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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: 23
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#43 6 9.03

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2018 DEN 14 130 521 4.0 5 20 14 72 5.1 0 89.3 6.4
2019 DEN 2 21 110 5.2 0 8 6 53 8.8 0 16.3 8.2
2019 (Projected) DEN   169 675 4.0 4   13 74 5.7 0 98.9  

2019 Outlook
Depth Chart
While he still saw 150 touches as a rookie, Royce Freeman had to watch as an undrafted player at his position outperformed him in practically every statistical way in 2018. Freeman, a third round pick in 2018, had big time hype heading into the season and let fantasy owners down which has led to his significantly lower ADP this season. With that said, Freeman still possesses nearly the same upside in year two that he had heading into year one, just at a much cheaper price tag.

Vic Fangio, a lifetime defensive coordinator, is taking over as the head coach in Denver. While it's unlikely that he'll get too involved in the offense, it seems probable that the team will attempt to implement a conservative, run-heavy approach that will give the Broncos' defense - which is their best asset - the best chance to succeed. This could mean a heavier workload than many are expecting for Freeman, who is much more of a between-the-tackles banger than Lindsay is.

An injury to Lindsay would likely catapult Freeman into the strong RB2, if not the low-end RB1 conversation. At around 230 lbs, he's the kind of player who is built for a heavy workload. He'll need to improve as a pass catcher to actually make it into the RB1 range even if Lindsay did go down to injury, but he's a good enough runner behind a decent run-blocking offensive line that he should have some standalone value with a potential for some serious fantasy production if things break the right way for him.

Freeman isn't being drafted ahead of Lindsay, nor should he be, but there's a real possibility that he ends up being the better fantasy value this season.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Phillip Lindsay
RB2RB2 Royce Freeman
RB3RB3 Devontae Booker
RB4RB4 Theo Riddick
RB5FB1 Andy Janovich
Broncos Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Theo Riddick out 6-8 weeks, shoulder fracture
Likely to miss first 2-4 games
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Aug 11, 10:00 am

Denver Broncos
Tests revealed Riddick, who the Broncos signed as a free agent the week before, suffered a slight shoulder fracture against the Seahawks on Thursday night and will be sidelined six to eight weeks, league sources told 9News. The good news is that Riddick’s injury will not require surgery to repair. And while it does mean Riddick will miss the first two to four games of the regular season, the Broncos already have an experience third-down back in place in Devontae Booker. (9 News in Denver)

FFToday's Take: Booker resumes his role as the Broncos No.3 running back and should see some work on third downs but Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman continue to be the backs to target in Denver. Given the injury, Riddick can be avoided in redraft leagues.


Royce Freeman earning major role?
Team eyeing split backfield with Freeman and Phillip Lindsay
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 1, 7:10 pm

Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman is performing well enough in camp that coaches appear ready to "finally establish the true split-touch situation they envisioned between Freeman and Phillip Lindsay last season," according to Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson. (Yahoo! Sports - Charles Robinson)

FFToday's Take: Freeman flashed big-time during the preseason, only to watch Lindsay steal the job shortly thereafter. Still, only one qualified NFL back faced more stacked fronts than Freeman, indicating former OC Bill Musgrave was incredibly predictable (a definite possiblity) and/or defenses feared Freeman. At any rate, new OC Rich Scangarello has already compared Freeman-Lindsay to Devonta Freeman-Tevin Coleman. Needless to say, Royce Freeman is undervalued in drafts right now.


Broncos sign RB Theo Riddick
Riddick here to muddy up the Broncos backfield
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Aug 1, 1:05 pm

Denver Broncos
Veteran RB Theo Riddick, released by the Lions, is signing with the Broncos, a source said. (Rob Demovsky on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With this signing you have to wonder if Devontae Booker will get released during camp. Riddick has primarily played on third down during his career and puts a dent in whatever receiving upside Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman had.



2019 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at OAK L 16-24 10 56 5.6 0 1 1 5 5.0 0 6.1
2 CHI L 14-16 11 54 4.9 0 7 5 48 9.6 0 10.2

2018 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 SEA W 27-24 15 71 4.7 0 0 0 0 - 0 7.1
2 OAK W 20-19 8 28 3.5 1 1 0 0 - 0 8.8
3 at BAL L 14-27 13 53 4.1 1 1 1 5 5.0 0 11.8
4 KC L 23-27 8 67 8.4 1 0 0 0 - 0 12.7
5 at NYJ L 16-34 5 31 6.2 0 4 3 16 5.3 0 4.7
6 LAR L 20-23 9 22 2.4 0 0 0 0 - 0 2.2
7 at ARI W 45-10 13 37 2.8 1 0 0 0 - 0 9.7
11 at LAC W 23-22 7 23 3.3 1 1 1 7 7.0 0 9.0
12 PIT W 24-17 6 17 2.8 0 0 0 0 - 0 1.7
13 at CIN W 24-10 12 48 4.0 0 0 0 0 - 0 4.8
14 at SF L 14-20 6 36 6.0 0 1 0 0 - 0 3.6
15 CLE L 16-17 4 7 1.8 0 1 1 1 1.0 0 0.8
16 at OAK L 14-27 7 21 3.0 0 1 0 0 - 0 2.1
17 LAC L 9-23 17 60 3.5 0 10 8 43 5.4 0 10.3

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