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December 8, 2019 05:32 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: First career receiving TD
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman rushed eight times for 24 yards and caught both of his targets for eight yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 38-24 win over the Texans.

The highlight of Freeman's day was a three-yard receiving touchdown in the final minute of the first half. That was his first career receiving score, though Freeman has emerged as a reliable receiver out of the backfield with 36 catches this season. He has averaged only 7.6 touches per game over the past five after reaching double digits in each of the first eight.

December 5, 2019 05:40 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Practicing fully
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman (ribs) practiced fully Thursday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Freeman -- who logged five carries for 11 yards and caught all four of his targets for an additional 13 yards last weekend -- is thus good to go for Sunday's game against the Texans, but he's only an option in deeper fantasy formats these days, with his touches down over his last four outings and Phillip Lindsay having handled the bulk of the team's backfield work in that span.

December 5, 2019 12:16 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Nursing rib injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a rib injury, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Freeman may have picked up the injury in the Broncos' Week 13 win over the Chargers, but there's little reason to worry yet that he'll miss Sunday's game against the Texans. The second-year back has been held under 30 scrimmage yards in four straight games and hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 8.

December 2, 2019 04:36 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Totals 24 scrimmage yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman carried five times for 11 yards and caught all four of his targets for an additional 13 yards during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Chargers.

Freeman averaged just 2.2 yards per carry, and, although he received the third-most targets on the team, he finished with a meager 3.3 yards per catch. His long carry went for just five yards as he was held under 30 scrimmage yards for the third time in the last four games. Freeman's ability to make an impact in his current role is in serious question at the moment and he'll look to do more with his opportunities next Sunday against the Texans.

November 25, 2019 09:40 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Continues decline
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman ran for 20 yards on two carries and added nine yards on two receptions during Sunday's 20-3 loss in Buffalo.

Freeman's four touches marked a season low and his 29 total yards were his second lowest total of the season. The lack of usage is especially surprising as he led Denver running backs with 28 offensive snaps, totaling 56 percent of the team's plays. Part of that can be attributed to Freeman's role as a third-down pass-blocking back, but Freeman's steady decline is still surprising. After totaling double-digit touches in each of the first three games of the season, he hasn't reached 10 in any of his last three contests. Sunday brings a matchup against a middle-of-the-road Chargers run defense, but Freeman may not get the touches necessary to take advantage.

November 18, 2019 01:36 AM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Picks up 45 yards in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman ran for 31 yards on eight carries and added a 14-yard catch during Sunday's 27-23 loss in Minnesota.

Freeman kept the Broncos alive late in the fourth quarter, taking a swing pass on third and long and juking his defender on his way to a 14-yard gain and first down. The play itself was encouraging, but fantasy managers would be justified in being concerned that Freeman was kept to single-digit touches for the second consecutive game after at logging at least 10 in the first eight contests of 2019. Even with Phillip Lindsay playing well, it's somewhat of a surprise that Freeman hasn't been more involved in the passing game, perhaps a product of Joe Flacco's (neck) absence. The workload between Lindsay and Freeman will obviously be worth monitoring in Week 12 against Buffalo.

November 17, 2019 01:16 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: May cede more work to Lindsay
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman is excepted to handle a smaller role than normal out of the backfield Sunday against the Vikings with the Broncos planning to feature Phillip Lindsay more prominently, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Denver has deployed a fairly even distribution of the workload between Freeman and Lindsay all season, with the latter playing between 40 and 56 percent of the offensive snaps and topping out at 25 touches and the former handling snap shares between 47 and 63 percent and maxing out at 19 touches. Freeman (4.0 yards per carry) has been far less efficient on the ground than Lindsay (4.9 YPC), however, which could provide an explanation behind the Broncos' supposed plan to feature the Lindsay more Week 11. Freeman's fantasy utility this week was already capped due to a tough matchup against a Minnesota team that ranks in the top half of the NFL in both rushing defense and scoring defense, but the potential of him falling out of a timeshare arrangement diminishes his prospects further.

November 3, 2019 10:20 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Quiet in win over Browns
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman carried the ball five times for 15 yards and caught his only target for minus-1 yard in Sunday's 24-19 win over the Browns.

The second-year RB mostly took a back seat to Phillip Lindsay in this one, as the latter's 30-yard TD run in the third quarter ended up being the winning score for Denver. The 14 scrimmage yards were Freeman's lowest output of the year -- he hadn't produced less than 45 coming into Sunday -- and with the team's bye on tap in Week 10, Freeman's role could be in flux coming out the other side if Lindsay's wrist injury heals enough to allow him to handle pass-protection duties again.

October 27, 2019 06:08 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Bursts through for only touchdown
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman ran for 40 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and added a five-yard catch during Sunday' 15-13 loss in Indianapolis.

Freeman capped off Denver's opening drive of the second half with a quick cut and waltzed into the end zone almost untouched for the four-yard touchdown, the team's only touchdown of the game. Freeman, after going scoreless for the first six weeks of the season, has now scored Denver's only two touchdowns of the past two games. He looks to be getting more carries down near the goal line and, though Sunday didn't show it, should be more involved in the passing game down the stretch with Emmanuel Sanders in San Francisco and few established targets on the team.

October 18, 2019 12:40 AM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Busy night in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman rushed 10 times for 35 yards and a touchdown and secured four of five targets for 32 yards in the Broncos' 30-6 loss to the Chiefs on Thursday.

Freeman opened the scoring on the night with a one-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter, his first score of the season. Freeman also saw five targets for the second consecutive game, and he has at least four receptions in five of his first seven contests of the campaign. Freeman has been a serviceable option in PPR formats due to his dual role, and he'll look to continue producing when and the Broncos face the Colts a week from Sunday in a Week 8 matchup.

October 14, 2019 12:32 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Gains 76 yards in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman caught all five of his targets for 42 yards and added 34 yards on 11 carries during Sunday's 16-0 win over the Titans.

Freeman's biggest contribution came midway through the third quarter when, facing second and long, the Oregon product caught a swing pass and took it 18 yards upfield to help set up the only touchdown of the game. Freeman fans undoubtedly would like the sophomore back snap his season-long scoreless streak, but despite their body types indicating otherwise, Phillip Lindsay actually has served as the primary goal-line back for Denver while Freeman has been more effective in the passing game. In addition to being a strong blocker, Freeman has caught at least four passes in four of his last five games and his receiving yards actually helped him edge Lindsay in total yardage Sunday. Look for that dynamic to continue Thursday against Kansas City.

October 7, 2019 04:32 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Piles up 67 scrimmage yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman carried 13 times for 61 yards and caught both of his targets for an additional seven yards during Sunday's 20-13 win over the Chargers.

Freeman came within two of his season high in carries, receiving a few extra opportunities as his side held a lead from the early going. He averaged a respectable 4.7 yards per carry against a tough Chargers front despite breaking off a long gain of just 11 yards. Freeman, who is averaging 4.5 yards per carry this season, continues to see Phillip Lindsay shine out of the backfield, but he should still see double-digit touches in next week's home matchup against the Titans.

September 30, 2019 10:28 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Picks up 50 yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman ran for 16 yards on six carries and added 34 yards on four catches during Sunday's 26-24 loss to Jacksonville.

Freeman was held to a season low in rushing in a game in which head coach Vic Fangio said the Jaguars offered better opportunities to throw the ball than run it. The good news for Freeman is that -- despite his power-back reputation -- he's actually become a fairly prolific receiver with 13 catches in his last three games. The Broncos like Freeman on passing downs as he's a sturdy blocker, so look for that trend to continue Sunday against the Chargers.

September 27, 2019 06:20 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Cleared to play this week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman (shoulder) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Freeman, who had been limited at practice earlier in the week, is therefore in line to continue to work in tandem with fellow running back Phillip Lindsay, an arrangement that has resulted in Freeman averaging 12 carries for 58 yards (4.8 YPC) through the Broncos' first three games. Freeman has added 10 catches for 63 yards in that span, but is still looking for his first TD of the season. While the timeshare Freeman operates in caps his fantasy upside, he at least has garnered enough volume so far to maintain a decent weekly floor.

September 26, 2019 06:16 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Limited again at practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant at Thursday's practice, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

After picking up the shoulder injury in Sunday's loss to Green Bay, Freeman had his reps restricted in the Broncos' first two practices of Week 4. Coach Vic Fangio hasn't suggested that Freeman is in any serious peril of missing this weekend's matchup with the Jaguars, but a clearer picture of his availability (or lack thereof) won't come until Denver releases its final injury report shortly after Friday's practice concludes.

September 26, 2019 12:28 AM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Limited by shoulder issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman (shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Freeman -- who's been splitting backfield work with Phillip Lindsay -- was forced out of this past Sunday's game against the Packers with a shoulder injury, but he was able to return to action, en route to logging 63 yards on 15 carries and 10 yards on four catches in the contest. Considering that, we suspect that the running back's Wednesday limitations were maintenance-related.

September 22, 2019 06:52 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Robbed of touchdown
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman ran for 63 yards on 15 carries and added 10 yards on four carries during Sunday's 27-16 loss in Green Bay.

Freeman reportedly was dealing with some shoulder discomfort, but that did not prevent him from recording 19 touches -- the second-highest total of his career. He should have also had his first touchdown of the year, but had a second-quarter score called back on a controversial holding call on Emmanuel Sanders. Head coach Vic Fangio said after the game that the Packers essentially dared Denver to run. Jacksonville should be a little less generous in Week 4, though the Broncos should continue to live and die behind Freeman and Phillip Lindsay.

September 22, 2019 04:00 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Returns to game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman, who was forced out of Sunday's game against the Packers with a shoulder injury, was able to return to the contest.

Freeman therefore will resume his duties in Denver's Week 3 backfield, working in tandem with Phillip Lindsay, following his temporary exit from Sunday's tilt.

September 22, 2019 01:52 PM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Exits Sunday's game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman was forced out of Sunday's game against the Packers with a shoulder injury, Zac Stevens of reports.

Prior to his exit, Freeman had logged three carries for three yards. Phillip Lindsay will head Denver's backfield in his absence, with Devontae Booker on hand in a reserve role.

September 16, 2019 01:00 AM
Broncos' Royce Freeman: Tops 100 scrimmage yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Freeman carried the ball 11 times for 54 yards and caught five of seven targets for 48 yards in Sunday's 16-14 loss to the Bears.

The second-year back outgained Phillip Lindsay both on the ground and through the air despite seeing one fewer touch than his backfield mate. Denver appears content to stick with a timeshare between Freeman and Lindsay for now, but if Freeman continues to be the more effective back, he could claim the starting job outright -- especially with the 0-2 Broncos looking for some kind of spark on offense.

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