Broncos HC Vance Joseph said throughout camp that his backfield would “use two-to-three main backs.” But after Royce Freeman stood out over the bust that is Devontae Booker, we thought the coast would be clear and we would have ourselves a rookie with legit RB1 upside. We thought wrong. Joseph stood by his word and inserted a versatile creature named Phillip Lindsay into Devontae Booker’s role and gave the undrafted rookie 17 touches compared to Freeman’s 15. Not ideal for Freeman owners.
The 5-foot-8 speedster (4.38 40 at his Pro Day) rushed for 3,775 yards and 36 touchdowns on the ground, while snagging 117 receptions during his time at Colorado. The highly productive, yet undrafted runner showed off that same skill-set against the Seahawks when he carried the ball 15 times for 71 yards and then grabbed two balls for 31 yards and a score.
On the other hand, Freeman looked very solid when he replicated the same 15 carry, 71 yard statline. Luckily for Freeman owners, it looks like these two could actually make quite the thunder and lightning combo. Freeman has the ability to be a three-down, 238 lb monster, but keeping him fresh throughout his rookie season might not be the worst thing after all. I still expect the former Oregon Duck to lead this backfield in carries and touchdowns, but he’ll lose receptions to this waiver wire creature. Freeman continues to be a solid FLEX option, with Lindsay a must-add PPR option who possesses some pretty decent upside.