Royce Freeman

Royce Freeman

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2020: question mark 19%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 1.3%
Projected Games missed for 2020: question mark 0.1
Durability: question mark 8

Low Risk

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Royce Freeman Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

-- Freeman outperformed Phillip Lindsay in the passing game last year.

-- Melvin Gordon has arrived to take over the backfield.


When the 2019 season ended, Freeman looked like a solid #2 RB in a split backfield. He did lose workload to Phillip Lindsay after spending much of the year sharing pretty evenly. But the offseason quickly changed things.

First, the Broncos switched from 1st-time OC Rich Scangarello to fired Giants HC (and longtime NFL coaching vet) Pat Shurmur. Then, they signed Melvin Gordon in free agency to a contract that makes him the 7th-highest paid RB in average salary for 2020.

As long as Gordon and Lindsay are healthy, Freeman looks like the clear #3 back here. Should Gordon go down, though, Freeman not only topped Lindsay in every receiving category last year. He also garnered more snaps in route and more pass-blocking opportunities, according to Pro Football Focus.


Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Freeman doesn’t match Phillip Lindsay’s upside as a runner. But he passed Lindsay in every passing-down category in their shared 2nd season. If Melvin Gordon goes down, that could mean a more even split of work between Lindsay and Freeman than their rushing numbers might suggest.

That said, Freeman’s more waiver fodder than a draft option for most fantasy leagues. Outside of redraft, though, it’s worth remembering that Freeman is more than 1.5 years younger than Lindsay.

Royce Freeman Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Oct 18, 2018 NFL Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3 Freeman missed 2 games with a high-ankle sprain.
Sep 17, 2016 Non-NFL Leg Calf Strain Freeman missed 1 game at Oregon in 2016 with a lower right leg injury.