RB Royce Freeman - Denver Broncos
|5-11, 231||Born: 2-24-1996||College: Oregon||Drafted: Round 3, pick|
Week 15: vs Cleveland Browns
FBG says: Good matchup. Undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay has been a revelation. He's rushed for 967 yards on the season and averaged an extremely impressive 5.8 yards per carry, which leads the league amongst backs with at least 40 carries. Lindsay has overshadowed a much more highly touted rookie, Royce Freeman, who has 433 yards (4.2 yards per carry) on the season. After three straight weeks of 100 or more total yards, Lindsay managed just 51 total yards against San Francisco last week. He did score his 6th rushing touchdown in four games, though. He should be able to keep the touchdown streak alive against a Browns defense that has given up 17 rushing touchdowns this season. The Denver line is one of the most improved in the league and now ranks as one of the top-12 run blocking groups in Matt Bitonti's offensive line rankings. 2017 first-round pick Garrett Bolles has emerged this season and looks like a long-term answer for Denver. The Browns have had a tough time against the run this season, ranking near the bottom of the league in most key measures. Cleveland is allowing 133.3 rushing yards per game (5th-most) and 1.3 rushing touchdowns per game (3rd most). The touchdowns have come in bunches, with six different opposing backs scoring at least two rushing touchdowns in a game. Christian McCaffrey scored twice early in the game last week but the Browns run defense stiffened in the second half. Cleveland sold low on beefy nose tackle Danny Shelton in the offseason and the team misses his presence in the middle. Emmanuel Ogbah and Trevon Coley just have not filled in as well as what the Browns had hoped leaving the Browns extremely susceptible on the right side of the field. Top linebacker Christian Kirksey was placed on injured reserve last month with a hamstring injury and his presence has been missed as well leaving the Browns exceptionally thin at the linebacker position.
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 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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