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Running Back, Denver Broncos

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Draft: 2018 Round 3 (7)
College: Oregon
Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 234 DOB: 1996-02-24 Age: 22
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#34 5 5.04

Season Stats
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  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2018 (Projected) DEN   194 776 4.0 5   15 104 6.9 0 118.0  

2018 Outlook
Depth Chart
Reports out of Denver are that the team is still not sure who will lead the team in touches out of the backfield, but that's exactly the type of news that we expect to hear from the majority of NFL coaching staffs that play the "rookies need to learn the system" game rather than just admitting that, on game day, they'll be putting the best players on the field in the majority of situations. For the Broncos, that's clearly rookie running back Royce Freeman.

Denver selected Freeman in the third round of April's NFL Draft, securing themselves a college workhorse who put together over 6,400 total yards of offense and 64 touchdowns during his four-year collegiate career at Oregon. He finished his career as college football's seventh-leading rusher all-time. Freeman was a high-level high school recruit and stepped right into the Marcus Mariota-led Ducks offense, producing 1,365 rushing yards along with 19 total touchdowns as a freshman. The moment was not too big for Freeman as a freshman stepping into a high-level program and it won't be too much for him when he gets onto the field for the Broncos early this season.

Only Devontae Booker and Carlos Henderson stand in the way of Freeman who, at 6-0 and 229-pounds, can lower his shoulder and deliver a boom to defenders or use his upper-percentile size/speed combination and agility to simply evade tacklers. Freeman is also a solid pass protector which should earn him at least some passing down work and is he's a decent enough pass catcher, something that has been missing out of the Denver backfield for a long time.

It would be too bold to predict that Freeman will be the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year this season with fellow running backs like Saquan Barkley, Darius Guice, Sony Michel and Rashaad Penny all being drafted ahead of him, but Freeman should be given a big role this season in Denver and it would not be at all surprising to see him finish among the top rookie performers in fantasy football this season.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB2 Royce Freeman
RB2RB1 Devontae Booker
RB3RB3 De'Angelo Henderson
RB4FB1 Andy Janovich
RB5RB4 David Williams
RBRB Phillip Lindsay
Broncos Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Royce Freeman "absolutely" could be lead back
Third-round pick competing with Devontae Booker
By: Doug Orth | Mon Jun 25, 2:20 pm

Denver Broncos
Royce Freeman was the Broncos’ third-round pick in this past April’s draft - the 71st player selected overall. Just hours after the selection, Broncos GM John Elway said: “He’s a big banger that we haven’t had for a while, so we’re excited to have him." Two months later, Freeman, with his combination of size and speed, made it fairly clear that he’s going to push Devontae Booker to be at the top of the running back depth chart. Asked just before the Broncos finished minicamp if he believed Freeman could put himself in the conversation to be the team’s lead back, Broncos coach Vance Joseph said “absolutely.” (ESPN - Jeff Legwold)

FFToday's Take: Freeman being in the race to be the starting running back isn't earth-shattering news, but it's nice to know he must have looked good in minicamp. The question Freeman needs to answer is if he is all the way back from his 2016 knee injury - because he lacked his former explosiveness in 2017. If he is, the rookie could be the first Bronco since 2004 to top 250 carries and live up to his 5.08 ADP in PPR formats. If not, he'll likely end up in a committee with Devontae Booker.

Denver to use 'heavy dose' of Devontae Booker?
Local paper suggests Booker has secured meaningful role
By: Doug Orth | Mon Jun 11, 7:30 pm

Denver Broncos
C.J. Anderson‘s departure to Carolina opens up plenty of carries in a backfield that should feature a heavy dose of Devontae Booker and a yet-to-be-determined second option. The Broncos added two rushers in the draft (Royce Freeman and David Williams), plus Phillip Lindsay as an undrafted free agent from Colorado. Second-year Bronco De’Angelo Henderson will also be in the mix. (The Denver Post)

FFToday's Take: OC Bill Musgrave talked recently about how this year's offense will be drastically different than last year's. While it is quite possible Booker will begin the season as the 1A back to another player's 1B (likely Freeman), the third-year back hasn't done enough with his few chances to have anything locked up. Freeman should still be considered the favorite to emerge from this backfield and be no worse than a serviceable flex option for the bulk of the season.

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