RB Royce Freeman - Denver Broncos
|5-11, 231||Born: 2-24-1996||College: Oregon||Drafted: Round 3, pick|
Week 21: bye week
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
2018 Week 17 vs LAC (17 / 60 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 43 / 0 rec)
The Broncos took a long look at Freeman as a lead back with Phillip Lindsay missing the final week due to a wrist injury. Freeman looked strong on his 17 carries, but couldn't break any runs longer than 9 yards. Freeman drew a team-high 10 targets in the passing game as Keenum checked it down to him constantly throughout the contest. He split out wide left in an empty backfield set and caught a short curl route on his first target of the day. Freeman missed a backwards pass from Keenum behind the line of scrimmage in the 2nd quarter, which San Diego scooped up and returned for a touchdown.
2018 Week 16 vs OAK (7 / 21 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Despite Lindsay leaving the game in the 3rd quarter, Freeman only managed 7 carries for minimal yardage. Devontae Booker worked into the running back rotation earlier, moving around the formation to different positions on passing downs. Freeman should see plenty of early-down work next week with Lindsay officially out. Freeman couldn't secure a poorly thrown screen pass from Keenum late in the 4th, his only target.
2018 Week 15 vs CLE (4 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Freeman was used sparingly, and couldn't muster much on his few touches. He got a carry from the 3 yard line but was stuffed at the line of scrimmage in the 1st quarter. Freeman caught one pass for one yard.
2018 Week 14 vs SF (6 / 36 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Freeman logged 6 carries behind Lindsay's 14. He picked up most of his yards on a 23 yard carry that he broke off of right tackle in the 4th quarter, finishing the run with a mean stiff arm. Freeman could not secure his only target of the day.
2018 Week 13 vs CIN (12 / 48 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Freeman logged 12 carries behind Phillip Lindsay, who embarrassed the Bengals with his 157 yards 19 carries. Freeman was fairly successful, but did lose a fumble. He entered the game later in the 1st quarter with a tough run right up the middle of the defense. Freeman got hung up on his feet fighting for extra yards and had the ball ripped out of his hands on a 3rd quarter carry, with the Bengals recovering the ball. Freeman was not targeted in the passing game.
2018 Week 12 vs PIT (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Freeman took a backseat as Lindsay dominated snaps and touches. Freeman didn't do much with his 6 carries, rushing for a long of 5 yards. Freeman watched Lindsay punch in a goal line touchdown from the 2 yard line in the 4th quarter. He had an 8 yard reception in the Steelers red zone that was negated by an illegal block in the back in the 1st half.
2018 Week 11 vs LAC (7 / 23 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Freeman returned to action after missing time with a high ankle injury. He worked ahead of Devontae Booker as the backup to starter Phillip Lindsay. Freeman couldn't get much going on his 7 carries, but he did punch in a touchdown in the 3rd quarter after Von Miller returned an interception to the Chargers' red zone. Freeman caught a swing route from the backfield in the 2nd quarter and was pushed out of bounds for a 7 yard gain.
2018 Week 7 vs ARI (13 / 37 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Freeman mixed in behind Lindsay, scoring on a one yard plunge at the end of the 1st half. Courtland Sutton drew a pass interference penalty that set the Broncos up on the Arizona 1 yard line, and Freeman carried the ball right up the middle on the next play the score. Freeman was injured shortly after and left the game with what has been diagnosed as a high ankle sprain. Phillip Lindsay took over in his absence.
2018 Week 6 vs LAR (9 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Freeman got the "start" and received the most carries but was completely ineffective on the ground in week 6. He finished with just 22 yards on his 9 totes. Freeman caught one target for a short gain, but the play was called back for an offensive holding penalty. Phillip Lindsay picked up extended work in the passing game, and Devontae Booker continues to siphon off touches during the 2 minute offense.
2018 Week 5 vs NYJ (5 / 31 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
Freeman was the first back on the field for the Broncos, but was out-touched 15-8 by Lindsay. Both backs were featured in split backfields on several plays. Freeman's most impressive run was a 24 yard gain off right tackle in the 4th quarter. Though Freeman and Lindsay both drew 4 targets, Freeman's were all check downs at the end of Keenum's reads while Lindsay seemed to be one of the first options on passing plays that were designed to get the ball to him. Freeman caught a check down pass out of the backfield on Denver's first offensive snap of the game. Keenum checked it down to him again in the 3rd quarter for a short gain, and again in the 4th around the 11 minute mark.
2018 Week 4 vs KC (8 / 67 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Freeman showcased some strong running as the Broncos O-line blasted big holes for the running backs. His balance was outstanding as he consistently bounced carries outside, shedding tacklers and turning the corner on the defense for extra yardage. Freeman broke a couple of tackles at the line of scrimmage and bounced a run off right tackle for an 18 yard gain on his first carry, his longest run of the day. Freeman scored on an impressive 14 yard run in the 2nd quarter. He took the pitch off right tackle and waited patiently for his lane to open up, breaking a couple of tackles at the second level before crossing the pylon. Lindsay out-touched Freeman 14-8, but both running backs looked strong in their rotation. Freeman was not targeted in the passing game this week.
2018 Week 3 vs BAL (13 / 53 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
The Broncos blocked a Ravens punt in the Baltimore red zone on the opening drive of the game. Denver recovered at the Baltimore 6 yard line, and Freeman got the call on the next play, punching it in right up the middle from a single back set for a touchdown. Freeman's longest carry was a 16 yard tote that he bounced off right tackle in the 1st quarter, stiff-arming a couple of defenders in the process. Freeman had a couple of impressive runs right up the middle of the offense, but there were also several plays that he was dropped in the backfield for a loss. Lindsay should be back in the rotation next week. Freeman caught his first and only target of the season so far for a 5 yard gain on a checkdown pass.
2018 Week 2 vs OAK (8 / 28 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Freeman got the start and the first carry for the Broncos, but he was quickly relieved by Phillip Lindsay, who proceeded to steal the show. Freeman did dominate the goal line work. His biggest gain was a 14 yard carry on a pitch to the left of the formation in the 3rd quarter. Freeman punched a touchdown in from the 1 yard line in the 3rd quarter, following fullback Janovich right up the middle in a goal line set. Freeman nearly scored a second touchdown with 7 minutes left in the 4th quarter, but he was knocked backwards while attempting to dive over the pile into the end zone. Freeman was out-touched 15-8 by Phillip Lindsay.
2018 Week 1 vs SEA (15 / 71 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Freeman got the start, but wound up nearly splitting time with Phillip Lindsay. He and Lindsay interestingly posted nearly the exact same stat line in the rushing game, with both backs tallying 71 yards on 15 carries(Freeman's longest run was 17, Lindsay's 14). Freeman fumbled a carry in the 1st quarter but managed to recover the ball himself. Freeman was deployed to grind out the clock and had a couple of impressive runs right up the middle late in the 4th quarter, moving a pile of defenders downfield as he churned out tough yards. Freeman was not targeted in the passing game, with Devontae Booker working some passing downs and Phillip Lindsay scoring a nice receiving touchdown.
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