on the ground, picking up a couple of runs of 10+ yards in the 2nd and 4th quarter and finishing his day with a solid 4.9 ypc average.
2019 Week 1 vs OAK (10 / 56 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec - 7.1 points, $4200)
Lindsay was featured in the backfield for the Bronco's first two drives, but Freeman got in on the action later in the 1st quarter. His biggest gain of the day was a 26 yard run that he bounced off right tackle and turned up the sidelines in the 3rd quarter. Freeman caught a checkdown pass from Flacco at the end of the 1st half, picking up a few yards underneath prevent coverage. Freeman split out wide left in a bunch formation in the Oakland red zone in the 3rd quarter, catching a bubble screen that got blown up behind the line of scrimmage.
Latest NewsBroncos | Royce Freeman ready to play (Fri Dec 6, 08:36 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman (ribs) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 6, and is not on the injury report for Week 14. link to story Broncos | Denver's injury report for Week 14 (Fri Dec 6, 05:56 PM) - Denver Broncos OG Ronald Leary (concussion) was unable to practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 14 versus the Houston Texans. LB Malik Reed (ankle, shoulder) and LB Von Miller (knee) were limited in practice Friday, Dec. 6, and are listed as questionable. OT Ja'Wuan James (knee) practiced in full all week but is also listed as questionable. S Will Parks (hand), LB Jeremiah Attaochu (leg), RB Royce Freeman (ribs), LB Alexander Johnson (knee), OG Connor McGovern (back), NT Shelby Harris (ankle), WR Tim Patrick (shoulder), DL Mike Purcell (knee) and WR Courtland Sutton (hamstring) practiced fully Friday and have been removed from the injury report. link to story Broncos | Royce Freeman returns to full practice (Thu Dec 5, 05:47 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman (ribs) practiced in full Thursday, Dec. 5. link to story Broncos | Royce Freeman listed as limited (Wed Dec 4, 06:51 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman (ribs) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. link to story Broncos | Royce Freeman does little in victory (Mon Dec 2, 01:45 AM) - Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman ran five times for 11 yards and caught four passes for 13 yards on Sunday, Dec. 1, against the Los Angeles Chargers. link to story More News
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